La Quinta Mountain Course - no. 3
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La Quinta Mountain Course - no. 3
The par-4 third hole at the La Quinta Mountain Course plays a little bit uphill. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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La Quinta Mountain Course - no. 2
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La Quinta Mountain Course - no. 2
The par 3 second hole on the La Quinta Mountain Course offers a safe area to the right, but it's no easy par if you bail out. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
La Quinta Mountain Course - no. 18
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La Quinta Mountain Course - no. 18
The Mountain Course at La Quinta Resort is a desert gem designed by none other than Pete Dye. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
La Quinta Mountain Course - no. 5
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La Quinta Mountain Course - no. 5
The par-3 fifth on the La Quinta Mountain Course brings a mountain into play on the left. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
La Quinta Mountain Course - no. 7
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La Quinta Mountain Course - no. 7
Avoid the water, and the par 5 seventh hole on the Mountain Course at La Quinta Resort is a good opportunity for birdie or better. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
La Quinta Mountain Course - no. 12
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La Quinta Mountain Course - no. 12
The par-4 12th eases you into the toughest and most scenic part of the back nine of the La Quinta Mountain Course. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
La Quinta Mountain Course - no. 13
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La Quinta Mountain Course - no. 13
The par 3 13th on the La Quinta Mountain Course brings the mountains in full view., Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
La Quinta Mountain Course - no. 14
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La Quinta Mountain Course - no. 14
The par 14th on the La Quinta Mountain Course features a large waste area. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
La Quinta Mountain Course - no. 16
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La Quinta Mountain Course - no. 16
One of the most photographed holes in the Coachella Valley is the par-3 16th on the Mountain Course at La Quinta Resort in California. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
La Quinta Mountain Course - no. 18
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La Quinta Mountain Course - no. 18
The par-4 18th finishing hole was redesigned during course renovations that followed floods on the La Quinta Mountain Course in 2013 and 2014. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
La Quinta Mountain Course - clubhouse
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La Quinta Mountain Course - clubhouse
Clubhouse views don't get much better than they do at the clubhouse of the La Quinta Mountain and Dunes courses. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
La Quinta Mountain Course - Golf shop
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La Quinta Mountain Course - Golf shop
A wide selection of hats and other merchandise is available in the La Quinta Resort golf shop. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
La Quinta Mountain Course - Practice facilities
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La Quinta Mountain Course - Practice facilities
Practice facilities are superb at La Quinta Resort's Mountain and Dunes courses. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor

Mountain Course at La Quinta Resort: A Pete Dye desert gem in the Palm Springs area

LA QUINTA, Calif. -- Most would agree that the Mountain Course at La Quinta Resort is one of Pete Dye's most playable and striking layouts.

Located next to the resort's Dunes Course and operating out of the same clubhouse, the course, which originally opened in 1981, has undergone some renovations in recent years following floods in both 2013 and 2014. Among the changes were new tee boxes, cart paths, drainage and changes on the 14th and 15th holes as well as a redesign of the par-4 finishing hole.

And while the course still has plenty of pitfalls for golfers who find some of Dye's difficult bunkers or miss the green on the wrong side, the fairways are still generous. There are also four sets of tees, ranging from less than 5,000 yards to around 6,800 yards, making it player friendly for all levels. (There are also junior tees in the fairways.)

There are so many great views on this course, which has been listed among American's best 100 golf courses on multiple national lists, but the last few holes really punctuate this stunning golf experience. The highlight is the par-3 16th, which has an elevated back tee that looks down at least 100 feet to the green. Even if you don't play the back tee (which is usually set at around 170 yards, but plays more like 140), you'll want to take a look just for the view.


Staff course review of La Quinta's Mountain Course: Mike Bailey

Mike Bailey is a senior staff writer based in Houston. Focusing primarily on golf in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America with an occasional trip to Europe and beyond, he contributes course reviews, travel stories and features as well as the occasional equipment review. An award-winning writer and past president of Texas Golf Writers Association, he has more than 25 years in the golf industry. Before accepting his current position in 2008, he was on staff at PGA Magazine, The Golfweek Group and AvidGolfer Magazine. Follow Mike on Twitter at @MikeBaileyGA and Instagram at @MikeStefanBailey.
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