Following legislative actions earlier this week by Riverside County and local authorities, golf courses around the Coachella Valley have begun to re-open for play.
However, Palm Springs golf courses remain closed per the city’s emergency declaration orders, but the City Council is meeting April 23 to discuss the matter.
For those courses that do open, it won’t be golf as usual. Courses are required to fully implement “social distancing” guidelines communicated by the National Golf Course Owners Association. This set of guidelines, called “Park and Play: Making Your Course Social Distance Ready,” and which can be accessed in-full at ngcoa.org, include such restrictions as:
• No walk-up tee times: advance bookings, by phone or online, only
• “Touch-less forms of greeting”
• Socially distanced spacing on the range and on-course
• One golfer per cart
• No rakes in sand traps
• No pre- or post-round socializing in the clubhouse
Not included in the “Park and Play” guidelines, but mandated by Riverside County is the use of face coverings – scarves, bandanas, etc. – during play.
Below is a list of public courses that have re-opened.
• Check back as this story will be updated as more courses open.
Oak Valley Golf Club
Ram’s Hill Golf Club
Cimarron Golf Resort
Boulder and Pebble courses open
Indian Wells Golf Resort
Celebrity and Players Courses open
The Lights at Indio
Booking by telephone only
The Golf Club at Terra Lago
North course open; tee times from 6 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., off 1st and 10th tees.
9-hole and 9-hole walking rates available 6 to 8 a.m.
Open only to La Quinta resident cardholders until further notice.
Stadium and Greg Norman courses open
La Quinta Resort & Club
Mountain course open.
Desert Willow Golf Resort
Firecliff and Mountain View courses open
760-346-7060 ext. 1
J.W. Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa
Palm Course open
760-341-1756 ext. 1
Indian Canyons Golf Resort
North Course open; booking by phone.
Escena Golf Club
A variety of social distancing measures in effect, but note that, according to the club’s website, while face coverings “must be worn at all times around the clubhouse area and when approaching others,” they “may be removed when out on the golf course, provided social distance is maintained and the face covering can be readily reapplied when required.”
The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa
Gary Player Signature course open.
The S at Rancho Mirage
Booking by telephone only.
Soboba Casino Resort
Tee times from 7 a.m. to noon, phone reservations only.
Range and practice facilities closed.