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Palm Springs golf - The Classic Club

by Michael Castello

Palm Springs is in the Mojave Desert between Los Angeles and Las Vegas.  But you wouldn't know that when playing the beautiful Classic Club, because there is more water on this Arnold Palmer course than any other club I've ever played.  It's truly an oasis and one of the finest layouts in memory.

The Classic Club is a 7,305 yard par-72 with 30 acres of lakes and 14 stone bridges.  Pine trees make much of the course look like it is situated back East since there are no palm trees, and the Classic Club features over 5,000 Pine, California Pepper & Olive Trees.  11,000 cubic yards of mulch and pine straw spread over rolling terrain with several elevated tees and drop-offs.  Did I mention sand traps?  There must be at least 150 of them.

Gorgeous mountains surround you, actually making the greens look miles away. The fairways are stunning and the greens are meticulously manicured and a bona fide challenge for golf enthusiasts and professionals. The 2006 and 2007 Bob Hope Classic were played here. 

The par-4 11th and par-3 12th are my two favorite holes - the 12th being a 160 yard carry to a green surrounded with waterfalls. The 14th is lined with about 300 yards of water on the right which cuts off the green at the front.

The 63,000 sq. ft. Tuscan-inspired Clubhouse offers fine dining, locker rooms and banquet facilities, having opened in 2007.

You just could not take a bad picture at the Classic. There may be over 100 golf courses in the surrounding Palm Springs area, and this is one of my top three courses. On your next visit to Palm Desert, make sure The Classic Club is included.

 

Photos by Michael Castello