The Pete Dye Challenge Course was the third and final built at the Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, California. It has a slightly different history than the other courses that bear this famous architect’s name, however: When Dye finished the course, it operated under the name of the “Dinah Shore Course,” a tribute to the actress and vocalist who helped to found the Dinah Shore Golf Tournament, which later became the ANA Inspiration major. Following Shore’s passing, her name was transferred to the course that the tournament is player upon, and Dye’s name was added to the Challenge.
Although it doesn’t receive as much attention as the course that hosts the pros, many agree that Dye’s contribution to the property is the best route of the three. It’s not the most punishing course that Dye created in the Palm Desert area, measuring just under 7,000 yards from the tips, but it does come packed with signatures that indicate Dye’s ‘80s design trends including numerous water features for those who choose the wrong club...as well as ample railroad ties to hold the fairways above the ponds.