While vacationing in Palm Springs, it was two friends from home who suggested we make a day trip to the Borrego Springs area to golf on one of the most consistently high rated courses in California.
We made a day of it by stopping at the fascinating dead or dying Salton Sea, as well as the famous sculptures on the desert as they are called in the Galleta Meadows near Borrego Springs.
But this day was about golf, and golf we did.
Only reopened to the public since 2014, Ram’s Hill, previously known as Montesero, is consistently rated as one of the best tracks in Southern California. In its past incarnation, the conditions of the Montesero had been left to deteriorate until, as fewer and fewer players came, it finally went into bankruptcy.
New owners, seeing the potential of reviving the club into the gem it once had been, were able to purchase it for under a million dollars. They then invested another 10 million dollars in upgrades and improvements, and the place has become a go to destination for golfers from the entire southern California area.
Situated between San Diego, it is mostly golfers from these two cities that fill up the golf course today.
Designed by Tom Fazio, it offers as lush fairways as I have seen anywhere. And with an exceptional view of the nearby mountains from every hole, it delivers on every promise its advertising makes.
True to their word, “the natural elevations changes make each hole different: not too steep and not too flat. Ram’s Hills many lakes, streams, waterfalls, and never ending mountain vistas add to Ram’s Hills unrivaled sense of serenity and enjoyment.”
The tees are set appropriately for the professional, down to the everyday hacker. And each will enjoy the course for its challenges, undulating fairways, and especially for its postcard scenery from anywhere on all 18 holes.
Notwithstanding the fact the each of our stops could be worth a full day’s visit unto themselves, the proximity between the Salton Sea, the Galleta Sculpture Gardens, and Ram’s Hill makes it is easy to take in all three in one day by charting your route in advance.
If You Go:
Take the I-10 from Palm Springs and connect to CA 86 S. For the Salton City side stay on 86. To see the further, but more developed Salton Sea State Recreation Area, connect to highway 111.
To get to Borrego Springs take what is called the Borrego-Salton Sea Way. Ram’s Hill is a short 10 minute drive from Borrego Springs.