Resident Feature

Tee it Up

in the Desert

The view from The Terrace Restaurant at the Desert Willow Golf Resort. String lights, heaters, and COVID protocol made for a beautiful and relaxing dinner after we finished the 18th hole.



The Desert Willow Golf Resort Mountain Course of Palm Desert is a beautifully manicured and well taken care of municipal golf course in the vast Sonoran Desert and Coachella Valley. The Mountain View course, one of two courses at The Desert Willow Golf Resort, has wide open fairways and greens that keep your ball rolling one way or the other. The indigenous desert shrubs and flowers line the course and have blossoms of all colors throughout. The roadrunners, with their long legs, pointy slim beaks and aerodynamic lengthy tail feathers, checked us out at nearly every tee box. Even though this course is in the desert, there are many water features, so keep your head in the game. It is like an oasis, breathtakingly beautiful. 

Arriving at hole 18 as the sun begins to set and the full moon rises.


I am not sure how many municipal courts are as well taken care of as this one, but this golf course is a must see and must play if you are in the Palm Desert area. The course is set with the Santa Rosa Mountain Range as a backdrop on one side and the Little San Bernardino Mountains on the opposite side. The award winning Desert Willow Golf Resort is located adjacent to The Westin Desert Willow Villas Resort, a 4.5 star Marriott Bonvoy resort with a state-of-the-art fitness studio, four swimming pools and waterslides. There are palm trees lining the streets and throughout the resort & course. It brings the Hollywood feel to the desert just as it once had in the 1950’s and 60’s when the desert was the great escape for the glamorous movie stars of Los Angeles. 

Hole 11, par 3, over the water and 6 inches short of the green.

Besides having amazing golf courses that beautify the city, the Palm Desert and surrounding areas have activities for all members of your family. There is high end outlet shopping located on Highway 10 prior to entering Palm Desert, exquisite golf courses, The Living Desert, Joshua Tree, Hiking, tennis facilities, famous named streets, and an area on El Paseo that will rival Rodeo drive with upscale retail shopping and restaurants. October through April is the perfect time to explore this amazing land of relaxation and rejuvenation. Thanksgiving, Winter Break, or Spring Break are all perfect times to bring your family to the desert. Southwest just started flying to the Palm Springs airport in case making the 8 hour drive is not your jam. Whether driving or flying, this is the perfect family escape! 

By Lynne Harrosh, Resident since 2008

Lynne Harrosh is an avid golfer and traveler. Follow her on Facebook & Instagram @TeeItUpTravel to get connected to the best places to golf, golf technology, golf equipment, discounts on green fees, stay & plays, and golf travel –