O'Donnell Golf Club was built by Thomas A. O'Donnell, an oilman who came to Palm Springs in the mid-1920s. He purchased the land upon which the O'Donnell Course is now built in two parcels, in May and December of 1925. After Mr. O'Donnell purchased shares of Whitewater Mutual Water Company that helped bring fresh water 14 miles from Whitewater Canyon to the desert before anyone knew there was water under the drifting sands of Palm Springs Village. Mr. O'Donnell then carefully planned and in the next few years built at his own expense our beautiful golf course with its magnificent palm trees and its green carpet of Bermuda and rye grasses. The course never has been allowed to die during all the years since it was constructed and now forms the cushioned turf so greatly appreciated by our golfing members and guests. The course includes nine holes with two tee positions for each hole and is SCGA rated. O'Donnell Golf Club is also very unique in that there are no "tee" times. One can just come out and play. After operating the golf course for more than fifteen years at his own expense, Tom O'Donnell in 1944 organized O'Donnell Golf Club as a private, non-profit club.
From the 1930’s – 1960’s the Palm Springs Invitational Golf Championship was played at O’Donnell Golf Club. Many highly respected former PGA Tour Pro’s played in the tournament – Ken Venturi, Al Geiberger, Gene Littler, Billy, Butch & Craig Harmon, Harvie Ward, and George Archer to name a few. Many celebrities were members of O’Donnell such as William and Mousie Powell, Bob & Delores Hope (Mrs. Hope is still a member), Kirk Douglas, son Joel Douglas is a current member, William Holden, and Clark Gable. Legendary touring professional Ben Hogan also played at the club. LPGA Hall of Fame Amy Alcott finds O’Donnell one of her special gem courses.
O’Donnell Golf Club is available for social & golf memberships. As exclusive caterer for O’Donnell Golf Club, New Leaf Catering is available for special events, holiday parties, weddings, rehearsal dinners, and corporate events. Enjoy intimate dining from up to 75 people or patio dining under the stars from 10 – 300, customized menus, full bar service, and golf outings.
O’Donnell Golf Club is located at 301 N. Belardo Road in downtown Palm Springs.
Shall include full use of all Club facilities for the Member and his/her immediate family. And any individual who is at least twenty-one (21) years of age and who is otherwise qualified for acceptance to membership in the Club, may become a Full Associate Member.
Junior Membership shall be available to any individual who has not reached the age of fifty (50) and who is otherwise qualified for acceptance into the Club.
Legacy Memberships are available to any son, son-in-law, daughter, daughter-in-law or other lineal descendant of any active Member in good standing continuously for the immediate preceding five (5) years.
Shall include use of all Club facilities for the Member and his/her immediate family, with the exception of the golf course. Social Members may play two rounds of golf in any one calendar year without payment of greens fees. Any individual who is otherwise qualified for acceptance to membership in the Club, may become a Social Member.
but secluded & private.
Located in downtown Palm Springs, O'Donnell is the oldest golf course in the Coachella Valley.
O'Donnell uniquely combines challenging golf with a casual, laid back atmosphere.
Beautiful vistas and impeccable conditions make this a truly fun course to play.
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