The Woodhaven Country Club is a private country club that is considered one of the best hidden gems in the desert. The golf course was designed with gentle rolling slopes, narrow fairways, with spectacular mountain views throughout the 18 holes.
You can get off to an easy start here on No. 1, a par-4, playing at 361 yards from the back and 341 from the front. This hole offers a straight-forward layout, but watch out for the bunkers to the left and right as well as around the green. The 5th hole is an interesting and short par-4, measuring 263 yards from the back and 244 from the front. The narrow fairway may look tempting, but be careful. “A lot of big hitters would like to drive this hole,” said Rick Reed, Woodhaven’s director of golf, “but it has large trees on the left and a long lake on the right. So it’s easy to push your ball into the water or pull it into the trees.”
The Woodhaven Country Club signature hole is the photogenic No. 6, a par-3, measuring 165 yards from the back and 118 yards from the forward tees, that is all carry over water. “It’s a beautiful hole with a big fountain in the middle of a pond,” said Reed. “Sometimes the water can obscure your view of the pin.” The 17th also offers possible water trouble. It’s one of the two par-5s on the course and plays at 500 yards from the back and 460 yards from the front. Accuracy is important here. “You need to stay in the middle of the fairway,” Reed said. “It’s easy to go left into the water. But it’s also possible to reach the green in two, but you’ll have to go over the water on your second shot.”
Toll Free Tee Times: 1.800.520.0289
Architect: Harold Heers, Jr.
Holes: 18 Regulation
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Directions From Los Angeles / Palm Springs
Take the Interstate 10 Freeway (I-10) east to the Washington Street in Palm Desert. Drive south three-quarters of a mile to the club on the right.
Woodhaven Country Club Scorecard