Swing into a lavish golf experience—without the cost. These public golf courses in Greater Palm Springs provide all the trimmings of a private club.

Firecliff Course at Desert Willow

firecliff course at desert willow golf resort

The manicured, desert-cut drive winding to Desert Willow Golf Resort in Palm Desert portends what's to come upon arrival at the exceptional, 36-hole grounds. The Mountain View and Firecliff Courses present premier examples of architectural routing through regional flora, just as both tracks pose true tests for all levels of player. Curbside attendants, a full practice facility and a perfectly-perched patio dining enhance the experience.

Players Course at Indian Wells Golf Resort

players course at indian wells golf resort

The two courses at Indian Wells Golf Resort extend from one of the area's most impressive clubhouses and offer earnest challenges of championship play. Start with Clive Clark's beautiful Celebrity Course before evolving to the deeply-bunkered and lengthy game assessment provided by the John Fought-designed Players Course.

For family-style fun, there's a full-grass, nine-hole putting course, ready to roll during both daylight hours and beneath the lights for desert nights.

Pete Dye's TPC Stadium Course at PGA West 

tpc stadium course at la quinta resort pga west

The five public courses spread across La Quinta Resort & Club and PGA West invite a diverse spread of topography and world-class course designers. For all levels of golfer, ensure a tee time at Pete Dye's Mountain Course, where a back-nine weave through the Santa Rosa Mountains vibes some of the sweetest golf solitude in all of SoCal.

A quest for further quietude will be enjoyed at the Greg Norman Course, where minimal use of turf (and housing) is complemented by a unique cut of decomposed granite-lined holes. For low-handicappers: Try the Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course before taking the ultimate test of Dye's TPC Stadium Course, where the task of nuanced terrain and beastly finishing holes (including the par-three island green at No. 17) demand analysis of every shot.

Marriott's Shadow Ridge​ Golf Club

Marriott Shadow Ridge golf course

Marriott's Shadow Ridge Golf Club in Palm Desert boasts the first domestic course design from six-time major winner Nick Faldo, complimented by a premier practice facility, on-site club fitter and one of the Coachella Valley's most celebrated golf schools. Before taking on the 89 bunkers and readily-rolling putting surfaces, arrive early to practice at both the full game and wedge ranges.

Post-round, inquire about fine-tuning your skills with the Marriott Golf Academy. Offering schools that span the instructional spectrum from one-hour lessons to three-day experiences, the Academy employs the most modern Trackman technology for swing analysis and uses the ground's private range to observe ball flight.

With the country's highest number of golf courses per capita, there are lots of options for your golf getaway. Find more golf courses in Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley