Sure, it's a ball to actively explore the golf bounty of Greater Palm Springs.
But sometimes, a welcome combo of quality and convenience means there's no need to lug the clubs, but instead get in a round on your own lodging grounds.
Across the Coachella Valley, a host of year-round stay and play opportunities abound, providing guests and visitors prime play to pair with excellent, on-site resort lodgings.
(Please note: Be sure to check with respective resorts and courses for seasonal Stay & Play rates.)
Marriott’s Shadow Ridge I - The Villages
Weaving along the peripheries of the Nick Faldo-designed Shadow Ridge Golf Club, Marriott's Shadow Ridge I - The Villages in Palm Desert make for a true home away from home. With one and two-bedroom villas complete with kitchenette, the family-friendly, centrally-located resort also offer pool, dining and fitness center to complement the six-time major championship winner's first domestic course design.
La Quinta Resort & Club and PGA WEST, a Waldorf Astoria Resort
The most storied resort in the valley, La Quinta Resort & Club has been greeting guests at its getaway haven since the 1920s. Today, the classic resort continues to make a desert statement, with its 41 pools, avid tennis scene, on-site spa, five dining options (Morgan's is a must-visit) and collection of suites, villas and casitas.
For golfers, revel in the on-site plays of the Pete Dye-designed Mountain and Dunes Courses, or enjoy LQ's cousin courses sported at neighboring PGA WEST, where a trio of public golf options await in the Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course, the Greg Norman Course and Dye's infamous Stadium Course.
Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa
In Rancho Mirage, a pair of complementary plays await guest at the Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa. Ideal for family outings, corporate meeting and weddings, the 360-acre resort offers a healthy desert spread of swimming, dining, tennis and spa.
Those matching play with stay will enjoy a round at the on-site Pete Dye Course, while driven players should ensure a day at the resort's nearby (one mile away) Gary Player Course, sporting an earnest test worthy of the Black Knight.
Desert Willow Golf Resort
A pair of true beauties await at Desert Willow Golf Resort in Palm Desert, where the sticks will find all they can handle in the Firecliff Course while players of all level will enjoy the natural routing and vistas of the Mountain View. To stay on-site, nestle into the adjacent one and two-bedroom Westin Desert Willow Villas (though please note that preferred green fees do not apply.)
Indian Palms County Club & Resort
In Indio, the historic 27-holes at the Indian Palms CC & Resort offer the nation's first-ever golf course designed by a woman (Hellen Dettweiler, along with famed aviatrix, Jackie Cochran, who originally owned a ranch on the property). For visitors aiming for a fine value, check out the on-site, 59-room boutique hotel for accommodations.
JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa
Flow into the attractive, gondola waterways of the JW Marriott Desert Springs in Palm Desert, where guests enjoy a wide array of dining and swimming amenities. Popular for the business and conference set (with over 200,000 square-feet of meeting space), the swath of the space doesn't take away from its charm.
For those indeed in town for business, be sure to bring those sticks along for post-work pleasures and ample water features across two Ted Robinson-designed plays in the Palms and Valley Courses. Just have a putter in tow or aiming to have a few laughs? No worries – be sure to check out the 18-hole, par-54 putting course.
Indian Wells Golf Resort
A true desert gem in its sprawling campus setting, the Indian Wells Golf Resort provides Stay & Play options across four unique lodging experiences: The Miramonte Resort & Space; the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa; the Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa; and the Indian Wells Resort Hotel.
On the tee, IWGR's grounds sport attractive sisters in Clive Clark's water and flower-laden Celebrity Course and the beatific bunkering demands of the John Fought-drawn Players Course.
Fantasy Springs Resort Casino
On the valley's east end, it's a safe bet to get some golf with your gamble at Eagle Falls GC and Fantasy Springs Resort Casino. Start the day with a round across the subtle elevation changes and pleasing water features on Clive Clark's Eagle Falls before seguing to a stay surrounded by a host of resort options, ranging from live entertainment and diverse dining, to bowling and full casino floor.
For more, check out our golf in Greater Palm Springs page.