Palm Springs Golf

Palm Springs is one the golf centers of the world. Here you will find five of the top 30 courses in California as rated by Golf.com. Wether you are seasoned golf professional or begining enthusiast, you will find large number and variety of golf courses to fit any taste. Palm Springs offers almost unmatched number of choices and vareity, and hence more attrace fees and amenities. Below is a guide of Palm Springs and Surrounding Desert Cities Golf courses

PGA West

The PGA West houses six top-rated golfing venues, including three that are consistently rated by Golf magazine as among the best courses to play in the nation. PGA West’s most famous course, the Stadium, is an 18-hole, par-72 field designed by world-renowned golf designer Peter Dye. Golf Digest magazine rated it in 2007 as the fourth toughest course in the United States. The Stadium’s signature hole is the 16th, which includes a 19-foot deep bunker that runs almost the full length of the hole.

La Quinta Resort

La Quinta’s venues are independent and stand on their own as top-rated courses for the area. In 2010, Golf.com ranked La Quinta’s Mountain course at the 70th course to play out of the top 100 courses in the nation. The Mountain course is a 6,700 yard, par-72 field that boasts some of the trickiest holes in the game, such as the par-5, fourth hole where at the tee, the green is hidden from view by a mountain that you have to play around to get to the hole.

Indian Wells Golf Resort

In 2010, both courses at Indian Wells Golf Resort were not only ranked among the top 20 courses to play in California by Golf Magazine, but they also ranked among the top municipal courses in the country by Golfweek, making Indian Wells the only Palm Springs golf course to have both its courses so highly rated. The higher rated of the two courses is the Players Course, which is an 18-hole, 7,300 yard, par-72 venue that has hosted such tournaments as the 2008 LG Skins Game.

Desert Willow Golf Resort

Awarded 4.5 stars by Golf Digest magazine, Desert Willow is another multicourse facility that offers a top-rated golfing experience. The Mountain View course is a 6,900 yard, par-72 classic California venue with long, uneven fairways that integrate indigenous California flora and fauna into the field of play. The more challenging Firecliff course, while a bit longer in total yardage, is a much more difficult play with more than 50 bunker and hazard areas, and tough shots such as the par-3, 14th hole that requires precision placement from the tee to a sunken green with bunkers on two sides.

Shadow Ridge Golf Resort

Unlike other Palm Springs courses, the Shadow Ridge, which was designed by championship golfer Nick Faldo, does not try to incorporate the desert terrain into the field of play. The course at Shadow Ridge boasts lush fairways and greens bordered by more than 2,000 trees and shrubs. The course itself is an 18-hole, 6,900 yard, par-71 venue formed in a sideways, lazy figure-8 design. In 2010, Shadow Ridge was chosen by Golf Magazine as one of the top 30 places to play in California.

Longest Course Nearest Palm Springs

The Escena Golf Club, located less than 10 miles from Palm Springs, offers a challenge to golfers looking to measure their driving prowess. This 18-hole course designed by golfing legend Jack Nicklaus covers a distance if 7,211 yards with a par of 72. The course features thousands of palm trees, sloping fairways, and water and sand hazards throughout. Golfers will also find four holes measuring more than 500 yards, including the monstrous No. 1, which measures 611 yards from the championship tees.

Resort Golfing in Palm Springs

The Palm Springs region offers a variety of resorts featuring golf courses. The nearest resort golfing to Palm Springs is the 18-hole Legends courses located at the Tahquitz Creek Golf Resort. The course offers vistas of snow-capped mountains, wide open fairways and stands of palm trees guarding large greens. Putting on the greens, however, represent a major challenge, as they are severely sloped. This par-71 course measures 6,775 yards and features an open, desert “links” style, conducive to walking as well as riding.

Easiest Courses to Walk

In Palm Springs, players can find several courses within 20 miles that are pleasant to walk. The nearest course is the nine-hole Bel Air Greens course. This Tommy Jacobs’ designed course at Bel Air Greens in Palm Springs measures 1,675 yards and is a par-32. The course is extremely flat, great for walking, and features its share of sand bunkers.

The Cathedral Canyon Golf Club also offers nine-hole golf courses measuring just more than 3,000 yards each, or golfers can play all 18 holes. The course presents a flat lay-out and features water hazards on over half of the holes in each nine-hole layout.

Palm Springs Golf Lessons

The Palm Springs Golf Academy

Offers well-planned golf schools for men and women

of all ages, and abilities, taught by many well-known PGA teaching …

Website: www.psgolfacademy.com

Faldo Institute

The curriculum at Faldo Golf Institute is based on the teaching philosophy of Six-Time Major Champion, Sir Nick Faldo. Our Faldo Certified Instructors undergo anextensive certification process; and as part of their ongoing training, they spend time with Sir Nick Faldo as he reinforces his core values as a champion player and demonstrates how to effectively apply his winning techniques to help each individual student at Faldo Golf Institute reach their full potential.

Website: www.gofaldo.com

Escena Golf Club Palm Springs

Address: 1100 Clubhouse View Dr., Palm Springs, CA 92262

Phone: (760) 778-2737

Guests of Vacation Palm Springs receive discounted rates at Escena!

May 2011: Vacation Palm Springs guests golf for $43 – $75 a round.

June – October, 2011: Vacation Palm Springs guests golf for $30 – $47 a round

Overseeding at Escena begins October 3rd, 2011.

Opened in 2009, Escena Golf Course is Palm Springs California’s newest 18 hole golf course located at 1100 Clubhouse View Drive in the north eastern section of Palm Springs, Ca.

This 18 hole golf course is open to the public and is available at affordable rates.

Escena’s Palm Springs Golf Course offers beautiful mountain views of the spectacular Palm Springs Desert area mountain range from every hole.

Lush landscaping and thousands of palm trees make this course feel like a paradise. Water concourses throughout this golf course offer a surprise for your senses of both sight and sound ans you play golf in this quiet desert golf oasis.

