Golfing often tops the list of being one of the best things to do while in Palm Springs. With the dry, sunny climate combined with world-renown golf courses, golfers from all over the world plan their desert vacation around their tee times.
There’s no shortage of golf courses to choose from throughout the Coachella Valley. With beautiful vistas, luxury amenities, and challenging holes, golfing remains the favorite outdoor activity of many who visit Palm Springs.
Palm Springs Golf Courses
La Quinta Resort - Dunes Course - This picturesque golf course has one of the country’s toughest holes, according to the PGA of America. The course designed by Pete Dye was constructed from the traditional Scottish layout with links that favor accuracy from the tee and landscapes that give stunning views of the desert, water, and mountains.
Holes: 18 Championship
Cost: $59 Online Rate (2 to 4 golfers)
PGA West - Created by the vision of golf pro Jack Nicklaus, PGA West features contoured fairways and deep sand bunkers. It is home to the PGA Tour Qualifying School and is a frequent host of the Bob Hope Classic. Golfers who want the challenge will reserve their tee time well in advance at this world-famous course.
Holes: 18 Regulation
Cost: $69 Online Rate (1 to 4 golfers)
Escena Golf Club - Ranked by PGATOUR.com as the #6 Public Course in California, this golf course is known as much for its beautiful surroundings as it is for its strategically-placed holes. For those just getting started or who want to brush up on their golf game, the club offers lessons formatted for each individual or group.
Holes: 18 Regulation
Cost: $49 Online Rate (2 to 4 golfers)
Cathedral Canyon Country Club - Locals favor the slightly sloped greens of this course, as well as the sweeping views of the Coachella Valley. Every hole has a water hazard, so it’s recommended to bring extra balls. An additional 9 holes were added in 1990 from the original course opened in 1975, designed by the original architect, David Rainville.
Holes: 27 Regulation
Cost: $39 Online Rate (1 to 4 golfers)
Tips for Travelling with Golf Clubs
Tips for Traveling with Golf Clubs
Packing golf clubs may not be the easiest feat, but by following certain travel tips, it can be done without too much hassle. When planning your next golf trip to Palm Springs, take into account these top tips to make for a smoother ride.
Travel non-stop. While this isn’t always possible, non-stop flights mean there will be less transportation of your clubs, which results in less of a likelihood they’ll get lost or mishandled.
Tag your bag. In addition to a nametag, which should include a cell phone number, add a small identifier like a colorful string or strip of tape to ID your bag more quickly and easily.
Splurge. Golf bags can be costly, but well worth the investment, especially if you travel with your clubs often. Hard shell bags run for approximately $250, but will offer better protection against travel damage.
Check ahead. Not only are your golf clubs not considered carry-on items, they are considered “oversized” by airlines, which translates to additional fees. Make sure you are aware of all costs and weight limitations before you head to the airport.
Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs is right in the center of the action. For tips, recommendations, and directions to nearby golf courses, stop by our concierge desk and we’ll help point you in the right direction or get you set up with the next available tee time.