Only a true Player will know what amazes another player on the greens. This statement is made true and proven by Gary Player. Both great as a golf pro and as a golf course architect, he knows too well from both perspectives what makes a golf course an excellent one. And this is evident in his creations. One of them happens to be a signature golf trip favorite in golf nation Palm Springs California – The Player Course of the Westin Mission Hills Resort.
The Player Course is deemed the more player-friendly course on the facility, the other one in comparison being the Pete Dye signature in the resort. Gary Player’s signature is an 18-hole spectacle that stretches to over 7,000 yards from the longest tees that plays for a par of 72. This is Player’s first and only desert course creation. It is anything but ordinary. Player played well with the natural terrain and mixed it with some man-made features to make for an exciting layout. Golf vacations here are made of treading along ten water holes, palm trees and other native vegetation, and basking in the beauty of the golden desert surrounding.
But as it is, the Player Course is never just about the looks. It has enough grit for a kick in the gut, especially that the nines are both closed by water holes that require forced carries. But of course, Gary Player knew what he wanted to achieve in that, every round here will be just as satisfying for everyone – good game or bad. That’s the difference a true Player makes on a golf vacation destination.