Situated on a hill overlooking the remote and sleepy town of Borrego Springs, Rams Hill Golf Club provides the golfer with an incredibly scenic and fun round of desert golf.
Rams Hill was originally designed by Ted Robinson in 1983 as a 27-hole layout and suffered through a rocky financial history with multiple owners buying, selling and renaming the property over the decades. In 2007, the property was completely redesigned by Tom Fazio, resulting in a brand new 18-hole course. Due to ongoing financial issues, the course closed in 2010 only to reopen in 2014 using the original Rams Hill name.
Both nines feature the aforementioned hill as the course makes its way up and across the ridgeline for the front nine and then plays downhill for the back nine. Rams Hill offers a variety of tee box options starting at 5,064 yards from the ladies tees and stretching to 7,247 yards from the black tees.
Favorite holes on the course include the 5th, which is a long par three with water challenging the golfer most of the way and the downhill par five 11th which provides amazing views of Borrego Springs and leads to the green nestled next to a small pond.
Despite being a desert course, the local springs allows for a surprising number of water features and, unlike many Palm Springs courses, Rams Hill closes for the summer allowing the layout to survive the brutal heat and to ensure that when it is open, the conditioning is in top shape.
Rams Hill is truly a hidden gem of California golf courses.
Article by Pete Flanigan.
Rams Hill is one of the best hidden gems in the country. The drive to Rams Hill is so mello and peaceful because of the awesome scenery. The best part is that you will never have to sit in any traffic while driving to Rams Hill. When you arrive at the gates, it's a huge surprise to see such a nice community in the middle of nowhere. The course is always in Tour quality condition and the GM Harry Turner is one of the best in the business. The service from the staff is always amazing. Rams Hill's range is amazing too. The grass is perfect and they have brand new Titleist ProV1 practice balls set up in perfect pyramids for the golfers to warm up with. They also have range finders on the range so you can practice and warm up properly. The course is not super difficult but can be tough if you are missing the greens in the wrong spots. The course is one of the best in California it's definitely a Top 30 course in CA in my opinion. All serious golfers that live in CA should definitely set up a tee time to play Rams Hill. It's definitely worth it and you will be really happy after the round. I guarantee it.
Rams Hills in Borrego Spring - a very remote small town in eastern San Diego county. It is about 70 miles east of the city. There are several 2-star smaller hotels there to stay as in makes a great weekend golf getaway. Note they are only open from October - April, as Borrego Springs is exceedingly hot in the summer months.
The previous reviewer's points are all absolutely correct. The course is always in amazing condition (where are they getting all the water from?). It is a classic Fazio design and very picturesque. A really good track and fun to play for all levels at Fazio gives different angles to play every hole.
I give the review an Eagle versus an Albatross only because of the remoteness / distance to get there.
Note for something different. Next time I go, I am likely going to skip the golf cart (buggy) and take advantage of the Golf Boards or the Electric Bikes as an alternative method; just for the fun of it.
I had heard the whispers of the resuscitated Rams Hill from my Southern California brethren and when I finally got a chance to see it for myself this year, I was blown away by the conditioning of the course, the scenery but most importantly the fun I was having on the course!
The only knock on Rams Hill is its location, out in the middle of nowhere in Borrego Springs California, but maybe that is what makes it special. There are very few houses on the course (unlike its Palm Springs cousins), and it provides for a very quiet round of golf, which allows you to focus on how great a Fazio design it is.
The routing goes up and down the hill with wide fairways allowing for various tee shots leading to interesting green complexes and devilish bunkers. The par 3s are long and visually intimidating while the par 5s give you risk/reward options to have you dreaming of eagle, or double bogeys. Each hole is different and enjoyable, even if you are making worms widows that day.
I have been dragging my Los Angeles golfing friends down to Rams Hill ever since I started playing it this year and if you find yourself in Southern California, it is definitely worth a jaunt out there.