The Best Palm Springs Country Clubs: From Rancho Mirage to Palm Desert

May 17, 2023 Valerie Roca

In Greater Palm Springs, country clubs can offer the ultimate golf course lifestyle – but how do you find a country club membership that’s right for you? Country clubs in Rancho Mirage, for example, will have a different feel than country clubs in Palm Springs, but how? Amenities? Fees? Is that all there is to compare?

Not at all! Knowing more about each city will help you narrow down your list of top country clubs. From Rancho Mirage to Palm Desert, this list of Greater Palm Springs country clubs showcases the best country club memberships all across the Coachella Valley.  



Palm Desert Country Clubs

Incorporated in 1973, Palm Desert is located in the center of Coachella Valley. Country clubs in Palm Desert are in close proximity to a wide variety of high-end shopping, art exhibits, museums, The Living Desert Zoo, and cultural events such as the Desert ARC Italian Festival. These are just a few of the many fun things to do in Palm Desert that make it one of the most desirable locations in the valley. This is reflected in the higher cost of many Palm Desert country clubs and homes for sale.

Palm Desert country clubs:

  • Avondale Country Club
  • Bighorn Country Club
  • Indian Ridge
  • Ironwood Country Club
  • The Lakes Country Club
  • Marrakesh Country Club
  • Monterey Country Club
  • Palm Valley Country Club
  • Stone Eagle Golf Club


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Palm Springs Country Clubs

By the time of its official founding in 1938, Palm Springs was already a celebrity hotspot. Just 107 miles from Los Angeles, it draws visitors looking for a break from the big city, but still has an active nightlife defined by its swanky, “Rat Pack” vibe. With a newly-rebuilt downtown area and stylish, mid-century modern architecture, there is much to enjoy, but compared to other cities in the valley, there are few country clubs in the city of Palm Springs.

Palm Springs country clubs:

Bermuda Dunes



Indian Wells Country Clubs

Long before its founding in 1967, Indian Wells was a water hole used by the Cahuilla and other Native Americans. Despite a small population of 5,370, the area draws huge crowds. Indian Wells is best known for Tennis Gardens—home of the second largest outdoor tennis stadium in the world—as well as prominent PGA Tournaments. Indian Wells country clubs range from exclusive private golf course communities to semi-public resort options.

Indian Wells country clubs:     

  • Desert Horizons
  • El Dorado Country Club
  • The Reserve Club
  • Toscana Country Club
  • The Vintage Club


La Quinta Country Clubs

Founded in 1968, La Quinta sits between Indian Wells and Indio, and has a population of more than 40,000. La Quinta derives its name from the famous La Quinta Resort, established in 1926 and is a top golf destination in the U.S., with more than 20 golf courses and numerous major tournaments hosted. Private country club memberships in La Quinta typically come at a premium, along with higher prices of homes for sale.   

La Quinta country clubs: 

  • Hideaway Golf Club
  • The Citrus Club
  • La Quinta Country Club
  • The Madison Golf Club
  • Mountain View Country Club
  • Palms Golf Club
  • PGA West
  • Rancho La Quinta
  • The Quarry Country Club
  • The Tradition Golf Club

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Rancho Mirage Country Clubs

Founded in 1973, Rancho Mirage has a long history of wooing American icons like Frank Sinatra, and is nicknamed “Playground of the Presidents” for its popularity with the likes of Dwight D. Eisenhower, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, and Ronald Reagan, to name a few. With a low population of 18,100 and one of the highest incomes per-capita in all of Coachella Valley, Rancho Mirage country clubs offer a luxury, yet traditional, club experience. A premier golf destination, Rancho Mirage has been home to many LPGA tournaments. With its central location in the Coachella Valley, Rancho Mirage living is convenient to shopping, dining, entertainment, and many other activities throughout the Greater Palm Springs area.

Rancho Mirage country clubs: 

  • Mission Hills
  • Morningside Country Club
  • Desert Island
  • The Springs
  • Tamarisk Country Club
  • Thunderbird Country Club


There’s More to Know About Golf Course Homes in Coachella Valley 

Learning about the different cities in the Greater Palm Springs area is the first step to finding the perfect country club for you. The next step is to explore private country clubs in the Coachella Valley and consider the amenities, types of memberships, social offerings and homes for sale. The Springs Membership Discovery Guide is a great place to start, with information about Rancho Mirage and the Palm Springs area, club amenities, membership details, and essential questions to ask every club on your list.




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