Westin Mission Hills Golf Club – Gary Player Course
70-705 Ramon Road
Rancho Mirage, CA
The Gary Player Signature Course opened for play in October 1991. The course is a par 72 and is designed to preserve and enhance the natural beauty of the desert. Tees and greens are integrated into the existing desert landscape of sand dunes and ravines.
Also called the “North Course,” it was voted one of the Top Ten New Resort Courses for 1992 by Golf Magazine and Golf Digest.
GOLF Magazine praises this remarkable course as being “difficult, well-designed and joyful” and adds that it “may be the best golf course in the Palm Springs area.”
The only Gary Player course in the Palm Springs area, it plays to 7,062 yards at a par 72. The course is renowned for its environmentally careful integration with the desert landscape. The course features 20 acres of lakes, four waterfalls and beautiful landscaping.
Player’s design makes extensive use of water, with lakes coming into play on 10 holes. On the par-5 11th, water is reachable on all three shots before reaching the green. Three of the course’s par-4s — the fifth, eighth and 12th — all feature water in some way.
The 11th is the toughest of the par-5s, though a golfer must also be careful on the third hole — which also has a lake in the fairway — and the 17th, with a lake near the green.
Both nines end with demanding par-4s with water. The 18th requires a good drive over a lake to a fairway that doglegs to the right.
“The harder you work, the luckier you get.” -GARY PLAYER
Take the Date Palm Drive/Cathedral City exit south off Interstate 10 (I-10) and drive three miles to Dinah Shore Drive. Turn left and drive 1.5 miles to the club. Dinah Shore and Bob Hope Drive.