COURSE OF THE MONTH: Classic Club in Palm Desert, California

Few golf course names make as much sense as that of Classic Club in Palm Desert. The 7,322-yard course is classic in many ways – from its designer (Arnold Palmer), its 30 acres of water features, its 63,000-square-foot Tuscan Village-inspired clubhouse, its 14 stone bridges, its more than 5,000 pine, California pepper and olive trees, and its on-course restaurant, Bellatrix. The course, which hosted the PGA Tour’s annual Coachella Valley stop from 2006-2008, features a tantalizing blend of high-end service, immaculate conditioning and some of the finest scenery in Southern California. It is one of only eight Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuaries in the Coachella Valley, a testament to the fact that the course realizes its responsibility as an environmental steward. Yes, you’re in the middle of the desert, but the rolling fairways, lush vegetation, myriad water features and noticeable lack of palm trees make you feel like you’re on an old-school parklands course back east – until you notice the towering mountains that surround you on every hole. Visit

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