1 . La Quinta Resort and Club

La Quinta, California

CALL DIRECT: +1 (855) 776 - 0726

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The crème de la crème of golf excursions, La Quinta Resort and Club has long been known as the escape for Hollywood elite such as Greta Garbo, Clark Gable or Frank Capra. Visit a piece of Hollywood history in this secluded oasis in the Land of Eternal Sun!

After purchasing 1,400 acres from the native Cahuilla Indians in the early 1920s, San Francisco businessman Walter H. Morgan worked with renowned architect Gordon Kaufman to construct an oasis worthy of Hollywood elite. Since then, La Quinta has become the destination for championship golf, world-class tennis, fine dining and blissful spa experiences all under the umbrella of beauty and seclusion. Set at the foot of the mountains, La Quinta’s golf is unlike anything you’ve ever experienced with emerald greens and azure skies spread out before you in five of Palm Spring’s finest golf courses. For the rest of the family, attractions include jeep tours, the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, horseback riding and bicycle rides. And with accommodations ranging in style from Southwestern hacienda to African Safari, La Quinta Resort offers a wide variety of private casitas, suites, spa villas or private residencies fit for any taste.

Average rainfall/snowfall

Palm Springs gets an average of 350 days of sunshine a year with 10 or less days a year with actual rainfall.

Getting there

From Palm Springs International Airport head northwest on Kirk Douglas Way and continue until you take a slight right on El Cielo Road. From there, take a right on Escoba Drive and left on CA-111 South. Take a right on Washington Street and right onto Eisenhower Drive. La Quinta Resort and Club will be on your right.

Fun facts

The initial small grouping of casitas that began as La Quinta required 100,000 hand-formed adobe bricks and 60,000 locally fired roof tiles.

2 . JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa

Palm Desert, California

CALL DIRECT: +1 (888) 538 - 9459

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Like paradise on land, the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa is more than a vacation - it's an escape. Here, amongst the lush green fairways of two championship courses you'll find a place that lets you truly put aside your worries and enjoy the thrill of the game.

JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa presents two distinct, luxurious courses designed by the inventive Ted Robinson, "King of Waterscapes". His signature style comes through with the beautifully landscaped hills that curve around sparkling streams and ponds. The Palm and Valley courses each offer 18 holes of challenging play that is sure to delight both the expert and the beginner. Order your lunch or snack as you tee off at the 18th hole and it'll be waiting for you at Sand Trap & Wedge when you finish! Their PGA and LGA professionals are available during the day to make your Palm Springs golf experience truly one-of-a-kind. Take a golf class - they offer both private and group lessons! - or let them help you find the best in latest golf equipment technology. JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa offers incredible golf group getaways as well! Whether you're here with a few friends, or planning an outing for up to 300, they will assist in making your event absolutely unforgettable!

Related Onsite Offerings

JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa features seven luxurious onsite dining options! From a gourmet Japanese steakhouse at Mikado to exceptional seafood at Fisherman's Landing, there's something here to appeal to everyone's tastes!

Address

JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa 74-855 Country Club Dr Palm Desert, CA 92260

3 . The Westin Mission Hills Resort & Spa

Rancho Mirage, California

CALL DIRECT: +1 (760) 328 - 5955

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Competitive golf has never been this relaxing. Set on 360 acres within the Rancho Mirage community, the Westin knows those that play hard, also need the facilities to relax hard.

Located on the corner of two celebrities’ drives intimately associated with the game of golf, Bob Hope and Dinah Shore, the Westin has two championship courses—the Pete Dye Resort Course and the Gary Player Signature Course. Praised as possibly being the best golf course in the Palm Springs area by Golf Magazine, the Gary Player Signature Course is known for its economic use of the desert landscape along with its 76 strokes across well-designed beauty. While a par 70 instead of its brother’s 76, the Pete Dye Resort Course is no joke. Known as being one of Palm Springs toughest courses, it frequently makes use of hidden pins, water hazards and rolling fairways. Off the green, the Westin offers a 14,000-square-foot spa, tennis courts, a workout facility, fine dining at the Bella Vista, a Kids Club Discovery Room and a 60-foot waterslide. If you’d like to get away for a romantic dinner at the Bella Vista with your significant other, Kids Club offers two daily sessions of childcare for children 4-12 years of age. Hourly childcare is also available.

Related Onsite Offerings

Experience Native Indian storytelling in from 5 to 7 p.m. on the Westin’s lobby lounge and patio.

Getting there

From Palm Springs International Airport head northwest on Kirk Douglas Way. Take your first left on El Cielo Road and then a left onto East Mesquite Avenue. Continue onto Dinah Shore Drive and your destination will be on your right.