An amazing new and ultra-spacious Mid-Century Modern-style clubhouse echoes the design style of Palm Springs and includes a dining room and full-service bar. This is distinctive feature available to guests and members (open to the public) at Escena Golf Course in Palm Springs. Traditional favorites and specialty drinks are available here. Plus, here you can enjoy cool desert evenings after a great golf game with friends around a beautiful fire pit outdoors on the patio overlooking the incredible mountain views.

If you have a special event or a group of friends you’d like to host for a golf trip dinner, Escena’s dining room is available for rent for small events or business meetings. The clubhouse and bar’s outdoor patio that overlooks the Escena Golf Course and the mountain vistas is an excellent location for a re-cap of the day’s golf with friends and family.This course offers 7,211 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72 . Escena Golf Course was designed by Jack Nicklaus, ASGCA. Todd Connelly is the general manager of Escena Golf Course.

Stretching to almost 7,200 yards from the back tees, don’t be fooled in thinking this paradise is a push over. Strategically placed hazards and acres of desert-scapes can put a challenge on shot making.

Also, while many of the undulating greens are protected by bunkers, most offer collection areas that dramatically improve your chances to save par. With generous fairways and four sets of tees to select from, each golfer can decide his or her own personal level for challenge.

If you don’t feel like transporting your golf clubs all the way to Palm Springs, rental golf clubs available are available at Escena Golf Club in Palm Springs, Ca. Escena Golf club rental sets include Callaway Diablo Woods, X-22 irons, and an Odyssey XG putter. A Callaway golf valuables pack with Escena Logo, including six Callaway golf balls, tees, and ball marks, is complementary to you with each rental purchase (a $30 value). Womens and left handed sets also available for rent.

Yardage: 7,211Course: 18 holesTournament: 74.2/130, 71.1/124 ChampionshipMiddle: 69.8/120; W Middle: 76.7/135Designer: Jack Nicklaus

Website: www.escenagolf.com

Mesquite Golf & Country Club

Address: 2700 East Mesquite Ave., Palm Springs, Ca 92262

Phone: (760)323-9377

Directions: East on Ramon Road, south on Farrell Drive to clubhouse at Mesquite Avenue

This Palm Springs Golf Course is Open to the Public – Public Golf Welcome!

Playing Policy: Open to the public. Carts required. Tee times 14 days in advance with credit card.

Mesquite Golf Course is centrally located less than ten minutes to downtown Palm Springs. The course at Mesqute Golf and Country Club features five lakes and many large trees lining the fairways. The mountain views of the San Jacinto Palm Springs mountain range is gorgeous from this course. Mesquite Country Club has hosted several local PGA and Golden State Tour events. Though this course is relatively short by championship standards, playing 6,400 yards from the tips, Mesquite Golf Course offers a challenging golf game with numerous water hazards.

Notes: Moderately rolling fairways with washes that are playing factors. Some holes are very close together, so be alert. Bermuda greens.

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Holes: 18 Hole Course

Course: 18/M-72/118; W-72/120

Yardage: 6,328/5,944/5,281

Designed by: Bert Stamps, 1985.

Website: www.mesquite-golf.com

Seven Lakes Country Club

Address: 4100 East Seven Lakes Drive, Palm Springs, Ca 92264

Phone: (760) 328-9774

The 18-hole “Seven Lakes” course at the Seven Lakes Country Club facility in Palm Springs, California features 2,712 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 58 . Designed by Ted Robinson, ASGCA, the Seven Lakes golf course opened in 1965. Silas Dreher manages the course as the General Manager.

7 Lakes Pro Shop and Golf Professional Simon Letts, PGA invites you to come in and see our new supply of golf equipment and clothing. Golf lessions are also available. They welcome outside players who are members of other private golf clubs in the USA and Canada; those who carry a USGA membership card are also welcome. For tee times call 760-328-9774

Holes: 18

Yardage: 2,712 from the longest tees

Designed by: Ted Robinson

Website: www.sevenlakes.com

Tahquitz Creek Legend Course

Address: 1885 Golf Club Drive, Palm Springs, Ca 92264

Phone: (760) 328-1005

Directions: East on Ramon Road to Crossley; or east on Highway 111 to Golf Club Drive, north to course entrance.

Open to the Public!

Two 18-hole championship Tahquitz Creek Palm Springs golf courses offer very different golf experiences. A long-time favorite among Palm Springs golfers, the Legend Course at Tahquitz Creek is a par-72, 6,600-yard course with a traditional layout. It was originally designed by William (Billy) Bell in the 1950s. Recent renovations have added 40 new bunkers to the Legends Course.

The newer of the two golf courses at the Palm Springs Tahquitz Creek Golf Resort, called the Resort Course, is a Ted Robinson design introduced in 1995. A par-72, 6,705-yard course with four sets of tees, the Resort Course, also features a desert links-style layout. Both Tahquitz Creek golf courses offer gorgeous views of the Palm Springs mountain range.

An abundance of unique amenities are available at the Arnold Palmer-managed Tahquitz Creek Golf Course in Palm Springs include a driving range, a putting area, and short game area plus Palm Springs golf lessons and clinics.

The Tahquitz Creek Golf Resort featres a well-supplied golf shop as well as the Traditions Cafe. Golf Digest has rated the Palm Springs Tahquitz Creek Public golf courses among its “Best Places to Play.”

Courses: 36 holes

Legend Course: 18 M-72/117; W-73/118

Yardage: 6,775/6,484/6,211/5,861

Designer: Billy Bell, 1957.

Playing Policy: Open to public. Cart required weekends; walking permitted M-Th; tee times — book up to 30 days in advance with credit card guarantee.

Notes: This is a flat to slightly hilly course. Wide, tree-lined fairways. Medium-size greens with a number of breaks. No water. Bermuda greens.

Comments: Course is in very good condition for heavily played course.

