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.

garyplayer2

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.

2013 Overseeding Schedule for Public Golf Courses in Coachella Valley

overseeding

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?”

Club
Tel.
2013 Close-Open
Cathedral Canyon760-328-6571Sept. 22 - Oct. 6
Cimarron
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
760-346-4653
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

COPYRIGHT 2013 DESERTCADDIE.COM

The Top 5 “Stay and Play” Desert Golf Resorts

The Top 5 List: Golf Resorts
by DesertCADDIE.com

La Quinta Resort

La Quinta Resort

The Top 5 Lists are based on the “unbiased” opinion of DesertCADDIE.com.  The Top 5 Golf Resorts are one of a series of Top 5 Lists that DesertCADDIE will be publishing. You may have your own favorites and if you can give an argument, maybe you can sway our thinking and get your favorite golf resort on the list. Just add your favorites or feedback at the end of this article using the comment tool or on Facebook.  We would love to hear your top picks.

#5 Eagle Falls and Fantasy Springs Resort and Casino

Great golf course, fun to play and great GPS systems in every cart.  Nice resort and casino with some great entertainment venues and excellent restaurants.  All the amenities needed for a great retreat.  Once you are there, you never have to leave.

#4  J.W. Marriotts Desert Springs Resort

Maybe one of the coolest resort properties in the desert.  Excellent restaurants, pools, hotel rooms and atmosphere.  The spa is second to none.  The golf courses are fun to play and nestled in a breathtaking setting.

#3 Indian Wells Golf Resort and Club

Perfect location along Hwy 111 in Indian Wells.  Close to all the action.  Two excellent Championship Golf Courses.  They have comfortable hotel rooms and views of the mountains. A huge clubhouse, good restaurants and relaxed atmosphere.

#2 Westin Mission Hills Resort

You’ve heard it before, but thanks to the Gary Player Course, this resort will stay up there on our list.  The Dye Course is nice too, but it doesn’t have the playable resort features that the Player has.  Westin Mission Hills is a resort property with  spectacular views.

#1 La Quinta Resort and PGA West

When they were separate, La Quinta Resort was an excellent property in itself.  The Mountain Course, which used to be private, was considered by many to be one of the best. Now that they have combined the resort courses of PGA West into their arsenal, you have to give them the nod as the all around “Best Resort.”

To find out more about these outstanding resorts, click on the name and it will link you to the properties own Website.

Follow DesertCADDIE . . .

