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2019 Troon Card Summer Test Drive

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Test Drive The Benefits Of Being A Troon Cardholder!

Troon invites you to test drive the benefits of being a Troon Cardholder for as little as 
$69 for a California Summer TwoSome Card or $99 for a California Summer 
FourSome Card
. During your test drive, you will enjoy rates up to 50% off, "2 for 1" 
golf offers, 10% off at participating golf shops & restaurants, complimentary clinics, 
monthly special offers, and much more!

Purchase Here

Courses
The California Summer Troon Card includes 16 of California's finest courses:

Ashwood Golf Course
Diablo Grande Golf & Country Club
Hiddenbrooke Golf Club
Indian Wells Golf Resort
La Quinta Resort & Club
Maderas Golf Club
PGA WEST
Saddle Creek Golf Resort
Shadow Hills Golf Club
The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa
Yocha Dehe Golf Club

To view the complete list of California courses and rates, click here.

Toughest Hole in the Desert

They call it Alcatraz — an island green that taunts players at the tee a mere 166 yards away at PGA West in La Quinta.

EMILY CHAVOUS APRIL 16, 2019 CURRENT GUIDEGOLF

The 17th hole at PGA West is touted by pros as being among the sport's most diabolical.   PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY PGA WEST

The 17th hole at PGA West is touted by pros as being among the sport's most diabolical.

PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY PGA WEST

They call it Alcatraz — an island green that taunts players at the tee a mere 166 yards away. The entire Pete Dye–designed Stadium Course at PGA West in La Quinta brims with hazards, and the 17th hole, with more lake than grass, is touted by pros as being among the sport’s most diabolical. As Dye described it, “Love and hate can be found here.”

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Its 1987 PGA Tour debut stirred up quite the rumble. “The course is on the outskirts of Indio but host [Bob] Hope says the back tees are in Hemet. It doesn’t matter where they are. No one will ever play them,” Los Angeles Times columnist Jim Murray wrote that year. “You need a camel, a canoe, a priest and a tourniquet to get through it.” In the 1987 Skins Game, swinging alongside Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, and Fuzzy Zoeller, Dallas-born Lee Trevino conquered Alcatraz with a hole-in-one. Even so, tour pros collectively — and successfully — signed a petition to remove Stadium Course from the rotation in 1988. It took almost three decades for the Professional Golfers Association to warm up to Dye’s design, but in 2016, Alcatraz reassumed its position on the tour. Jason Dufner cinched his 2016 CareerBuilder Challenge (now Desert Classic) victory with a par-saving recovery shot from the 17th green’s rocky perimeter.

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Keen to try your hand at Alcatraz’s par 3? Book a stay at sister property La Quinta Resort & Club to take advantage of special golf offers. Stadium Course reservation fees are discounted June through September.

19th Hole Options

Desert Classic Off-Site Options for Dining, Golf, and Shopping

Courtesy of Thomas Meagher of Palm Springs Life

Golf Club at Terra Lago

Golf Club at Terra Lago

Returning in 2019 as the Desert Classic, the 60th anniversary of the valley’s major pro golf tournament will again be a vibrant, spectator-friendly “golf festival,” offering the enhanced fan experience that led to doubling attendance to 60,000 from a year ago, according to tournament officials.

Running Jan. 16-20, the tournament features an attractive golf field with tournament ambassador Phil Mickelson and Palm Desert amateur Charlie Reiter. Additionally, there will again be after-golf rock supplied this year by Sammy Hagar and the Circle Jan. 18, and the legendary Bad Company Jan. 19.

Outside the tournament grounds, here are some suggestions on how to keep the festival vibe going.

GOLF

Watching the world’s best golfers in-person makes most of us hackers super-eager to hit the links, to try (however unsuccessfully) to channel their ball-striking brilliance and putting mastery. So, if you’re looking to play a round or two yourself while attending the Classic, consider venturing out of the immediate La Quinta neighborhood, for a couple of contrasting takes on desert golf.

The Golf Club at Terra Lago
84-000 Terra Lago Parkway, Indio
760-775-2000
golfclub-terralago.com

Home of the memorable “Skins Game” competitions in 1999 to 2002, Terra Lago, with its north and south tracks, is a 10-minute drive east on Interstate 10. The course guarantees you a “desert-y” golfing experience. Hitting the fairways, on either course, is a must as forbidding “natural” areas frequently await. There isn’t a lot of water in play, but, when it does appear, boy is it dramatic. And the same goes for the elevation changes you’ll encounter: they will challenge your club-selecting savvy, but also provide you with stunning desert vistas.

