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La Quinta Country Club History: The Beginning

La Quinta Country Club History:  The Beginning, 1958

On the quiet desert floor below the majestic Santa Rosa Mountains an 18-hole Championship golf course is born!La Quinta Country Club early days

If you know the area… this photo is an amazing trip back in time.  No homes grace the tree-lined fairways and there are barely roads to the La Quinta Country Club.  The surrounding developments are just a dream…

the reality is La Quinta Country Club was here first!

The year was 1958… this is the story of a country club and a dream of building an oasis in the California desert.  The men who came here took this barren desert and created lush fairways, hacienda homes, sparkling lakes and a modern luxurious clubhouse.

From the the history of LQCC by Peggy Herz… These men bought La Quinta Hotel and 1,00 acres of land around it.  They knew exactly what they were doing.  “We went into this with our eyes open,” said a genial, soft-spoken Chicago attorney named Leonard Ettelson.  The hotel was small, quiet– and unprofitable.  We know it as The La Quinta Resort , owned and operated by the Waldor-Astoria Properties.  “We don’t expect to make money on the hotel, … but we do expect to make money off the real estate.”

Other posts on the History of La Quinta Country Club:  Frank & Lawrence Hughes~ The Designers

If you want to know more about the La Quinta Country Club, or the Palm Springs area, please give me a call or send me an e-mail.

Kathy Schowe  760-333-8886


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