By Katy Treadwell
Palm Desert Country Club is one of the best values in the desert, and has been consistently voted among the best public courses in the Coachella Valley for over 50 years. A very forgiving course with large, open fairways, PDCC is a fun and affordable course, set to the beautiful backdrops of the San Jacinto, Santa Rosa and San Gorgonio mountain ranges.
Perfect for a weekday or weekend round with friends or family, Palm Desert Country Club accommodates golfers of all levels. Open fairways and short cut rough are very inviting, and for most, insure a clear, short iron into the greens. While it’s pretty much a, “What you see is what you get” lay out, there are a couple of great holes that require precise shots into the greens and strategically placed tee balls.
Hole number 4 is one of those… and my favorite on the course. On the scorecard it doesn’t look like much, playing only 404 yards from the tips. But look a little closer and you’ll see that the short 4th is actually the number one handicap hole. The slight dog leg right requires an accurate tee shot and an even more targeted approach to a small, kidney shaped green that’s surrounded by water and sand. It tests every aspect of your game from tee to green. It will also test your patience.
Both the 9th and 18th are beautiful finishing holes. Running alongside each other, the holes are elegantly landscaped with rock features, blooming colorful flowers, and a stunning waterfall. But don’t let their beauty fool you, as neither hole offers an easy finish to the 9th.
After the picturesque fight to the finish, The Cactus Club, located inside PDCC, serves up tasty, pub-styled fare and cold drinks. You can also stick around every Friday and Saturday night for live music on the patio. Did I mention there’s a fire pit? Not too shabby.
With green fees for under $100 all year round and as little as $49 in the summer, The Palm Desert Country Club is a tremendous value and one of my top picks!
For more information visit www.palmdesertgolf.com