Resort Course: 18 M-72/123; W-72/119

Yardage: 6,649/6,249/5,828/5,206

Designer: Ted Robinson, 1995.

Description: An excellent golf course with Ted Robinson trademarks of water and scenic holes, punctuated by stunning mountain views. Greens are well protected by bunkers. Rolling fairways Bermuda greens.

Website: www. tahquitzgolfresort.com

Indian Canyons

Address: 1097 Murray Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92264

Phone: (760) 833-8700

Directions: Traveling south on Palm Canyon Drive, the road divides. Traveling south proceed on Palm Canyon Drive. Turn left on Murray Canyon Drive. Proceed one mile. Make the mandatory right on Murray Canyon Drive.

Surrounded on three sides by breathtaking, colorful, natural mountain vistas, sheltered from the wind and nestled at the base of the San Jacinto Mountains lies the jewel of the desert, Indian Canyons Golf Resort. This 36 hole resort is uniquely positioned to offer you an unrivaled golf experience in the Greater Palm Springs Area.

The facility offers two very distinctively different golf courses and each is a reflection of its time.

The South Course is an 18-hole championship course that was Redesigned by Casey O’Callaghan in 2004 along with consultant, Amy Alcott, LPGA Hall of Famer. This par 72, 6,582 yard championship course has four large lakes that come into play on six of the holes, but the most extraordinary feature are the 5 five par holes. The course also features rolling mounds and fairways and more than 850 palm trees, including some 500 Washingtonia filifera palm trees native to the Agua Caliente Tribe and an important tree in the history of the Tribe.

The North Course is a par 72, 6,943 yard course that was designed by well known architect, William P. Bell and is heavily steeped in tradition. This classically designed course meanders through Palm Springs’ stylish “Canyon” region which boasts a wide array of authentic mid-century modern homes and stunning mountain views. The course is brought to life by thousands of palm, olive and other native trees. The course has six challenging water hazards the largest which is located between the 9th and 18th holes and hosts the course’s visual centerpiece, the historic Walt Disney fountain which shoots water jets over 100 feet high.

South Course: 18 holes

Yardage: 6,582

Designer: Casey O’Callaghan

Website: www.indiancanyonsgolf.com

North Course: 18 holes

Yardage: 6,943

Designer: William P. Bell

Website: www.indiancanyonsgolf.com

O’Donnell Golf Club

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Address: 301 North Belardo Road, Palm Springs, Ca 92262
Phone: (760) 325-2259

Directions: Downtown Palm Springs, Ca. West end of Amado Road, one block west of North Palm Canyon Drive at the Mountains.

Located in heart of beautiful downtown Palm Springs, California, O’Donnell Golf Course is the oldest golf course in the entire Greater Palm Springs California Desert area. O’Donnell uniquely combines challenging golf with a casual, laid back atmosphere.

Beautiful up-close mountain vistas (so close you can actually touch the mountains) plus impeccable conditions make this golf course truly a fun course to play.

The O’Donnell golf course is known for its “playground of the stars.” Hollywood celebrities such as Bob and Delores Hope, Frank Sinatra, Kirk Douglas, Bing Crosby, Clark Gable and others have either played this course or been members of O’Donnell Golf Course and Golf Club.

Course: 9/M-70/108; W-70/116

Specs: 2,655, par 35

Designer: Tom O’Donnell; founded in 1925.

Playing: Members with guests; Sponsored guests are permitted. Cart is required. Tee times: bookings required 2 days in advance. Reciprocal.

Membership

Fees/Dues: $6,000 initiation, $3,300 annual.

Description: 9 holes with two sets of tees. Flat and fairly open. Well maintained. Bent-grass greens. Beautiful scenic historic course. Palm Springs Oldest course.

Notes: This gorgeous scenic course is located at the base of the San Jacinto Mountain range west of Palm Canyon Drive in downtown Palm Springs. Founded in 1925, this is the oldest and one of the most historic golf courses in the Palm Springs area.

Tommy Jacobs Bel Air Greens

Address: 100 South El Cielo Road, Palm Springs, Ca 92262

Phone: (760) 322-6062

Directions: Ramon Rd east to west on El Cielo Rd.

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Course: 9-hole executive, par 32

Yardage: 1,768/1,570/1,397

Designer: Len Gerkin, 1972.

Information: Water located on 5 of the nine holes. Traps in strategic locations. All holes relatively short. Sensational Mountain Views. Bermuda greens. Near downtown Palm Springs.

Notes: Former PGA Tour player Tommy Jacobs owns this course. The driving range is lighted and features a misting system to keep players cool in the summer.

Cathedral City Public Golf Courses
Cathedral Canyon

Address: 68311 Paseo Real, Cathedral City, Ca 92234

Phone: (760) 328-6571

Directions: Heading East on East Palm Canyon, turn left to go north on Cathedral Canyon Drive, then left to go west on Paseo Real

Cathedral Canyon Golf Club was built in the early 1970′s as the centerpiece of the Cathedral Canyon Development.

The Cathedral Canyon Golf Club at Welk Resorts Desert Oasis was designed by David Rainville, who has specialized in California golf courses and boasts one of the most spectacular courses in the Coachella Valley. Renowed golfer Billy Casper assisted Mr. Rainville in the design.

Tree-lined fairways and strategically placed bunkers and lakes are set against the backdrop of the majestic San Jacinto Mountains. In total, 18 holes and over 6,500 yards of championship golf provide challenging play for golf lovers.

Cathedral Canyon Golf & Tennis Club was built in the early 1970′s as the centerpiece of the Cathedral Canyon Development. Renowned golfer Billy Casper assisted Mr. Rainville in the design.

Each of the 9-hole layouts, Mountain and Lake, display distinctive features such as tree lined fairways and strategically placed bunkers with rolling hills, all picturesquely meandering among 16-lakes. The surrounding San Jacinto Mountains are sure to offer the most breathtaking views in the Coachella Valley.

