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Charlie Rodi, club fitting instructor at the PGA WEST Golf Academy.


PGA WEST's master Clubfitter, Charlie Rodi, explains why clubfitting is important to making your golf game the best it can be. Contact the PGA WEST Golf Academy at (760) 564-7144 to schedule your next club fitting.

Golf at La Quinta Resort & Club

Your pulse pounds with each step. Ahead of you, the steep crags of the mountains alternately swallow and reflect the desert sun, jutting up against an azure sky, while native plants and rugged grasses rustle in the breeze, painting a rich tapestry of earthy hues pierced by a brilliant ribbon of emerald green. Behind you is a deep history, constructed by legends of the game and cemented with daring escapes, brave approaches and classic moments that have come to define this place. This is golf at La Quinta Resort and PGA WEST, where five of Palm Springs’ best courses await your best shot.

Soaring Peaks and Challenging Play Elevate the Palm Springs Golf Experience

Famed for its unique Pete Dye design, playability and stunning visuals, this ultra-challenging course features pot bunkers and rock formations, as well as incredible elevations of tee boxes and well-bunkered greens. Ascending to the top of the elevated tee box of the signature 16th enables you to fully appreciate the majesty of this course, named one of Golf Magazine’s Top 100 You Can Play.

Yardage from back tees: 6,732
Rating: 72.9
Slope: 135

Yardage from red tees: 4,875
Rating: 68.7
Slope: 123

The game’s traditional Scottish roots echo throughout this Pete Dye-designed course

A great test of golf that is truly a way to hone your shot making capabilities. This course is a good trial to warm up for our TPC Stadium Course at PGA WEST. At par-72 this Pete Dye championship course is characterized by rolling Scottish-links-style fairways and thick penalizing rough. A leisurely round is punctuated by fantastic scenery and careful club selection. A dramatic left-turning fairway with a tantalizing green will tempt long hitters on the signature 17th while an insatiable lake eagerly awaits the chance to swallow the foolhardy.

Yardage from back tees: 6,712
Rating: 72.4
Slope: 134

Yardage from red tees: 4,877
Rating: 68.7
Slope 123

Walk in the footsteps of legends

Designed for golf’s biggest stage, The TPC Stadium Course is where legends have made history. This par-72 Pete Dye-designed jewel is a "must play" for those seeking the ultimate golf challenge. A favorite among touring professionals, and ranked among the best by Golf Magazine, Golf Digest, and Golfweek, Pete Dye crafted one of the most challenging tracks you can play; creating 18 individual masterpieces, each with a character and identity all its own. Its mystique is derived from unique undulations, cavernous bunkers and peninsula and island par 3s. Tournament highlights include Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf, Bob Hope Chrysler Classic and the Skins Game.

Yardage from back tees: 7,300
Rating: 76.1
Slope: 150

Yardage from red tees: 5,092
Rating: 70.2
Slope: 124

One of Palm Springs’ best designs from a legend of the game

The same forceful presence the Golden Bear brought to his game is evident in his challenging desert layout. Long hitters will appreciate the opportunity for power off the tee with room for forgiveness, while elevated greens require you to literally raise your short game to another level.  The intensity and demand of this Jack Nicklaus design is tempered by dramatic beauty and excitement of playing one of the most highly regarded courses in the Palm Springs area.

Yardage from back tees: 7,204
Rating: 75.3
Slope: 143

Yardage from red tees: 5,023
Rating: 69.4
Slope: 124

Palm Springs desert golf from the Down Under perspective

It’s only fitting that the Shark’s contribution to the Palm Springs golf experience should be carved from the floor of an ancient ocean. Greg Norman captured the essence of desert golf with an “Outback” flair in this challenging but fair design that features an abundance of sand, sage, colorful pockets of wildflowers, nine lakes and spectacular panoramic vistas, unmatched anywhere in the Coachella Valley. This Norman gem recently became Audubon Certified.

Yardage from back tees: 7,156
Rating: 75.1
Slope: 139

Yardage from red tees: 5,297
Rating: 70.2
Slope: 119


LQ Express is a special set of tee boxes and markers set up at a distance of 3,732 yards (Mountain) and 3,886 yards (Dunes), perfect for junior and beginner golfers, as well as any adult golfer who doesn’t have time for a full round. Golfers receive a complimentary bag tag and divot tool, as well as a scorecard designed specifically for this program.
Rental clubs are available and include boys, girls and left-handed clubs ranging from 41” to 63”. The golf shop has a measuring device to ensure a proper fit.The golf shop also carries the full line of U.S. Kids golf equipment, balls, gloves and apparel.
PGA WEST Golf Academy offers free Junior Golf Clinics at Mountain and Dunes on all major holidays, including Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter. LQ Express is available starting at 3 p.m. for a greens fee of $35, which covers one junior golfer and an accompanying adult, provided the adult tees from the same tee boxes. For more information, call (760) 564-7111.


Golf Digest, America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses – TPC Stadium Course
GolfWeek, Best Resort Courses -- TPC Stadium Course

Golf Magazine, Top 100 Courses You Can Play – Mountain Course, TPC Stadium Course 
America’s Toughest Courses -- TPC Stadium Course
Condé Nast Traveler, Top 15 California Golf Resorts
Top 121 Golf Resorts in the World  
Travel Golf, Top 10 Courses in California - Mountain Course (ranked #1), TPC Stadium Course

Golf Resort of The Year For North America, International Association of Golf Tour Operators
Best Resort Courses, GolfWeek

America’s Top 50 Courses For Women (#17), La Quinta Resort Mountain Course, Golf Digest
Top 100 Courses You Can Play, TPC® Stadium Course at PGA WEST and La Quinta Resort Mountain Course, Golf Magazine

America’s Top 100 Greatest Public Courses (#71 & #87), TPC® Stadium Course at PGA WEST and La Quinta Resort Mountain Course, Golf Digest