The Celebrity course at the 36-hole Indian Wells Golf Resort was originally laid out by Ted Robinson in the mid-1980s. It was completely renovated in the new millennium by Clive Clark (with the Players course at the same venue given the same treatment by John Fought).
Occupying only 200 acres, and hemmed in by a watercourse and freeway, the Celebrity Course is an impressive effort by Clark. Although tight, the course features beautiful bunkering, and strategically placed water hazards. The landscaping is first class, with the colour and texture of the vegetation a feature.
It is hard to believe you are in the desert!
The course is not overly long, but demands good shot making. It is also just a fun place to play.
Notable holes include: hole 4 – a par 5 with water in play, hole 6 – a long picture perfect par 3, hole 14 – a very interesting par 5 where decisions need to be made on the second shot and hole 16 – another attractive par 3
If you visit Palm Springs, don’t miss The Celebrity Course.
Peter Wood is the founder of The Travelling Golfer – click the link to read his full review.