Holes: 18

Yardage: 6,505/6,172/5,441/5,423

Designer: David Rainville

Website: www.cathedral-canyon.com

Cimarron

Address: 67603 30th Ave, Cathedral City, Ca 92234

Phone: (760)770-6060

Directions: Heading East on Ramon Rd, make a left to go North on Landau, then a left on 30th ave.

Cimarron Golf Course, Palm Springs: an upscale 36-hole Palm Springs golf facility featuring two championship golf course layouts.

Location: From Palm Springs, take Ramon Road east, left onto Landau Avenue, left on 30th Avenue to entrance for Cimmaron Golf Course.

Course: 36 holes (1 regulation, 1 executive)

Playing: Open to the public. Tee times 60 days in advance with credit card guarantee.

Long Course: 18/M-71/119;W-71/117

Yardage: 6,840/6,446/5,856/5,127

Description: Links type course. Sod-wall bunkers with crushed white marble. Large greens with subtle breaks. A challenging layout. Tif-dwarf greens. Amazing Mountain views.

Designer: John Fought, 1999

Short Course: 18/M-56/88;W-56/93

Yardage: 3,156

Description: Same general characteristics as the Long Course.

Designer: John Fought, 1999

Website: www.cimarrongolf.com

Rancho Mirage Public Golf Courses

Westin Mission Hills Resort-Gary Player Signature

Address: 71333 Dinah Shore Drive, Rancho Mirage Ca 92270

Phone: (760) 328-3198

Directions: Heading east on the I-10 freeway exit Bob Hope / Ramon Rd. Turn right on Bob Hope, then right on Dinah Shore, the gate will be on the left.

The first and only Gary Player course in the desert, the Mission Hills North Course is designed for golfers of all levels and preserves and enhances the natural beauty of the desert environment. The

course features 20 acres of lakes, four waterfalls and beautiful landscaping.

The Mission Hills North Course has proved to be a popular one with both public and resort golfers. It is used as an alternative to the Pete Dye Course and is generally easier for the average golfer to play. Player’s design makes extensive use of water, with lakes coming into play on 10 holes. On the par-5 11th, water is reachable on all three shots before reaching the green. Three of the course’s par-4s – the fifth, eighth and 12th – all feature water in some way. The 11th is the toughest of the par-5s, though a golfer must also be careful on the third hole – which also has a lake in the fairway – and the 17th, with a lake near the green. Both nines end with demanding par-4s with water. The 18th requires a good drive over a lake to a fairway that doglegs to the right.

Yardage: 7,062/6,643/6,044/6,043/4,907

Slope: 131/124/115/130/118

Rating: 73.4/71.3/68.5/75.7/68

Designer: Gary Player

Website: www.westinmissionhillsgolf.com

Westin Mission Hills Resort-Pete Dye Resort Course

Address: 71333 Dinah Shore Drive, Rancho Mirage Ca 92270

Phone: (760) 328-3198

Directions: Heading east on the I-10 freeway exit Bob Hope / Ramon Rd. Turn right on Bob Hope, then right on Dinah Shore, the gate will be on the left.

The Westin Mission Hills Pete Dye Resort Course, in typical Pete Dye character, has pot bunkers, railroad ties and several water hazards. Westin Mission Hills Resort, named to “Golf Magazine’s” 1998 list of “Silver Medal Resorts,” features two eighteen hole layouts.

At the Westin Mission Hills Pete Dye Resort golf course the fairways are narrow, and the greens are quick. Characteristic Pete Dye challenges include carries over water, hidden pin placements, elevated tees, palm trees and rolling fairways. There are four sets of tees at the Mission Hills Resort course to satisfy every skill level. The Westin Mission Hills Resort course has hosted the California State Open, Senior PGA Tour Qualifying Finals and LPGA Tour.

Yardage: 6,706/6,158/5,588/5,587/4,841

Slope: 131/126/116/126/117

Rating: 72.2/69.6/66.7/72.1/67.6

Designer: Pete Dye

Website: www.westinmissionhillsgolf.com

Rancho Mirage Country Club

Address: 38500 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage, Ca 92270

Phone: (760) 324-4711

Directions: Heading East on East Palm Canyon Drive, Turn left on Frank Sinatra Drive. Turn right on Bob Hope Drive, the location is on the left.

Nestled in the middle of the Coachella Valley, a mere nine miles from Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage Country Club sits at the classiest of addresses: the crossroads of Bob Hope and Frank Sinatra Drives. Our popular course is freeway-close with all the action of California desert.

The course itself opened in 1985 and provides the golfer with mature, tree lined fairways, subtle undulations, and perfect year round playing conditions, plus views of the entire Coachella Valley and the snow capped peaks of the San Jacinto Mountains from the elevated tees.

A welcoming and spacious clubhouse plays host to our PGA Professional Shop full of all of the latest in golf equipment and fashion trends, the Tony’s Grill for casual before or after golf food and beverage service, as well as superb banquet and event facilities for groups of up to 250.

We are a Semi-Private Country Club, but Open to the Public. Rancho Mirage Country Club provides our guests with the feel of a private club from the moment you enter the gates to the property.

Website: www.ranchomiragegolf.com

Rancho Las Palmas Resort

Address: 42000 Bob Hope Drive, Rnacho Mirage, Ca 92270

Phone: (760) 862-4551

Directions: Heading east on East Palm Canyon, turn left on Bob Hope Drive, location on your right.

Adjacent to the spectacular Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa is the stunningly beautiful Ted Robinson designed, 27-hole golf course that is the centerpiece of Rancho Las Palmas Country Club.

