The desert golf season is back, and that’s exciting. Summer is a great time to get great prices at great courses in the Palm Springs area. And I do play there in the summer for the deals. But overseeding ends in October, course conditions are pristine and temperatures drop to the 70′s, making the Coachella Valley one of the greatest places to stay and play during the fall-spring seasons.
If you’re planning a trip this season, here are a few of my choice selections (and if you aren’t planning a trip out there… you should).
On your way into town from the west, you’ll find Desert Dunes on the north side of the 10 and Escena on the south. Both are very cool, unique courses worth stopping for.
The JW Marriott, also known as the Desert Springs Resort, is an awesome hotel with several restaurants, a spa and two 18-hole championship courses. I’ve stayed there a couple times, even had my bachelor party there many moons ago. Book well in advance though, the place sells out fast.
Classic Club is a great course that’s won a lot of awards and has an extraordinary clubhouse with great food.
Indian Wells is magnificent, Desert Willow was named one of the top 100 public courses in the country by Golf Digest, and Indian Canyons Golf Resort will take you back to the days of Bing and Bob and Dean, when the rat pack used to call Palm Springs their playground.
Then of course there’s La Quinta Resort and PGA West which are, well, La Quinta Resort and PGA West. Home to the PGA’s Humana Challenge (coming Jan 14-20 if you’re interested in watching the pros play).
Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa is another great place to stay but if you don’t call it home while you’re in town, it’s at least worth a visit for a little adult fun.
There are also a ton of great places to eat and shop. Too many to discus here. But if you pick up the November issue of Southland Golf (on stands Nov 2) at a course near you (or check it out online), you’ll find in it our 2013 Palm Springs Playbook, chock full of all the info you’ll need to make a perfect desert trip.