When the Indian Canyons Golf Resort opened in 1961, it soon became a gathering place for exclusive Hollywood big names and high profile guests. Bob Hope and Jack Benny often came here for the fairways because this was the only 18-hole course in Palm Springs. And Walt Disney donated the club’s copper fountain that sits between the 9th and 18th holes. It is lit at night and shoots streams of water from a large copper lily pad.
Regular celebrities included Sammy Davis Jr., Johnny Carson, Jackie Gleason, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, and Milton Berle. And the politicians were not to be left out with the likes of Spiro Agnew, Gerald Ford, Lyndon B. Johnson, and Ronald Reagan. There was even a presidential red phone in case of a national emergency.
The Agua Caliente Band Of Cahuilla Indians Tribe manages and owns this resort. The golf course was built on 550 acres of tribal property. William F. Bell, son of William P. Bell, a famous course architect, designed the North Course. This par-72 course has 6,942 yards overlooking mountain scenery and mid century modern homes. Disney himself originally owned many of these houses.
The South Course was remodeled by Casey O’Callahan with assistance from Amy Alcott of LPGA fame. The 6,582-yard layout is home to 500 Washingtonia Filifera which is an adored tree of the Indian tribe. The course also has 859 palm trees and four ponds.
Homes around this course reflect the popular mid-century modernist architectural style and have many amenities such as fireplaces, soaring ceilings, stainless steel appliances, wet bars, surround sound, and gourmet kitchens. The Palm Springs Unified School District provides facilities like Cahuilla Elementary, Raymond Cree Middle School, and Palm Springs High School.
The Indian Canyons Golf Resort was once considered a happy secret but today it’s in the center of activity for Palm Springs. Just ten minutes from downtown, the resort has access to fine dining, upscale shopping, and outdoor activities.
980 East Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262-0119
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