By Kate Treadwell
It’s happened. I never thought I’d see the day, but it has finally arrived. I played a wind free round of golf in Palm Springs! I know what you’re thinking… “Yeah, right, that’s impossible.” And until this weekend, I didn’t believe it was possible either. But then, I played the North Course at Indian Canyons Resort, and it made a believer out of me. Not only was there not a whisper of wind to be heard this weekend at Indian Canyons, but its location tucked back in the Palm Springs “Canyons,” surrounded on three sides by the San Jacinto Mountains, makes it virtually wind free everyday!
The wind free zone that Indian Canyons offers is pretty much enough to solidify its place at the top of my list of favorites. So when you add in everything else the course has to offer, in my book, it’s a run away. Indian Canyons: Winner, winner, chicken dinner!
The course is beautiful and well kept, the views are to die for, the staff is super friendly and the grub at the South Course Restaurant is absolutely delicious! I highly recommend the weekend breakfast/brunch. Be sure to check their website for hours. Summer hours vary. Even if you don’t golf… go for the food and take in the views!
Now that your mouth is watering; back to the golf. The North Course at Indian Canyons is the longer of the two courses [North and South] and plays at almost 7,000 yards and a par 72. The North Course is a super neat track that runs among some really cool mid century homes; some of which were owned by Walt Disney. In fact, one of the coolest things about Indian Canyons is the
Disney Fountain that sits in the large water hazard that runs between the 9th and 18th greens on the North Course. The Disney Fountain shoots water over 100 feet in the air. You can’t miss it, and you wouldn’t want to.
The North Course starts off pretty self explanatory with a mid range par 4. Around 380 yards, the first hole has a very wide and forgiving fairway with a couple of sand traps, one left and one right that can come into play if you’re not careful. Your second shot is a mid iron to a slightly uphill green with a false front. But beware, if you go just a tiny bit long, you’re a goner too. It’s not the toughest hole on the course by any means, but lends a good challenge to start the round. I don’t want to talk about #2. We did not get along. It’s a tight, dog leg left. That’s the nicest thing I can say about it. Good luck. After the second, its smooth sailing until you reach the 7th hole. I love this short par 3, but it’s definitely a challenge: Indian Canyons’ version of the Island Green at Sawgrass. And I bet that water hazard has swallowed just as many balls as Sawgrass too.
I could go on and on about how much I dug this course, but believe me, you don’t have that kind of time. Trust me when I say, go play Indian Canyons. Show up early and have some delicious breakfast/brunch… maybe even hit a ball or two; perhaps even roll a couple of putts. The greens were in excellent shape, by the way. You will NOT be disappointed.
For more information and to book a tee time visit www.indiancanyonsgolf.com