Destination Guide

Destination: Palm Springs

Desert hotbed Palm Springs anchors the Coachella Valley, a region home to a collection of cities with a wealth of golf communities. The valley is a favorite spot for seasonal residents and retirees, especially those after sunny winters on golf courses in prime, lush and green condition.

Located about 110 miles west of Los Angeles, the region has been heavily influenced by such celebrities such as Bob Hope, who brought the Bob Hope Classic Pro-Am to the valley in 1960. Star power like Bing Crosby, Desi Arnez and President Dwight D. Eisenhower have all competed in the legendary event.

The desert valley extends 45 miles between the San Bernadino and Santa Rosa mountains, south towards the saltwater Salton Sea, California's largest lake. A collection of communities make up what is often grouped together as "Palm Springs" including La Quinta, Indian Wells, Palm Desert and Rancho Mirage - all of which golf plays a major role in the way the each was planned.

Between January and April, few spots on earth are better for desert golf, with more than 100 golf courses ranging from exclusive private clubs to resort courses and over-achieving municipal plays. Locals enjoy steep discounts in their respective municipalities, while vacationers from northern climates can enjoy the same rye and bent grass they play back home, only with palm trees and spectacular mountain backdrops.

In the winter months, afternoon highs still peak out around 70 degrees, making for ideal hiking and biking weather in the mountains when off the golf course. In the summer, highs can reach the 120s, and most snowbirds head back north and the valley's population shrinks significantly. The heat can be intense, but locals find relief in at a shady pool or day spa.

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Rancho Mirage Golf Package
Dates: May 11, 2015 - December 31, 2015
The Unlimited Golf & Hotel Package from Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort and Spa in Rancho Mirage, Calif. lets you enjoy the links at one of Golf Digest's Top 75 Golf Resorts in North America. Includes a $25 resort credit (one per stay), complimentary golf bag storage, and overnight accommodations.
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Courses

