By Katy Treadwell
One word comes to mind when I think of the Indian Springs Golf Club – fun! Indian Springs is located in west Indio off Jefferson and not only is it a fun track to play, it’s also a Club with a Pub. But I’ll get to that in a minute. First, golf.
Indian Springs is one of my favorite courses in the valley. It’s fair enough and forgiving enough for the novice golfer yet offers challenges even a pro can appreciate. It’s a player friendly, championship course that offers 4 sets off tees that range from 5,297 to 6,794 yards.
The layout is scenic as well, with holes lining both sides of Jefferson. In fact, you take a tunnel under Jefferson to get to the first tee. Just keep a close eye on the directional signs as you cart along. Like I said, it’s scenic.
The greens at Indian Springs Golf Club are my favorite part of this course. They roll true and they are always slick. I’ve never asked what they run on the Stimpmeter but I’d venture to say at least a 10, and if the wind is blowing it can seem like 14!
Indian Springs Golf Club offers spectacular views of the San Jacinto Mountains and La Quinta Cove and perhaps the most spectacular view on the course is the beacon that sits behind the 18th green, The Big Rock Pub. Sure, other courses have clubhouse restaurants, snack shacks or a concession area where you can chase down a few cold ones while you tally the skins, but The Big Rock Pub at Indian Springs Golf Club is in a league of its own.
The Big Rock Pub is a full scale, full service restaurant and bar, and just like the course, it’s open to the public. Coming up the 18th fairway you’ve got a gallery of patio diners sitting on a second level, bar and dining area. The inside/outside bar is lined with flat screen TV’s, pool tables and a fire pit which is a nice touch. The beer on tap selection’s are always right for the season, and specialty drinks are some of the best in the desert. If you time it right, you won’t find a better deal after 18 holes than the Big Rock Pub Happy Hour Menu. On Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights you can stick around for live music from some of the area’s best bands.
The outside patio isn’t even the most impressive part of The Big Rock Pub. Owner, Ken Hanna, outdid himself on this one. If you like classic rock and rock-n-roll memorabilia, The Big Rock Pub is your happy place. From floor to ceiling, the walls are lined with autographed guitars and memorabilia from some of rock’s legends and one of a kind artwork featuring the greats. Most of which are up for sale. All of the proceeds from the memorabilia sales go directly to the Desert Cancer Foundation. The Big Rock Pub also has a video wall. They spared no expense.
There’s nothing not to like about this course. From the staff and members to golf and the big finish at The Big Rock Pub, this course gets a 10 on the fun scale. I highly recommend it to golfers of all skillsets. Now go on and have some fun!
Posted April 20th, 2017