The Classic Club

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4.6
395
5 Stars
275
4 Stars
85
3 Stars
21
2 Stars
9
1 Stars
5
Conditions
4.5
Value
4.1
Layout
4.8
Friendliness
4.7
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.6
92.1%
Recommend this course
362 out of 392 reviews
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Average Rating
4.4
17
5 Stars
10
4 Stars
5
3 Stars
1
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
0
Conditions
3.8
Value
3.9
Layout
5.0
Pace
4.7
Amenities
4.9
StaffFriendliness
4.7
88.2%
Recommend this course
15 out of 17 reviews
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Average Rating
4.5
58
5 Stars
37
4 Stars
14
3 Stars
6
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.3
Value
4.1
Layout
4.7
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.6
StaffFriendliness
4.7
89.7%
Recommend this course
52 out of 58 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Par 72
Length 7322
Slope 144
Rating 75.8
Type Public
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Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 7322 yards 75.8 144
Blue 72 6711 yards 72.9 135
White (W) 72 6229 yards 77.0 142
White 72 6229 yards 71.0 129
Gold 72 5782 yards 68.7 125
Gold (W) 72 5782 yards 74.6 138
Purple 72 5279 yards 66.2 118
Purple (W) 72 5279 yards 71.9 132
Orange 72 4219 yards 60.7 105
Orange (W) 72 4219 yards 65.7 116
Scorecard for Classic Club
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Black M: 75.8/144 408 180 443 568 419 220 477 433 595 3743 474 459 162 399 560 349 436 176 564 3579 7322
Blue M: 72.9/135 358 173 408 525 402 208 414 413 540 3441 432 394 160 351 511 337 398 161 526 3270 6711
White M: 71.0/129 W: 77.0/142 346 160 377 477 366 193 405 357 529 3210 407 351 142 309 501 310 365 151 483 3019 6229
Gold M: 68.7/125 W: 74.6/138 316 152 365 432 331 183 375 329 485 2968 375 338 118 299 475 300 340 130 439 2814 5782
Purple M: 66.2/118 W: 71.9/132 305 126 334 404 325 136 351 288 457 2726 344 296 93 270 419 273 330 112 416 2553 5279
Orange M: 60.7/105 W: 65.7/116 252 44 269 347 256 66 253 240 418 2145 300 266 68 232 355 203 249 58 343 2074 4219
Handicap 15 17 9 1 3 13 7 11 5 4 6 16 12 8 14 10 18 2
Par 4 3 4 5 4 3 4 4 5 36 4 4 3 4 5 4 4 3 5 36 72
Handicap (W) 15 17 9 1 3 13 7 11 5 8 2 12 14 6 16 10 18 4

Course Details

Year Built 2006
Greens Bermuda Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Arnold Palmer (2006)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
GPS Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Caddies Yes
Golf School Academy Yes - "Bird Golf Academy"
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted Visa, Master Card, American Express
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Fivesomes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Collared shirts are required. Shorts must be 'bermuda'-length. Inappropriate Attire: Tank tops, T-shirts, Denim Jeans, Cargo shorts and Cut-offs.

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Reviews

4.6
395

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 41
19th Hole Scenic Views 31
Patio Dining 31
Course Challenges Include:
Water Hazards 73
Bunkers 69
Forced Carries 36
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 56
A Bucket list/Top 100 Pick 38
A Weekend Splurge 28
This Course's Location is:
Convenient to the City 56
Worth the Drive 34
Near Local Attractions 14
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Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Beautiful course, Fairways in rough conditions

All The Greens and some of the fairways and tee boxes were aerated. Very disappointed in the conditions of the fairways overall. Even though the greens were punched last week, they were in perty good shape.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Poor communication

The course conditions were terrible. Greens had just been top dressed, tee boxes as well. The gentleman at the desk didn't say a word about it. One would think that a Troon facility would have professional and more competent people working the desk. This was not the case on this day. I played 4 holes, could not continue to play. Went to the pro shop after, voiced my displeasure. The man behind the desk just said "oh, sorry".... nothing more. I felt as if they had my money and could really care less. If you're going to play here, better ask questions.....because in my experience, they don't offer any information.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Fair
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Good Time

