INDIAN CANYONS GOLF CLUB - South Course (760-327-6550)
Palm Springs Golf Course Review
The South Course of Indian Canyons Golf Club in Palm Springs is a par 71- 6,600 yard design of creative and environmentally-sound designer Casey O'Callaghan. Moving tons of earth and adding four lakes and a soaring fountain, together with the Agua Caliente Development Authority, Mr. O'Callaghan turned a piece of relatively flat land in a destination golf property. The 18-hole championship course and 12,000 square foot clubhouse are located on the south end of Palm Springs and Murray Canyon Drive.
On property is a modern clubhouse facility with pro shop and restaurant/lounge that is open for breakfast and lunch, with outdoor patio featuring panoramic course and mountain views. There also is a grass range and practice green and the golf carts have ball and club washers plus ice chests. The yardage marking system includes sprinkler heads and 100, 150 and 200 yard markers on the fairways, and color coded flags to indicate front, middle and back pin placements on the large, mildly sloped putting surfaces.
Five sets of tees provide golfers with opportunities to play from yardages and slopes measuring 6580 yards/118 slope, 6305 yards/115 slope, 6009 yards 112 slope for men and 131 for women, 5532 yards/108 slope for men and 126 for women, and 4840 yards with a slope of 116 from the forward tees. As the slope ratings indicate, this is a very player friendly layout, with enough beauty and challenge that golfers of all abilities can experience an enjoyable round.
There are over 60 sand bunkers lining the fairways and situated greenside, and water comes into play on six holes. On our late June visit, the sculpted tee boxes and fairways were wonderfully groomed and the greens rolled fast and true. The main attraction, besides the wonderful conditioning, involves the incredible mountain views as this course is closely situated beside the San Jancinto range, with many hole designs providing panoramic vistas of the spectacular desert mountains.
Also unique and appealing to the eye are the plentiful and majestic Washingtonia Filifera fan palms that line the fairways and help to create postcard perfect backdrops on many holes. These stately, full bearded native palms comprise the world's oldest and largest stand, and in the early Cahuilla Indians history served the tribe in their survival by providing sources of shelter, clothing, tools and basketry. Desert Mountains, mature native palms, glistening ponds - this course is gorgeous to look at and extremely fun to play. With mountains on nearly all sides, wind is less a factor here than is the case on many area courses. We highly recommend a round here! For more info, visit our page for the course on our web catalog of Palm Springs area golf courses - with direct link to the Indian Canyon website - by clicking here.