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.
Price range: $159

Courses

Course City Rates from
Course City Rates from
South Course at Indian Canyons Golf Resort
Tee Times
Palm Springs $15
North Course at Indian Canyons Golf Resort
Tee Times
Palm Springs $47
South Course at the Golf Club At Terra Lago
Tee Times
Indio $25
Gary Player Signature Course at Westin Mission Hills Resort
Tee Times
Rancho Mirage $110 - $165
Royal/Indian at Indian Palms Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Indio $19
Indian/Mountain at Indian Palms Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Indio $19
Palm Course at Desert Springs Resort
Tee Times
Palm Desert $15
North Course at the Golf Club At Terra Lago
Tee Times
Indio $15
Shadow Ridge Golf Club
Tee Times
Palm Desert $30
Desert Dunes Golf Course
Tee Times
Desert Hot Springs $15
Mountain/Royal 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 $11
Pete Dye Resort Course at Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa
Tee Times
Rancho Mirage $20
Santa Rosa Course at Mountain Vista Golf Club
Tee Times
Palm Desert $15
Valley Course Desert Springs Resort
Tee Times
Palm Desert $16
The Classic Club
Tee Times
Palm Desert $59
Cathedral Canyon Golf Club
Tee Times
Cathedral City $5
Shadow Mountain Golf Club
Tee Times
Palm Desert $11
Palm Desert Resort Country Club
Tee Times
Palm Desert $15
Date Palm Country Club
Tee Times
Cathedral City $4
North Par-3 at Shadow Hills Golf Club
Tee Times
Indio $10
Shadow Hills Golf Club
Tee Times
Indio $12
San Gorgonio Course at Mountain Vista Golf Club
Tee Times
Palm Desert $15
Mountain View at Desert Willow Golf Resort
Tee Times
Palm Desert $35 - $185
Pebble Course at Cimarron Golf Club
Tee Times
Cathedral City $11
Mesquite Golf Club
Tee Times
Palm Springs $10
Greg Norman Course at PGA West
Tee Times
La Quinta $39
SilverRock Resort
Tee Times
La Quinta $32
Legend Course at Tahquitz Creek Golf Resort
Tee Times
Palm Springs $11
Mountain Course at La Quinta Resort
Tee Times
La Quinta $119 - $229
Heritage Palms Golf Club
Tee Times
Indio $19
Ivey Ranch Country Club
Tee Times
Thousand Palms $13 - $29
Escena Golf Club
Tee Times
Palm Springs $65-$98
Palm Royale Country Club
Tee Times
La Quinta $12 - $33
Desert Falls Country Club
Tee Times
Palm Desert $18
Firecliff Course at Desert Willow Golf Resort
Tee Times
Palm Desert $39
Resort Course at Tahquitz Creek Golf Resort
Tee Times
Palm Springs $11
Dunes Course at La Quinta Resort
Tee Times
La Quinta $39
Indian Springs Golf Club
Tee Times
Indio $19
The Vineyards Golf Club
Tee Times
Coachella $20 - $25
Boulder Course at Cimarron Golf Club
Tee Times
Cathedral City $12
South/West at Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa
Tee Times
Rancho Mirage $18
The Champ at Palm Desert Country Club
Tee Times
Palm Desert $21
Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course at PGA West
Tee Times
La Quinta $44
Players Course at Indian Wells Golf Resort
Tee Times
Indian Wells $34
Oasis Country Club
Tee Times
Palm Desert $29
North/South at Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa
Tee Times
Rancho Mirage $18
West/North at Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa
Tee Times
Rancho Mirage $16
Stadium Course at PGA West
Tee Times
La Quinta $44
Celebrity Course at Indian Wells Golf Resort
Tee Times
Indian Wells $60 - $185
Indio Golf Course
Tee Times
Indio $15
South Course at Toscana Country Club Indian Wells N/A
The Club at Morningside Rancho Mirage $125
Canyon Estates Golf Course Palm Springs N/A
North Course at Ironwood Country Club Palm Desert $85
The Bantam at Palm Desert Country Club Palm Desert $30
The Golf Center at Palm Desert Palm Desert $14 - $17
Los Lagos/La Vista at Desert Princess Country Club Cathedral City $60 - $120
Caliente Springs Resort Desert Hot Springs $10
