Whether you’re in search of a quick golf break during a work trip to Palm Springs or you’re planning a full week of relaxation in the desert, there’s a lot of research to be done when it comes to finding the best golf course for you. To simplify the planning process and ensure your best experience, we’ve gathered all things Palm Springs golf.
We’ve compiled information on the top ranked courses in and around Palm Springs so you don’t have to. If you’ve never played a game in your life or you’ve practically been swinging clubs since you learned to walk, you can find the best Palm Springs golf courses for your skill level with our help. Read on to get out on the green as soon as possible, because it’s always a good time when it’s tee time.
Cathedral Canyon Golf Club
Constructed in 1970 by prestigious architect, David Rainville, and renowned golfer, Billy Casper, Cathedral Canyon Golf Club is the perfect spot to play whether you’re a seasoned golfer or you plan to rely on your mini golf skills for the day. They even offer lessons if you’re new to the game. Looking for a challenge? Just enough bunkers are placed throughout the 27 Regulation hole course to make it fun. The shade provided by the lines of trees along the fairways featuring 16 lakes, will be sure to keep you cool as the desert heats up this summer. You’ll find that the decreased $29 going summer rate for four players goes a long way at the club.
At Cathedral Canyon, you’ll encounter beautiful, mountainous views and many other amenities. If you don’t quite have time for a game, but want to experience one of the valley’s nicest golf clubs, check out their driving range and putting green. If you’re hosting a large party, this golf club is the perfect place to go with a restaurant and lounge seating up to 250.
This unique 18-hole golf course is home to a breathtaking natural landscape. Full of trees, lakes, and other water features, you’ll cross 14 stone bridges on your day at the Classic Club. With challenging and fun terrain, appropriate for players of all skill levels, the course designed by Arnold Palmer Company, with input from the PGA tour, was named one of the “Best Places to Play” by Golf Travel Annual.
And they’re not the only ones who think this is a great place to tee up. Desert Golf named Classic Club on their list of the Top 10 Best Desert Courses. We’d say the rates for four players ranging from $75 to $100 per tee time are well worth it if you’re in search of quality. You’re sure to have a great experience at the course, which was first opened in 2006 as home to the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic for three straight years. The greatness continues off the course in their stunning Tuscan Village inspired clubhouse, where you can rehydrate and spend some much needed A/C time.
Desert Willow Golf Resort
Home to not just one, but two beautiful golf courses, the Desert Willow Golf Resort will test your skills come tee time. Creators, Michael Hurdzan, Dana Frye, and John Cook made sure to offer different challenge levels in their Firecliff and Mountain View courses. Featuring several water features and bunkers, Firecliff was definitely created with more advanced players in mind. Mountain View is the place to go if you’re feeling slightly less ambitious about your golf game, but both 18 Regulation hole courses have stunning scenery sure to distract you if you’re not careful. Desert Willow Golf Resort offers rates ranging from about $70 to $100 depending on your tee time. As the desert inevitably heats up, you might consider spending a little more for cooler temperatures during the earlier tee times. The golf resort also offers some great deals for Palm Desert residents, Platinum Club Card Holders, and the new Summer VIP Card- which includes many discounts and perks.
Indian Wells Golf Resort
Indian Wells Golf Resort is home to two critically acclaimed golf courses only minutes away from the Palm Springs International Airport. You won’t have to wait long after your arrival to enjoy the Players Course and the Celebrity Course, both featured on Golfweek Magazine’s list of the Top 25 “Best Municipal Courses in the United States.” Architect, John Fought, designed the Players Course with a mix of classic and modern style. This 18 Regulation hole course was opened in 2007 soon after the Celebrity Course opened to the public one year before. Clive Clark, the designer of the Celebrity golf course, without a doubt, made beauty a high priority in his design process. You will not be disappointed by the views on either of these courses, with prices on the steeper side sometimes over $100. With a great central location, the Indian Wells clubhouse is also one for books.
La Quinta Resort & Club
If you’re anticipating a golf-filled vacation for your next trip to Palm Springs, look no further than La Quinta Resort & Club. This relaxing destination features five golf courses, which put them in the number one spot on the International Association of Golf Tour Operator’s rankings of golf resorts in North America. Experience every single course with their Unlimited Golf Package for the ultimate resort and club stay, with rates starting at $199 per night. If you’re just looking for a few games this time around, the individual course prices vary from about $50 to $100 for the different courses at La Quinta. One of the course architects, Pete Dye, created the vision of the two classic Mountain and Dunes courses at La Quinta Resort & Club, which were first established in the early 1980s. The Dunes course has held both the California State Open and the PGA Tour Qualifying School. This 18 Championship hole course, included on Golf Digest’s list of the “Top 75 Resort Courses” in America, is a long-time favorite for a reason. La Quinta is no doubt a great spot if you’re up for a relaxing golf destination in the valley.