PGA WEST JACK NICKLAUS TOURNAMENT COURSE (760) 564-4111
Palm Springs Golf Course Review
PGA West "The Western Home to Golf" features 9 golf courses (5 public and 4 private) created by 5 of golf's top designers. The Nicklaus Tournament, The Stadium (Pete Dye) and the Greg Norman Course are open for public play, and along with the private Palmer, Weiskoph and Nicklaus courses - forms 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 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.
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!
NICKLAUS TOURNAMENT COURSE
The Clubhouse at the Nicklaus Tournament Course also services the legendary TPC Stadium Course at PGA West - both open for public play. This is a beautiful facility that features spacious, well appointed locker rooms with showers for both men and women, a full service restaurant and lounge, and an outstanding 4,000 square foot pro shop. The PGA West logo apparel and golf accessories make particularly attractive gift items.
Practice facilities on property are extensive, with multiple putting greens, a short game area that includes a sand bunker, plus a large targeted grass range - all complimentary for members and green fee paying guests. The John McLean Golf School - the number 1 rated golf school in the world, features state of the art facilities with a full staff of PGA Master professionals including three of golf Magazine's World's Top 100 Instructors!
On course, golfers will easily find the 100, 150 and 200 yard markers on the cart paths and fairways that are measured to the center of the green, and each cart has placards that indicate the day's hole location (front, middle or back). Yardages are also posted on each tee box. There are 5 sets of tee boxes that play to distances and slopes measuring 7204 yards/143 slope, 6522 yards/134 slope, 6061 yards/128 slope, 5627 yards/133 slope for women and 5023 yards with a slope of 124 for ladies hitting from the front tees.
The combination of the lush green playing surfaces and abundant palm trees set against dramatic mountain backdrops at every turn make this a special golf environment. The manicured fairways are often tapered, with slopes leading to lower levels or dropping off into sand bunkers or collection areas, challenging driving accuracy throughout the round. There is a great variety in the size of bunkers - some traps are small and deep while others are enormous, and waste areas often come into play. The green complexes are usually raised and well protected, with an interesting variety of shapes and undulations. Getting up and down will require the full array of shots in one's short game arsenal.
There is enough room for error off the tee and greenside, that the average player and high handicapper should not be intimidated, and should not need a great supply of golf balls. But as the slope ratings indicate, those serious about scoring will have their work cut out. With the immaculate condition and exquisite surroundings, we highly recommend a round here for all levels of golfers. For more info, visit our page for the course, with direct link to their website by clicking here.