Course City Rates from
Course City Rates from
Santa Rosa Course at Mountain Vista Golf Club
Tee Times
Palm Desert $15
North Course at Indian Canyons Golf Resort
Tee Times
Palm Springs $47
The Classic Club
Tee Times
Palm Desert $45
Indian/Mountain at Indian Palms Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Indio $19
Gary Player Signature Course at Westin Mission Hills Resort
Tee Times
Rancho Mirage $20
Cathedral Canyon Golf Club
Tee Times
Cathedral City $10
Pete Dye Resort Course at Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa
Tee Times
Rancho Mirage $20
Valley Course Desert Springs Resort
Tee Times
Palm Desert $19
North Course at the Golf Club At Terra Lago
Tee Times
Indio $20
Palm Course at Desert Springs Resort
Tee Times
Palm Desert $25
Royal/Indian at Indian Palms Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Indio $19
Rancho Mirage Country Club
Tee Times
Rancho Mirage $39 - $95
Woodhaven Country Club
Tee Times
Palm Desert $15
Shadow Ridge Golf Club
Tee Times
Palm Desert $20
South Course at the Golf Club At Terra Lago
Tee Times
Indio $25
South Course at Indian Canyons Golf Resort
Tee Times
Palm Springs $15
Mountain/Royal at Indian Palms Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Indio $19
Desert Dunes Golf Course
Tee Times
Desert Hot Springs $25
Date Palm Country Club
Tee Times
Cathedral City $10
Palm Desert Resort Country Club
Tee Times
Palm Desert $12
Shadow Mountain Golf Club
Tee Times
Palm Desert $16
Oasis Country Club
Tee Times
Palm Desert $29
Players Course at Indian Wells Golf Resort
Tee Times
Indian Wells $37
South/West at Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa
Tee Times
Rancho Mirage $18
Mountain View at Desert Willow Golf Resort
Tee Times
Palm Desert $35 - $185
Escena Golf Club
Tee Times
Palm Springs $65-$98
West/North at Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa
Tee Times
Rancho Mirage $12
Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course at PGA West
Tee Times
La Quinta $28
Boulder Course at Cimarron Golf Club
Tee Times
Cathedral City $10
Stadium Course at PGA West
Tee Times
La Quinta $40
North/South at Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa
Tee Times
Rancho Mirage $18
Indian Springs Golf Club
Tee Times
Indio $19
Firecliff Course at Desert Willow Golf Resort
Tee Times
Palm Desert $50
Desert Falls Country Club
Tee Times
Palm Desert $12
North Par-3 at Shadow Hills Golf Club
Tee Times
Indio $15
Heritage Palms Golf Club
Tee Times
Indio $12
The Champ at Palm Desert Country Club
Tee Times
Palm Desert $12
Ivey Ranch Country Club
Tee Times
Thousand Palms $13 - $29
Resort Course at Tahquitz Creek Golf Resort
Tee Times
Palm Springs $12
Shadow Hills Golf Club
Tee Times
Indio $15
Celebrity Course at Indian Wells Golf Resort
Tee Times
Indian Wells $30
Indio Golf Course
Tee Times
Indio $15
The Vineyards Golf Club
Tee Times
Coachella $20 - $25
SilverRock Resort
Tee Times
La Quinta $35
Mesquite Golf Club
Tee Times
Palm Springs $10
Greg Norman Course at PGA West
Tee Times
La Quinta $28
Mountain Course at La Quinta Resort
Tee Times
La Quinta $119 - $229
San Gorgonio Course at Mountain Vista Golf Club
Tee Times
Palm Desert $15
Legend Course at Tahquitz Creek Golf Resort
Tee Times
Palm Springs $12
Pebble Course at Cimarron Golf Club
Tee Times
Cathedral City $10
Palm Royale Country Club
Tee Times
La Quinta $10
Dunes Course at La Quinta Resort
Tee Times
La Quinta $235
Arnold Palmer at Mission Hills Country Club Rancho Mirage $185
Jack Nicklaus Private Course at PGA West La Quinta $115
The Reserve Club Indian Wells $125
Avondale Golf Club Palm Desert $85
Springs Country Club Rancho Mirage $87 - $95
The Quarry at La Quinta La Quinta $135
Par-3 at Tradition Golf Club La Quinta N/A
Mission Lakes Country Club Desert Hot Springs $49 - $55
Canyons at Bighorn Golf Club Palm Desert $175
South/North at The Lakes Country Club Palm Desert $95 - $125
Stone Eagle Golf Club Palm Desert $130
Los Lagos/La Vista at Desert Princess Country Club Cathedral City $60 - $120
Rancho Casa Blanca Country Club Indio $12
North/East at The Lakes Country Club Palm Desert $95 - $125
Par-3 Course at Tri-Palm Country Club Thousand Palms $20
Hidden Springs Country Club Desert Hot Springs $15
North Course at Ironwood Country Club Palm Desert $85
South/West at Monterey Country Club Palm Desert $80
Sands RV Resort Desert Hot Springs $19
Arnold Palmer Course at PGA West La Quinta $115
The Madison Club La Quinta N/A
Mountains at Bighorn Golf Club Palm Desert $175
The East Course at Andalusia Country Club La Quinta $125 - $200
Eldorado Country Club Indian Wells $120
Challenge Course at Palm Valley Country Club Palm Desert $62
Desert Horizons Country Club Indian Wells $90
Caliente Springs Resort Desert Hot Springs $10
Jones Course at Rancho La Quinta La Quinta $125
Tom Weiskopf Course at PGA West La Quinta $115
The Cove Course at Indian Wells Country Club Indian Wells $200
The Club at Morningside Rancho Mirage $125
Sunrise Country Club Rancho Mirage $65
The Bantam at Palm Desert Country Club Palm Desert $30
Canyon Estates Golf Course Palm Springs N/A
Plantation Golf Club Indio $100
Marrakesh Country Club Palm Desert $70
El Cielo/Los Lagos at Desert Princess Country Club Cathedral City $60 - $120
Palm Desert Greens Country Club Palm Desert $40
The Classic Course at Indian Wells Country Club Indian Wells $200
Championship Course at Palm Valley Country Club Palm Desert $125
Pate Course at Rancho La Quinta La Quinta $125
Citrus Course at La Quinta Resort La Quinta $105
La Quinta Country Club La Quinta $110
Golf Club at La Quinta La Quinta $40 - $99
La Vista/El Cielo at Desert Princess Country Club Cathedral City $60 - $120
South Course at Toscana Country Club Indian Wells N/A
East/West at Monterey Country Club Palm Desert $80
Suncrest Country Club Palm Desert $35
Eighteen Hole at Outdoor Resort & Country Club Cathedral City $25
Tradition Golf Club La Quinta $135
Tri-Palm Country Club Thousand Palms $35 - $45
Dinah Shore Tournament at Mission Hills Country Club Rancho Mirage $185
Nine Hole at Outdoor Resort & Country Club Cathedral City $12
Lake/Classic One at Bermuda Dunes Country Club Bermuda Dunes $30 - $90
The Palms Golf Club La Quinta $110
East/South at The Lakes Country Club Palm Desert $95 - $125
Mountain View Country Club La Quinta $115 - $130
East/South at Monterey Country Club Palm Desert $80
Eagle Falls Golf Course Indio $39 - $85
O'Donnell Golf Club Palm Springs $60 - $74
Pete Dye Challenge at Mission Hills Country Club Rancho Mirage $185
Mountain Course at The Vintage Club Indian Wells $150
South Course at Ironwood Country Club Palm Desert $110
Chaparral Country Club Palm Desert $50
Desert Crest Country Club Desert Hot Springs $12
Pete Dye Course at Hideaway Club La Quinta $130
The Golf Center at Palm Desert Palm Desert $14 - $17
Outdoor Resort Indio Indio N/A
Classic One/Classic Second at Bermuda Dunes Country Club Bermuda Dunes $30 - $90
Arroyo Course at Indian Ridge Country Club Palm Desert $120
Tommy Jacobs' Bel Air Greens Palm Springs $15
Santa Rosa Golf & Country Club Palm Desert $45
Classic Second/Lake at Bermuda Dunes Country Club Bermuda Dunes $30 - $90
Tamarisk Country Club Rancho Mirage $90
Desert Island Golf & Country Club Rancho Mirage $85
Portola Country Club Palm Desert $10
Clive Clark Course at Hideaway Club La Quinta $130
Seven Lakes Country Club Palm Springs $50
Desert Course at The Vintage Club Indian Wells $150
North Course at Toscana Country Club Indian Wells N/A
Grove Course at Indian Ridge Country Club Palm Desert $120
Thunderbird Country Club Rancho Mirage $100
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