The Top 5 Public Golf Courses in the Greater Palm Springs Region

The Perfect Golf Vacation
The Top 5 Public Golf Courses in the Greater Palm Springs Region
By Tony Schieffer, PGA

Have you been waiting for the perfect golf vacation your entire life? Let’s say you have five days to play, money is no object, and you want to experience the best public courses in the Greater Palm Springs area.  From November through March daytime temperatures here average in the mid to upper 70’s, making fall and winter the best time to plan your trip. The Coachella Valley is blessed with one of the most temperate climates in the world; it’s truly a golfer’s paradise.


Over 30 golf destinations in the valley are open to the public, and many of these golf clubs have multiple courses available.  With so many options, the toughest decision for your golf vacation will be where to play.  While many of these resorts and public facilities have great amenities and off-course activities, our focus will be on the golf courses themselves.

The following five “must play” public golf courses in the Coachella Valley are premium choices for your once in a lifetime golf vacation. The finest course conditions, best playability, and unique course designs are all featured at these facilities. Add to these qualities a wonderful ambiance, plus stunningly beautiful surroundings and the result is a first rate golf experience.

Five days can go by quickly. To have the perfect golf vacation, use this guide in deciding your course itinerary.

Fairway Kids Junior Golf Winter Camp at Desert Willow Golf Resort


Fairway Kids Junior Golf Winter Camp 
Coachella Valley’s Leading Winter Golf Camp for Boys and Girls Ages 6 to 12

Monday, December 30, 2013 – Friday, January 3, 2014
Juniors learn to play golf through Skills Development, On-Course Play and Coaching during The Palm Desert Golf Academy’s  ”Fairway Kids Junior Golf Winter Camp”. Camp begins on Monday, December 30th and will commence with camp celebration and awards on Friday, January 3rd. Learn More.. 

Space is limited to 12 participants and will fill up fast! Register your child today! 

Camp Tuition | $249.00 per child
Includes $10 Walking Fee after 2:30pm (December-June)

Click here to sign-up online.


Richard Kelly Memorial, Adult/Junior Desert Open on Sept. 14th, 2013

RichardKellyMemorialAdultJuniorDesertOpen_WebHeader2013Saturday, September 14th, 2013 at Desert Willow Golf Resort

The 4th Annual Richard Kelly Memorial, Adult/Junior Desert Open benefiting The First Tee of the Coachella Valley.

Former City Council Member and Mayor of the City of Palm Desert, Richard Kelly, shared the vision we now call Desert Willow Golf Resort. Mr. Kelly was a major supporter of the local community and of junior golf. In honor and memory of his many contributions we hold the “Richard Kelly Memorial Adult/Junior Desert Open” benefiting The First Tee of the Coachella Valley. This year Mayor Jan Harnik will serve as Honorary Chairperson. Juniors pair up with adults in this very unique event.

Richard Kelly Memorial Adult/Junior Desert Open
Benefiting The First Tee of the Coachella Valley
Saturday, September 14th, 2013 at Desert Willow Golf Resort
CALL: 760-346-7060 ext.143

The Gridiron Challenge Returns to Desert Willow

2013GridironChallenge_630x400pixels_EmailBlastImagePlay One or Play Them All!

Kickoff Football Season by challenging our award-winning Mountain View or Firecliff courses anytime after 12:00pm NOON in a series of Casual Golf days with On-Course Contests on the Front 9! Featured drink specials are $3 Draft Beers and $5 Margaritas!

For just $39 per player, per challenge date, enjoy Golf and a Buffet Dinner all while watching the game of the week. Learn More…

***The first challenge is fast approaching and the field is very limited, reserve your spot today!***

 Thursday, September 5, 2013
Ravens vs. Broncos
 $39.00 per player - Includes Green Fee and Buffet Dinner
 ***Tee Times Available Anytime After 12:00pm (Noon)*** 
 Monday, September 9, 2013
Eagles vs. Redskins
 $39.00 per player - Includes Green Fee and Buffet Dinner
 ***Tee Times Available Anytime After 12:00pm (Noon)*** 
 Monday, September 16, 2013
Steelers vs. Bengals
 $39.00 per player - Includes Green Fee and Buffet Dinner
 ***Tee Times Available Anytime After 12:00pm (Noon)*** 
 Monday, September 23, 2013
Raiders vs. Broncos
 $39.00 per player - Includes Green Fee and Buffet Dinner
 ***Tee Times Available Anytime After 12:00pm (Noon)*** 
 Monday, September 30, 2013
Dolphins vs. Saints
 $39.00 per player - Includes Green Fee and Buffet Dinner
 ***Tee Times Available Anytime After 12:00pm (Noon)*** 
 Monday, October 7, 2013
Jets vs. Falcons
 $39.00 per player - Includes Green Fee and Buffet Dinner
 ***Tee Times Available Anytime After 12:00pm (Noon)*** 

Visit the Desert Willow website for more details or to sign up.

