The winter season is arguably the best time to go golfing in Palm Springs. Temperatures are pleasant and the weather is dry, yet high season won't really pick up until February. Before you tee off, check out our 10Best guide to the best courses for any type of golfer.
Best Value for Money: Golf Club at Terra Lago
Green fees in Palm Springs can start adding up quickly, so if you're looking for quality play without dipping into your savings, the courses at the Golf Club at Terra Lago represent the best value for money. The North Course in particular, with its rustic surroundings, dramatic elevation changes and a challenging island green, is both playable and memorable for less than $50 if you tee off in the afternoon.
Best Views: Golf Club at La Quinta
Dunes Course — Photo courtesy of La Quinta Resort
You have two course options when playing at the Golf Club at La Quinta: the super challenging Mountain Course featuring elevated tee boxes and well-bunkered greens and the Dunes Course characterized by sweeping views and Scottish-style rolling greens.
Best Design: Desert Willow Golf Resort
Desert Willow course — Photo courtesy of Chris Miller - Desert Willow Golf Resort
The 6,900-yard Mountain View Course at Desert Willow Golf Resort does an excellent job of incorporating the native flora into each hole, while the more challenging Firecliff Course will test your skills with its variety of natural areas, water features and endless bunkers.
Best Conditioning: Mission Hills
Overlooking the course — Photo courtesy of The Westin Mission Hills
Chances are good that you'll have to keep your cart on the path during most days out on the courses at Mission Hills, but your sacrifice will be well rewarded with some of the most pristine greens imaginable, particularly on the Gary Player Signature Course.
Best Overall: PGA West
You only live once, and if you want to go all out on your Palm Springs golf vacation, you simply must play at least one of the six courses at PGA West. With a lineup of designers like Greg Norman, Pete Dye and Jack Nicklaus, you'll be playing some of the most legendary holes in the country.