Two years after the Eldorado Country Club was formed in 1957, it hosted the 13th series of Ryder Cup matches, so its course is historically important.
Set dramatically at the feet of the Santa Rosa Mountains, Eldorado Country Club was originally designed in a rather rudimentary manner by Lawrence Hughes and this early desert course played second fiddle to the luxurious homes that flank many of the fairways.
In 2003, Tom Fazio carried out extensive alterations at Eldorado, which effectively put the course back on the map by introducing water aplenty in the shape of lakes and streams that have added both interest and strategic merit.
In its current guise, Eldorado could never host a modern day Ryder Cup but the course does have pedigree and history that many golf course aficionados seek.
Eldorado is not a well known place. Even in the Coachella Valley, it flies under the radar, despite having hosted one of the early editions of the Ryder Cup. Perhaps because it gets overshadowed by outstanding golf courses like Stone Eagle or The Quarry. Perhaps places like The Vintage take it out of the spotlight.
Eldo, as most of the members refer to it, is a golf course that likely (and I say this only having played it once) ages and appreciates the more time you play it. It is the perfect example of a great private members golf course. It requires many loops to appreciate the intricacies of its design, mainly its green complexes.
Without a doubt, Eldorado has some of the firmest greens I've ever played. Trying to take a shot directly at the flag and control it is nearly impossible. But Eldo's greens feature bowls, sidestops, backstops galore requiring the golfer to (most times) aim away from the pin at a green complex feature that will help funnel the ball toward the pin. Ultimately, this isn't something you figure out the first time around and why I think this golf course requires many loops to truly appreciate it.
With that being said, I would probably rate it much higher than a 4, but since I've only played it once and likely will never play it again, it only merits a 4. Easily the best greens (if not, Top 5) I've ever played and a wonderfully beautiful, manicured facility. If given the opportunity, I would recommend not missing out on this golf course. If nothing else, you get to play the same fairways as Snead, Middlecoff, Boros, Burke & Alliss.