Matt Ginella's five best places to play in Palm Springs

One of the best wintertime golf destinations in the continental U.S. is Palm Springs, home to scores of desert golf courses worth playing.

The Career Builder Challenge utilizes several courses for this four round Pro-Am event, the Nicklaus Tournament and Stadium Course at PGA West, as well as private La Quinta Country Club.

Golf Channel Travel Expert Matt Ginella shares his five best places for resort golfers to play in the Palm Springs area below.

Ginella's five best courses to play in Palm Springs

Stadium Course PGA West

Architect: Pete Dye
More: See where Stadium ranks on Ginella's Top 50 courses you can play

Mountain Course at La Quinta Resort

Architect: Pete Dye

SilverRock Resort

Architect: Arnold Palmer

Players Course at Indian Wells

Architect: John Fought

Firecliff and Mountain View courses Desert Willow Golf Resort

Architects: Dana Fry, Michael Hurdzan, John Cook.

Jan 16, 2018

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Umbriago's avatar
Umbriago wrote at 2018-03-27 20:02:01+00:00:

We've played four of the five mentioned and never under $100 more often $150 and they are all great tracks. If you're a tourista like me and my friends (two foursomes), you can never get the great deals locals do, so we go with the rates available at the time. No matter what the price is at the time, when we're in the greater Palm Springs, Indian Wells, LaQuinta, etc. area, these courses are always on our list. Will have to do the Stadium course in November.

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Lynne wrote at 2018-01-19 02:23:21+00:00:

I'll Give Matt some grace. Many golfers (people in gen'l) aren't aware of the neighboring cities. When one refers to the CA desert, they tend to lump it all to calling it Palm Springs. Non of these 5 courses are in PSP. Two in LaQuinta, 1 in Indian Wells and 2 in Palm Desert. Yes, I too believe The Classic Club should be included but guessing the often times wind left Classic out!

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Mark62757 wrote at 2018-01-19 13:15:59+00:00:

It's such a limited and isolated area that most refer to it all as Palm Springs even though if you are looking at a local map each different community is clearly defined.

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Joe Jessal wrote at 2018-01-19 02:16:53+00:00:

Those course are great if you don't have a budget. There are some great courses I The in the area in the $50 range. Terra Largo was great at $45 on golf now. The Classic Club at $100 was my favorite. It's every bit as good as those $200 courses. I think better. I've played in Palm Springs are a bit. And some of those $50 courses are pretty nice. I wish they would highlight some of these. Anyone can fork out the Hugh bucks for a great course, but the smart guys find some of the hidden gems.

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Kevin wrote at 2018-01-19 08:21:15+00:00:

I’ve played all mentioned and never paid more than $65 and never in summer

Gary Peterson's avatar
Gary Peterson wrote at 2018-01-19 01:42:31+00:00:

Matt, you should really understand the Coachella Valley because none of these golf courses are in Palm Springs;Sorry.

Fred Batt's avatar
Fred Batt wrote at 2018-01-19 00:15:49+00:00:

Faldo course at Shadow Ridge (Marriott) is worth a look.

Mark62757's avatar
Mark62757 wrote at 2018-01-18 23:33:27+00:00:

Wow, played The Classis Club last year and think it has to be in the to five.

Steve T's avatar
Steve T wrote at 2018-01-18 23:50:25+00:00:

I agree

Joe Jessal's avatar
Joe Jessal wrote at 2018-01-19 02:18:30+00:00:

Yes, I played it in December and thought it was one of best tracks I've played.

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Scott Lawler wrote at 2018-01-19 05:35:06+00:00:

I play the Classic Club about twice a month, always fantastic. Greens could always be a little faster. One of the best in the Desert.

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Byron9181499 wrote at 2017-01-19 21:59:10+00:00:

Matt....great job AS USUAL, but how did Indian Wells Resort not make the list? Just curious. Thanks.

LBMoose44's avatar
LBMoose44 wrote at 2018-01-20 01:53:53+00:00:

Byron it was listed...Players Course

Keith0709's avatar
Keith0709 wrote at 2017-01-19 01:48:52+00:00:

All great places

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Matt Ginella is Golf Channel's resident travel insider. He writes for and appears weekly on "Morning Drive." Before Golf Channel, Ginella was senior travel editor for Golf Digest and Golf World from 2007-2012 and covered courses, resorts and the avid amateur golfer's annual buddies trips to over 60 destinations around the country. Ginella graduated from St. Mary's College (Calif.) in 1995 and earned a masters degree in journalism from Columbia University in 2003. Follow Matt on Twitter at @mattginellagc and on Instagram at @Matt_Ginella.