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The Golfing Paradise of Palm Springs Beckons
By John Torsiello | Published  01/19/2015 | California | Unrated
The Golfing Paradise of Palm Springs Beckons
W hen you visit Palm Springs in California you become immersed in a virtual paradise of golf, fine living, great dining and enough amenities to keep your around for, oh, say, a month?

Known as the “Capital of Golf” in the western United States, Greater Palm Springs boasts the highest number of golf courses per square mile anywhere in the United States—some 115 layouts spread out from Desert Hot Springs to Coachella.

Greater Palm Springs has it all--amazing restaurants, vibrant nightclubs, amenity-filled resorts, rich history, culture, beautiful desert terrain, outdoor adventure, shopping, family fun and much more. From the rugged natural wonders of Joshua Tree National Park or the San Jacinto Mountains to man-made marvels like the area’s bounty of pristinely preserved mid-century modern architecture, there are discoveries waiting to be made no matter how you like to spend your time. Once you experience the magic of the Southern California desert, you’ll be hooked.

Rancho Las Palmas is an ideal destination to base your Palm Springs visit. The resort offers a relaxing oasis set against a backdrop of mountains and palm trees in the heart of the desert. Revel in the timeless comforts, classic conveniences and modern technologies that have made Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa a choice destination for a sun-drenched escape.

The resort, located on 240 lush acres, has recently been renovated to include a fresh, new color palette, expanded fitness center, refurbished spa, redesigned boutiques and more. Make a splash at one of three pool settings. Splashtopia, a two-acre water playground, featuring a 450-foot lazy river, two 100-foot water slides, cliff-side Jacuzzi, sandy beach and fountains and sprinklers to give the kids endless amounts of fun.

Take time for yourself and replenish your body and soul, at a 20,000-square-foot spa. New heights of relaxation will be discovered with exhilarating treatments that use pure essences of desert botanicals.
The resort’s 27-hole championship golf course will challenge amateurs and pros alike with palm tree-lined fairways and incredible mountain vistas.

There are other must-play courses in the area.
Fabled PGA West, a 2,000-acre golf and lifestyle community has both location and legend. Surrounded by the sculpted panorama of the Santa Rosa Mountains and home to the Humana Challenge golf tournament, PGA West and its championship courses have hosted Hollywood’s most high profile celebrities and presidents, as well as numerous PGA Tour pros.

There are 109 holes of championship golf on six courses, three amenity-filled clubhouses with bountiful dining and recreational options, a fully-equipped private fitness facility at The Health & Racquet Club, and 19 tennis courts with hard, grass and Har-Tru clay surfaces.

If you’re not a member, PGA West offers opportunities for resort guests at La Quinta Resort & Club, and you can be a part of PGA West with designated offerings. You’ll find the Greg Norman Clubhouse to be a spectacular venue, open to all, overlooking the famed nature-inspired Greg Norman course. Both the Mountain and Dunes Resort courses at La Quinta Resort & Club welcome residents and resort guests alike.

The Indian Wells Golf Resort, home of the Big Break Indian Wells and famed Skins Game, is another of Southern California’s premier golf destinations. Among its many accolades, Indian Wells Golf Club holds the distinction of being the only 36-hole public golf facility on Golfweek’s Top 20 “Best Courses You Can Play” in California.

Two world-class golf courses in Palm Desert await. The Clive Clarks Celebrity Course opened to rave reviews in November of 2006, and served as the site of the 25th Anniversary LG Skins Game in 2007 and again in 2008. Playability, diversity, and challenge are among the highlights of this desert masterpiece, which features mountain views, stunning water features, and a splendid routing for players of every level.

John Fought’s Players Course opened to acclaim in November of 2007. A brilliant contrast to the Celebrity Course, the Players Course features dynamic bunkering and generous fairway corridors, a fascinating combination to challenge all types of players. Fought also created the IW Putting Course, a lighted, 18-hole, natural grass putting practice area.

 The VUE Grille & Bar is an 53,000-square-foot clubhouse that offers a wide range of upscale amenities to complement the Indian Wells golf experience.

With some of the finest golf courses in Palm Desert, Indian Wells Golf Resort is located within walking distance of all four Indian Wells luxury hotels.

As one of the most prestigious clubs in Coachella Valley, Mission Hills Country Club provides a private world of beauty, recreation and fun. The mountains of Coachella Valley provide a lush backdrop for 54 holes of challenging golf and the number one rated USTA tennis facility in the nation.

Mission Hills Country Club is the home of the Dinah Shore Tournament Course, and the site of the first Major in golf every year--The LPGA’s Kraft Nabisco Championship. Mission Hills has three very diverse golf courses designed by some of the biggest names in golf course design. All three courses have six tee locations allowing players to play the course at their desired comfort level.

The Arnold Palmer Course was designed in 1978 and was his first layout in the desert. It features rolling fairways with many doglegs and strategic driving holes. The course, while fair, will still provide a true challenge to golfers of all skill levels.

The Pete Dye Challenge Course opened in 1988, and has rolling fairways, elevated greens, and classic deep bunkers, as well as Pete Dye’s trademark railroad ties marking the beautiful lakes throughout the course.

Desmond Muirhead designed the Tournament Course in 1970. It has the distinct honor of being rated the number one course in the Coachella Valley for many years and has hosted a Major championship for more than 40 years. The 18th is a 646-yard par 5 with an island green fronting an expansive clubhouse.

Together, the three courses offer golfers of all abilities the chance to test all aspects of their game. If that wasn’t enough, Mission Hills boasts a practice facility with a 17-acre, dual-sided driving range, as well as a dedicated 10,000-square-foot chipping green, four putting greens and a multitude of practice bunkers.

When not golfing, you’ve got to check out the fabulous selection of restaurants and shops that line Palm Canyon Drive. And one of the coolest things to do while you are in the area is take the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, the world’s largest rotating tramcar, where you will experience a stunning journey up the sheer cliffs of Chino Canyon.