Built in 2002, the Cimarron Golf Resort is surrounded by the scenic San Jacinto Mountains in the Palm Springs area of the Southern California desert.  Known for faster greens and straight, narrow fairways, the Boulder course is an enjoyable time.  This course is a par 71 with a length of 6,858 yards from the back tees and 5,127 from the front.  The Pebble Course is a par 58 and can be finished in about three hours if playing in a foursome.  While it is a par 3, it does have regulation length holes with bunkers and hazards.  Both courses are designed by architect John Fought of ScottsdaleThe ideal time of year is from October through April to play this or other Palm Springs area courses – but – if you can handle the heat and a bit more noise in the off-season, having the place to yourself is a very nice experience.  This facility will be closed for about a month starting in September 2008.  At this time they will be beautifying the “wash area” that runs through the middle of the location.

The mountains and surrounding areas are very scenic and the course has a wide-open feel.  There are houses and roads nearby, but plenty of natural (and some manufactured) beauty to distract you from this fact. 




We really had a great time here.  First off, we hit the driving range.  The distances were a bit misleading since there was this big dip in the middle.  We discovered that this was a common theme throughout the long course.   


Like most desert courses, there was water available every three holes.  Not all had shade like this one and there was no food/drink cart when we played.  Because of the wash area through the middle of the facility, the restrooms are located near the beginning/end of the Boulder Course and there are a few sets of portables strategically placed throughout the rest of the course.


Following are pictures of a few of the holes on the Boulder Course.  Pictures under the marker go with that particular hole so that each one is a marker that tells you which hole we are looking at followed by one or two pictures from the tee.  Most are from the back but you can tell which are not. 








I owned this hole!  The sixth is 502 yards from the back tees and 423 from the front. 



This is the seemingly innocent par 3 at the 17th that you hit from an elevated tee box over a pond.  Its more of a challenge than you might think but entirely doable.

Local residents cheer you on!  Or is this one laughing at me?  Hmm…

Oh yeah, this one is mocking me!

The Cimarron website describes the 18th hole as a par 5 that measures 569 yards from the back tees and 401 from the front.  Here they say you’ll need three solid shots to get to the green since there is prairie grass to the left and you’ll go up the side of a hill if you hit to the right. There isn’t too much trouble on the right, but you could end up with an awkward lie

Inside the pro shop.

This facility offers memberships, couples rates, and other specials.  Fees range from $19 – $99, depending on the time of year.  Check the website here for more information.

Let me just warn those of you who don’t realize just how oppressive the desert heat is in the summer again.  Please know that I have spent my life outdoors in the heat and wear protective clothing and sunblock for these rounds.  In addition, I carry more than enough water and some snacks with me.  I also use a cart of course, which is included many times in this area.  These are absolutely vital to a round in the desert.  Seriously.  Trust me on this one.


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  1. My husband and I played this course last Xmas and we loved it – reminded us so much of Scotland – very links-like – pot bunkers and all.

    I agree with zrockstar – good pace of play, nice folks, etc. But I didn’t have the same problem with the greens – playing in cool wetter weather, we didn’t have the concrete problem.

    The only thing I didn’t like was gas powered golf carts – too loud. They did say they were replacing them. I’d definitely play there again.

    I was actually planning on doing a course review on my blog, but you beat me to it :)


  2. Played Cimarron with my wife a few weeks ago, and it was a nice course. Since it was her first time playing, we played the short course (17 par 3’s 1 par 4). It was really affordable since they have a special couples package. The range was nice, it was free and you could hit as many balls as you like. Even four par threes, the course was nice and challengin, with deep, deep bunkers and lots of hills. You really need to hit the greens in regulation here. My only dislike were the greens themselves. They were hard as concrete, but I did not find them to be fast. The greens were basically blots of hard grass and sand. Overall though, it was a great experience, and I would go back for sure. Also, everyone in the proshop is super nice, friendly and helpful. Oh, another nice thing is that when we played, there was nobody ahead or behind us for at least 4 holes!