Best Golf Courses in Palm Desert

Updated February 2024 to update booking information.

There’s no place on the West Coast with a larger concentration of golf courses than Palm Desert.  I suppose you could argue that Scottsdale is right up there, but I live in Scottsdale and my vote still goes to Palm Desert.  If you’re curious, just do a Google search for an aerial view of Palm Desert.  You’ll see two colors.  Desert brown and green.  Not much else. 

I love Palm Desert.  I’ve spent plenty of time here and it never gets old.  My annual winter buddies’ trip is something I’ve been doing for years and there’s no sign of stopping any time soon.  

As much time as I’ve spent in this desert oasis, I’ve only scratched the surface when it comes to golf.  That’s why I asked for your help.  As it turns out, there’s a lot of you that have played golf in Palm Desert.  Your insights were useful as always.

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The Player’s Course at Indian Wells

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The Indian Wells Players Course at the Indian Wells Golf Resort stands out as a popular choice for golf supporters seeking a scenic and demanding golfing encounter in Palm Desert. Designed by John Fought, this course offers breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape and a layout that presents a formidable challenge to players of all levels. The course also boasts top-notch practice facilities, well-appointed clubhouses, and comprehensive golf instruction, ensuring that visitors have everything they need for a memorable day on the greens.

Golfers can easily book tee times and explore various golf packages to enhance their experience at the Indian Wells Players Course. Additionally, the proximity of this course to other attractions and luxury accommodations in Palm Desert makes it a highly desirable golfing destination.

The Indian Wells Players Course stands as a testament to the exceptional golfing opportunities available in the Palm Springs area. With its captivating desert scenery and the legacy of top designers like Ted Robinson, whose influence is felt throughout the course, it’s no wonder that the Indian Wells Players Course has garnered attention from both avid golfers and the PGA Tour alike.

 

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The Oasis Country Club

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Lie close to the heart of Palm Desert, the Oasis Country Club offers golf lovers a bold yet picturesque adventure amidst lush fairways and stunning desert vistas.

Designed by renowned golf course architect, Dana Fry, this 18-hole championship course provides a satisfying challenge for players of all levels.

The club boasts top-notch practice facilities, including driving ranges and putting greens, ideal for honing your skills before hitting the course.

After a round of golf, golfers can unwind and enjoy clubhouse amenities, such as pro shops, dining options, and locker rooms for a complete golfing event.

If you’re looking to improve your game, the Oasis Country Club offers golf instruction through lessons and clinics.

Additionally, players can take advantage of on-course refreshments with convenient beverage carts available during play.

Whether you’re a local or visiting Palm Desert, the Oasis Country Club provides a memorable golfing adventure with its combination of demanding play and scenic beauty.

 

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Classic Club

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If you’re seeking another exceptional golfing adventure in Palm Desert, the Classic Club offers a challenging and scenic course that will captivate enthusiasts of all skill levels. As one of the best-designed golf courses in the Coachella Valley, Classic Club provides expansive practice facilities, including driving ranges, putting greens, and chipping areas for golfers to hone their skills. While playing, golfers can enjoy on-course refreshments from beverage carts, adding to the overall experience. The club has received praise for its exceptional course conditions and playability, making it an appealing destination for golfers. Additionally, visitors can take advantage of golf instruction, lessons, and clinics offered at the club, providing opportunities for improvement and growth in the sport.

Designed by the renowned team of Pete Dye and Dana Fry, Classic Club offers a captivating and demanding golfing event. Its strategic layout and stunning surroundings make it a must-visit for golf fans in Palm Desert. Whether you’re a beginner or a trained player, Classic Club promises an unforgettable golfing encounter in the heart of the Coachella Valley.

   

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Palm Royale Country Club

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Tucked away amidst the charming desert landscape, Palm Royale Country Club beckons golf followers with its demanding 18-hole course and breathtaking mountain vistas. Designed by Ted Robinson, this golf course in Palm Desert offers a memorable experience for players of all skill levels.

Here are a few highlights that make Palm Royale Country Club one of the best in the area:

  • Stunning Views: The course features stunning views of the surrounding mountains and abundant water features, providing a serene and visually captivating event for golfers.
  • Clubhouse Amenities: After a round of golf, golfers can enjoy the clubhouse amenities and dining options, making it a perfect place to unwind and socialize.
  • Instruction and Clinics: For those looking to improve their game, the club provides golf instruction and clinics, offering valuable insights and tips from experienced professionals.
  • Memorable Experience: Palm Royale Country Club is a must-visit destination for golfers seeking a memorable and enjoyable golfing adventure in Palm Desert.

Whether you’re a local resident or visiting the area, Palm Royale Country Club promises an exceptional golfing adventure.

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The Mountain Course at La Quinta Resort

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From the stunning desert landscape of Palm Royale Country Club, you’ll find yourself drawn to the bold design and pleasant views of La Quinta Mountain Course.

Nestled in the heart of the Coachella Valley, this gem is surrounded by the breathtaking Santa Rosa Mountains, offering a golf event like no other.

