Indian Wells Golf Resort - Celebrity Course

4.7818529412 4.8 stars from 5 (173)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7050 yards
  • Slope: 138
  • Rating: 74.2
  • Layout

  • 44-500 Indian Wells Ln, Indian Wells, CA 92210, Riverside County
  • (760) 346-4653
  • (760) 340-1035
  • www.indianwellsgolfresort.com
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Year built: 1986
Architect(s): Clive Clark (2006), Ted Robinson, Sr. (1986)
Type: Resort
Greens: Bermuda Grass
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - included in green fees
Clubs: Yes
GPS: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Shirt and shoes required
Credit cards accepted: Visa, MC, AMEX, Discover

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Cabernet 72 7050 yards 74.2 138
Blue 72 6642 yards 72.5 132
Yellow 72 6339 yards 71.0 127
White (W) 72 6012 yards 75.6 137
White 72 6012 yards 69.3 124
Red (W) 72 5280 yards 71.7 128

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.8 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.7 stars from 5
Value: 4.5 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.3 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.8 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.7 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.7 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 173 Reviews
5 stars:
131
4 stars:
33
3 stars:
6
2 stars:
1
1 stars:
2

recommend this course

167 out of 172 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is at a resort convenient to the city worth the drive   Great for advanced golfers wildlife/ scenic views a bucket list/top 100 pick   Challenges include bunkers undulating greens water hazards   Great for drinks patio dining 19th hole scenic views  

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"A joy to play"


playtight18's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/11/2018
First time playing

Reviewed on

First time playing the celebrity course at Indian wells. It is instantly in my top 3 funnest courses I have ever played! Both par 5s are reachable with good drives from the correct tees. The 4th at 491 from blues is a classic risk reward hole. Hit it over the tree guarding the right side of the fairway. From there it was only a 5 wood for me, mostly carry over water but you have some room before green to work with. (Probably 20 yards or so.) The par 4 12th is reachable at only 250 yards. Not much trouble around green so blast away. There are quite a few strategic shortish par 4s where you can hit many different clubs from 4 iron to driver depending on how you want to play hole. These are balanced by 4 long par 4s from 410-450 where par is a great score. Course was in fantastic shape from tee to green. Greens very pure. Don't forget about the grain on the Bermuda greens as they influence virtually every putt. This course is much wider and more forgiving than the players course. Anyone from scratch to high handicappers can play this course and enjoy it from the correct tees. I played with my wife and father who are both high handicappers and they both enjoyed it very much, but maybe not as much as I did! Will definitely play again, and again if I get the chance.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"retired"


samual's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/29/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great course, great shape, great memory and will be sure to return and play again. If you have time check out "The View" restaurant. Would highly recommend the swordfish dinner.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



Gerryhrap's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/25/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Beautifully maintained golf course that is fair and playable for a range of skills....our group had seniors and low handicappers and all enjoyed it . Challenging greeens mean you have to be in the right side of the hole to score ....wish had time to play again.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Great golf in palm desert @ Indian wells, celebrity"


Marshall65's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  0-4

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/22/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

This was an excellent golfing experience. Starting at the bag drop and throughout the day all the personal contact off the course and on the course reflected a well trained and friendly and helpful staff. Great club house with high end products of any sort you care to buy for both women and men. The golf course is the most manicured of the six courses I’ve played on this golfing vacation. Great water features add to the visual experience on the course as well. Greens are in great shape, fast, but not punishingly so. Tees and fairways were in splendid condition. Definitely worth the price we paid. If ever I’m back in the area, this course would be a must play,


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



1calnca's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/20/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Celebrity Course is incredibly beautiful and enjoyable"


MikeBaileyGA's avatar
Golf Advisor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/08/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

I had a hard time with this review because I couldn't figure out whether I wanted to pull the trigger on giving it five stars. In the end, I just had to ask myself one simple question: How much did I enjoy the round? The answer is a resounding "as much as I have most any round of golf.". The reasons are simple: The scenery is amazing, from the mountains that frame most of the holes to the flowers and water features and quality of holes. While this might not be a major tournament venue, it's still plenty of golf course, yet playable by every level. And by that, I mean if you tackle this from the back tees at more than 7,000 yards, it'll test you (unless your name is Fred Couples, who has the course record at 62). Play it from the proper set of tees, though, and you'll have a great time... Also, be sure to stick around for a meal and/or a drink at the VUE clubhouse restaurant. Food and spirits are as good as anything in the Valley.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



"Awesome"


u000001445077's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/07/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was great. Beautifully manicured. Staff were amazing. Top notch.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"A must play in Palm Springs"


u410852511's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/10/2018
First time playing

Reviewed on

This course is a real treat to play. The hole layouts are all unique and memorable, conditions are perfect including nicely rolled greens. Lots of variety off the tee with multiple clubs required. Pace of play was great (1:20 tee off). Played a handful of courses in Palm Springs including Desert Willow (both courses), Escena, Classic Club and the Celebrity Course at Indian Wells would edge out Desert Willow Firecliff as our favourite course that we have played so far. Would definitely recommend!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Celebrity @ IW"


nickesquire's avatar
Top 1 Contributor
California Advisor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/24/2018
Walked Cold weather

Reviewed on

Played the Blues (6642/72.3/133) with GK Guru's David, Matt & Gus early morning. Fun group to play with! We had a frost delay and it was CPO for the 1st few holes. The weather was calm and sunny. Cold when we started around 8 but had warmed up to perfect conditions by the time we finished a little after noon.

