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.
Play PolicyMembers with guests. Sponsored guests permitted. Cart required, tee times not required.
Golf Editor DescriptionNine holes with two sets of tees. Flat and fairly open. One hole is quite unique. The golfer has to hit over a mountain ridge to a green they can't see. Well maintained. Bent-grass greens.
Remarks: By far the oldest course in the area
Men's Par: 70
Men's Yardage: 5,310
Men's Slope: 108
Number Of Men's Tees: 1
Women's Par: 72
Women's Yardage: 5,310
Women's Slope: 120
Number Of Women's Tees: 1
Number Of Holes On Property: 9
Course Type: Regulation
Course Architect: Tom O'Donnell; Est.1925.