La Quinta Mountain Course, designed by renowned architect John Fought, is a part of the esteemed PGA West. The course is praised for its scenic beauty and challenging layout, providing golfers with an exhilarating round amidst the stunning desert backdrop.

In addition to its natural splendor, the course features top-notch practice facilities, including driving ranges and putting greens, allowing golfers to hone their skills before hitting the fairways.

As you make your way through the course, you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy on-course refreshments from beverage carts, adding convenience and enjoyment to your round.

For those looking to improve their game, La Quinta Mountain Course offers golf instruction with lessons and clinics, making it an ideal destination for golf enthusiasts seeking both beauty and challenge.

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The South Course at Indian Canyon Resort

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For golf fans seeking a demanding yet beautiful adventure in Palm Desert, the Indian Canyon Resort South Course offers stunning views of the Santa Rosa Mountains and well-maintained conditions for an exceptional round.

The course, designed by Dana Fry, is known for its strategic layout, incorporating water hazards and narrow fairways to test players’ skills.

Indian Canyon Resort South Course provides a variety of tee options catering to different skill levels, ensuring an enjoyable happening for all golfers.

Additionally, the clubhouse offers dining options and pro shops, allowing players to relax and socialize after their round.

Moreover, the course provides practice facilities including driving ranges and putting greens, enabling golfers to refine their skills.

Whether you’re a skillful player seeking a challenge or a newcomer looking to experience Palm Desert’s golfing beauty, Indian Canyon Resort South Course delivers a memorable and rewarding golfing encounter.

 

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The Mountain View Course at Desert Willow

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Lie against the backdrop of the majestic Santa Rosa Mountains, Desert Willow Mountain View Course promises golfers a captivating and bold adventure amidst its stunning natural surroundings.

Renowned architects Pete and Dana Fry designed this course, integrating the beauty of the desert landscape with the strategic layout.

The course, located at the Desert Willow Golf Resort, offers breathtaking views of the mountains and features abundant water elements, enhancing the overall aesthetic and challenge of the game.

Golfers visiting Palm Springs are drawn to this course for its well-maintained conditions and the opportunity to dine at The Terrace Restaurant in the clubhouse, which offers stunning panoramic views.

Desert Willow Mountain View Course is known for its demanding design, making it a popular choice for golfers seeking an exhilarating game.

It’s no wonder that this course is often listed among the top golf courses in Palm Desert, attracting both locals and visitors alike.

Whether you’re a qualified golfer or just starting out, the Desert Willow Mountain View Course offers an unforgettable golfing experience in a truly mesmerizing setting.

 

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Santa Rosa Course at Mountain Vista

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The Mountain Vista Santa Rosa Course, located at the Desert Willow Golf Resort in Palm Desert, California, offers golfers stunning views of the Santa Rosa Mountains and a charming view at its entrance.

When you tee off at this course, you’ll be greeted by abundant water features and challenging play, making for an unforgettable golfing event. The exceptional design of the course attracts golfers from all around, and it’s no surprise that it’s a popular destination for those visiting Palm Springs.

After a round of golf, head to the clubhouse, which leads to The Terrace Restaurant. Here, you can enjoy a great dining encounter with panoramic views of the golf courses, making it the perfect place to relax and unwind after your game.

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Big Rock Golf Club at Indian Springs

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Big Rock Golf Club is a classic muni in the town of Indio.  

Known for its pristine condition and excellent putting surfaces, this is a place where the everyman can enjoy quality golf.  

Maybe that’s what I love most about Big Rock, the cast of characters.  Over the years, I’ve played with everyone from politicians, to plumbers, to tour pros at this facility. 

Even though this place lacks the glitz and glamour of some of its country club neighbors, you’ll find everything you need here. 

 

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Date Palm Country Club

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Date Palm Country Club is another course that doesn’t get as much attention as it should. 

Having been around for years, Date Palm is steeped in history and tradition.  

A classic, old-school design, this track’s fairways are narrow and lined by stately palms. 

While keeping the ball in play is a must, the real fun begins when you get to the greens.  Their slick and subtle breaks take some time to learn.  Stay below the hole. 

A great value and friendly service, don’t miss a chance to play Date Palm Country Club.

Conclusion

If you’ve never been to Palm Desert to play golf, you’ve been missing out.  Not only is there a ton of great golf to be played, most of it is affordable if you go at the right time of year. 

As I write this guide, my buddies’ trip is only a few weeks away.  I’m giddy with excitement.

I continue to be astounded by all the support and input I continue to receive as I crank out these course guides.  This guide is no exception.  If you have additional input about golf in Palm Desert, feel free to share with the rest of us in the comments below.  

  

  

Paul Liberatore
Paul Liberatore

As the Founder of Golfers Authority Paul Liberatore Esq. has spent the last 7+ years writing about the best golf equipment or instruction from the top golf instructors in the world. He has been a contributing writer for Sports Illustrated Golf and GolfWRX. After graduating with honors from Purdue University, he realized that he had a passion for the golf business and the law. When he's not practicing law, or creating golf content on YouTube, he can be found on his syndicated Behind the Golf Brand podcast both on Apple and Spotify talking with the most prolific leaders in the golf industry. 

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