Vintage (Desert) - California - USA

The Vintage Club,
75001 Vintage Drive West,
Indian Wells,
California (CA) 92210,

  • +1 760 862 2076

Not quite vintage Tom Fazio, nonetheless this early 1980s project at Vintage Club certainly gave the golfing world an insight into what the architect was capable of and it set him on his way to design many other big budget courses in the years that followed.

Situated in a sheltered location close to the Eisenhower Mountain, the 18-hole Mountain course arrived first in 1980, followed three years later by the much shorter Desert layout.

One of literally dozens of golf complexes to be found in the Coachella Valley, the Vintage Club is a cut above most of them and, unlike many that have opened as exclusive, member only facilities then become more open to the general public, this facility has remained steadfastly private.

Water comes into play at almost half the holes on the Desert layout – with the odd waterfall thrown in for good aesthetic measure – though the course’s main defence is its extravagant bunkering, where no expense was spared when setting out the sand traps.

Even though none of the holes on the Desert course quite match the photogenic quality of the iconic 16th on the Mountain course, there are still plenty of spectacular mountain views to be found at many spots on the layout.

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Description: The Desert course at the 36-hole Vintage Club is shorter than its older Mountain sibling by some 700 yards and water comes into play at almost half the holes here. Rating: 8 out of 10 Reviews: 1

It’s interesting to see the Desert course ranked higher than the Mountain as the Mountain was awarded the best renovation in 2015 by Golf Digest. Having played here recently, I can understand why you have them the other way round. I found the Mountain to be a little too contrived in places and too picture perfect, whereas the Desert seemed to be more natural and a more manageable test for this mid-handicapper, who particularly liked the Desert’s unusual bunkering.

May 18, 2016
8 / 10
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Carl Reichardt
May 18, 2016
I always enjoyed the Mountain Course more than the Desert course, but think the Desert is actually a better test of golf. Maybe that says more about my golf game than anything! I agree about the "contrived" nature of the Mountain (sometimes that's what happens when a hole has to be routed through a wash). Interestingly, I played nine holes on the Desert with Robert Trent Jones, Jr. many years ago (he is friends with the member I was playing with) and he provided his commentary about the design of each hole in his mind as we played (I recall he loved the shared green on 1 and 8; he wasn't a big fan of the 7th). If you took the best 18 holes from each course you'd have a good test and a beautiful one at that. Pretty much still the pinnacle of quality golf in the Palm Springs area in my view.