Review & Rating of Classic Club in Palm Desert, California
Classic Club creates a new spin on desert golf with rolling terrain, wide landing areas, 30 acres of lakes and streams with cascading waterfalls, 67 white sand bunkers, lush fairways, velvet smooth greens, 14 bridges, an abundance of pine trees, rolling terrain with several elevated tee boxes, colorful landscaping, and pine straw ground cover. Classic Club is the perfect example of why I keep playing golf:
Classic Club was designed by Arnold Palmer, is managed by Troon Golf (one of the best in the golf industry!), and was a host site of the 2006, 2007, and 2008 Bob Hope Classic. It's not surprising that since opening in 2006, Classic Club has received several awards and prestigious accolades, some of which include:
The Classic Club fairways were in near perfect condition when we played. Most of the fairways are generous off the tee box but can get a little tight after that. All the fairways have a wide and playable rough that was cut thin when we played - miss the rough and you're wet or in the natural area. There are several elevated tee boxes, lots of water and bunkers to avoid, and some doglegs left and right.
The greens at Classic Club were also excellent - velvet smooth, fast, and true, but challenging to read the subtle breaks. Bunkers, water, steep drop-offs, and natural areas around the green put a premium on the approach shots. The greens are a variety of shapes and range in size from 25 to 43 yards deep.
Speaking of bunkers, there are 67 of them that you need to avoid. Some are huge, others are small, and all have excellent soft deep sand. The faces range some a few inches to some steep and deep monsters!
Bottom line - a must play if you're in the Palm Springs area
Rates: $90.00 to $165.00
Service is first class, the clubhouse is spectacular, the restaurant is top-notch, the pro shop is well stocked, and the practice facilities are 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.