By Lisa Morgan
Palm Desert Country Club has been around for 50 years. But if you haven’t been there within the last year, you really HAVEN’T been to the new Palm Desert Country Club. According to Sales and Marketing Director, Sean Haggerty, the new beauty of the place is all thanks to new owners, PD Golf Operations, who acquired the property in September 2011 and have invested in changes ever since. “The two courses and the 13,000-square-foot clubhouse opened in January of 2012, and are finally returning to the glory of the good old days. And don’t let the Country Club moniker fool you,” says Haggerty. “Even though we treat all of our guests like members of a private country club, we are completely open to the public, and are looking forward to a very exciting winter full of incredible golf, a new and improved clubhouse with fun and exciting events.”
The 170-acre Palm Desert Country Club, a 27-hole course, originally designed by Billy Bell Jr. in 1962, has been completely redesigned by architect Cary Bickler, who renovated both the 18 hole course and the 9 hole executive course, even adding new water hazards. “With the acquisition of a dream team of maintenance men and equipment, and more John Deere Tractors than I’ve seen since traveling through Kansas, it will be a great golf season,” said Haggerty. “David Zickau our Director of Golf, brings a wealth of knowledge and an abundance of enthusiasm to the club.”
The 18 hole course re-opens this Friday, November 2nd. The 9 hole executive course will close for over seeding to insure uninterrupted golf throughout the year. The rates are $69 from open to 11 am, $64 from 11am to 1pm, and $52 from 1pm to close. Prices include a golf cart. Custom tournament packages, perfect for fundraisers and groups are available with or without food provided, Snow Bird and monthly passes are also available and all can be inquired about in the golf shop.
The golf course isn’t the only part of the club that has been given a face lift. The clubhouse, re-named The Cactus Club, offers casual dining and a full bar. “Reggie Cox, our new Food & Beverage Manager, is no stranger to the Coachella Valley. He recently served as Food and Beverage Manager then ultimately as General Manager at Indian Palms Country Club. Reggie also has a diversified background with Velvet Turtle Restaurants and American Golf. Together with Chef Jay, a veteran of Hotel del Coronado and the D’Anza Country Club, they have created a tasty, and reasonably priced, array of fine American cuisine,” Haggerty stated.
Newly re-decorated, The Cactus Club has a warm but elegant feel. Large windows offer impressive views of the putting and chipping greens and the surrounding mountains and open up to a large patio, complete with a rock wall fountain, two fire pits and misters. It’s a wonderful place to enjoy the beauty of the San Jacinto Mountain range by day or the moon and stars by night. Live music abounds on that patio every Friday and Saturday night from 6 to 10pm. Quality bands like Kal David, Meltdown, The Arrangements, Reaction, The Muddy Sparks Trio, and many more have proven to delight their listeners and get people up, out of their chairs and dancing.
The Cactus Club has also become a popular place to watch Monday Night Football with 6 large, flat-screen televisions and fun games and prizes. All of these things, combined with a truly warm and welcoming staff, who are anxious to please, tends to make one feel like they are simply enjoying a great time in a good friend’s fabulous home.
For more information, you can follow them on Facebook (Palm Desert Country Club), or on Twitter (@PDCactusClub). Visit their website at www.palmdesertgolf.com, or just give them a call at (760) 345-0222. They will be happy to keep you up to date on all of the fun and exciting things happening at the very public Palm Desert Country Club.