Window Shopping in Palm Springs: Desert golf that won't leave your wallet dry

By Brandon TuckerJanuary 18, 2012, 7:36 pm

Just a two-hour drive from Hollywood, Palm Springs is a desert destination known for star-spotting. But even if you don't have a Bob Hope or Bill Clinton-type bank roll, you can still play peak season golf around the Coachella Valley.

The valley is made up of a succession of communities anchored by the largest, Palm Springs. All together, they have more golf courses than most major metro areas. That means if you're not picky about which course you play or what time, you can name your price. 

Tee Times in Palm Springs between January and April is the area's peak season, as over-seeded courses are in magnificent shape. But in the winter, if a cold spell passes through, there isn't much luxury in a sunrise tee time when you're bundled up under five layers. Instead, wait for tee times between noon and 1 p.m. and the chances are the same golf course will be warmer and a little more affordable, even if there are a few spike marks on the green. 

Coachella's top shelf starts with the infamous Stadium Course at PGA West, which I got a good look at last September during the Golf Channel Am Tour Senior National Championships. Three of my favorite courses in the area that I've played personally, Classic Club and the two courses at Indian Wells Golf Resort, run between $129-165. Considering Scottsdale's best courses run over $200, the best courses in Palm Springs offer a little value. 

But beyond the valley's biggest names, a remarkable amount of golf that can be played during the peak season for less than $80. Desert Dunes, designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. is a hosted the Canadian Tour in 2010 and is one of the more unique area designs, offering links-style influences on its desert terrain. While morning tee times can run as high as $99, GolfNow offers some specials for as little as $59-75 in the morning. So keep your eyes peeled. 

Also, the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort features two courses, the Valley and Palms course, both upheld to luxury resort standards with conditions and beautification. While morning rack rates are $89, you could get lucky with an afternoon time as low as $66. 

A bargain pick with championship-caliber golf is Escena Golf Club. This Nicklaus Design course boasts no shortage of challenge at nearly 7,200 yards from the championship tees for sharp-shooters. Morning tee times can be found as low as $57, though usually closer to $85. 

If you want Pete Dye challenge but can't afford PGA West, keep an eye on tee times at Westin Mission Hills, which has a par-70, 6,700-yard design by Dye. Afternoon tee times can be found for $75. Or, play the longer but more player-friendly Gary Player course. 

A deeper search for bargain peak morning tee times in January reveals plenty of lesser-known courses that can be had even under $50: Cathedral Canyon and Woodhaven Country Club are both traditional, full-length golf courses, while you can get in a three-hour round at the short Cimmaron Resort's Pebble Course

If these courses don't cut it, wait until June, and Coachella will be dripping with deals. 

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Rose leads halted Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters when bad weather stopped play Friday during the second round.

The Englishman, who shot a 10-under 62 on Thursday, had completed 13 holes and was 5 under on the day at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat (64) was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew wit on the 11th hole at 2 under for the day after shooting an opening 72.

There was no reason given for his withdrawal, but the American has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.

Full list of 2017 Newsmakers of the Year

Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.

Playing with the pros

Tiger, DJ and Faxon

Article: Video, images from Tiger, DJ's round with Trump

Article: After DJ and Tiger, Trump plays golf with Jack

Rory faces criticism

Article: Rory: Round with Trump about respect for presidency

Article: Rory: Round with Trump not a 'political statement'

President at the Presidents Cup

Video: President Trump makes the rounds at Liberty National

Article: President Trump presents trophy to U.S. team

Article: Stricker: 'Great thrill' to get trophy from Trump

Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham

Article: Senator tweets Trump shot 73 in windy, wet conditions

Article: Graham offers details on Trump's round of 73

Cart on the green

Article: Trump appears to drive cart on Bedminster green

Presence and protests at U.S. Women's Open

Article: Trump makes presidential history at Women's Open

Article: Trump supporters, protesters clash near Women's Open

Article: UltraViolet takes protest inside Trump National

Photo gallery: President Trump at the U.S. Women's Open

Trump golf properties


Article: Environmental group vandalizes Trump golf course

Article: Man accused of vandalizing four Trump courses


Article: Two Trump courses in Scotland losing millions

Article: Eric Trump denies Russia helped fund golf courses

Article: Trump company ordered to pay $5.77M in dues dispute

Reportedly fake TIME covers

Article: Trump clubs display fake Time magazine cover

Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story

Report: Trump's voter fraud claim tied to Langer

Langer: Trump 'apologized' for story mix-up

Pros comment on the president

Article: Players defend Trump at Senior PGA Championship

Article: Trump congratulates Daly; Daly congratulates Trump

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 12:30 pm

Spieth, Thomas headline winter break trip to Cabo

By Grill Room TeamDecember 15, 2017, 1:05 am

Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth. Really good at golf. Really good at vacationing.

With #SB2K18 still months away, Thomas and Spieth headlined a vacation to Cabo San Lucas, and this will shock you but it looks like they had a great time.

Spring break veteran Smylie Kaufman joined the party, as did Thomas' roommate, Tom Lovelady, who continued his shirtless trend.

The gang played all the hits, including shoeless golf in baketball jerseys and late nights with Casamigos tequila.

Image via tom.lovelady on Instagram.

In conclusion, it's still good to be these guys.