The improvements to the PGA West course include replacing existing TifDwarf bermudagrass with TifEagle bermudagrass on all greens and restoring the greens back to Arnold Palmer’s original design, allowing for more hole locations. “The course has an amazing design, and the improvements we made last year will make it even better and more enjoyable for our PGA WEST® members,” says Palmer Private Course Executive Director Ben Dobbs.
Extensive renovations were recently made to The Palmer Private Course at PGA WEST® in La Quinta, Calif.
Brandon Johnson, a long-time senior architect for Arnold Palmer Design Company, oversaw the project, which is part of ownership’s effort to enhance the overall playing experience and restore the course to its original splendor.
The Palmer Private Course is one of four private courses on the property.
PGA WEST® is in the process of upgrading all nine of its renowned courses, representing some of the top golf course architects in the world including Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Greg Norman, Tom Weiskopf and Pete Dye. The specific enhancements to the Palmer Private Course were:
- Replaced existing TifDwarf bermudagrass with TifEagle bermudagrass on all greens;
- Restored the greens back to Palmer’s original design, allowing for more hole locations;
- Reshaped greenside bunkers, added new greenside bunkers, and added sand to all bunkers; and
- Renovated green surroundings and irrigation needs on holes No. 14-17 to make them more playable and aesthetically pleasing.
“Our Palmer Private Course has a rich history of hosting professionals and celebrities as well as being a member favorite,” said Executive Director Ben Dobbs. “The Course has an amazing design, and the improvements we made last year will make it even better and more enjoyable for our PGA WEST® members.”
Also recently renovated is the Greg Norman Course, the only one of its kind in the Coachella Valley, which re-opened this past season following its own extensive makeover.