Best golf courses: Palm Springs / Palm Desert

Palm Springs / Palm Desert: the table below provides brief details about the top golf courses in this country or region. Each golf club has been visited and/or researched by Where2Golf. Click on the course name below to discover more. The course ratings below range from 5 highest, to 2 lowest. They attempt to provide an indication of the golfing experience you might expect at the course (based on its design, condition and surroundings). Hover your cursor above the Rating Key for the rating definitions.
Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.
Private club
Palm Springs
Hills & Fazio

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Private club

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Palm Springs

Designer

Mountains Course (Arthur Hills - 1991); Canyons Course (Tom Fazio - 1998)

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Palm Springs
Fought, John

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Visitors welcome

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Palm Springs

Designer

John Fought

5-star: Fabulous – courses don’t get much better than this.
Visitors welcome
Palm Springs
Palmer, Arnold

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Visitors welcome

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Palm Springs

Designer

Arnold Palmer

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Palm Springs
Panks & Angus

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Visitors welcome

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Palm Springs

Designer

Gary Panks & Michael Angus

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Palm Springs
Jones Jr, Robert Trent

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Palm Springs

Designer

Robert Trent Jones Jr.

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Restricted
Palm Springs
Fream, Ron

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Restricted

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Palm Springs

Designer

Ronald (Ron) Fream

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Palm Springs
Robinson, Ted

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Visitors welcome

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Palm Springs

Designer

Ted Robinson

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Palm Springs
Robinson, Ted

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Visitors welcome

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Palm Springs

Designer

Ted Robinson

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Palm Springs
Hurdzan, Fry & Cook

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Palm Springs

Designer

Michael Hurdzan, Dana Fry and John Cook

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Palm Springs
Hurdzan, Fry & Cook

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Palm Springs

Designer

Michael Hurdzan, Dana Fry and John Cook

Unrated: Well regarded course not yet visited by the Where2Golf team.
Visitors welcome
Palm Springs
Clark, Clive

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Palm Springs

Designer

Clive Clark

Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.
Private club
Palm Springs
Hughes, Lawrence

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Private club

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Palm Springs

Designer

Lawrence (Larry) Hughes

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Palm Springs
Nicklaus Design

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Visitors welcome

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Palm Springs

Designer

Nicklaus Design

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Palm Springs
Hills, Arthur

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Palm Springs

Designer

Arthur Hills

Unrated: Well regarded course not yet visited by the Where2Golf team.
Rsrt guests only
Palm Springs
Susalla & Robinson

Visitors?

Rsrt guests only

Nearest city

Palm Springs

Designer

Eddie Susalla (Classic course, 1956); Eddie Susalla and Ted Robinson (Cove course).

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Palm Springs
Clark, Clive

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Palm Springs

Designer

Original layout designed by Ted Robinson. Substantially redesigned by Clive Clark in 2006.

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Palm Springs
Fought, John

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Visitors welcome

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Palm Springs

Designer

Original layout (known as the East course) designed by Ted Robinson. Substantially redesigned by John Fought and re-opened in 2007 as the Players course.

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Palm Springs
Dye, Pete

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Palm Springs

Designer

Pete Dye

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Palm Springs
Dye, Pete

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Visitors welcome

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Palm Springs

Designer

Pete Dye

Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.
Private club
Palm Springs
Muirhead, Palmer & Dye

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Private club

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Palm Springs

Designer

Dinah Shore Tournament course (Desmond Muirhead, 1972). Arnold Palmer course (Arnold Palmer, 1979). Pete Dye Challenge course (Pete & Alice Dye, 1988).

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Palm Springs
Dye, Pete

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Visitors welcome

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Palm Springs

Designer

Pete Dye

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Palm Springs
Player, Gary

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Palm Springs

Designer

Gary Player Signature Course

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Palm Springs
Nicklaus, Jack

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Palm Springs

Designer

Jack Nicklaus

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Palm Springs
Norman, Greg

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Visitors welcome

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Palm Springs

Designer

Greg Norman
5-star: Fabulous – courses don’t get much better than this.
Visitors welcome
Palm Springs
Dye, Pete

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Palm Springs

Designer

Husband & wife team of Pete & Alice Dye

Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.
Private club
Palm Springs
Fazio, Tom

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Private club

Nearest city

Palm Springs

Designer

Tom Fazio
4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Palm Springs
Faldo & Curley

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Palm Springs

Designer

Brian Curley of Schmidt-Curley Design, with input from Nick Faldo.

5-star: Fabulous – courses don’t get much better than this.
Visitors welcome
Palm Springs
Palmer, Arnold

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Visitors welcome

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Palm Springs

Designer

An Arnold Palmer Classic Course

3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
Palm Springs
Bell, William F.

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Palm Springs

Designer

William Francis "Billy" Bell Jr.

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Palm Springs
Robinson, Ted

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Palm Springs

Designer

Ted Robinson

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Palm Springs
Schmidt & Curley

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Visitors welcome

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Palm Springs

Designer

Lee Schmidt & Brian Curley

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Palm Springs
Schmidt & Curley

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Palm Springs

Designer

Lee Schmidt & Brian Curley

Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.
Private club
Palm Springs
Dawson & Hughes

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Private club

Nearest city

Palm Springs

Designer

Original design by John Dawson & Larry Hughes. Remodeled by Ted Robinson (1987).

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