2013 Overseeding Schedule for Public Golf Courses in Coachella Valley


All of the courses in the desert region overseed their courses from Sept. – Dec.  Some clubs have more than one course and they stagger the schedule to allow play throughout the fall.  Other clubs with just one course will close for approximately one month during this time.  Each course has their own schedule, so please refer to the list below for the 2013 overseeding schedule.  Please call each club to confirm dates.  This information was provided to DesertCADDIE on Aug. 21st, 2013.

Following is an overseeding schedule for public courses located in Palm Springs, Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, Indian Wells, La Quinta and Indio, CA.

If you want to learn more about what overseeding is and why desert courses use this method, please read our article titled ”What is overseeding?”

2013 Close-Open
Cathedral Canyon760-328-6571Sept. 22 - Oct. 6
Pebble Course
Boulder Course
760-770-6060See below
Oct. 28 - Nov. 22
Sept. 30 - Oct. 25
Classic Club760-601-3601Oct. 14 - Nov. 15
Desert Dunes760-251-5370Sept. 20 - Oct. 18
Desert Falls760-340-4653Sept. 22 - Oct. 28
Desert Princess760-322-2280Oct. 1 - Oct. 31
Desert Willow
Mountain View Course
Firecliff Course
760-346-0015See below
Sept. 27 - Nov.1
Nov. 11 - Dec. 26
Eagle Falls760-238-5633Oct. 1 - Oct. 31
East Valley
Champions Course
Legends Course
877-742-2500See below
Always open
Always open
Escena Golf Club760-778-2737Oct. 1 - 31st
Golf Club at Terra Lago
North Course
South Course
760-775-2000See below
Oct. 26 - Dec. 10
closed - Oct. 25
Heritage Palms760-772-7334Sept. 30 - Nov. 1
Indian Canyons North760-327-1321Oct. 21 - Nov. 20
Indian Canyons South760-327-6550Sept. 30 - Oct. 30
Indian Palms760-347-232618 holes always open
Indian Springs760-200-8988Oct. 11 - Oct. 31
Indian Wells Resort
Players Course
Celebrity Course
Cart path until Nov. 13
Cart path until Nov. 30
See below
Sept. 30 - Oct. 17
Oct. 20 - Nov. 7
Indio Golf Club760-391-4049Oct. 1 - Oct. 31
La Quinta Resort
Mountain Course
Dunes Course
760-564-7610See Below
Oct. 25 - Nov. 22
Sept. 23 - Oct. 25
Marriott Desert Springs
Palm Course
Valley Course
760-341-1756See Below
Oct. 28 - Nov. 23
Sept. 30 - Oct. 26
Marriott Shadow Ridge760-674-2700Sept. 30 - Oct. 25
Mesquite760-323-9377closed - Oct. 11
Mission Lakes760-329-8061Oct. 1 - Nov. 3
Monterey Country Club760-346-111518 holes always open
Oak Valley951-769-7200Always Open
Oasis760-345-2715Oct. 1 - Oct. 31
Palm Desert CC760-345-0222Oct. 1 - Oct. 31
Palm Desert Resort760-345-2781Sept. 9 - Oct. 25
PGA West
Stadium Course
Nicklaus Course
Norman Course
760-564-7170See below
Oct. 7 - Nov. 2
Oct. 2 - Oct. 29
Oct. 29 - Nov. 23
Rancho Las Palmas760-862-455118 holes always open
Shadow Hills
South Course
North Course
760-200-3375See Below
Oct. 14 - Nov. 3
Sept. 23 - Oct. 14
SilverRock Resort760-777-8884Oct. 5 - Nov. 5
Tahquitz Creek
Resort Course
Legends Course
760-328-1005See Below
Sept. 16 - Oct. 24
Oct. 24 - Nov. 27
Golf Club at La Quinta760-771-0707Sept. 28 - Oct. 24
Westin Mission Hills
Gary Player Course
Pete Dye Course
760-770-2908See Below
Oct. 28 - Nov. 18
Sept. 23 - Oct. 18
Woodhaven CC760-345-7513Sept. 27 - Nov. 3