A popular retreat for “snowbirds,” which swells the population in the cold winter months, Palm Desert is reckoned to have around thirty golf facilities available for those who like to tee it up all year round. One of the better local golf complexes can be found at the 36-hole mountainside Bighorn Golf Club, where the Arthur Hills-designed Mountains course made its debut in 1991, followed seven years later by the Canyons course.
Bighorn has been the venue of choice for a number of prestigious golf tournaments, such as The Skins Game, The Battle at BIGHORN, the Senior PGA Match Play and the LPGA Samsung World Championship so it’s no stranger to hosting important, nationally televised professional events.
The Canyons layout is a rather polished Tom Fazio design where fairways have been set out on less demanding terrain than that of its older sibling. The course also relies less on water hazards to provide a genuine golfing challenge in a more typical desert environment.