Tee Off at one of Palm Springs' Best Golf Courses

While Palm Springs has long been a haven for sun seekers looking to spend their afternoons poolside, there's little the desert does better than golf courses. More than 100 courses can be found throughout the desert cities, including PGA courses and those designed by heavyweights like Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer. And with year-round warm weather beckoning you to the greens come sunrise, it's hard to resist packing up the clubs and going for 18 holes. 

While every golfer will find their personal favorites in Palm Springs, one golf destination that's undisputedly notable is Desert Willow Golf Resort, which offers two Palm Desert courses to please both novice and experienced golfers. The Firecliff course – one of the most challenging in the desert – pits golfers against more than 7,000 yards of water features and sand beds, while most find the Mountain View course a little friendlier. 

Across town, SilverRock Resort in La Quinta once hosted the Bob Hope Classic (now the Humana Challenge that draws former President Bill Clinton and a myriad of celebrities each year). The resort's Arnold Palmer Classic Course is nestled at the base of the Santa Rosa Mountains, hence the resort's name. This public course is owned by the city of La Quinta and features bunkers, creeks and natural hazards around every turn. 

Ready to tee off? Check out the full list of the desert's 10 best golf courses below.

The low key courses at Palm Desert Country Club celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2012, and today the 18-hole Championship course is known for its expansive fairways and large sand traps. Waterfalls, lakes, tree-lined fairways and the San...  Read More

Formerly Trilogy Golf Club, The Golf Club at La Quinta has hosted the likes of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Annika Sorenstam. The 18-hole championship design by Gary Panks includes wide fairways that draw golfers looking for a more relaxed...  Read More

La Quinta Resort offers access to five courses � its Mountain and Dunes courses, as well as the three resort courses at PGA West. The Dunes course is filled with sand traps (hence the name), but it's also a player-friendly course that's...  Read More

Classic Club is undoubtedly one of the more high-end golf courses in the Palm Springs area, but it's well worth the price tag. Aside from the impeccable service, Classic Club is known for its Arnold Palmer-designed course that previously hosted...  Read More

Escena's Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course is a fan favorite for its prime Palm Springs location, its mid-range price point and its design that's just plain fun to play. PGATour.com ranked Escena's course as the 6th best course to play in...  Read More

When a club can say that not one but both of their courses earned a spot as one of the top 20 courses to play in California, you know you need to book a tee time. Both the Celebrity and Players courses at Indian Wells Golf Resort earned the...  Read More

The 18-hole Arnold Palmer Classic Course at SilverRock was the host course for the star-studded Bob Hope Classic (now the Humana Challenge) from 2008-2011. Today, the public course invites golf enthusiasts of all skill levels to "challenge the...  Read More

The prestigious PGA West Golf Club in La Quinta boasts six golf courses designed by some of the best names in the industry, including Pete Dye, Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer. Pete Dye's Stadium course was ranked one of the top 100 courses to...  Read More

The Nick Faldo-designed course at this Marriott timeshare location in Palm Desert has been ranked one of the best resort courses and the 19th best course in California by GolfWeek Magazine. So why do people love the 18 holes at Shadow Ridge?...  Read More

Desert Willow Golf Resort in Palm Desert offers two of the area's best courses for those looking to tee off in the desert. The pristinely kept greens of both the Firecliff and Mountain View courses are well-manicured with desert flowers, bushes...  Read More


Meet Marissa Willman

Marissa Willman moved to the Coachella Valley in 2001 and loves discovering the best that the desert has to offer. As a Palm Springs local, Marissa enjoys sharing her knowledge of this desert...  More About Marissa

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