Golf - Public Course · 18 Holes · Par 72
Indian Wells, CA
Date Last Played: February 26, 2011
Indian Wells Golf Resort is home to the LG Skins Game in 2007 and 2008, a Callaway Performance Center, a very impressive and upscale 53,000 square foot clubhouse (the IW Club), and two equally impressive 18 hole championship golf courses - the Players and Celebrity Courses.
Each course has it's own unique personality and characteristics and both are a real pleasure to play.
Common to both courses are upscale amenities, excellent conditions, and first class service from the bag boys to the pro shop to the starters, marshals, and cart ladies.
The Players Course starts you off by giving you a sample of what to expect during your round on this fantastic layout designed by John Fought – a 558 yard par 5 that will temp you to pull out the big dog and let it rip to what looks like a wide landing zone on a severely sloping and contoured fairway that will send your drive into a couple bunkers or the natural area lining the fairway and hopefully protecting stray balls from heading down a deep gully then you have a narrow fairway leading to a guarding and sloping green. And that was the #11 handicap hole!
On the rest of the holes you’ll need to manage ample but roller coaster contoured fairways, well manicured and landscaped natural areas, lots of barrancas (deep gorges or ravines) that can devour your golf balls, water hazards, plenty of treacherous bunkers, forced carries, tight approaches, dog legs, and challenging green complexes. All of that can cause you trouble on the Players Course but you’ll find that if you play smart and study the GPS this great layout will treat you fairly and you’ll have a very enjoyable round. Beware that the landing zones off the tee box are generous (after which it gets a little tighter) and you’ll be tempted to let-er-rip but if you miss, par is going to be tough. And make sure that you choose the right set of tee boxes – the tips at 7376 yards and several challenging forced carries will test the best player, while the other four sets of tee boxes play more like a typical resort round of golf – challenging but fair and forgiving.
The Players Course is home to some fun, scenic, unique, and memorable holes, for example:
Part of what makes playing the Players Course is the stunning beauty of this beast – three jaw dropping majestic mountain ranges (San Jacinto, Santa Rosa, and San Bernardino) as backdrops, swaying stately palm trees, several varieties of colorful plants, oasis and threatening barrancas, white sand bunkers, sparkling crystal clear lakes, and lush green fairways.
Speaking of fairways, they were near perfect, generous off the tee box, and then tight to the green. Most has some slope and contour, others were flat to roller coaster. No homes or barking dogs to distract you here – all the fairways are lined with trees, colorful fauna, barrancas, palms, natural areas, or water features.
Rates: $40.00 to $165.00
Everything is first class at Indian Wells Golf resort from the bag boys to the upscale clubhouse. The pro shop is well stocked and one of the best, the practice facilities are great, and the food is very good.
Here's How Texas Outside Determines the Scorecard Rating
The Texas Outside rating scale ranges from 1 to 10 – a perfect 10 course would be something like this: links along a cliff overlooking the Pacific ocean and bordered by tall trees; lush fairways on rolling hills with lots of natural hazards; water (which is crystal clear) on most of the holes; immaculate greens (but they are undulating and tough); lots of variety and character (each hole is completely different and includes blind shots, elevation changes, doglegs, and significant challenges); perfectly manicured traps with the whitest and prettiest sand you’ve ever seen; a nice club house with great food and a 19th hole; a GPS; plenty of beverage carts or your own cooler and ice; and it only costs $40 bucks! What this means is that you probably won’t find any 10s in Texas – try Cabo San Lucas, Pebble Beach, or some of the Hawaii courses!
All of the above determines the overall score for the golf course. In other words, we like courses that are pretty, fun, very challenging with a lot of variety, and fairways and greens in excellent condition – all for $40. We also tend to play the courses that are affordable for the masses, which means in the $30 to $80 range. We rate hard and we haven’t found a 10 in Texas yet – don’t worry we haven’t given up and we’re still looking.