To be truly great, both wine and golf courses depend on exceptional earth, or as the French say, the Terroir, which embodies geology, geography, climate and soil characteristics. Rarely do they all come together, but when they do, the Terroir gives birth to greatness.
Blessed with great Terroir, Tom Fazio created an exceptional golf course, truly a masterpiece on a remote Southern California, mountain hillside overlooking the desert floor and nestled in the center of the immense Anza Borrego State Park.
The natural elevation changes make each hole distinctly different: not too steep, and not too flat. Rams Hill’s many lakes, streams, waterfalls and never ending mountain vistas add to Rams Hill’s unrivaled sense of serenity and enjoyment.
Tom Fazio's creative genius coupled with exceptional Terroir produced a rare golfing experience you can now enjoy.
Nestled in the center of the immense Anza Borrego State Park, Rams Hill offers a unique sense of serenity and tranquility. Even the non-golfer appreciates the pristine beauty of Rams Hill’s lush green fairways, and the waterfalls cascading into the lakes which reflect the craggy, steep mountains that nearly encircle the course. This quiet hillside sits hundreds of feet above the desert floor, and the gentle balmy breezes and the full desert light spectrum produce smooth Bent grass greens unlike any other.
For accommodations please contact our concierge, Mike Setchell, who can suggest a home rental on the course and will pre-stock its pantry, refrigerator and bar to your specifications. He'll also book tee times, make dinner reservations, and arrange hiking, biking, jeep trips, or hotel accommodations at the nearby La Casa del Zorro Hotel with its restaurants, spa, many pools, tennis courts and exercise facilities. This is the perfect place to unwind and get away from the city noise and traffic.
Dine in Rams Hill's Yacht Club Grille, or enjoy fine dining in the Santa Rosa Room. On a balmy night there's no better place to savor the stars and Chef Matthew's shrimp risotto than in your own al fresco private hillside dining area. Roast s'mores on your own crackling fire, and select the perfect wine pairing from our list of over 300 selections. You'll experience an unforgettable evening under the stars after watching the day's last light slowly creep across the valley floor far below, and then up the distant mountains.
Only a privileged few have played this formerly exclusive, private course which will be opens to the public this November. Although the new Fazio course was completed to rave reviews in 2008, we spent the last six months making improvements wherever needed to the water features, tees, bunkers and greens. Our state of the art irrigation system, bio-retention basins, reduced turf areas, unique driving range, and the introduction of only native draught tolerant vegetation in the surrounding landscaped areas are only a few ways we have demonstrated our commitment to being a good neighbor and creating a sustainable future for our community.
The nearest stoplight is 50 miles away! There are no big box or chain stores. The slower, uncomplicated pace and scenic beauty combine to produce a tranquil, authentic desert experience.
This is a special place, in every season. But remember – you don’t have to live here to play golf here. In fact, we have quite an international flavor, as people come from all over the world to enjoy the warm winter days, jeeping, hiking, horseback riding, cycling, mountain biking, off roading, and of course, tennis and golf. .
Our proximity of the encircling Anza Borrego State Park limits development in the surrounding area. Traffic is non-existent except on Fridays when we all meet at the Farmer’s Market. And while some might think of Palm Springs as competition, the people here pride themselves that we’re not Palm Springs!
The folks here are more “green,” preferring cycling to fighting the traffic on Palm Springs’ congested roads. There’s something special about waking up on a cool morning, jumping on your bike, coasting down the street and making that left hand turn on your way up and over Yaqui Pass. We’re more about enjoying nature, the mountains and the desert than the bling of Palm Springs. We come here to get away from the city; the Burger Kings, stop lights, traffic and Jiffy Lubes. We’ve put these nerve racking annoyances in our rearview mirrors. Rams Hill offers the finest in golf, and dining in a serene and tranquil Southern California environment.