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The Historic Indian Canyons Golf Resort
by: Mitchell Sussman

A regular stop on my annual Mecca to the "golf capital" of the world, is the Indian Canyons Resort in Palm Springs, California.

Back in the day when Frank Sinatra and the "Rat Pack" were regulars in the desert paradise known as Palm Springs, one of the first very posh and private courses was then known as the Canyon Country Club. A very exclusive private club that was the first home of the Frank Sinatra celebrity golf tournament, this location has seen the likes of Sinatra, Martin, Disney and Eisenhower.

When the economy tanked and exclusive golf memberships were one of the first luxuries to be sacrificed by the formerly rich and famous, the once members only Canyon Country Club was opened to the public.

Now considered, semi - private and on Indian land in the heart of Palm Springs this 36 - hole resort is nestled at the base of the San Jacinto Mountains in what locals like to call a "wind free" zone.

The facility offers two very distinctively 18 - hole golf courses.

The first of two courses is the South Course. It is an 18-hole championship course that was redesigned by Casey O'Callaghan in 2004 along with consultant and LPGA Hall of Fame member Amy Alcott. It is a par 72 that consists of 6,582 yards with four lakes that each come into play on six of the holes. My favorite holes of this course are the par five holes. All told there are five of them on the South Course and they are bounded by water, palm tree and desert cactus, flora and fauna.

Like the South Course the North Course is an 18 - hole championship course. It is a par 72 that consists of 6,943 yards. Designed by well-known architect, William P. Bell, it is steeped deep in tradition.

The North Course provides six challenging water hazards with the largest located between the 9th and 18th hole. The beauty of the North Course is the way it meanders through Palm Springs' stylish 'Canyon Country Club region with its architecturally significant mid-century modern homes.

The North Course is the original members only Canyon Country Club course and it has a clubhouse that has black and white photos of some the most famous personages every to play golf in Palm Springs.

When you are done with a day of golf, the clubhouse is a great place to sit, relax and talk golf with your friends or simply take in the beauty and serenity of the snow - capped mountains.

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Mitchell Sussman is a television producer and writer, having produced adventure travel programs for Travel Channel, PBS, ESPN, Fox Sports Net and many others. He is also a contributing author to the web site a website devoted to the best values on the web for your next Palm Springs vacation, including hotels, golf, restaurants, attractions and events.
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