LA QUINTA RESORT AND PGA WEST (760) 564-4111
Palm Springs Golf Course Review
PGA West "The Western Home to Golf" features 3 private courses and 5 open for public play layouts - a total of 8 courses created by 5 of golf's top designers. The Nicklaus Tournament, The Stadium (Pete Dye),the Greg Norman Course and along with the private Palmer, Weiskopf and Nicklaus courses - form a membership package that rivals that of any program in the country. This is the only private club in the world with two courses ranked in Golf Magazine's 100 Greatest courses in the World! The nearby Dunes and Mountain (Pete Dye) Courses at La Quinta are also part of the PGA West complex - both open for public play. Visit www.pgawest.com to find out more about PGA West, including club memberships and privileges. Visit www.laquintaresort.com/golf/ for more info on the courses that are open for public play.
The nearby La Quinta Resort provides luxurious accommodations and upscale resort amenities that make a stay and play package an enticing option. On property are numerous swimming pools and hot tubs, a Health and racquet Club with tennis pro shop, state of the are fitness facility with the latest equipment plus an aerobic room, 23,000 square foot Spa at La Quinta, Kids Club Activity Center and meeting rooms. There is a full service spa and tennis complex featuring 19 courts - one of the few facilities in the country to offer play on all three playing surfaces (Har-Tru clay, grass and hard courts). A variety of dining options are also available. For more information, visit our page for La Quinta with a direct link to their website by clicking here.
PGA West has hosted numerous prestigious tournaments from the PGA, Senior PGA, LPGA, and NCAA including the 1998, 200, 2002 and 2006 PGA Tour Qualifying Schools. One of the most famous shots in history occurred when Lee Trevino made a hole in one on "Alcatraz" - the par three 17th on the PGA West Stadium Course during the 1987 Skin's Game. David Duval eagled the par five 18th on the Arnold Palmer private course during the 1999 Bob Hope Desert Classic, on his way to recording a memorable 59 on Sunday, to claim the championship!
THE DUNES COURSE
The Dunes and Mountain Courses at La Quinta share clubhouse and practice facilities. This includes a beautiful restaurant/lounge with outdoor patio, locker rooms with showers for men and women, and a full service pro shop. There is a targeted grass range, short game area and putting greens. Both courses have yardage marking systems that include 100, 150 and 200 markers on the cart paths and fairways, sprinkler heads that are measured to the front, middle and back of the green, and color coded flags to indicate front, middle and back hole locations.
The terrain at the Dunes varies from nearly flat to extremely undulating, with wide fairways and small to medium sized, sloping putting surfaces that are often raised. The opening hole presents one of the most scenic backdrops on the course with a pond in front and mountains behind framing the green complex. Numbers 12 and 13 also feature significant water hazards, and the par five 15th is visually striking, as the hole plays directly into the mountains.
The course winds through the La Quinta residential community, with spectacular vistas at every turn. There are 78 soft white sand bunkers situated along the fairways or greenside, and water comes into play on 6 holes. Five sets of tees play to distances and slopes measuring 6682 yards/134 slope, 6324 yards/128 slope, 5846 yards/122 slope, 5325 yards/116 for men and a slope for 126 for women, and 4877 with a slope of 123.
This is a challenging, yet non intimidating golf experience, that can be enjoyed by novices and experts alike. It fits in perfectly for the average golfers on a resort vacation, seeking an enjoyable round in a beautiful golf environment. For more info, visit our page for the course, with direct link to their website by clicking here.