One of the best ways to relax on vacation might be to hit the greens.
In honor of Golfer’s Day on April 10, we’re heading to Palm Desert, California, where there are more than 100 courses with breathtaking views. Grab your clubs, and play at one of the clubs that is open to the public. Here’s hoping for a hole in one!
Desert Willow Golf Resort
Desert Willow Golf Resort comprises two championship golf courses, the challenging Firecliff (the 19th hole is pictured above) and the more relaxed Mountain View. Check out this video:
Mountain Vista Golf Club
A visit to the Mountain Vista Golf Club feels like a tropical getaway, with its many waterfalls, flowers and palm trees. Play 36 holes of championship golf at the gorgeous course, designed by the legendary Billy Casper. And as a bonus to visitors, the club is open to the public seven days a week.
Indian Wells Golf Resort
Ranked as one of Golfweek magazine’s top 20 “Best Courses You Can Play” in California, the 36-hole resort is in Palm Springs, minutes away from Palm Desert. The Celebrity Course is a two-time host to the PGA TOUR’s Skins Game. The second course, the Players Course, highlights breathtaking views of the San Jacinto, Santa Rosa and San Bernardino mountain ranges, with Eisenhower Mountain to the south.
Cimarron Golf Resort
The San Jacinto Mountains create a beautiful backdrop for an inspiring round of golf. The Boulder Course, including four sets of tees, will give lower handicappers a challenge but weekend players an enjoyable day out. The Pebble Course is one of the top shorter courses in the area and is popular with couples and juniors.
This semi-private luxury club is vacation worthy! Opened in 2006, the 30-acre, 18-hole course was designed by Arnold Palmer. On the rolling terrain, 5,000 pine, California pepper and olive trees and 14 stone bridges add to the picturesque golf experience. Enjoy fine dining later in the day at the Tuscan-inspired clubhouse.
Where’s your favorite golf course? Tell us in the comments.
Photograph by Scott Avra