Award-winning architect Douglas Fredrikson recaptures the essence of Palm Springs’ Midcentury modern design with Escena Golf Club. Situated just a few minutes from central Palm Springs at Vista Chino and Gene Autry Trail, Escena’s Clubhouse and Grill offers breathtaking vistas of the San Jacinto and Santa Rosa mountains and the Jack Nicklaus-designed championship golf course. Its classic angular, freeform architecture in glass, steel, concrete, and rock mirrors the ageless, towering Mount San Jacinto.
In a salute to the fun-loving midcentury lifestyle, playful focal points include abstract martini glasses, spun steel swizzle sticks that pierce circular holes in the winged entrance and expansive patio roofs, plunging into a pool of water. Abstract spun steel martini shapes in a rectangular pool replicate the theme. Circular roof cutouts illuminate the Albert Frey-inspired entry breezeway.
Inside, expansive windows and open floor space frame the stunning golf course and mountain views at every table. Sage green accents, curved butter cream couches, and teak furnishings offer contemporary comfort. A dramatic circular “fire and ice” pit at the entrance and cozy rock fireplace at the rear invite lounging. A mod textured-wall private dining room seats 20; an outdoor event lawn accommodates parties of up to 300.
Escena Grill transcends what is typically expected of golf club fare, offering breakfast, lunch, and dinner from the chrome-and-glass exhibition kitchen for golfers and non-golfers alike. Executive Chef Oscar Ayala brings expertise in American and South American cuisine to Escena. From hearty appetizers, burgers, salads, and sandwiches to delectable filet mignon, New York steak and daily fish specials, you will find your niche at Escena Grill. Sunday brunch, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., features a variety of Benedicts and brunch favorites on a first-come only basis.
Escena Grill is open Monday and Tuesday for breakfast and lunch from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Wednesday through Thursday for breakfast, lunch and dinner from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Friday through Sunday for breakfast, lunch and dinner from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Hours subject to change.
Text by Pamela Bieri