Located close to Palm Desert in the Coachella Valley, the Tradition Golf Club property was originally developed at the start of the 20th century as Marshall’s Cove before it was sold to oil and real estate businessman William Rosecrans.
He transformed the grounds into the Hacienda del Gato, a family retreat frequented by Holywood stars and White House politicians in the 1950s and 1960s, and a link to this glittering past still remains as the gates of the old estate stand protected, close to the 3rd hole on the golf course.
Today, Tradition Club is an invitation-only member golf club with its course nestled inside a beautifully landscaped upmarket residential development just outside La Quinta. First opened for play in 1997, the course was designed by Ed Seay and Arnold Palmer.
Routed in an out-and-back style, the fairways weave their way around the confines of a private desert community, with the back nine climbing into the foothills that enclose the valley. Feature holes include par fours at the double greened 7th and the 340-yard 17th, which drops more than 200 feet from tee to green.
A beautiful and very well maintained course with decent architecture but nothing I haven't seen before. The fairways were generous and greens pretty standard. This course is set up to be enjoyed, not to be a thorough examination of your game. I enjoyed my day here immensely.