There are a thousand golf stories in the desert, and these are just a few. Golf courses are notorious for being places where things happen — not all involving a wedge or a putter. We pulled these interesting tidbits from the new Top 100 Holes guide. Use them to regale pals on your next golf outing or find more at top100golf.mydesert.com.
I played at O’Donnell when the par 3 fifth hole had a periscope. At one point they even had a television monitor for golfers to make sure the green was clear ahead.
Dwignt Eisenhower loved the La Quinta Country Club, and christened it when the club opened in 1959! It is also the oldest club to still be in the Bob Hope Classic/Humana Challenge rotation!
The wind can be a major factore here at The Classic Club! As part of the design philosophy on this course, there is not a single palm tree planted anywhere.
Hole 16 became famous when Speaker of the House Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill tried and failed to get out of the 19-foot deep bunker on national television in the Bob Hope Classic.
I watched a rookie John Daly hit the par 5, 18th in 2 shots! Of note: In 1973, Arnold Palmer won the last of his 62 PGA Tour victories with a putt on the 18th green.
Remington bronzes decorate many of the holes, featuring life size horses and swooping eagles. This is currently the only course in the desert listed in Golf Digest’s famed Top 100 Courses in the Country list.
Arnold Palmer designed this course, and has a home here! This club was built on the grounds of an old La Quinta date ranch named Hacienda del Gato.
Presidents Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Gerald Ford teed off together at hole no. 10 in the first round of the 1995 Bob Hope Classic.
Desert Falls was designed by architect, Ron Frehm, who also designed golf courses for Euro Disney and the Sultan of Brunei.