Like a true oasis in the middle of the desert, the Golf Club at Terra-Lago in Palm Springs is a refreshing break from the vast California desert. The 36-hole golf vacation facility has everything a golfer would want from a resort. And just as it breaks the monotony of the sandy bareness, it also breaks the tradition of so-so golfing experience in California. The North Course is a perfect breather for the usual uptight, difficult golf layouts. Here’s why.
The North Course of the Golf Club at Terra-Lago is a wonderful confusion of desert ruggedness and Southern finesse. The very distinct front and back nines will each bring a different feel; even more so, playing from any of the four sets of tees on course will likely bring a new experience every time. The golf vacation destination is a collaboration project between Lee Schmidt and Bryan Curley, and measures just a little over 7,000 yards from the back tees.
Whilst the surrounding environment of the course is every inch of a desert paradise, with sweeping views of the overshadowing Indio mountain, the front nine is surprisingly a rolling terrain reminiscent of prairie courses. There are also three sparkling lakes that grace the nine with their majestic presence – and this presence is more than just seen, it is felt. Shot accuracy and technique will get golfers through. The back nine needs a strong finish to match an equally strong surface of risk-reward shots. There is no room for carelessness, but there is room for a lot of fun. This magical contrast undeniably present in many aspects of the course are bound by the common goal of bringing golf trips as beautiful as it is fun to play. The North Course is, ironically, a truly refreshing trip to the desert.