Tahquitz Creek in Palm Springs, like the Indian Wells Golf Resort and the Cimarron Resort, takes advantage of the big wash that is its namesake. The course suffered lots of damage in the torrential August rains in 2013 that wiped out fairways and more. The course was in excellent shape—as you would expect—with rough that was higher than is probably normal as the superintendent was letting grass grow in more before starting to mow it when we played there in November 2015.

View of San Jacinto Mountains

View of San Jacinto Mountains

The views, once you lift your eyes above the houses that surround much of the course, are the stunning San Jacinto Range (they had some snow after the Thursday/Friday cold front came through). The clubhouse was remodeled in 2012 and the course now offers a buffet for breakfast and lunch (until 3 pm) with a paid round. The grill has other options, but when we played, the free buffet featured pork riblets, chicken breasts in barbeque sauce, green beans, rice and an ample salad bar. There also is a breakfast buffet and the package includes a draft beer or a glass of wine.

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