One of the prettier courses in Palm Desert. The layout does not feel as much as a desert course, with less wash areas than most. The tee boxes, fairways, and f fringe areas manicured and lush. Very nice. The greens themselves are somewhat spotty, but rolled pretty true. Pace of play a little slow, but the marshall was doing his best. Nice facilities. Overall, a very enjoyable day. I would play it again.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 1 Contributor
California Advisor
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Palmer gem in the desert

Rode the Blues (6711/72.9/135) in 3H as a single. The weather was clear, breezy and well north of 100.

The Bermuda tees were level, lush and very nicely maintained.

The Bermuda fairways were lush, mowed close and firm. Excellent to play from even though there are a few brown areas.

The Bermuda rough was mostly lush. The ball usually sat up, not that penal even though it is thick.

Several traps had sprinkler runoff puddles or large mud areas. The fairway traps were playable, firm is preferable there. However, the green side traps are a completely different story. They were mostly raked but still in poor shape. Trying to hit off thin or hardpan lies to rock hard greens? I putted out of the last 2 green side traps I was in over a lip. That was by FAR my best chance of getting a ball on or near the green out of these things.

The Bermuda greens are very grainy, making putts bumpy and very uneven in speed. Hard, not firm, you may make a dent with a high iron approach. Mediocre.

Nice GPS on the carts, complementary bottled water provided and range balls on a 1st class grass practice facility are all a ++. The customer service was excellent from everyone encountered. Tee to green the course is in excellent condition. Everything about this place was top notch, except for the greens and especially the sand traps. I always look forward to using my accumulated Troon Reward points to play here as many times as possible during the off season.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 1 Contributor
California Advisor
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Classic Club

Rode the Blues (6711/72.9/135) in less than 3H as a single using Troon Rewards. The weather was 105, fairly calm and clear. I saw almost no other golfers on the entire course this afternoon.

Classic Club is a long, demanding and challenging course. Love this Palmer layout. Many holes have trees &/or a ravine on one side and a large lake down the other side. While most fairways are not tight, most holes also have a half dozen or so large fairway traps to avoid. This is a desert course, but it also has a mountain feel with all the pine trees. A unique feature of this course is that two different par 3's have completely different tee boxes on either side of a canyon so they could radically vary the look and angle of those holes.

The Bermuda tees were level, lush and very nicely maintained.

The Bermuda fairways were lush, mowed close and firm. A few brownish areas but still excellent overall.

The Bermuda rough was lush. Nice to chip from as the ball usually set up.

The sand traps were shockingly bad for a course of this caliber. Numerous traps had sprinkler runoff puddles or mud holes. Most of the other ones I was in were thin and crusty.

These greens are difficult to putt because of the many undulations producing subtle breaks. The greens are in full transition back to Bermuda. Most of the remaining over seeded areas are brownish (dead?), and there are patches where you are putting on that, which makes for fast putts. The Bermuda is grainy, and there are patches you are putting on that, which makes for slow putts. Overall, they were bumpy, hard and putted medium speed. Overall, very mediocre.

The customer service was excellent from everyone encountered. Complementary water and range balls on a 1st class grass practice facility. Everything about this place was top notch. With the currently mediocre greens, it is not worth the $99 rack, but still recommended if you can get a discount.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Great Course and Staff

I really enjoyed playing the Classic Club. Staff was best I’ve seen from club drop off guys, the starter Jimmy and the Pro shop. The only negative is when it’s windy this course is difficult. We had a calm perfect day. We received a $15 food voucher and a monogramed towel. The restaurant food and drinks were refreshing. Thanks keep up the good work!!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 250 Contributor
Previously Played

Great service.

