Golf in the Desert... 9 Local Secrets!

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La Quinta Country Club

There are a thousand  golf stories in the desert, and these are just a few. Golf courses are notorious for being places where things happen — not all involving a wedge or a putter. We pulled these interesting tidbits from the new Top 100 Holes guide. Use them to regale pals on your next golf outing or find more at

O’Donnell Golf Club

I played at O'Donnell when the par 3 fifth hole had a periscope. At one point they even had a television monitor for golfers to make sure the green was clear ahead. 

La Quinta Country Club

Dwignt Eisenhower loved the La Quinta Country Club, and christened it when the club opened in 1959! It is also the oldest club to still be in the Bob Hope Classic/Humana Challenge rotation!

Classic Club

The wind can be a major factore here at The Classic Club! As part of the design philosophy on this course, there is not a single palm tree planted anywhere.

PGA West TPC Stadium Course

Hole 16 became famous when Speaker of the House Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill tried and failed to get out of the 19-foot deep bunker on national television in the Bob Hope Classic.

Bermuda Dunes Country Club Classic Course

I watched a rookie John Daly hit the par 5, 18th in 2 shots! Of note: In 1973, Arnold Palmer won the last of his 62 PGA Tour victories with a putt on the  18th green.

The Quarry at La Quinta

Remington bronzes decorate many of the holes, featuring life size horses and swooping eagles. This is currently the only course in the desert listed in Golf Digest’s famed Top 100 Courses in the Country list.

Tradition Golf Club

Arnold Palmer designed this course, and has a home here! This club was built on the grounds of an old La Quinta date ranch named Hacienda del Gato.

Indian Wells Country Club

Presidents Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Gerald Ford teed off together at hole no. 10 in the first round of the 1995 Bob Hope Classic.

Desert Falls Country Club

Desert Falls was designed by architect, Ron Frehm, who also designed golf courses for Euro Disney and the Sultan of Brunei.


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Frank Rubi
Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC - Metairie, LA

Kathy, you had me at GOLF. Just finish a two day tour in Baton Rouge, La. I would love to play TPC West. 

Nov 25, 2012 07:32 AM #1
Kathy Schowe
California Lifestyle Realty - La Quinta, CA
La Quinta, California 760-333-8886

Frank... come on out to La Quinta and I'll show you around!  Kathy

Nov 25, 2012 08:27 AM #2
Lynda Eisenmann
Preferred Home Brokers - Brea, CA
Broker-Owner,CRS,CDPE,GRI,SRES, Brea,CA, Orange Co

Hi Kathy,

Great info for any desert area golfers! And when it comes to weather, WOW it doesn't get any better than you've had this week for Thanksgiving!



Nov 25, 2012 08:58 AM #3
Sussie Sutton
UTR Texas Realtors - Pearland, TX
UTR TEXAS Realtors - Rep for buyers and sellers.

Why can't you plant pal m trees on a golf course? I can see how wind may cause a ball to veer to the left or right. However,I don't understand about the palm trees.

Nov 25, 2012 09:47 AM #4
Laura Allen, Lake Tahoe - Truckee Real Estate for Sale
Coldwell Banker, Tahoe City, CA (530) 414-1260 - Tahoe City, CA
Tahoe Real Estate Agent Helping Buyers and Sellers

Kathy - As a golfer I can appreciate all of these great inside golf tips.  My favorite is "Tip" O'Neill, I can relate to bunker problems.  Sand should only be used at the beach and for kitty litter, not on the golf course!

Nov 25, 2012 12:23 PM #5
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