golfThere is agreement that the Coachella Valley is one of the truly great golf capitals of the world. There is however some disagreement as to why the game is played over 18 holes. Golf historians cannot agree on the reason but a common explanation of the magic number of 18 comes from Scotland (naturally) where at first a “round” consisted of any number of holes, depending on the player. Because of the brisk Scottish climate one gentleman, prominent in the community, always took a flash of his favorite brew with him when he played. It took him exactly 18 holes to finish the flask…. thus the standardization of an 18 hole course. You may hear other stories but this is surely one of the best!

There are over 120 golf courses in the Coachella Valley but none as convenient as Desert Dunes Golf Club just down the road from the resort.

Desert Dunes Golf Club

desert-dunes-golf-clubWinding through natural sand dunes and surrounded by an abundance of native vegetation, Desert Dunes is the perfect marriage of links style design and desert golf. Crafted by legendary golf course architect Robert Trent Jones Jr., this course is widely considered one of the best tests of golf in the valley.

Desert Dunes Golf Club has received a variety of awards and recognition over the years, including being ranked as one of the Top 30 public golf facilities in the country and rated a Four Star Place to Play by Golf Digest. Host to U.S. Open and PGA Tour qualifying events, this magnificent course will always be part of the rich tradition and history of golf in the Coachella Valley. Thanks to the recent ownership change and a three year commitment to host the Canadian Professional Tour, Desert Dunes is poised to reclaim its position as one of the truly special properties in this world-renowned golf destination.