Booked through golfnow as a single. Paired me up with a threesome from Temecula. Good group of guys to hang with. Course was in fine shape. Greens were a bit hard but putted true. When I checked in they threw in a Classic Club waffle golf towel and a $15 food and beverage voucher which paid for my lunch. Beverage cart came around 4 times during the round. Plenty of complimentary range bells and very nice range with a large short game area as well. Tough course though. Definitely need to play it a few times to familiarize yourself with the intricacies. Worth the price for sure.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Course layout fairways and greens excellent. Stay away from sand traps.

Third time playing this course always in excellent shape and layout is good for 70+ golfer. Sand traps were not as good shape as usual. Wondering if weather caused this condition as the other course we played this week had similar conditions.

Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Top notch course and facilities

First time playing. Top notch course and facilities including a grand clubhouse with restaurant. Conditions were excellent. Green could be slightly faster but that may be personal preference. Loved the layout. No homes on the course. Layout and feel reminded me of Primm Valley Lakes Course. Course has a reputation of wind but windless conditions when played. Service was excellent throughout. Clubhouse restaurant also served a delicious meal, much better than what I expected at a golf course restaurant. Highly recommend a visit to play and dine.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
4.0
Previously Played

course maintenance

If Arnold was alive he would rip this course to pieces!! The condition of sand traps are worst have ever seen. For what you pay to play this course to let the traps go like they are is just disgusting.

It looks like some have have not been maintained in weeks, Water run off from sprinklers into them is terrible!!

Rest of course is beautiful, nice greens although blotchy looking.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

A Jewel in the Desert

Played The Classic Club for the first time after having played a number of other courses in Palm Springs. Found the course to be fair but challenging. The course was generally immaculate, my only comment would be that a number of the bunkers had a lot of water in them, I assume from watering the course, fortunately they weren’t an issue for me as I didn’t go in them. The tee boxes were like carpets and the fairways were lush, the greens were true and a good speed. All the staff we encountered were friendly, courteous and polite. The staff in the restaurant were especially good. What makes this course stand out from the rest is the stunning architecture, we were blown away by just how lovely it was. The Classis Club is definitely on our replay list.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Great experience

Great experience from check in to the restaraunt facilities. Golf course was in good condition with bunkers needing some attention. Some very scenic holes. Will definitely be back.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

I would recommend "The Classic "

Enjoyed the round. Greens were hard and tough to hold, very quick but in good condition. Course layout is excellent

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Was NOT disappointed

Nice layout, design and greens.bunkers were so-so

Good value for a great course.

Nice staff and good food and drink at the grill

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Used cart

Fantastic Experience

Can't say enough about The Classic Club. Had a 12:30 Tee Time (and a $109 rate). The experience literally starts the moment you arrive with complimentary Valet parking. The Club House looks like something from an exclusive, private club. Upon payment, I receive a complimentary Classic Club towel as well as a $15 voucher for food and drink (including on course refreshments).

The price includes unlimited range balls and access to the chipping (and putting) greens. The starter provides you a pager to help ensure you aren't late for your tee time. The only complaint is the tees time reservation on Golfnow did not indicate range balls were included otherwise I would have come a little earlier.

I selected the course because is it rated as one of the top courses in the Palm Springs area. It lived up to the advanced billing. Every hole was different. There were significant elevation changes on some holes. The back nine was much more difficult as most holes seemed to be a dog leg that brought water into plan. Tons of bunkers (2-3 weren't in the best of shape). Greens were firm and rolled true. Almost every hold was a photo opportunity either due to the mountain background and/or the unique design.

After the round, stopped into the bar for a beer (to use the $15 voucher). Unfortunately, they were closing the patio seating due to high winds so had to sit at the bar. Ordered two beers with the expectation it would consume the $15 voucher. As it was happy hour, the total was $9!

In addition, the staff (from the valet to the starter to the bar staff) were fantastic.

I played two other top 10 Palm Springs courses earlier in the week that were incredible, but The Classic Club was the tops. One of the best golf experiences of my life!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Used cart

Very Large golf course

Every hole just massive with water and plenty of bunkers.. Lots of playable room on each hole !

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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