Palm Springs golfPalm Springs: This Rat Pack retreat still attracts the stars for top desert golf resorts

Only two hours drive from LA and 2:15 from San Diego, Palm Springs offers a desert world of its own among palm trees and mountains. Everything is sunny here (an average of 350 days of sunlight a year) and there seems to be a golf course on every other corner. Usually one that's in great shape. Part of a golf obsession that goes back to the days even before Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra and the rest of the Rat Pack started making regular retreats to the Palm Springs area, has the courses waging a virtual arms race of good course conditions.

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You're not going to run out of golf courses to play in Palm Springs, including PGA Tour site hosts The Classic Club and SilverRock Resort, seven courses at the famed PGA West complex, including PGA West Greg Norman Course and Pete Dye's famed hacker torturer PGA West Stadium, and old desert legends like Indian Wells Country Club.

When you're talking Palm Springs golf, you'll have options throughout the Coachella Valley, which includes towns like La Quinta, Palm Desert and Indian Wells. Some of the more famous resorts in California are here too, including La Quinta Resort & Club and the Desert Springs JW Marriott, maybe the most well-known bachelorette party hotel in the Golden State.

Course guide by city

Bermuda Dunes Golf Courses
Palm Springs Golf Courses
Palm Desert Golf Courses
Cathedral City Golf Courses
La Quinta Golf Courses
Desert Hot Springs Golf Courses
Indio Golf Courses
Rancho Mirage Golf Courses

Palm Springs Transportation

Palm Springs does have an international airport served by four commercial airlines and five commuter airlines. However, most flights are only available from major western cities like Salt Lake City, Phoenix, Houston and Seattle. Some flights are only available seasonally, so be sure and check before setting up a trip. You might have to take a shuttle bus from Los Angeles to Palm Springs, but there are several available. Once you're in Palm Springs, there are all the normal car rental services and many taxi and bus services.

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