Resident Feature

The Norman Course

at PGA West

With 124 golf courses, Coachella Valley is a 40 mile desert valley in Southern California bounded on the west by the Santa Rosa Mountains. The village of La Quinta includes PGA West, a semi-private golf club. The newest course, PGA West Norman course is the only Greg Norman-designed course in the Coachella Valley. 

Five Public Access courses 

Five public golf courses are available for guests of the PGA West complex. Three PGA courses – Norman, Nicklaus Tournament and Stadium course. Two courses, the Mountain Course and the Dunes Course, next to the resort complex also provide public guest tee times. Members of PGA West have access to four additional private courses. 

PGA West Norman Course 

Entering from Madison Avenue, which separates the Stadium course, you’ll see a compact modern clubhouse with a lush practice range and an ample short game area. Less notable than the other PGA West courses, hence less busy, it’s a superb addition. 

A compact design with only sixty acres of fairway, Norman crafted a playable yet challenging course. Imagine punchbowl fairways that deflect balls toward the middle correcting an offline shot. Larger errant shots may bounce the other direction. With limited land, the fairways are narrower and large firm sandy waste areas replace rough. 

They shape eighteen acres of water into play on nine holes. Repeatedly, you encounter shots over water. You’ll need precision and courage. 

Sharp colors are everywhere. Contrasts between sandy browns waste areas, multi-colored wildflowers, brown wispy grasses, white crushed marble bunkers, lush green fairways (and greens), and blue water create a gleaming palette. I don’t think I’ve ever experienced vibrant colors so consistent throughout the layout. 

We share scenic mountain vistas of the Santa Rosa Mountains with the other La Quinta courses. The color and mountain combination are dazzling. 

The golf is fair and fun. Try the PGA West Norman course as a respite from the grueling tracks of the other two PGA West public courses. 

If You Go: 

Course Info – PGA West is a semi-private club with three public golf courses, Norman, Nicklaus Tournament and Stadium and three private courses, Nicklaus Private, Weiskopf and Palmer. Its sister property La Quinta Resort & Club has two public courses – Mountain and Dunes and one private course – Citrus. 

Location – One hundred and thirty miles east of Los Angeles and twenty minutes from the Palm Springs airport. 

Lodging – La Quinta Resort and Club is a Waldorf Astoria property. PGA West has condos and homes for rent throughout the complex. 

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