Yeah, we know that as much as we love golf in Greater Palm Springs, the game may not be for everybody.
So while your pals, kids, folks or favorite playing partner are teeing it up, fear not – there are some excellent ways to enjoy your time while the golfer in your life is making birdies and bogeys. Here are five golf locales across Greater Palm Springs where the non-player can have just as much fun off the course.
Desert Willow Golf Resort | Palm Desert
Aptly-renowned as one of the top public golf facilities in all of Southern California, the dual courses at Desert Willow in Palm Desert also play host to the rising game of FootGolf, serving as the home course for the Palm Springs-based American FootGolf League.
Tee times for FootGolf are limited at Desert Willow, and must be booked over the phone.
Fantasy Springs Resort Casino | Indio
While the ball-striker in your party is enjoying a round at the on-site, Clive Clark-designed Eagle Falls Golf Club, take in an Aces day of gaming, dining, bowling and music at Fantasy Springs.
A full casino of machines and table games await, as does the valley's only Offsite Track Betting facility. For the non-gambler or family day, enjoy a roll at Fantasy Lanes, which offers 24 bowling lanes open during the daytime and features late night laser bowls in the eve.
After hitting the lanes or tables, regroup with your golfer for an evening of live, headliner entertainment at the Special Events Center, or a night of free, outdoor music at Fantasy Springs' Rockyard, playing Saturday nights (and the occasional Friday) from spring through fall.
La Quinta Resort & Club | La Quinta
As the golfer in your group is just dying to take on the twin Pete Dye courses at La Quinta Resort & Club, let he or she have at it, as you enjoy the relaxing vibes of the most historic resort in Greater Palm Springs.
Between boutique shops, a premier tennis facility, a wide range of dining options, 41 swimming pools and the celebrated, 23,000-square-foot Spa La Quinta . . . yeah, you'll probably find something to do while your favorite golfer tackles Dye's Mountain and Dunes Courses.
Morongo Golf Club at Tukwet Canyon | Beaumont
Drop off the bags, balls, clubs (oh, and the golfer) at dual-course Morongo GC before circling 'round back east for a mere 10 miles on the I-10 and taking in the shopping splendor of the Desert Hills Premium Outlets mall.
As the golfer is swiping the turf with pitches and chips, get ready to swipe that plastic across a swath of 180 designer stores.
Omni Rancho Las Palmas | Rancho Mirage
A longtime favorite for valley visitors, the Omni Rancho Las Palmas proves an easy and idyllic resort getaway for golfers and non-players alike.
As the one donning spikes and collared short discerns which of the three, Ted Robinson-designed 9s to tackle, the off-course party will prove just as engaging.
Enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner at the California cuisine stylings of bluEmer and, should the golfer in your group be playing the West Course, be sure you watch them play holes 5 and 6 which wind through the property near the restaurant.
After dining, take in a variety of pool offerings, including the family-friendly Splashtopia, with its twin, 100-foot waterslides and 425-feet of lazy river.
Post-round/splash, reconvene with the golfers for an on-site night with live music at bluEmber (Wed. – Sunday) or stroll across the street for an evening of drink, dine and movie going at The River complex.