The PGA Tour’s CareerBuilder Challenge event (once known as the Bob Hope Classic) used both the Nicklaus Tournament course (featuring two island greens) and Pete Dye’s TPC Stadium course at PGA West to co-host the tournament in 2016.
The Nicklaus Tournament course opened in 1987 and is well known to golfers world wide as it hosted a number of events over the years which were televised. Most notably it co hosted the Bob Hope Classic (now called the Career Builder Challenge), and prior to that the PGA Grand Slam of Golf in 1992 & 93. It continues to be the bi annual host to the final round of the PGA tours Q school.
The course is somewhat forgiving off the tee, with difficult approaches protected by sand and water. Although the Tournament course is a little overshadowed by the more famous Stadium course, they have a lot of similarities. And like the Stadium course it is the water holes that stay in the memory banks.
PGA WEST- Nicklaus Tournament Course should be a mainstay of any golf trip to Palm Springs. Don't miss it!
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