A Nicklaus design, this course is a real gem. We were slotted in at 9:30 this morning for $19 including cart and a small ice chest.
As we walked in from the parking lot (all of about 50 feet) a young man assigned to the entrance loaded our bags onto a cart for us. He directed us to the clubhouse where the employees were very friendly and helpful. This place even does the little things like providing towels for each player, too.
Included in the green fees are both a practice tee area (hitting into a net) for warming up and a practice green for chipping practice, both stocked with a generous supply of balls. The starter asked a few questions about the state of each player's game, then suggested the proper color tees to use in order to get the most enjoyment out of the course and still maintain a good pace of play. Very helpful. Even being a Saturday and a popular course we played 18 holes in about 3 1/2 hours.
The course itself is quite long and fair, with a large dose of risk/reward shots that make it very interesting. Fairways are wide with a large number of fairway bunkers, some waste areas and some beautiful water designs, making the course very scenic and challenging. Bunkers are excellent with a lot of deep, soft pure sand. The course is in great shape (the greens were aerated three weeks ago). The greens were fairly soft, held incoming shots and rolled true.
Plenty of water is provided around the course. The restrooms around the course and locker rooms are spotless.
The restaurant/bar is a destination in itself, a very nice place to go for an excellent meal or drink even if you're not playing golf.
There is good reason this course is ranked #6 among California's public courses as ranked by PGATour.com. This course is a "must play" if you are in the Palm Springs area and at $19 during the summer months it must be one of the best bargains in the state, too.