On my last vacation in Palm Springs I was looking for a challenging place to play golf in what some consider the “Golf Capital” of the world. After searching various websites and golf magazines I found the Classic Club Golf Resort.
Formerly the host location for the 2006, 2007 and 2008 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, this nationally recognized course was designed by Arnold Palmer. Needless to say, with Arnold Palmer and his company behind the design the course is very, very challenging.
With over 30 acres of lakes and streams, 14 bridges and an abundance of pine trees and desert foliage the course is both difficult and picturesque. There are elevated undulating greens surrounded by bunkers large and water hazards, trees and bunkers in key spots of the fairway ready to catch an errant drive or approach shot. With five (5) sets of tees which substantially shorten the 7,305-yard course for the high handicapper, the course is great fun.
One of my favorite holes is the par 5 ninth hole. A dogleg right with water that comes into play on both the second and third shot, the green is an island which can be reached by a well placed approach. There are sand traps and pines lining the right side of the hole so you can’t take a short cut by cutting out the dogleg.
Another signature hole that is the par 3 twelfth hole, which has the club house in the background. Surrounded by water, it requires a very accurate tee shot over bunkers and water. There is also sand trap in the back to catch the over hit tee shot.
According to the research we did before deciding on the Classic Club, the course was voted by Golf Digest as one of the “Top five new public courses in the Americas” in 2006 and was recently ranked #8 in California on Golfweek’s list of “America’s Best Courses.”
The amenities include a GPS tracker in all the carts, so you don’t have to guess how far you are from the hazards and green. You can order food and drink out on the course, which is one way to deal with the pain my brother and I were feeling as a result of having to deal with this beautiful beast of a course.
When I finished my round, I headed for the clubhouse which is Tuscan inspired. The crowd at the bar consisted of both locals and travelers alike. The big screens TV had on a variety of sporting activities, with the Golf Channel on 24 / 7. I lingered in the clubhouse till my cell phone rang. It was my wife, wondering when I was coming home. I dutifully left, but not until I hit the pro shop for some appropriate souvenirs of a day well spent.