Welcome to the Indian Wells Resort in Palm Desert. We wanted to feel like celebrities, so we got a scenic room at the wonderful Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa for the weekend. This is a 4-star resort that has 560 guestrooms, 3 restaurants, a full-service spa, and an outdoor pool. It also has access to two premiere golf courses at Indian Wells Golf Resort: the Celebrity course and the Players course.
My son and I got a chance to play a round on the celebrity course on this trip. There is lot to talk about and so many great pictures to show, so hop in the cart and hang on my son is driving…
There were high expectations when the Clive Clark’s Celebrity Course reopened in November 2006 to rave reviews and it was definitely to be expected. Clark, a professional Golfer, golf course architect, and sports commentator is responsible for this masterpiece course design at Indian Wells and many others.
In addition to spectacular mountain views, the Par-72 Celebrity Course features clear and open and highly manicured fairways, naturally beautiful streams, brooks, and small lakes. There are even a few waterfalls with flowers of all colors.They are groomed to perfection and with great detail.
With it’s two par 5s and two par 4s, which still adds up to a par 72 over 7,050 yards, it’s big and open and the sand traps which are many and filled with that ultra fine sand, so well taken care of it looks like a photograph in every direction. The course hosted the LG Skins Game in 2007 and 2008 because of it’s unmatched beauty and the difficulty of the course. it’s a hard one.
From the moment you step on the course you feel special and privileged to play. The Celebrity Course offers a premiere golf experience and I guarantee whenever you travel to Palm Desert or Indian Wells and think about where to play, you well revere this course as a little secret and special experience.
When you are searching for the pin and you tee up, it’s easy to get distracted by the beauty of the palm trees in the distance and the mountains that look like there are 500 feet away. Beyond the distant scenery, the course itself is gorgeous. Bring your camera as you will want to capture the beauty.
A bit about the course designer: Clive Clark has worked as a commentator for the BBC and CBS, and as a golfer and golf course architect, often alongside fellow BBC golf analyst Peter Alliss. Clark has his golf course design company in Palm Desert, California and now resides in nearby La Quinta.
His designs include Lake Winnipesaukee, Belgrade Lakes, and of course the fabulous Indian Wells Resort in the Palm Desert California but also has created The Hideaway, and Alcaidesa just outside Sotogrande, Spain.
Photos by Todd Meisler
Clive Clark’s Celebrity Golf Course Indian Wells
Traveling To Indian Wells Soon? Here are a few tips:
How to get there: Indian Wells is a 2-hour drive from Los Angeles and a 2.5 hour drive from San Diego. If you are coming from out of state, the two closes airports are Palm Springs International Airport and Ontario International Airport.
Where to stay: Indian Wells offers many resort hotels, but our favorite is Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa. The resort has a great pool and is next door to the Indian Wells Golf Courses. I suggest checking HotelsCombined for the best Indian Wells hotel rates.
What to pack: The temperatures each season vary greatly, but even in winter it can be hot. Summers days tend to warm up quickly and stay hot. Winter temperatures are much more mild and warm up nicely during the day, but you might find early morning and evening can be cool. I was very happy I brought along a light rain jacket (you will get the occasional rain shower). I also always pack and extra golf glove, golf tees, and in my golf bag. Don’t forget a good pair of golf shoes (I like the Adidas Climacool Spikeless) and my latest favorite golf gadget is the Golf Rangefinder Binoculars that locks on to the flag automatically and measures the distant in just a second.
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While I was an invited guests of Renaissance Indian Wells Resort and Indian Wells Golf Resort, this is a totally independent and honest review based on my experience.
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Todd Meisler was born and raised on Long Island, New York and moved to California in the seventies. Todd Meisler currently resides in San Diego, CA where he is consulting and operating a web development agency called ZD Design Agency. He spent the early part of his life exposed to big band and concert music through his father, who was a drummer turned bandleader during those years. As an early teen Todd began his journey to art and photography, working in the dark room and painting in watercolor. In his teen years Todd was primarily a musician playing the Hollywood club circuit trying to pass for 18 in local clubs. As time went on Todd continuesto play drums and sing lead vocals in several bands by night, and by day stays busy shooting photography for magazines and online publications and running the agency.
In 1986, Todd was asked to join forces at New Riders Publishing, a Que/MacMillan Publishing group as Art Director. Todd then moved on to work at several prominent digital output centers in Los Angeles. In 1996 Todd launched PC Bureau, Inc., a Windows based service center for film and printing. While running this operation Todd continued working in the digital realm and embarked on numerous photographic adventures. Over the past 3 years Todd has worked at combining photography and painting, reproducing prints in his studio. Having his own production studio enables Todd to have total control over the final product. He is looking forward to teaching art one day and will continue making waves wherever there is still water. He enjoys outdoors and traveling and currently playing drums with Levi Chen and Liquid Gardens. Todd continues to pursue new art techniques and to find his voice in the art world. With the birth of a new company called ZD design, Todd is offering web, SEO, SEM, SMM and marketing services.