PGA West Stadium Course: #17Stadium Course at PGA West

Stadium Course at PGA West
56-150 PGA Blvd.
La Quinta, CA 92253
Riverside County

Phone(s): (760) 564-7111
Fax: (760) 771-2823
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This is the monster of all monsters, the one that carries so many folktales of golfer terror with it that it should qualify as its own myth. The developers asked Pete Dye to make this "the toughest golf course in the world" and many argue he succeeded. Too well.

The Stadium Course at PGA West in La Quinta is one of those tracks that any self-respecting golf nut has to play once. Just to experience it. Just to say you did. Just to have stories of golf cruelty to tell at the office water cooler. There's a 19-foot deep bunker on the 16th hole. That's right. A 19-foot deep bunker. Your ball won't get out. Heck, you might not get out. From the back tees it measures 7,261 yards with an incredible 150-slope rating.

Every hole is a story waiting to be told. Either in success to be bragged about or failure to be even more bragged about. The PGA players moaned about this course so loud that it's no longer a regular stop on tour. Yet for average hackers, it's often a joy of punishment. Go in with the right attitude and it's liable to be one of your most unforgettable days of golf.

Stadium Course at PGA West
4.5 stars out of 5 (based on 1 reviews)
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PGA West Stadium Course #17: Welcome to “Alcatraz.” Home to Lee Trevino’s “Hole in One” – one of the most famous shots in golf history – which gave him the “Skins Game” victory over Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Raymond Floyd.View of the 10th hole at The Stadium Course at PGA WestView of the 16th hole at The Stadium Course at PGA WestA view from PGA West Stadium CourseA view of the 17 green surrounded by water at PGA West Stadium Course

Golf course details

  • Holes: 18
  • Designed by: Pete Dye
  • Public/Private: Public/Resort
  • Year opened: 1987
  • Golf Season: Year round
  • Guest Policy: Open
  • Tee times welcomed: Yes
  • Fairways: Bermuda Grass
  • Greens: Bermuda Grass


  • Pro in house: Yes
  • Driving range: Yes
  • Rental clubs: Yes
  • Rental carts: Yes - included in green fees

Green fees price ranges

Course policies

  • Metal spikes allowed: No
  • Dress code: No denim, collared shirt and bermuda shorts required
  • Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed

Length, slope and rating for each tee

Tee Par Yardage Slope Rating
Blue 72 6739 142 73.3
Red (W) 72 5092 124 70.2
White 72 6166 135 70.4
Black 72 7300 150 76.1
Gold (W) 72 5700 137 73.7

Reader Ratings / Reviews

  • Stadium Course at PGA West
    4.5 stars out of 5
    by L. Kliewer
    on March 31st, 2009 13:16
    First let me correct the information regarding the Stadium as well as the Nicklaus Tournement and the Norman couses at PGA West. Each of these three courses are open to the public. With that said, I have played the Stadium and the Nicklaus T and found the Stadium to be the more challenging. The Stadium, like the Nicklaus, is maintained to the tens. It is a "Must Play" course, who's memory you will not soon forget.

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