Three distinct nine hole layouts add a unique flavor to every round played at our Palm Springs golf resort. The gently rolling terrain, palm-tree lined fairways, and incredible mountain vistas are classic California Desert Golf at its very best. The generous fairways of this very player-friendly course wind their way throughout the resort, and with six lakes and infamous Ted Robinson bunkering it provides a memorable challenge for even the best of players. You’ll find everything you need for your round at the award-winning golf and tennis professional shops. 760-862-4551

Some of you may know that in December 2010, Southern California (and many other areas) experienced a very large rain storm. This impacted our golf course in a way we couldn’t even imagine.

After about a week of rain we had a raging river running through the Rancho Las Palmas Country Club wash.

After the water receded, we were left with MUD, about 25 acres of it and in some areas it was as much as six feet deep!

So we did our homework and brought in Southwest Landscape, based in Huntington Beach, to clean it up and re-build the holes that go through the wash to the tune of $500,000 (yes, that is correct number of zeros).

We decided to take this opportunity to make some improvements and add some yardage to make the course more challenging. Approximately 10 acres of sod was laid and 20 additional acres have been re-seeded. During re-construction, five new tee boxes were added to the North Course, adding approximately 150 yards in additional length. This summer, we will add another 100 yards to the North Course.The North/South 18-hole rotation now plays over 6,400 yards compared to under 6,100 last spring!

And here is the result! The beautiful new North 5 Fairway!

So today’s lesson: When life gives you rain and mud, make tee boxes!

Par: 70/71

Yardage: 5289/6097

Slope: 115/126

Course Rating: 65.8/71.8

Designer: Ted Robinson

Website: www.rancholaspalmas.com/golf

Palm Desert Public Golf Courses

Woodhaven Country Club

Address: 41555 Woodhaven Drive East, Palm Desert, Ca 92211

Phone: (760)345-7636

Directions: Heading east on the I-10 freeway, exit Washington. Turn right to head South on Washington. Location on the right.

The 18-hole “Woodhaven” course at the Woodhaven Country Club facility in Palm Desert, California features 5,794 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 70 . The course rating is 67.1 and it has a slope rating of 118 on Bermuda grass. Designed by Harold Heers Jr., the Woodhaven golf course opened in 1984.

Woodhaven is a private country club that is considered one of the best hidden gems of the desert. The golf course was designed with gentle rolling slopes, narrow fairways, with spectacular mountain views throughout the 18 holes.

You can get off to an easy start here on No. 1, a par-4, playing at 361 yards from the back and 341 from the front. This hole offers a straight-forward layout, but watch out for the bunkers to the left and right as well as around the green. The 5th hole is an interesting and short par-4, measuring 263 yards from the back and 244 from the front. The narrow fairway may look tempting, but be careful. “A lot of big hitters would like to drive this hole,” said Rick Reed, Woodhaven’s director of golf, “but it has large trees on the left and a long lake on the right. So it’s easy to push your ball into the water or pull it into the trees.”

Our signature hole is the photogenic No. 6, a par-3, measuring 165 yards from the back and 118 yards from the forward tees, that is all carry over water. “It’s a beautiful hole with a big fountain in the middle of a pond,” said Reed. “Sometimes the water can obscure your view of the pin.” The 17th also offers possible water trouble. It’s one of the two par-5s on the course and plays at 500 yards from the back and 460 yards from the front. Accuracy is important here. “You need to stay in the middle of the fairway,” Reed said. “It’s easy to go left into the water. But it’s also possible to reach the green in two, but you’ll have to go over the water on your second shot.”

Website: www.woodhavencc.net

Desert Willow

Address: 38995 Desert Willow Drive, Palm Desert, Ca 92260

Phone: (760)346-7060

Directions: Heading east on the I-10 freeway, exit Cook Street. Make a right to head south on Cook. Turn right on Country Club Drive. The location will be on your right.

Desert Willow Golf Resort located in Palm Desert, California, just minutes away from Palm Springs, offers two of the Coachella Valley’s best plays. Test your skills against the natural hazards and myriad water features of the challenging Firecliff or play a smoother, more relaxing round on the magnificent Mountain View course which boasts newly renovated bunkers and greens.

This premium public golf resort was voted 4 and 1/2 stars, ‘Best Places to Play’ by Golf Digest Magazine. From the moment you make your tee time to the moment your clubs are loaded back into your car, our goal is to make you feel like a member of an exclusive club. You can expect every aspect of your experience at Desert Willow Golf Resort to be taken to a heightened level.

Desert Willow Golf Resort is unlike any other Southern California golf vacation. You will see it in our staff, our two championship golf courses, our spectacular clubhouse, our new Palm Desert Golf Academy, our weddings and special events and of course our incredible views of the surrounding Santa Rosa Mountains.

It’s award-winning championship golf in One Legendary Location, on Two Unforgettable

Courses.

Firecliff Course:

Black Tees: 138/73.6 7,056

Blue Tees: 133/71.7 6,676

White Tees: M-124/69.3 W-130/75.1 6,173

Yellow Tees: M-117/67.2 W-124/72.1 5,642

Red Tees: 120/69 5,079

Mountain View Course:

Black Tees: 130/73.4 6,913

Blue Tees: 128/71.5 6,470

White Tees: M-126/69.8 W-130/75.2 6,097

Gold Tees: M-121/67.2 W-123/72.1 5,573

Red Tees: 123/68.9 5,040

Designer: Michael Hurzdan and Dana Frye

Website: www.desertwillow.com

Shadow Ridge

Address: 9000 Shadow Ridge Rd, Palm Desert, Ca 92260

Phone: (760) 674-2700

Directions: West on I-10, Exit Monterey Ave. and turn right to go South on Monterey. Turn Left on to Shadow Ridge Rd.

Marriott’s Shadow Ridge Golf Club is set against the beautiful backdrop of the snow-capped Santa Rosa Mountains in Palm Desert, California. Located in the Coachella Valley, Shadow Ridge Golf Club enjoys over 350 days of sunshine and blue skies every year. This beautiful and peaceful valley is often referred to as the “golf capital of the world” because of its ideal playing conditions and abundance of courses.

