La Quinta Country Club Series: Bob Hope Classic
La Quinta Country Club, designed by Lawrence Hughes, opened in 1959 and has hosted the PGA tour event, once called the Bob Hope Classic for over 50 years. Stretching to over 7200 yards it is the only course of the original desert clubs that is still in the rotation for the now, AMEX PGA event.
Although its length is one of the factors that has kept La Quinta Country Club relevant and its traditional design and fabulous condition are also part of the equation. While Indian Wells CC, Bermuda Dunes CC, Eldorado and Tamarisk CC no longer host a PGA event, LQCC still does!
The pros love playing La Quinta CC-- as evidenced in many articles and interviews with Joh Rahm, among others ... stating that our club has some of the best greens they play all season.
We have been participating in the "Bob Hope" tournament for years. My husband, Bob, played in the pro-am 4 times. I was able to play in the pro-Am in 2021 and was paired with your pro Max McGreevy!
Times have changed from the old days when the event lasted 5 days and included a 54-hole cut. When the festivities included the "Classic Girls" and and "Classic Queen" like Debbie Reynolds, Barbara Eden, or Jill St. John. The celebrity pro-am was star studded with Bing Crosby, Clint Eastwood, Kirk Douglas, Burt Lancaster, and the presidents came to play! I was in the gallery the year 3 US Presidents played in the pro-am... Gerald Ford, Bill Clinton, and George Bush teed it up here!
The tradition continues with the "Bob Hope" tournament now sponsored by AMEX. It is my favorite week of the year! We usually have one of the tour officials staying with us and friends coming in to stay with us to watch the event. Other locals come by and stop by our house for a bite or a drink as they head out to watch the action. We live on the signature 7th hole... and it's a pretty good place to hang out and watch! Good food, good drinks, and good golf! ⛳️
More on La Quinta Country Club here: LQCC Expert Kathy Schowe