Fun facts

Westin was the first major hotel brand to switch to smoke-free facilities.

4 . Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa

Rancho Mirage, California

CALL DIRECT: +1 (800) 458 - 8786

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No matter if you’re on a family vacation, out for a romantic weekend or just hitting the tees, Rancho Las Palmas has everything you need for an unforgettable time!

Experience the heart and soul of Palm Springs at the luxurious Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa. Start your vacation with a challenging round of golf at the 27-hole Ted Robinson-designed course with beautiful views of snowcapped Mount Jacinto in the background. If relaxation is more your thing, treat yourself to a day at the 20,000-square-foot European spa, complete with 26 treatment rooms. Are you traveling with family? Behold, Splashtopia, a water paradise with a 425-foot lazy river, two 100-foot waterslides and an array of fountains and sprinklers. And it doesn’t end there. Rancho Las Palmas also has 25 state-of-the-art hard tennis courts, several on site restaurants and 240 acres of lakes, gardens and fountains. Across the street visitors can also shop to their hearts content or enjoy live music at the The River Rancho Mirage. The only problem is getting yourself to leave.

Related activities

The Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert and The Living Desert Zoo & Botanical Gardens are both under five miles away.

Getting there

From Palm Springs International Airport head northwest on Kirk Douglas Way. Take your first left on El Cielo Road, turn right on Escobar Drive and left on CA-111 South. Turn left onto Bob Hope Drive and your destination will be on your right.

Fun facts

The Coachella Valley in which Rancho Las Palmas is located is home to two major music festivals each year—Coachella and Stagecoach.

5 . Desert Springs JW Marriott Resort & Spa

Palm Desert, California

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Good luck making it onto the golf course once you experience Desert Springs luxurious amenities from their Italian marble bathtub to custom bedding chosen by the hotel’s preeminent sleep experts

Nestled before the Santa Rosa Mountains, Desert Springs is the complete package—two 18-hole Ted Robinson-designed golf courses, a spa complete with hair salon and special sanctuary suite, nine options for drink and dining and 20 tennis courts in the form of clay, hard or grass. Formal boat outings are also available in which visitors can tour the waterways, enjoy a waterside dinner or simply customize a charter of their own.

Related activities

Rent a motorcycle and ride through the desert as part of Desert Springs’ EagleRider Motorcycle Rentals program.

Getting there

From Palm Springs International Airport head northwest on Kirk Douglas Way. Take your first left on El Cielo Road, turn right on Escobar Drive and left on CA-111 South. Turn left onto Country Club Drive and then right onto Desert Springs Drive. Your destination will be on your right.

Fun facts

The Desert Springs’ Chairman Suites are 1,638 square feet and include a black baby grand piano.

6 . Hyatt Grand Champions Resort & Spa

Indian Wells, California

CALL DIRECT: +1 (760) 341 - 1000

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So much to do and so little time! Take advantage of everything Palm Springs has to offer by staying at the Hyatt, enjoying their ridiculous number of activities and golfing another one of our top ten resorts, Indian Wells.

One of the four hotels within walking distance of Indian Wells’ championship courses, the Hyatt has 530 deluxe rooms facing the garden, mountains, pool or course. If you’re looking to spend a little extra, get a one or two bedroom villa with butler service. Spa options include the detoxifying Agua Serena Spa or the Medical and Skin Spa where visitors can pamper the largest organ in the human body with a little extra attention. On to the activities! This 45-acre hideaway has something for everyone. Kids have the option to enjoy a waterslide and up to six of the seven pools. In the seventh, adults can indulge by themselves in private cabanas or take a tennis lesson from a USTPA pro. Other options include taking in the desert scenery from a hot air balloon, trying your luck at the area casino or sipping cocktails at the Oasis Pool Bar.

Related activities

Get out and see the flora and fauna of the southwest region at Joshua Tree National Park.

Getting there

From Palm Springs International Airport head northwest on Kirk Douglas Way. Take your first left on El Cielo Road, turn right on Escobar Drive and left on CA-111 South. Turn left on Indian Wells Lane and your destination will be on your right.

Related Onsite Offerings

Wednesday through Saturday the Agave Sunset bar has live entertainment for visitors.

7 . Doral Desert Princess Resort and Spa

Cathedrel City, California

CALL DIRECT: +1 (888) 386 - 4677

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Sophisticated but not snobbish, as a princess should be, the Doral Desert Princess Resort knows elegance. And from blackout drapes to in-room massages, they spare no expense in the dutiful pursuit of your pleasure.

