Troon Golf has launched “Family Golf Program,” with free-for-kids play at some of the Coachella Valley’s most acclaimed facilities. For every paid adult green fee, a kid 15 or under can play gratis, with a set of Callaway rental clubs tossed in for good measure. The deal is effective after 3 pm and with the lengthening days of spring and summer at hand in the desert, mom and junior easily can get in 18 holes before sol dips below Mt. San Jacinto.
Five courses are in play, including Indian Wells Golf Resort’s Celebrity Course, home to the final playing of the LG Skins Game, a Thanksgiving weekend staple for two-plus decades, and Classic Club, a recent host course of the PGA Tour’s Bob Hope Classic.
Designed by the King himself, Arnold Palmer, with the cooperation of the tour’s in-house design team, Classic is a unique offering in the land of sand-and-cactus-spine golf in that there’s not a palm tree on the property. The course’s shoulders are broad, helping the spray-and-pray crowd, while better players who can challenge angles and right-side drives and approaches will have better looks into what are big, rambling greens. The bulldozers were busy building this course, and combined with the site being a huge hunk of terra firma to begin with and its mid-valley setting, Classic serves up a long view/big sky sensation not experienced at clubs set back within the desert coves.
Indian Wells’ Players Course and the Pete Dye and Gary Player tracks at the Westin Mission Hills Resort & Spa fill out the rotation.
Troon Golf is offering this program at more than 60 facilities across the country, and it is available year-round. Inquire locally as some clubs offer half-off for each additional Mickelson or Wie wannabe, and some have no time restrictions.