I don’t normally rave about golf conditions but I have to say the revamped, Rams Hill, a Tom Fazio design, (previously Montesoro Golf & Social Club) in Borrego Springs, CA is a treat to play.
Literally resurrected from the dead early last year, the rebranded Rams Hill Golf Club sports an updated clubhouse, restaurant, driving range, some of the best conditions anywhere, and a great, attentive staff. Branded as a stay-and-play destination golf venue. Spend the night and get treated to two days of some spectacular golf.
For those of you unfamiliar with this golf course and it’s previous woes allow me to give you the Reader’s Digest version. After several previous land developers/owners ransacked the property and sold off assets including the sprinkler timer boxes it came down to one thing — water. Under the new management and careful, prudent business decisions water is no longer a problem at Rams Hill. In other words, the golf course can survive and it’s ready for business, they just need you, Joe Golfer, to avail yourself of their unique amenities. Just two hours south of Los Angeles, a 45 minute drive from San Diego and an hour drive from Palm Springs, you really have to want to come down here, and I think they have the right combination to make that decision worthwhile.
With Greenskeeper.org I was fortunate to visit the golf course in it’s current form last week. In a word, wow! Cutting to the quick, from tee to green Rams Hill is in prime shape. I have never experienced or had the privilege to play a golf course in such fine condition. Take a look at the photos. Literally I could find no fault. The course is easy on the eyes and quite honestly did not feel like ‘work’ when playing unlike some other courses I have played recently. Enjoying the course conditions you’re also treated to some of the best desert views imaginable. Don’t forget to bring your laser range finder. There are no GPS onboard batmobile style golf carts here, but they do sport some laser ready flags to quickly and precisely get your distance.
For myself tee boxes were flat, lush, and well rotated. There wasn’t a bare spot anywhere. Fairways were lush, well groomed and maintained — once again not a bare spot ANYWHERE. If there was supposed to be grass growing, it was certainly growing and with great coverage. If there was sand or waste areas, it was all marked and fairly straight forward. Bunkers were white sandy beaches — not fluffy but definitely playable. The greens and green complexes are a definite treat. Everything is what you see is what you get. The course sits on a hillside so everything heads in that direction. Subtle breaks sure but trust your line and you will be rewarded. Greens rolled really quick when I played there. Pace of play a little under 4 1/2 hours playing as a fivesome. The threesome that played behind us finally caught up to us after hole 15/16.
Sounds like I was falling all over myself regarding the golf conditions? My only suggestion is to try this course out. And to sweeten the pot, this course literally put it’s money where it’s mouth is. If you were one of the few fortunate folks to find out about the FREE Golf Rams Hill offered interested golfers then by all means take advantage. I found out about the deal on on Greenskeeper.org.
You will not be disappointed. Don’t take my word for it. Read the reviews on this course on Greenskeeper.org. For those of you unable to get the free golf coupon, do not despair. At the time of this review, the free golf offer has expired but prices are fairly competitive for single as well as stay-and-play packages.
Now would I play here again? Of course, and in a heartbeat.