Tee Off at One of Palm Springs' Best Golf Resorts

If there's one thing that draws throngs of visitors to the Coachella Valley above all else, it's the golf. More than 100 top notch courses can be found throughout the desert, making it a widely popular destination for golfers. Plus, year-round golf tournaments offer everyone a chance to flaunt their skills. The year-round warm weather doesn't hurt your golf game, either. For the ultimate golf getaway, though, there's only one way to go: a stay at one of the desert's top golf resorts, where you won't even have to leave the property to play 18 holes.

Large resorts like the Renaissance Esmerelda in Indian Wells, the Desert Springs JW Marriott Resort in Palm Desert and the Westin Mission Hills in Rancho Mirage are a few of the most notable golf resorts in the Coachella Valley. These grand properties boast designer courses on site with beautiful desert views and pristinely manicured holes. Plus, you'll find amenities like spas, pools and kids' clubs to keep your travel companions occupied while you're on the back nine. Other properties, like the La Quinta Resort, offer access to PGA-rated courses designed by the likes of Arnold Palmer.

Check out the full list of the 10 best golf resorts in Palm Springs below.


The Hyatt Grand Champion offers family-friendly activities, onsite fine dining and both leisure and medical spa services, but golfers love the resort for its Golf Hyatt program. Through it, guests of the Hyatt Grand Champion in Indian Wells can tee off at the two championship golf courses at the nearby Indian Wells Golf Resort. Both the Celebrity and Players course attract golfers of all levels for their challenging holes, unique natural features and views of the San Jacinto Mountains. To prep for your game, stop by the Callaway Performance Center, one of only nine in the world. After negotiating your course of choice, you can retreat to the IW Club for the 19th hole.

Recommended for Golf Resorts because: The Hyatt Grand Champion offers access to the nearby Indian Wells Golf Resort, which has two championship golf courses and a Callaway Performance Center.

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While the Miramonte is best known as one of the best spa resorts in the desert, this Indian Wells property also helps guests relax with a round of golf. Guests of the Miramonte can tee off at the nearby IW Club, where two championship courses offer a challenging and scenic morning on the greens. These courses have garnered national accolades and hosted world-class tournaments for their challenging layouts and scenic views. The Miramonte also offers a host of golf packages to help you bundle your stay with your play. A golf school and GPS system help set you up for your very best game.

Recommended for Golf Resorts because: The Miramonte Resort and Spa offers access to two championship golf courses and a Callaway Performance Center in Palm Springs.

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The Renaissance Esmerelda is more than just a family-friendly hotel with restaurants and a sandy beach pool on site: the resort also offers access to one of the best golf courses in town, right next door. There are two courses hosted by the nearby IW Club: the Celebrity course and the Players course. Both earned a spot as one of the top 20 courses to play in California by Golfweek Magazine, and the Celebrity course also hosted the PGA Tour's LG Skins game twice. Book a tee time on the Players course for a challenge or on the Celebrity course for views of the nearby mountains. You'll notice the service is a standout here – for example, your clubs are picked up in the parking lot to be placed in your cart, your cooler is topped off with ice throughout your game and after your round, your clubs will be waiting for you in the parking lot, squeaky clean.

Recommended for Golf Resorts because: Renaissance Esmerelda offers access to two Indian Wells golf courses, both ranked as one of the top 20 courses to play in California by Golfweek Magazine.

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Westin Desert Willow Villas offers access to the nearby Desert Willow Golf Resort, which 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 and trees. Combined with the courses' water features, natural hazards, sand beds and pristine views of the San Jacinto Mountains, both courses are easy favorites with visiting golfers. The Mountain View course offers 18 tranquil holes on a smooth course, while the Firecliff course is an 18-hole course that challenges players with large lakes and more than 100 bunkers throughout.

Recommended for Golf Resorts because: Try the Mountain View course if you're looking for an easy morning of golfing. The Firecliff course isn't for the weak of heart.

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Located just outside Palm Springs in Cathedral City, the DoubleTree offers all the amenities expected in the desert, including championship golf, spa treatments and tennis courts. Families like staying there for the family-friendly pool area, where kids, teens and parents can enjoy the warm desert weather. Adjoining rooms connect a king bed room with a room with two double beds, a nice perk for families with children who could use their own space. The onsite Fairway Cafe serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, and a kid's menu is available. Kid's menu items are also available on the room service menu.

Recommended for Golf Resorts because: DoubleTree is home to three championship golf courses, all of which offer 9 holes of challenging golf.

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The Omni Rancho Las Palmas in Rancho Mirage offers something for everyone: a spa for parents, a water park for families and three golf courses for those looking to hit the greens. There are three 9-hole courses on the property, keeping you on your toes as you try to negotiate the rolling greens, sand banks and water features standing between you and victory. The entire course stretches out over 6,400 yards, offering plenty of room for golfers to spread out and easing any worries about crowding on the course. Junior tees are available for those 16 and under, as well as half-price junior rates.

Recommended for Golf Resorts because: The Omni Rancho Las Palmas offers three golf courses on site for a total of 27 holes over a 6,400-yard golf area.

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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 fun for golfers of all skill levels. The course is also known for its links-style design and scenic backdrops. The Mountain course is a better fit for golfers seeking a bit of challenge on the greens. Narrow fairways, tall grass and elevation changes will keep you on your toes, but at least the views of the Santa Rosa Mountains will keep your spirits high.

Recommended for Golf Resorts because: If you only have time for one course, opt for the Mountain course.

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Desert Springs JW Marriott is a local favorite for its scenic 460-acre property, lined with lush greens and extravagant water features. While some appreciate these solely as eye candy, golfers know these landmarks for what they are: the makings of a good golf course. The two Ted Robinson-designed courses are heavy on the water features and offer views of the Santa Rosa Mountains from all sides of the resort. Golfers love the courses at Desert Springs for being challenging but not impossible to conquer. An onsite miniature golf course also keeps the entire family entertained while you're on the greens.

Recommended for Golf Resorts because: Desert Springs JW Marriott offers two Ted Robinson-designed golf courses with loads of water features and scenic desert views.

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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? Well, mostly for the challenge. The well-kept course features unforgivingly steep sand traps, a signature design by Faldo. Fairways can be deceivingly uneven, and the water features throughout the course may claim a ball or two during your game. The trick to mastering the course at Shadow Ridge is to attack it conservatively rather than going for all-out glory.

Recommended for Golf Resorts because: Marriott Shadow Ridge Golf Resort features a Nick Faldo-designed course with killer sand traps and unsuspecting water features that create a challenging 18-hole game.

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With 360 acres of land to play with, it stands to reason that the Westin Mission Hills in Rancho Mirage would have not one, but two of the Coachella Valley's best golf courses. Both courses were designed by heavy hitters in course design (Pete Dye and Gary Player, to be exact) and are open to the public. Of course, staying at the resort means you'll get the best rate for these popular courses. If you're bringing the kids along, keep in mind that those under the age of 15 can golf for free throughout the year. After a round of golf, you can unwind in the spa or dine at one of the onsite restaurants.

Recommended for Golf Resorts because: Westin Mission Hills offers two championship golf courses and was named one of the top 75 resorts in North America by Golf Digest.

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