Shadow Ridge Golf Club’s designer is what makes it unique from all the rest. Nick Faldo is the winner of six major championships and the all-time points leader in Ryder Cup history. His vast international experience and passion for detail is clearly evident on every spectacular hole of Shadow Ridge Golf Club. Reserve a tee time at Shadow Ridge Golf Club.

“The fairways are typically generous, but our bunkering style is impressively bold.” Nick Faldo, Course Designer

Six-time major champion Nick Faldo is known for his unstinting pursuit of excellence as a player, and one of the reasons he is the 2008 European Ryder Cup Captain. Shadow Ridge Golf Club is evidence of his same high standards as a golf designer.

Already established as an internationally acclaimed designer, Faldo’s talents were first unveiled in the United States at Shadow Ridge Golf Club. His vast international experience and passion for strategic design are seen on every hole, drawing inspiration from the great sand-belt courses of Australia. Faldo’s design at Shadow Ridge Golf Club includes greens that have plenty of subtle undulations and encourage a variety of approach shots.

Black: 7,006 73.9/134

Green: 6,621 71.8/130

Gold: 6,204 69.6/125

Combo: 5,708 71.5/124

White: 5,158 68.7/118

Designer: Nick Faldo

Website: www.marriottgolf.com

Desert Springs

Address: 74855 Country Club Drive, Palm Desert, Ca 92260

Phone: (760) 341-1756

Directions: Heading east on the I-10 freeway, exit Cook St. Turn right to head south on Cook. Turn right at Country Club Drive. The location will be on your left.

You’ll hit it off beautifully at Desert Springs’ two exceptional 18-hole championship courses, set against the towering backdrop of the Santa Rosa Mountains. Both the Palm and Valley courses were designed by acclaimed architect Ted Robinson, “King of Waterscapes” and have made Desert Springs the premier California golf resort that it is today.

On both 18-hole courses, you can take a high tech drive in one of our new golf carts with state-of-the-art navigational and computing systems. Right from your cart, you can use your onboard computer to view graphic layouts of each hole, compute exact yardage to the pin, monitor pace-of-play, and solicit tips from the course’s pro on playing a particular hole.

The result is faster playtime, lower scores, and a more enjoyable game. In addition, your lunch or snack can be ordered as you tee off from the 18th hole and be waiting for you at Sand Trap & Wedge for the perfect end to a great round.

Designer: Ted Robinson

Website: www.desertspringsresort.com

Mountain Vista

Address: 38180 Del Webb Blvd, Palm Desert, Ca 92211

Phone: (760) 200-2200

Directions: I-10 East to Washington, north on Washington with club on the right.

If you are visiting from out of the area and are looking for a local secret, visit Mountain Vista Golf Club atSun City Palm Desert. You can scour the valley and find courses in Cathedral City, Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage or even La Quinta but if you want to play achallenging course with extremely well maintained greens at an exceptional price, look no further. 36 holes of Championship Golf, designed by golfing Legend Billy Casper, are open to the Public 7 days a week.

The Mountain Vista Golf Course is a Par 72, championship golf course comprised of two 18-hole courses. Reward yourself with a tee time on this masterpiece designed by former PGA Tour great and two-time PGA Player of the Year, Billy Casper.

The Mountain Vista Golf Course welcomes all players to challenge their game on this exciting layout. Set amidst the Santa Rosa, San Jacinto, and San Gorgonio mountain ranges, the views from the golf course are truly spectacular. While on the golf course, golfers are treated to cascading waterfalls, emerald green fairways trimmed with beautiful flowers and palm trees, and each green is a perfect “10″.

Designer: Billy Casper

Website: www.mountainvistagolfclub.com

Indian Wells Public Golf Courses

Indian Wells Golf Resort

Golf Resort at Indian Wells

Address: 44-500 Indian Wells Lane, Indian Wells, CA 92210

Phone: (760) 346-4653

Directions: Heading east on the I-10 freeway exit Cook St and make a right to head South. At Highway 111 make a left. Turn left at the light at Indian Wells Lane.

Among its many accolades, the Indian Wells Golf Resort holds the distinction of being the only 36-hole public golf facility with both courses on Golfweek’s Top 20 “Best Courses You Can Play” in California.

The transformation is now complete and a world-class golf experience awaits you. Clive Clark’s Celebrity Course opened to rave reviews in November of 2006, served as the site of the 25th Anniversary LG Skins Game in 2007, and again in 2008. Playability, diversity, and challenge are among the highlights of this desert masterpiece, which features breathtaking mountain views, stunning water features, and an unparalleled golf outing for players of every level.

John Fought’s Players Course opened to great acclaim in November of 2007. A brilliant contrast to the Celebrity Course, the Players Course features dynamic bunkering and generous fairway corridors — a fascinating combination to challenge all types of players.

Fought also created the IW Putting Course, a lighted, 9-hole, natural grass putting course.

The IW Club, an extraordinary 53,000-square-foot clubhouse that offers a wide range of upscale amenities to complement your Indian Wells golf experience.

Callaway Golf Performance Center on-site!

Course: 36 holes in a park-like setting with no houses surrounding

Fees: Seasonal ($45-$145)

Design: Ted Robinson, East Course, Clive Clark, New West Course

Website: www.golfresortatindianwells.com

La Quinta Public Golf Courses

SilverRock Resort – Arnold Palmer Classic

Address: 79179 Ahmanson Lane, La Quinta, Ca 92253

Phone: (760)777-8884

Directions:

Managed by Landmark Golf Management, SilverRock Resort’s Arnold Palmer Classic Course, a current site of the Bob Hope Classic, is a challenging 7,578 yards, sprawling over 200 acres with massive native bunkers and stunning water features set against the backdrop and natural beauty of the Santa Rosa Mountains.

The Clubhouse, situated in the rocky outcroppings, is a charming renovation of the former working-ranch hacienda, built by Mr. and Mrs. Howard Ahmanson of Home Savings & Loan renown.