Surrounded by the San Jacinto Mountains, the Doral Desert Princess Resort has all the mandatory amenities of royalty and more! Soak in the spa’s Jacuzzi before rejuvenating with one of their traditional massage therapies. Play tennis at night or day, on their five nighttime equipped courts or take out the clubs on any of their three 9-hole courses of varying styles. If you can pry yourself away from the resort, downtown Palm Springs is only a short five minutes away, featuring high-fashion boutiques, souvenir shops, restaurants and a weekly market with over 200 vendors peddling handmade artwork, fresh produce and gourmet products.

Highlights

Get special rates for The Living Desert Zoo & Gardens when you stay at the Doral Desert Princess Resort.

Getting there

It’s easy! Just take the shuttle! The Doral provides free transportation from the Palm Springs International Airport so the moment you stop traveling you can begin relaxing.

Related activities

Visit the one of the largest collections of World War II aircraft and memorabilia at the California Air Museum.

8 . Tahquitz Creek

Palm Springs, California

CALL DIRECT: +1 (760) 328 - 1005

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Unlike many of its new neighbor courses, Tahquitz Creek has roots in Palm Springs that reach back more than 50 years. With two 18-hole courses offering two distinct and challenging pins, it is a place for the serious golfer.

The Legend Course is longtime local favorite, designed by William Bell in the 1950s. With recent renovations and the installment of 40 new bunkers, this 72-par course is the course to play in the Coachella Valley. The Resort Course is a well-known Ted Robinson design, sprawled out like The Legend Course, before the San Jacinto Mountains. Fun but challenging, this course includes scenic waterscapes and demanding greens.

Getting there

From Palm Springs International Airport head northwest on Kirk Douglas Way. Take your first left on El Cielo Road and turn left on East Mesquite Avenue. Continue onto Dinah Shore Drive and turn right onto Crossley Road. Continue onto Golf Club Drive and your destination will be on your right.

Fun facts

Golf Digest has listed Tahquitz Creek golf courses among the "Best Places to Play."

Related Onsite Offerings

Other amenities include a driving range, putting area, short range area and golf lessons and clinics.

9 . Indian Canyons Golf Resort

Palm Springs, California

CALL DIRECT: +1 (760) 327 - 6550

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An authentic experience is what Indian Canyons Golf Resort is all about. From the artwork in the clubhouse to the flora on the course, this resort has put painstaking effort into making sure they foster a native culture.

Immersed in the history of the Palm Springs region, Indian Canyons has two 18-hole courses uniquely positioned and expertly designed to make sure you get the most experience out of every swing. The South Course is a par 72-championship course with par 5 holes stretching past over 850 native palms. The North Course, designed by William Bell, spreads through Palm Springs’ canyon region with highlights including beautiful mid-century homes, scenic mountain views and a Walt Disney Fountain that shoots water over 100 feet high.

Fun facts

Resort artwork is by Richard Salgado, a local Native American of the Cahuilla Tribe.

Related Onsite Offerings

There are two restaurants, one at each course, and offer live entertainment at the North Course every Friday and Saturday.

Getting there

From Palm Springs International Airport head northwest on Kirk Douglas Way. Take your first left on El Cielo Road and turn right onto East Ramon Road. Turn left onto South Sunrise Way and left onto Toledo Avenue. Toledo Avenue turns right and becomes Murray Canyon Drive. Your destination will be on your left.

10 . Country Club and Resort Rentals

Palm Desert, California

CALL DIRECT: +1 (800) 657 - 2343

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If vacation to you means slower pace and beautiful scenery than look no further than Country Club and Resort Rentals. This gated resort comes complete with an 18-hole course and a trifecta of mountain views that stop even the busiest of vacationers in their tracks.

Want to look out your window and see not one, but three mountain ranges? How about drive your ball down lush doublewide fairways? Country Club and Resort Rentals has this and more! Want to play tennis? Country Club has thirteen lighted courts available every day or night. For pools, they have twenty throughout the community and each one is heated during the winter season. And with all the homes being single-story and built in duplex fashion, you never need to worry about waiting for elevators or carrying luggage up stairs.

Highlights

Due to each home being individually owned, the sleeping accommodations and décor are always different.

Getting there

From Palm Springs International Airport head northwest on Kirk Douglas Way. Take a left on East Ramon Road and then another left on Landau Boulevard. Take that for one mile and take a left on 30th Avenue. Your destination will be on your left.

Fun facts

The Country Club clubhouse is 42,000-square-feet and overlooks a lake.

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