O'Donnell Golf Club Palm Springs $60 - $74
La Quinta Country Club La Quinta $110
Desert Island Golf & Country Club Rancho Mirage $85
Arnold Palmer Course at PGA West La Quinta $115
Rancho Casa Blanca Country Club Indio $12
Desert Horizons Country Club Indian Wells $90
South/North at The Lakes Country Club Palm Desert $95 - $125
Mountains at Bighorn Golf Club Palm Desert $175
The Madison Club La Quinta N/A
Arnold Palmer at Mission Hills Country Club Rancho Mirage $185
The Cove Course at Indian Wells Country Club Indian Wells $200
Avondale Golf Club Palm Desert $85
Challenge Course at Palm Valley Country Club Palm Desert $62
The Palms Golf Club La Quinta $110
Mountain View Country Club La Quinta $115 - $130
Clive Clark Course at Hideaway Club La Quinta $130
North/East at The Lakes Country Club Palm Desert $95 - $125
Santa Rosa Golf & Country Club Palm Desert $45
Nine Hole at Outdoor Resort & Country Club Cathedral City $12
Jack Nicklaus Private Course at PGA West La Quinta $115
Pate Course at Rancho La Quinta La Quinta $125 - $200
Pete Dye Challenge at Mission Hills Country Club Rancho Mirage $185
Classic Second/Lake at Bermuda Dunes Country Club Bermuda Dunes $30 - $90
East/West at Monterey Country Club Palm Desert $80
South/West at Monterey Country Club Palm Desert $80
Golf Club at La Quinta La Quinta $40 - $99
Eighteen Hole at Outdoor Resort & Country Club Cathedral City $25
Tamarisk Country Club Rancho Mirage $90
Chaparral Country Club Palm Desert $50
Sunrise Country Club Rancho Mirage $65
Thunderbird Country Club Rancho Mirage $100
Lake/Classic One at Bermuda Dunes Country Club Bermuda Dunes $30 - $90
Plantation Golf Club Indio $100
Desert Crest Country Club Desert Hot Springs $12
The East Course at Andalusia Country Club La Quinta $125 - $200
Jones Course at Rancho La Quinta La Quinta $125 - $200
Eagle Falls Golf Course Indio $39 - $85
Pete Dye Course at Hideaway Club La Quinta $130
Outdoor Resort Indio Indio N/A
Stone Eagle Golf Club Palm Desert $130
Classic One/Classic Second at Bermuda Dunes Country Club Bermuda Dunes $30 - $90
Tom Weiskopf Course at PGA West La Quinta $115
East/South at Monterey Country Club Palm Desert $80
Par-3 Course at Tri-Palm Country Club Thousand Palms $20
Tri-Palm Country Club Thousand Palms $35 - $45
The Quarry at La Quinta La Quinta $135
Desert Course at The Vintage Club Indian Wells $150
Palm Desert Greens Country Club Palm Desert $40
Hidden Springs Country Club Desert Hot Springs $15
Tommy Jacobs' Bel Air Greens Palm Springs $15
South Course at Ironwood Country Club Palm Desert $110
Dinah Shore Tournament at Mission Hills Country Club Rancho Mirage $185
Mission Lakes Country Club Desert Hot Springs $49 - $55
East/South at The Lakes Country Club Palm Desert $95 - $125
The Reserve Club Indian Wells $125
Marrakesh Country Club Palm Desert $70
Par-3 at Tradition Golf Club La Quinta N/A
Eldorado Country Club Indian Wells $120
Citrus Course at La Quinta Resort La Quinta $105
Mountain Course at The Vintage Club Indian Wells $150
Portola Country Club Palm Desert $10
Canyons at Bighorn Golf Club Palm Desert $175
North Course at Toscana Country Club Indian Wells N/A
Tradition Golf Club La Quinta $135
Championship Course at Palm Valley Country Club Palm Desert $125
Arroyo Course at Indian Ridge Country Club Palm Desert $120
Seven Lakes Country Club Palm Springs $50
Suncrest Country Club Palm Desert $35
La Vista/El Cielo at Desert Princess Country Club Cathedral City $60 - $120
Grove Course at Indian Ridge Country Club Palm Desert $120
Springs Country Club Rancho Mirage $87 - $95
The Classic Course at Indian Wells Country Club Indian Wells $200
Sands RV Resort Desert Hot Springs $19
El Cielo/Los Lagos at Desert Princess Country Club Cathedral City $60 - $120
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