Floodwaters cutting across 17th fairway of the Legend Course at Tahquitz Creek Golf Resort (photo by Larry Bohannan/The Desert Sun). A record Valentine Day’s rainfall of 3.69 inches in Palm Springs left a trail of debris and eroded landscapes, as washes and channels designed to handle the Coachella Valley’s infrequent downpours were overrun. Brandon Alexander…
Starting October 18, the property will host “Shots in the Night” for families, small groups, corporate outings or guests. The after-dark experience, held on Thursdays through Saturdays from sundown until 10 p.m., will feature Glow Golf, NextLinks Putting Green Games, food trucks, and more. Indian Wells (Calif.) Golf Resort will unveil a new after-dark golf…
Tents and pavilions house opportunities for clubs and resorts to expand their amenities and business profiles.
Updates to the 5,600-sq. ft. event space include a new 800-sq. ft. Pavilion Suite, a 25,000-sq. ft. Event Lawn, expanded patio, vestibule, 22 date palm trees wrapped in LED lights, and pull-down screens to cut back on glare. Indian Wells (Calif.) Golf Resort recently completed a renovation and expansion project on its 5,600-sq. ft. Event…
The golf school has partnered with the resort to improve students’ swings, with classes slated to begin November 3 and continuing through May 16. Through the program, a typical day includes three hours on the practice range, lunch in the clubhouse, another hour on the practice range, and six holes of on-course instruction. Indian Wells…
The petition, started by resident Steve Howell, urges the city to increase resident golf fees at the resort from $35 per round to $50. The resort’s operating deficit could hit $5 million over the next five years, with the city subsidizing it at more than $1 million per year out of its general fund.
The city council voted to spend up to $70,000 on new software and a study exploring the possibility of bringing TopGolf to the facility, which faces an operating deficit that could exceed $422,000 this year. The council noted that the property’s two 18-hole golf courses are making money, but the recently renovated clubhouse and dining venues are eating the profits.
The city council is asking Troon, which manages the 36-hole, city-owned resort, to prepare a five-year strategic plan to increase revenue and make the property self-sufficient. The council suggested keeping resident fees where they are, but raising non-resident fees to make up for stagnation in golf rounds.
A “tornado-like” system ripped through the property’s two 18-hole golf courses in July, bringing down large trees, damaging bunkers, and uprooting irrigation pipes. Both golf courses are now open, though storm cleanup is ongoing and the cost is still being tallied, with the bunkers alone estimated at $1.5 million.
A tent upgrade has revitalized event business at Basking Ridge Country Club by providing a new venue for outdoor gatherings.
To build on new awareness and momentum created by the USGA’s “While We’re Young” campaign, more clubs and courses are devising player-friendly solutions to help support the need for a faster pace of play.
Craft cocktails, specialty glassware and seasonal garnishes are helping these two properties further distinguish their drink menus—and themselves.
The publicly funded tent facility will offer a finished floor, large windows and climate-controlled environment, measuring 5,700 sq. ft. The city collected $6.3 million in the 2012-13 fiscal year from taxes levied against stays in hotels and vacation rentals, making the project an addition to the city’s robust tourism arsenal.
The Indian Wells City Council tasked Troon, which has managed the course for three years, with creating a five-year strategic plan to put the resort back in the black. The council voted to approve the plan, which includes a $2.25 million loan from the city, with $1.5 million allocated for a new banquet structure, $500,000 for the IW Club, $125,000 for the café and $125,000 toward a marketing re-launch campaign.
Indian Wells Golf Resort has new leadership with plans to offer a different experience to residents and guests just in time for the desert’s peak season.