Thunderbird CC Rumored to Offer Obama Honorary Membership

By | September 13, 2017

The Rancho Mirage, Calif., club has reportedly extended an honorary membership to former President Barack Obama, though The Desert Sun was unable to confirm the report and club officials would not comment. Officials at Thunderbird Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif., said they could not confirm or deny reports that the oldest 18-hole club in […]


New York Times Features Marrakesh CC As “Chic Again”

By | May 1, 2017

A Fashion & Style-section article highlighted how the Palm Desert, Calif., property, once known primarily for its 18-hole executive golf course, has become “a mecca for worshipers of high design”—and in particular architect John Elgin Woolf, who created Marrakesh’s pink-and-white villas and pool houses in his signature “Hollywood Regency” style that is now enjoying a resurgence in popularity. “The desert used to be driven by golf,” one Marrakesh resident told the Times. “Now the big engine of the economy [here] is style.”


Turf-Removal Rebates Continue Despite Official End of California’s Drought

By | April 17, 2017

As with previous offers, clubs and courses in the Palm Springs, Calif. region are being offered a new round of $15,000 rebates for each acre of irrigated turf that is removed, with a cap of seven acres. “It is not about being in an emergency or reacting to the emergency,” said a water-district official in explaining the program’s continuation.