Golf in Borrego Springs
Borrego Springs Resort & Spa Country Club. The 18 holes of golf at this resort and country club are open to the public. Formerly part of a trio of three 9-hole courses (one has since closed), the remaining two, Mesquite and Desert Willow, are generally played as an 18-hole round by most golfers, starting with Mesquite. Both courses have natural desert landscaping and mature date palms. 1112 Tilting T Dr., Borrego Springs, CA, 92004. 760/767–5700. www.borregospringsresort.com. From $30. 18 holes, 6760 yards, par 71.
RoadRunner Golf and Country Club. Adjacent to the Springs at Borrego course and with some shared facilities, this club has an 18-hole course par-3 golf course. Though the course has views of the Santa Rosa, San Ysidro, and Vallecito Mountains and Indian Head Mountain, the terrain is relatively flat. Another bonus: there's rarely a wait for a tee time. 1010 Palm Canyon Dr., Borrego Springs, CA, 92004. 760/767–5373. www.roadrunnerclub.com. $35. 18 holes, 2451 yards, par 54.
The Springs at Borrego. Part of a luxurious RV-park complex, this public golf course has 9 holes that can be configured to play as 18. The tight course, designed by David Pfaff, has narrow fairways and a series of challenging traps and bunkers. With views of Indian Head Mountain and birds of numerous species passing through, the setting is gorgeous. The course closes for the summer. 2255 DiGiorgio Rd., Borrego Springs, CA, 92004. 760/767–0004. www.springsatborrego.com. $45 for 18 holes. 9 holes, 3084 yards, par 36.
Smoketree Arabian Ranch. Equine encounters at this institute and ranch include desert horseback rides on Arabian or quarter horses, pony rides for kids, and a nonriding human-to-horse communication experience similar to horse-whispering. The owners also provide a B&B experience in a ranch house—with a full-day horseback ride and meals included—for $650 for two nights (no credit cards accepted). 302 Palm Canyon Dr., Borrego Springs, CA, 92004. 760/207–1427. www.smoketreearabianranch.com. Rides start at $95 for 3 hrs.
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