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Back in the Swing

Golf begins to resume in the Coachella Valley with “social distancing” par for the course, while Palm Springs courses remain closed.

Thomas Meagher Current Digital, Golf

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Desert Willow Golf Resort is one of the courses that has reopened with restrictions/

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, 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

Borrego Springs

Ram’s Hill Golf Club
Walking only.

Cathedral City

Cimarron Golf Resort
Boulder and Pebble courses open

Indian Wells

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.

La Quinta

SilverRock Resort
Open only to La Quinta resident cardholders until further notice.

PGA West
Stadium and Greg Norman courses open

La Quinta Resort & Club
Mountain course open.

Palm Desert

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

Palm Springs

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.”

Rancho Mirage

The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa
Gary Player Signature course open.

The S at Rancho Mirage
Booking by telephone only.

San Jacinto

Soboba Casino Resort
Tee times from 7 a.m. to noon, phone reservations only.
Range and practice facilities closed.