Facebook - Become A Fan!!
Twitter
- Follow us!
Desert Sun Blog

Fall Golf Course Rates 2009

Club
Contact Information
Location
Cathedral Canyon760-328-6571
Cathedral Canyon Website
68311 Paseo Real Cathedral City, CA 92234
Cimarron
Pebble Course
Boulder Course
760-770-6060
Cimarron Golf Website
67603 30th Avenue
Cathedral City, CA 92234
Classic Club760-601-3601
Classic Club Website
75-200 Classic Club Blvd. Palm Desert, CA 92211
Desert Dunes760-251-5370
Desert Dunes Website
19300 Palm Drive Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240
Desert Falls760-340-4653
Desert Falls Country Club Website
1111 Desert Falls Parkway
Palm Desert, CA 92211
Desert Princess760-322-2280
Desert Princess Website
Landau Blvd
Cathedral City, CA ‎
Desert Willow
Mountain View Course
Firecliff Course
760-346-0015
Desert Willow Golf Resort Website
38-995 Desert Willow Drive
Palm Desert, CA 92260
Eagle Falls760-238-5633
Eagle Falls Golf Website
84-245 Indio Springs Parkway
Indio, CA 92203-3499
Morongo Golf Club at Tukwet Canyon
(formerly East Valley)
Champions Course
Legends Course
877-742-2500
Morongo Golf Club Website
36211 Champions Drive Beaumont, CA 92223
Escena Golf Club760-778-2737
Escena Golf Club
1100 Clubhouse View
Palm Springs, CA 92262
Golf Club at Terra Lago
North Course
South Course
760-775-2000
Terra Lago Website
84-000 Terra Lago Parkway
Indio, CA 92203
Heritage Palms760-772-7334
Heritage Palms Website
44-291 South Heritage Palms Dr. Indio, CA 92201
Indian Canyons North760-327-1321
Indian Canyons Website
1100 E Murray Canyon Dr‎
Palm Springs, CA 92264
Indian Canyons South760-327-6550
Indian Canyons Website
1097 Murray Canyon Dr‎
Palm Springs, CA 92264
Indian Palms Country Club760-347-2326
Indian Palms CC Website
48630 Monroe St.
Indio, CA 92201
Indian Springs760-200-8988
Indian Springs Website
79-940 Westward Ho Dr.
Indio, CA 92201
Indian Wells Resort
Players Course
Celebrity Course
760-346-4653
Indian Wells Website
44-500 Indian Wells Lane
Indian Wells, CA 92210
Indio Municipal Golf Club760-391-4049
Indio Muni Website
83-040 Avenue 42
Indio, CA 92201
La Quinta Resort
Mountain Course
Dunes Course
760-564-7610
La Quinta Resort Website
49-499 Eisenhower Drive La Quinta, California 92253
Marriott Desert Springs
Palm Course
Valley Course
760-341-1756
JW Marriott Desert Springs Website
74-855 Country Club Drive Palm Desert, CA 92260
Marriott Shadow Ridge760-674-2700
Marritt Shadow Ridge Website
9003 Shadow Ridge Road
Palm Desert, California 92211
Mesquite760-323-9377
Mesquite Golf Website
2700 E. Mesquite Ave.
Palm Springs, CA 92262
Mission Lakes760-329-8061
Mission Lakes Website
8484 Clubhouse Blvd
Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240
Monterey Country Club760-346-1115
Monterey Country Club
41500 Monterey Avenue
Palm Desert, CA 92260
Oak Valley951-769-7200
Oak Valley
1888 Golf Club Drive
Beaumont , CA 92223
Oasis760-345-2715
Oasis Website
42330 Casbah Way
Palm Desert CA 92211
Palm Desert CC760-345-0222
Palm Desert CC Website
77-200 California Drive
Palm Desert, CA, 92211
Palm Desert Resort760-345-0222
Palm Desert Resort Website2781
77-333 Country Club Drive
Palm Desert, CA 92211
PGA West
Stadium Course
Nicklaus Course
Norman Course
760-564-7170
PGA West Website
55-955 PGA Blvd.
La Quinta, CA 92253
Rancho Las Palmas760-862-4551
Rancho Las Palmas
41-000 BOB HOPE DRIVE
RANCHO MIRAGE, CA 92270-
Shadow Hills
South Course
North Course
760-200-3375
Shadow Hills Golf Website
80-875 Avenue 40
Indio, CA 92203
SilverRock Resort760-777-8884
SilverRock Website
79-179 Ahmanson Ln
La Quinta, CA 92253
Tahquitz Creek
Resort Course
Legends Course
760-328-1005
Tahquitz Creek Website
1885 Golf Club Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92264
Golf Club at La Quinta760-771-0707
Golf Club at La Quinta
60151 Trilogy Parkway
La Quinta, CA 92253
Westin Mission Hills
Gary Player Course
Pete Dye Course
760-770-2908
Westin Mission Hills Website
71333 Dinah Shore Drive
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
Woodhaven CC760-345-7513
Woodhaven CC Website
41-555 Woodhaven Dr. East
Palm Desert, CA 92211

Two Valley Resorts in Golf Digest Top 75

Alcatraz #17 PGA West

Alcatraz #17 PGA West

Golf Digest puts out top lists for golf properties every year under different categories.  For 2009, two Coachella Valley Resorts made the list of top resorts.  La Quinta Resort and PGA West are now combined to create a mega-resort with five championship public golf courses.  The Dunes Course and Mountain Courses, located at the La Quinta Resort and Club.  The Nicklaus Resort, Greg Norman and Stadium Courses, located at PGA West.  La Quinta started the resort boom back in 1929 as a small hotel with a 9-hole golf course and now along with the addition of PGA West, houses more top rated courses than anywhere else in Southern California. La Quinta/PGA West is #56 out of the top 75.

  • La Quinta Resort Mountain Course, famous for its unique design and stunning visuals, this challenging layout is ranked among Golf Magazine’s “Top 100 Courses You Can Play”
  • La Quinta Resort Dunes Course, this Pete Dye-designed course provides a relaxing round of golf surrounded by dramatic landscapes
  • PGA WEST Stadium Golf® Course, ranked among Golf Magazine´s “Top 100 Courses You Can Play,” this Pete Dye jewel is described as a “must play” for all who seek the ultimate challenge.  The Stadium Course is also ranked #4 out of the top 50 toughest courses by Golf Digest.  Once played on the PGA Tour and dropped because the players considered it too tough
  • PGA WEST® Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course, this course combines dramatic backdrops with challenging design to leave a lasting impression on golfers of every level
  • PGA WEST® Greg Norman Course, spectacular desert terrain with limited turf gives players a unique and challenging experience

The next resort in the top 75 is not one that might be on everyone’s list, but it is on DesertCADDIE’s.  The Westin Mission Hills Resort has two Championship Golf Courses, the Gary Player and the Pete Dye.  Westin Mission Hills Resort is # 71 in the top 75.

  • Westin Mission Hills Pete Dye, this course is typical Pete Dye set up with the railroad ties and all. Beautiful 360 degree views of the mountains surrounding the Coachella Valley
  • Westin Mission Hills Gary Player, one of the best resort golf courses according to DesertCADDIE.com.  The Player is a challenging, yet fair golf course for all levels.  The #1 “must play” resort course in the desert.  A course that you could play every day and never get tired of it.