Golf is what Palm Springs does best! A unique getaway nestled at the base of the majestic San Jacinto Mountains, Palm Springs offers an unrivaled golf experience on landscaped courses with palm-lined fairways backdropped by mountain peaks rising randomly above a high desert floor.
So, pack up your golf clubs and join us as we seek out the finer things in life, unwrap the best of this golfing vacation destination and share our top picks. With over 150 courses, the Coachella Valley reigns as the “Municipal Golf Capital of the World”, understandable when you consider the quantity and quality of the courses. Where else can you play a PGA Tour venue for less than $60?
Rancho Las Palmas Country Club
Luxurious landscapes welcome you to the breathtaking Ranch Las Palmas Country Club, a semi-private championship layout created by Ted Robinson. Set in the valley floor of Rancho Mirage at the base of Mount San Jacinto, this 27-hole course meanders gently through rolling terrain, towering palms and six scenic lakes, ensuring some exciting water hazards. The centerpiece of the Rancho Las Palmas community, tee times are available to the public to refine their game at this spectacular course, a Palm Springs area favorite!
The La Quinta Resort
Built in the 1920’s from one man’s vision of a tranquil retreat, the La Quinta Resort stands today as an oasis in the desert offering access to five courses. A golf lover’s haven with 90 holes of golf heaven! Home to the Mountain and Dunes courses, as well as three resort courses at PGA West, the world-famous PGA West Stadium Course, the tamer Jack Nicklaus course and the stunning and popular 9-hole Greg Norman Course nestled between the terracotta mountains. Our top pick is the legendary and exclusive Pete Dye Mountain Course, a challenging and scenic course named one of Golf Magazine’s “Top 100 You Can Play“. Execute the perfect shot on this stunning course featuring pot bunkers, rock formations and the visually stunning elevated tee box on the signature 16th hole! A majestic course complimented by the clubhouse set against the stunning backdrop of the 9th and 18th green.
The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa
The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort and Spa offers two world-class golf courses, the challenging Pete Dye Resort Course and the Gary Player Signature Course, the only Gary Player course in the desert voted “One of The Top Ten New Resort Courses” by Golf Magazine and described as being “difficult, well-designed and joyful”. Amidst the desert landscape, the course features four waterfalls and 20 acres of lakes coming into play on ten holes. An unmatched Palm Springs golfing experience on a perfectly sculptured and scenic course. It’s not to be missed!
Indian Wells Golf Club
Ranked in the “Top 20 Best Courses you can play in California” and showcased on “The Big Break” on the Golf Channel, Indian Wells Golf Club offers 36 holes on two picturesque courses, an opulent clubhouse and excellent service. The Celebrity Course, designed by Clive Clark, is meticulously landscaped with water featuring on ten of the holes, spectacular mountain views and undulating fairways lined with vibrant and colorful flora. A masterpiece highlighted by playability, diversity and challenge. For a more refined game, the slightly more challenging John Fought designed Players Course presents a staunch test backdropped by the majestic Eisenhower Mountain.
Desert Willow Golf Resort
The pristinely kept greens of the 36-hole Desert Willow Golf Resort cater to both novice and experienced golfers on two different courses highlighted by desert landscaping of large lakes, water and rock features, desert wasteland and bunkers. Tee off on the challenging 18-hole Firecliff Course, one of the most challenging in the desert with testy bunkering and demanding green structures. The Mountain View Course is a little friendlier, more forgiving course with 18 tranquil holes on a smooth water-laden course. Breathtaking natural beauty in a relaxed setting of large, undulating greens and beautiful water hazards and streams. The two courses complement each other for the perfect combination of fun, beauty and challenge.
Indian Canyons Golf Resort South Course
Set on 550 acres of Native American tribal property, Indian Canyons Golf Resort offers two distinctively different golf courses ensuring players of all levels enjoy their experience. Once a private club hosting Hollywood’s rich and famous, players today have a mix of classic and contemporary on the North Course and South Course. The William F. Bell designed North Course is nestled between the San Jacinto mountains offering a wind-free round of golf. A layout that meanders through six water hazards and the famous Disney Fountain. The scenic South Course is noted as the desert’s most enjoyable layouts after the redesign by Casey O’Callaghan in 2004. Four large lakes, over 850 palm trees, rolling mounds and fairways engage players of every level.
Bring Your “A” Game to Palm Springs
We have chosen our top pick of public courses, however, the golfing options are truly endless in our valley. For an unparalleled golfing experience and panoramic views of Palm Springs, the scenic Tahquitz Creek Golf Resort is a must. Routed along the base of the Santa Rosa Mountains, La Quinta’s Silverrock Resort is spectacular and one of the best golf values the desert has to offer. Class up your game at the high-end Classic Club, masterfully designed by Arnold Palmer, featuring over 5,000 trees and 30 acres of lake and water features. More fun play can be found at the Jack Nicklaus designed Escena Golf Club and last, but definitely not least, Nick Faldo’s Shadow Ridge Golf Resort offers a challenge with uneven fairways, water features and unforgiving steep sand traps!
Then, as the sun slips quietly behind the mountains, retreat to the comfort of your home away from home – your Palm Springs vacation rental. Whether you choose a condo at the Rancho Las Palmas Country Club or a spacious vacation home in true Palm Springs Style, Vacation Rentals of the Desert has the perfect base to complete your perfect Coachella Valley golfing vacation.