Review: Bermuda Dunes Country Club

Bermuda Dunes Country Club is a private golf club located in Bermuda Dunes, California (near Palm Desert). It is home to 27 holes comprised of three nines called Classic 1, Classic 2, and the Lake Course.

This review is for the Classic 1 to Classic 2 combination which previously hosted the PGA Tour for 50 years.

Our member host, Mark, was very gracious and invited us for an early lunch on the patio prior to the round. The food and the service were both top of the line. I was impressed with the facilities and felt extremely welcomed and comfortable there as a guest.

The course itself, which can be played at just over 7000 yards from the back tees, is a great classic layout. It’s relatively flat with subtle elevation changes and rolling tree lined fairways. The biggest defense against par at Bermuda Dunes are the raised, well-protected and domed greens.

The mature tree lined fairways are ready to punish you if you stray off the beaten track, however, it’s not so tight that it makes you feel like you need to drive it perfectly.

The par 5 opening tee shot:

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The par 3 7th hole:

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The par 4 9th tee shot:

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The well-bunkered par 3 12th hole:

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The long par 3 17th hole:

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The approach to the par 5 18th hole:

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Looking back on the 18th hole:

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It’s hard not to love the classic layout of Bermuda Dunes. It has a perfect combination of challenge and shot value, mixed with playability for all skill levels. It’s uncommon to find layouts that can challenge the professionals but remain playable and fun for players of all skill levels.

My father-in-law Gary and I played the tips to fully appreciate what the pros faced for 50 years, and really enjoyed the challenge. We didn’t quite play our best and had to deal with a few holes of pouring rain, so we weren’t too disappointed with 80 and 81. Obviously I let him win to stay on his good side!

If the opportunity presents itself to play Bermuda Dunes Country Club, I highly recommend jumping on the opportunity. I can’t guarantee you’ll have as good of a host as we had in Mark, but I can guarantee a pure golfing experience that you could do over and over again and not get tired of.

Happy golfing!

Josh

  7 comments for “Review: Bermuda Dunes Country Club

  1. February 24, 2015 at 7:17 am

    Haven’t played this course yet. Will have to check it out.

    • February 27, 2015 at 8:20 pm

      Tina

      If you get the chance you definitely should!

      Cheers
      Josh

  2. February 24, 2015 at 1:51 pm

    Josh,

    Great looking course. 81 from the tips is pretty good. Do you give lessons….or should I say does your Gary give lessons? 😉

    Cheers
    Jim

    • February 24, 2015 at 6:35 pm

      Jim

      Thanks! Haha I’m sure he would, and then he’d try and take your money so watch out! 😉

      Cheers
      Josh

  3. February 24, 2015 at 8:08 pm

    Aloha Josh,
    Nice writeup of a good looking course. I’ll bet that palm tree between the tee boxes on the 9th makes the forward tee attractive – even just looking at the picture it pulls on my eyes.
    A Hui Hou,
    Wayne

    • February 24, 2015 at 9:31 pm

      Aloha Wayne,

      Yes, there were a few holes where some inconveniently placed trees made a more forward tee seem like an inviting option! Haha! Love the challenge though.

      Always appreciate your comments

      Cheers!
      Josh

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