A development project funded through the City of La Quinta’s Redevelopment Agency, the master plan includes 36 holes of championship golf, a world-class practice center, retail venues, luxury and boutique hotels and a convention center.

Par: 72

Yardage: 4884/7553

Slope: 118/139

Course Rating: 68.4/76.3

Designer: Arnold Palmer

Website: www.silverrock.org

PGA WEST

Address: 56150 PGA Boulevard, La Quinta, Ca 92253

Phone: (800) 742-9378

Directions: Take the Indio Boulevard/Jefferson Street exit off Interstate 10 (I-10 East) and drive south to the end of Jefferson Street to PGA Boulevard. Follow PGA Boulevard to the Resort Golf House.

The Greg Norman Course

The stunning PGA West Greg Norman Course lies in a seabed 40-feet below sea level surrounded by an immense crescent of terra-cotta mountains. The course teems with purple, white and yellow wildflowers, while the mix of tall and short native grasses produce different shades of green running almost to silver.

The grass covers just 60 acres of tight fairways that taper toward the greens with nine ponds covering 18 acres. The demands of the PGA West Greg Norman Course are a challenge for players of all levels.

BLUE: 72.8/133/6671

WHITE: 70.6/126/6227

RED: 71.0/122/5281

Designer: Greg Norman

Website: www.pgawest.com

The Nicklaus Tournament Course

No golf course designer can quite capture the same combination of challenge, beauty, and drama as Jack Nicklaus. The world famous PGA West Jack Nicklaus Course has hosted the Grand Slam of Golf Wendy’s Tree Tour Challenge and is home to the PGA ‘s Tour Qualifying School. It features contoured fairways, undulating greens and deep sand bunkers.

The Jack Nicklaus is a tamer version of the PGA West TPC Stadium Course. Elevated ties, forced carries over water and huge, multi-tiered greens are signatures of the Jack Nicklaus trademark. Bent greens.

BLACK: 72.0/143/7204

BLUE: 72.0/128/6061

WHITE: 72.0/134/6522

RED: 72.0/124/5043

GOLD: 72.0/133/5627

Designer: Jack Nicklaus

Website: www.pgawest.com

TPC Stadium Course

There may be no greater challenge in the game of golf than the PGA West TPC Stadium Golf Course, designed by Pete Dye and ranked in The 100 Greatest Courses in the U.S. by Golf Magazine. The original home of the Skins Game, the PGA West TPC Stadium Course has been viewed by millions on TV. The ultimate challenge awaits you at this “see it to believe it ” golf course. Packed with pot bunkers, sand, water and sidehill lies.

One of the PGA West TPC Stadium course highlights is on the 16th hole, a 571 yard, par 5, where the massive green side bunker, complete with stairs, sits 18 feet below the level of the green. Bent greens.

BLUE: 74.4/139/6753

WHITE: 71.2/130/6164

RED: 70.3/124/5087

Designer: Pete Dye

Website: www.pgawest.com

La Quinta Resort and Club

Address: 49499 Eisenhower Drive, La Quinta, Ca 92253

Phone: (760)564-4111

Directions: Heading east on the I-10 freeway, ext Washington Street and make a right. From Washington turn right on Eisenhower Drive, look for the location on your right.

The Mountain Course

This La Quinta Resort Mountian course combines everything the desert has to offer. Many famous tournaments have been played on this legendary and exclusive ” VIP players only ” golfer’s paradise. Noted for pot bunkers, rock formations, sand and water. Watch for the par-3 16th hole which has a green that is surrounded by desert mountain rocks.

The Mountain course has been the home to the World Cup, the PGA National Clup Pro Championships and the California State Open. One of the top courses in the valley.

The Dunes Course

The La Quinta Resort Dunes course has held both the California State Open and PGA Tour Qualifying School. Designed by Pete Dye, it provides a relaxing round of golf with spectacular views of the surrounding mountain and desert landscapes. Well bunkered with railroad ties and lots of water.

The Pete Dye designed Dunes Course provides a relaxing round of golf surrounded by dramatic landscapes. Out of the traditional Scottish mold, this links style course favors accuracy from the tee allowing access to its well-guarded greens. The Dunes Course is ranked among Golf Digest’s “Top 75 Resort Courses” in America, and was the site of the 1998 PGA TOUR Qualifying School.

Website: www.laquintaresort.com/golf/

Indio Public Golf Courses

Terra Lago

Address: 84000 Terra Lago Parkway, Indio, Ca 92203

Phone: (760) 775-2000

Directions: Heading east on I-10, exit at Golf Center Pkwy and turn left (towards Fantasy Springs Casino) onto Golf Center Pkwy. Turn right onto Terra Lago Pkwy, the clubhouse entrance will be approx ½ mile straight ahead.

The Golf Club at Terra Lago presents 36 challenging holes (North Course and South Course) the North Course features dramatic elevation changes, stunning views, and a beautiful and challenging island green par 3 which was a featured hole during the Skins Games played at The Golf Club at Terra Lago. The view from the 7th tee box is considered one of the best in the valley, from there you have a complete panoramic view from one end of the Coachella Valley to the other.

The North Course measures 7,060 yards (Rating 73.7 / slope 137) from the championship tees, but with 4 sets of tees to play from players of all skill levels can find their game. The North Course measures 5,067 yards (Rating 69.7 / slope 124) for women and the forward tee boxes eliminate many of the forced caries required from the other tee boxes.

The South Course features one of the most unique and memorable holes at The Golf Club at Terra Lago. Hole # 2 is a narrow par 4 that runs along a wide canal making anything hit to the right impossible to play, as you approach the green you must cross this canal. Rather than a traditional wood bridge the designers decided to add a little flare to the experience by creating a bridge from an old rail car. This hole is affectionately known as the “Box Car” hole.