Celebrity has a unique way of getting to a par 72. Fourteen par 4's with only two par 5's and two par 3's. Normally, that would be a detriment, but the par 4's here all have a different feel/look, good mixture of longer and risk/reward holes to keep things fun and interesting. This course would be a beast to walk as numerous holes are a ways from the last green. Tougher than average layout, up/down hills and the large greens complexes are challenging.

The over seeded tees were lush with few divots. No challenges getting level lies.

The over seeded fairways were very lush and provided excellent lies.

The over seeded rough was very lush and not overly penal.

The sand traps were decently maintained with nice fine sand.

The over seeded greens were nice. They putted medium fast, were smooth and even though firm, held well struck irons well.

The customer service was exceptional as always here. Complementary range balls on an all grass range is always a plus. Cart person around numerous times. Excellent breakfast sandwich and Arnold Palmer before the round were very good. Very nice course in near immaculate condition. Highly recommended.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great course"


u000006693545's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/11/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The Celebrity course was excellent in all respects. Two points, however: 1. The GPS will shut down the cart at unpredictable parts of the course. Not as bad as some courses, but very annoying nonetheless. 2. A staff member wanted to shut down the driving range and was bellowing rudely for everyone to get off the range. Why on earth would the course shut down the driving range at 11am during peak season? Apparently, it was for "maintenance"...what? Why not carry out maintenance later in the afternoon when no one is teeing off.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



bernalj's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/27/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



ckampfen's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/22/2017
Previously played Used cart Cold weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Both courses at Indian Wells are excellent but the Celebrity Course is a lot prettier due to the vegetation/flowers.

The staff at Indian Wells is very professional and extremely accommodating.

Indian Wells Celebrity Course is one of our favorite semi-private courses in the Valley.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Amazingly Beautiful Course"


u000002316839's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/29/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

This course continues to astound my wife and I. Its a resort course (Hyatt) that is so beautifully landscaped its like a walk in a park with flowers and brooks and waterfalls. The fairways and rough are both overseeded with winter rye and are manicured to perfection. Not a weed in sight. Highly recommend this course to all player ability levels.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



BrianBenson's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/20/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



Rus2427758's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/08/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Celebrity"


nickesquire's avatar
Top 1 Contributor
California Advisor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/09/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

Played the Blues (6642/72.3/133) with Sixpez, Roarksown1 and Mattias in 4.5H twilight. Fun group to play with!. The weather was around 100, slight breeze and overcast.

The course was in good late summer shape. Tougher than average layout, up/down hills and the large greens complexes are challenging. Celebrity has a unique way of getting to a par 72. Fourteen par 4's with only two par 5's and two par 3's, seems weird to play seven par 4's on each side. Normally, that would be a detriment, but the par 4's here all have a different feel/look, good mixture of longer and risk/reward holes to keep things fun and interesting. This course would be a beast to walk as numerous holes are a ways from the last green.

The Bermuda tees were mostly lush with most divots already properly repaired. No challenges getting level lies.

The Bermuda fairways were mostly lush and provided good lies.

The Bermuda rough was mostly lush and not overly penal.

The sand traps were in good shape overall. Decently maintained with nice fine sand.

The Bermuda greens were disappointing. Medium slow, somewhat bumpy and firm with few ball marks.

The customer service was exceptional. I have never played a course that has any better customer service than IW. Very nice layout in good, but not great late summer condition. Highly recommended.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



philmesser's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/08/2017
Used cart Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Great Value"


Sean3011099's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/01/2017
First time playing Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

Awesome starter and friendly staff. Excellent pace of play. Good mix of hole layouts.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Worth the money"


Konathebear's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/30/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

For being in the heat of the summer , this course was In great shape, greens rolled great, I was greeted on the first hole letting me know course layout , plus GPS was a great help , can't wait to play this great layout again


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Fun"


larrysherer's avatar
Top 500 Contributor
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/27/2017
Previously played Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

This one of two courses is more suited to those with no need to challenge distance (if you are then back tees or other course is for you) Playing middle/foreward tees was right for 15 handicap. What is neat is almost every hole is different. There are 3 or 4 holes that maybe considered hard but for the most part just follow the fairway and course is very playable. For avarage golfer this could be considered a upscale course and well worth the price. If possibel try playing in off season (such as summer) a little more time to enjoy the course.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



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