Course Design: 8/10
Course Conditions: 9.5/10
This is a review that begs to be short and sweet, with pictures doing most of the talking.
Mountain Vista Golf Club is a 36 hole facility located in Palm Desert, California. The two championship layouts are called Santa Rosa and San Gorgonio. Although it was fairly busy with snowbirds when we visited this course in February, it’s certainly a hidden gem to the average golf traveler who is more likely to golf the big name courses for $150 or more.
For much less than $100 (and even cheaper if you play with a Sun City resident, which Beth’s parents are, cha ching!), you really get some fun golf in absolutely impeccable conditions. We played the tips where the course rating comes in around par. Rumor had it that not many people play the tips at Mountain Vista (maybe due to the old population), and the divot free tee boxes, even on par 3’s, definitely confirmed that. In fact, it’s so rare that even the guy waiting to clean our clubs as we came off 18 had heard that there were some “players” out there teeing it up from the back.
If you find yourself with a tee time at one of these courses, take note that although they are under the same golf club, they do have two separate pro shops (2 minute drive apart), and only the Santa Rosa course has a driving range.
Both the Santa Rosa and the San Gorgonio courses are fun and comparable in difficulty. If I was forced to choose one I’d probably play Santa Rosa, slightly more challenging and slightly more variety. However, San Gorgonio has some incredible views of the mountains. I thoroughly enjoyed playing both of them, and it was really tough to beat the price. I’ll let a few photos tell the rest of the story.