The temps aren’t the only thing burning in the desert come summer. Here are five Palm Springs golf courses and around the Coachella Valley that are offering sizzling deals for desert dwellers and visitors.
Besides cashing in on the savings and discounted tee times, you’ll find they are at some of the desert’s best plays to boot.
NOTE: These are seasonal, summer rates, and are subject to change. Readers should double-check with courses to ensure costs prior to making tee times.
Omni Rancho Las Palmas
I have a soft spot for the 27 holes at Rancho Las Palmas because I just find it very fun, friendly, and playable. And so should guests at the resort – who can play for free now through September. Yes, that’s right – for free. Kids 12 and under enjoy free rental clubs, and adults pay $20. For those not spending the night, the resort also has a $50 golf bundle that includes a burger and beer with the round.
41000 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage, 760-568-2727, www.omnihotels.com
PHOTO COURTESY OF ESCENA GOLF CLUB
After a discounted round, use the leftover cash to check out the views while dining at Escena Lounge & Grill.
Escena Golf Club
Another online deal search revealed a round at engaging Escena Golf Club for just $29 after 1 p.m. this weekend, June 11-12. At that cost, guests at the Nicklaus-designed course can save some bread for a 19th hole cocktail and dinner at the Escena Lounge & Grill. You may need it after traversing the course’s collection of burly par 3s and scoreable par 5s (excluding the top-handicapped, 611-yard first hole — that one’s a real bear).
1100 Clubhouse View Drive, Palm Springs, 760-778-2737, www.escenagolf.com
PHOTO COURTESY OF BERMUDA DUNES COUNTRY CLUB
For a one-time summer membership fee, you can play the course as often as you like for free.
Bermuda Dunes Country Club
Longtime host to the former Bob Hope Classic, the Billy Bell designed course has a superb summer offer limited to 25 members. A $400 summer membership good from now until the end of September includes unlimited golf and practice facilities. That’s just a crazy-good deal for a top-notch facility, and one that I sense other clubs may wisely echo in the future to keep the cash flowing during the slower summer months.
42765 Adams Street, Bermuda Dunes, 760-345-2771, www.bermudadunescc.com
PHOTO COURTESY OF TAHQUITZ CREEK GOLF RESORT
The afternoon shadows will cool off the round along with a discounted price.
Tahquitz Creek Golf Resort
This is not my personal favorite of a dual-course facility (the Ted Robinson-designed Resort Course is the better of the two). However, the deals certainly grabbed my attention.
A twilight at the Resort Course (after 2 p.m.) can be had for just $35, and that includes two drinks. For the longer term play, check out a three-month Players Club membership for $179 from July through September. The membership provides access to both courses at a cart fee, unlimited range balls, two free drinks, free weekly instructional clinics, discounted golf shop merchandise, and anytime tee times.
1885 Golf Club Drive, Palm Springs, 760-328-1005, www.tahquitzgolfresort.com
PHOTO COURTESY OF INDIAN CANYONS GOLF RESORT
The North Course closes with the challenging Fountain Hole on 18.
Indian Canyons Golf Resort North Course
The historic North Course is available for $50 during prime time hours, $35 for twilight, and $35 for super twilight, which is nine holes after 2 p.m. This is a solid deal to enjoy the palm-lined, classic SoCal design that culminates with the testy Fountain Hole on 18.
1097 E. Murray Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, 760-833-8700, www.indiancanyonsgolf.com
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