When it comes to planning the perfect golf getaway, one of the very first places to spring to mind is Palm Springs in southern California. Palm springs and golf just go together. With 300 days of sunshine a year and an average annual temperature of 75 degrees, it’s easy to see why. Having the perfect golf trip is more than just golf though. Here are a few tips on planning an unforgettable Palm Springs golf trip.
Choose Your Golf Courses
Palm Springs is a mecca of golf courses, with over 100 different ones to choose from. Some of the best golf courses in the United States can be found here. One of the best places to golf in Palm Springs is the PGA West. This 2,000-acre golf community is home to 109 holes spread out amongst 6 different courses. Surrounded by the Santa Rosa Mountains, the PGA West has some of the greatest championship courses and you don’t have to be a member to play!
The Classic Golf Club puts a unique spin on desert golf. It features rolling terrain, acres of water, 14 bridges, and plenty of pine trees. It is a nationally recognized course designed by Arnold Palmer and boasts several accolades, including “America’s Top Golf Courses” by Zagat Survey and “Best Places to Golf” by Golf Travel Annual.
You can head to the Indian Wells Golf Resort, which is located just minutes away from the Palm Springs International Airport. This resort features two courses, the Celebrity Course and the Players course, totaling 36 holes. They are nicknamed “Beauty and the Beast,” and feature breathtaking mountain views. Both courses have been named in the top 25 “Best Municipal Golf Courses in the United States” by Golfweek Magazine and are ideal for golf getaways.
Add Some Fun to Your Golf Experience
Once you’ve narrowed down your dream golf courses, it’s time to book your caddies. We’re not talking about just any caddies though. When you golf in Palm Springs, go golfing with BunkerMates. BunkerMates is a golf caddie company that provides you with beautiful female caddies to enhance your Southern California golfing experience. Hiring a few BunkerMates will surely make your golf experience more interesting, exciting, and memorable.
Where to Stay
Of course, while you probably want to spend all of your time out golfing, you will need a place to rest your head and relax. Many of the golf clubs are situated on resorts, so you can choose to stay close by. There are also plenty of other places to choose from as well. If you are looking to go with a group of people, rent the Armado. This remodeled midcentury property has five fully furnished one-bedroom apartments with their own bathrooms, living quarters, and kitchens. The Sparrow’s Lodge offers a unique, rustic, retreat with a full kitchen in a barn. Or, for a more traditional but comfortable stay, you could opt for the Riviera Palm Springs.
Dining Out in Palm Springs
There is no shortage of excellent places to eat in Palm Springs and there is something for everyone. If you’re into craft beer and the pub scene, The Draughtsman might be right up your alley. For great Mexican, El Mirasol Cocina Mexicana boasts daily handmade tortillas and delicious margaritas. There are two locations in Palm Springs. Rooster and Pig offers Asian fusion with authentic Vietnamese ingredients as well as more Americanized dishes. If you need a great spot for breakfast before your golf game, look no further than King’s Highway, the redeveloped roadside diner of Ace Hotel and Swim Club.
Enjoy the Palm Springs Nightlife
To finish out your day after your golf game, Palm Springs is full of amazing nightlife. If you’re in the mood to dance, there’s Zelda’s Night Club, which has been the desert’s go-to dance spot for over 30 years. For live music and great drinks, there’s the Red Barn or the Village Pub. Neil’s Lounge is a western-themed saloon famed for its karaoke nights. If you’re feeling lucky, Palm Springs also offers several casinos, including the Spa Resort Casino, the Agua Caliente Casino, and the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino. These casinos can give you the rush of Vegas without the extra travel.