Palm Springs is one of the country’s premiere golfing getaway locations for amateurs and professionals alike. A number of notable tournaments happen annually, and the Springs has a particularly high number of acres of golf courses per capita (well over 100 courses throughout the city!). If you’re one of the many tourists who is looking forward to hitting the links during your desert vacation, the easiest place to park yourself is in a hotel or resort on or near a course. Then you can roll out of bed and get swinging before the crowds come out to play.
The Plaza Resort and Spa, part of the Wyndham hotel and resort group, is perfectly situated for your golfing pleasure (the hotel is even on Golf Club Drive!). Just out the front door, and easily viewed from pool and many of the rooms is the Palm Springs Municipal Golf Course, which stretches north from the hotel grounds. Just nearby to the east and west are two additional country clubs, the Seven Lakes and Cathedral Canyon clubs, so more variety is just a quick golf cart ride away. The Plaza sticks to its classic roots (i.e. 1970s decor), making it one of the less modern choices for a stay in Palm Springs. It is quite comfortable, though, and less expensive than some of the flashier resorts.
Nearby, on the edge of the Cathedral Canyon Country Club, is the Desert Oasis. It’s a time-share place, but anyone can stay. Since it’s built for longer stays, many of the hotels and resorts in town have kitchenettes, but a number of the Welk rooms feel almost like mini-apartments complete with living and dining rooms. The activity program provides plenty for kids to do while the grownups are out golfing, hiking, or enjoying a massage.
You can find a cushier stay at the Westin Mission Hills Resort. Sitting on the edge of the Pete Dye golf course on the eastern edge of town, this area is a bit more removed from the busier streets near downtown. The villas are equipped with kitchenettes and are private, so vacationers seeking everything from a fun family trip to a romantic getaway can have a comfortable stay. The villas tend to be roomier that at some of the other apartment-style resorts and are more modernly decorated, as well as being impeccably kept up. With a view of the course and the mountains as a backdrop from the front door, what more could you ask for?
[photo courtesy of StudioRedChile]