BigHorn: The Mountains Course

Hole

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

out

10

11

12

13

14

15

16

17

18

in

Yards

503

367

501

185

280

505

392

205

459

3397

395

197

524

391

425

505

436

166

426

3491

6888

Hndcp

13

5

3

11

17

1

7

15

9

2

18

16

10

8

14

6

12

4

Par

5

4

5

3

4

4

4

3

4

36

4

3

5

4

4

5

4

3

4

36

72

BigHorn, the Mountains CourseThis 6,888 yard, par 72 desert course was designed by Arthur Hill.  It was the first of the courses in the BigHorn Development in Palm Desert, California. Set at the foot of the Santa Rosa Mountains, the course has established itself as one of the most challenging and picturesque in the area.  The first six holes snake through winding ravines and climb more than 1,000 feet.  At the signature 6th, the route drops quickly back into the Coachella Valley.  The view is impressive indeed, but the hole offers no allowance for strategic play.  the only shot from the tee is to lay up in the middle short of the steep cliff.  At that point the hole becomes another downhill 3-par.  The 7th is a better hole which requires an accurate drive and a tricky uphill approach over a steep knoll.  From there the route gradually descends through desert wash into rolling hills and man-made lakes.  The natural rock formations and jagged terrain dotted with Sagauro cactus and other desert fauna contrast sharply with the velvety green carpet of the grass fairways and greens.  this is a course of strongly bold and delicately fragile beauty, but the golfer must beware.  the raw desert is out-of -bounds and surrounds almost every hole.  Errant shots are severely penalized.  The course hosted the annual Skins competition in late fall for the years 1992 - 94.


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