Oak Valley Golf Club
1888 Golf Club Drive, Beaumont
951-769-2000
oakvalleygolf.com

Half-an-hour west on Interstate 10, Oak Valley in Beaumont is a parkland track on the Coachella Valley’s fringe. In recent years, it has hosted both the opening and closing tournaments for the Golf Channel Am Tour’s Palm Springs tour. Unlike most of Greater Palm Springs’ more familiar tracks, Oak Valley penalizes errant shots with fairway-lining trees that usually eliminate straight-to-the-green recoveries. And the rough here is some of the toughest around.

Halibut at Morgan’s at The La Quinta Resort

Halibut at Morgan’s at The La Quinta Resort

FOOD + DRINK

Walking 18 with your favorite PGA Tour pro works-up an appetite. After you’ve sampled offerings from a pair of popular local eateries in the fan pavilions at the Desert Classic, check out the restaurants themselves.

Morgan’s in the Desert
La Quinta Resort & Spa, La Quinta
49499 Eisenhower Drive
760-564-5700
morgansinthedesert.com

Twenty6
La Quinta Resort & Spa, La Quinta
49499 Eisenhower Drive
760-564-5700
laquintaresort.com/dining/twenty6

Adobe Grill
La Quinta Resort & Spa, La Quinta
49499 Eisenhower Drive
760-564-5700
laquintaresort.com/dining/adobegrill

Morgan’s pairs traditional cooking methods with California cuisine sourced with ingredients from the valley. Try the Nottingham Ranch Lamb Saddle or the Wild Mushroom Pappardelle pasta. Adobe Grill brings Mexico to the California desert by way of Oaxacan motif. Try the ahi tuna tostadas, a margarita, and the handmade tamales. At Twenty6, this modern American bistro offers the classics, from buttermilk hotcakes for breakfast to rosemary-roasted chicken dinners.

Photo courtesy of Pete Carlson’s

Photo courtesy of Pete Carlson’s

SHOP

Pete Carlson’s Golf & Tennis Shop
73741 Highway 111, Palm Desert
760-568-3263
petecarlsonsgolf.com

This independent shop has had a loyal local following since it opened in 1981. Comprehensive stock, knowledgeable staff, personable owners (Pete and wife Edna) – those are the basic reasons golfers and tennis players stop by. But the something extra that makes this place unique is the in-store “Jazz for Jazz Lovers” concert series. So if Bad Company isn’t your musical cup of tea after “moving day” at the Desert Classic, head here Jan. 19 for cool modern west coast jazz from the Phil Norman Tentet.

PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY PETE CARLSON’S GOLF & TENNIS SHOP

Pete Carlson’s Golf & Tennis Shop converts into a venue for jazz enthusiasts Saturday evenings in January.

PGA Tour Superstore
72280 Highway 111, Palm Desert
760-601-3450
pgatoursuperstore.com

The pros will be sporting the latest lines from the apparel manufacturers – which may remind you that it’s been awhile since you refreshed your own golf wardrobe. Resist the lure of all those new clubs, balls, and game-improvement gadgets at the front of the store and head straight on through to the shirts, trousers, shoes and outerwear from the likes of Puma, Callaway, adidas, and FootJoy.





4 Golf Courses to Play During CareerBuilder Challenge

When you're not busy watching the world's best golfers compete at the CareerBuilder Challenge, take your own game up a notch.

BILL DWYREDECEMBER 24, 2017GOLF

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Golf legend Phil Mickelson will return for his second straight year as ambassador of the CareerBuilder Challenge, the desert’s annual PGA Tour event. Jeff Sanders, tournament executive director, says that Mickelson’s presence “brings us unbelievable expertise,” and his ongoing connection to the event “helps us work — alongside him — to make it great.”

Mickelson has won five majors and was champion in the desert in 2002 and ’04.

 

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The Jan. 17–21 tournament will be its 59th iteration. For many years, it was played as a 90-hole event, generating most of its extensive charitable donations to Coachella Valley groups through amateur participation. Now, it is a standard PGA Tour event, with 18 holes a day over four days and with a purse of $5.9 million. But the charity element, with a reduced amateur presence, remains intact and lucrative, under John Foster, longtime president of Desert Charities. Entertainment includes Huey Lewis and The News (Jan. 19) and Goo Goo Dolls (Jan. 20).

The tournament is traditionally played on a series of courses. This year, CareerBuilder takes over the Stadium Course at PGA West, as well as the Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course at PGA West and the La Quinta Country Club. Defending champion Hudson Swafford will return to defend his only PGA title.

Tickets purchased by Jan. 14 will cost $30 for a one-day grounds pass, $75 for a weekly grounds pass, and $25 for a senior one-day pass.

“At $30 a day,” Sanders says, “we are the most affordable tournament on the tour.”

CareerBuilder Challenge, Jan. 17-21
cbchallenge.com

 

4 COURSES TO PLAY

Classic Club

Classic Club