The South Course measures 7,044 yards (Rating 75.1 / slope 140) from the championship tees, but again with 4 sets of tees to play from players of all skill levels can find their game. The South Course measures 5,045 yards (Rating 70.9 / slope 128) for women and the forward tee boxes eliminate many of the forced caries required from the other tee boxes.

Both the North and South Course are great test of golf and provide some of the most unique and stunning views of the Coachella Valley. The Golf Club at Terra Lago also has a full service practice facility including a full driving range, multiple practice putting greeens, and practice bunkers. If you are having trouble finding your game on the course, our PGA instructors can help you find it here.

Website: golfclub-terralago.com

Eagle Falls

Address: 84245 Indio Springs Parkway, Indio, Ca 92203

Phone: (760) 238-5633

Directions: Heading east on I-10 exit Golf Center Parkway and make a left off the ramp to the first traffic signal. Turn right into Fantasy Springs Resort Casino.

Renowned architect Clive Clark has taken a parcel of our local desert and carved a masterpiece with elevations and water features not usually seen on a golf course that is open for public play. This 18-hole, 6,715 yard par 72 challenge will test the low handicapper, but yet provide an enjoyable and fair test of golf for the average player.

Website: www.eaglefallsgolf.com

Shadow Hills

Address: 80875 Avenue 40, Indio, Ca 92203

Phone: (760) 200-3375

Directions: Heading east on the I-10 freeway, exit Indio Blvd and turn left at Jefferson St. Turn right at Varner Rd, then Varner Rd turns left and becomes Jefferson St and you’ll make a right at 40th Ave.

Shadow Hills is laid out in harmony with the natural hues of the vast desert, creating an explosion of color that takes your breath away. As the shadows move across the valley, and the purples and browns of the desertscape mix with the deep greens of Shadow Hills, you’ll understand where the names comes from. So come play Shadow Hills Golf Club and experience some of the most beautiful landscape the California desert has to offer.

Yardage: 6,773/6,375/6,119/5,688/5,323/4,992

Slope: M- 134/129/127/124/116/111 W- 129/125/120

Rating: M- 72.9/71.0/69.9/67.4/65.7/64.2 W- 72.8/70.6/68.6

Designer: Curley Schmidt

Website: www.shadowhillsgc.com

Indian Palms CC & Resort

Address: 48630 Monroe Street, Indio, Ca 92201

Phone: (760) 775-4444

Directions: Take Monroe Street/Central Indio exit off the Interstate 10 (I-10). Drive South on Monroe for 2.5 miles to the club

The centerpiece of the resort facility is our 27-hole championship golf course, which has recently undergone a three phase revitalization process designed to modernize the facility while preserving the historic integrity of the property. Indian Palms’ three nine hole courses — the Mountain, Royal and Indian nines — are designed to provide tests of accuracy rather than strength and distance.

In addition, each nine offers a slightly diverse style of golf challenge, taking full advantage of its majestic surroundings, offering the perfect challenge to ignite the interest of any caliber of golfer. Throughout your round, you will come across strategically placed sand traps and water comes into play on 15 of the 27 holes. In contrast to most desert courses, hundreds of mature trees line each fairway. Our signature hole is the 301 yard par-4 5th Hole on the Mountain Nine — featuring our island green.

Indian Palms is also proud to offer a world-class practice facility featuring a double ended driving range, two practice putting greens and a complete short game area with areas for chipping, sand play, and putting practice.

The Indian Palms Golf Shop has the latest fashion, equipment and accessories and the Golf Shop is staffed with experienced professionals eager to serve.

Website: www.indianpalms.com/golf

Indian Springs Golf Club

Address: 79940 Westward Ho Drive, Indio, Ca 92201

Phone: (760) 200-8988

Directions: Head East on the I-10 freeway for approximately 9 miles, take the Indio Blvd exit, turn right at Jefferson Street, turn right at Westward Ho Drive.

The Immaculate Indian Springs Golf Club is rated “BEST COURSE under $100″byThe Desert Sun and for 2008-2009 has received Golf Digest’s 4 STAR Rating. Located in La Quinta/Indio,

CA with easy access from Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage, Bermuda Dunes, Indian Wells and Palm Desert. Indian Springs has blossomed into one of the finest and most player friendly courses in the Palm Springs Area with Friendly Country Club Service. We’re known for our tournament speed greens that are a “Perfect 10″.

One of the most pristine golf courses anywhere beckons all golfers of every caliber and at very reasonable rates. GPS on every golf cart assists you in enjoying your round to its fullest. The course and facilities are always in excellent condition; so come out and play a round.

Website: www.indianspringsgc.com

Heritage Palms Golf Club

Address: 44291 Heritage Palms Drive South, Indio, Ca 92201

Phone: (760) 360-4662

Directions: Head East on the I-10 freeway, exit Indio Blvd. Turn right at Jefferson St. then make a left at Fred Waring Drive (44th Ave) look for the location on your right.

Located just east of Palm Springs is the
fabulous Heritage Palms Golf Club. A true gem of the desert, this 18-hole championship Arthur Hills-designed course brings you one of the best nurtured and more enticing courses in the valley. Designed for your enjoyment, Heritage Palms provides 6,722 yards of pure golfing pleasure. Par for the 18 holes is a 72. Equally challenging and rewarding, this magnificent layout is not to be missed. Heritage Palms has superb conditioning and playing surfaces.

The club features an expansive 30,000-foot clubhouse with a traditional golf shop, conference center, affordable green fees, a practice facility and a spacious restaurant. This premier championship course has all the right ingredients for an exceptional day of golf. Heritage Palms Golf Course is heavily contoured with some changes in elevation. Well bunkered and good use of water-no two holes are alike! There are also four large lakes, and plenty of greenside bunkers.

Yardage: 6727/6293/5577/4885

Slope: 124/119/111/108

Rating: 72.9/69.9/66.6/66.7

Designer: Arthur Hills

Website: heritagepalmsgolfclub.com

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