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GK Guru Round Up: Indian Wells Golf Resort CELEBRITY Indian Wells California

Indian Wells Golf Resort (CELEBRITY) Indian Wells California - Hole 3 Approach

Indian Wells Golf Resort (Celebrity)

GK Guru Round Up and Golf Course Review

Reviewed by: UNCLEDDBOY23, Peoria, Arizona


Golf Playing Conditions 8.30 GREAT
Golf Playing Conditions 8.30 GREAT

The Celebrity Course at Indian Wells Golf Resort is a stunning combination of beauty and strategy. Most of the holes are oriented east/west on the front nine and north/south on the back nine … this allows the golfer to take full advantage of the scenic views of the San Jacinto, Santa Rosa and San Bernardino mountain ranges. Finally, Eisenhower Mountain stands tall to the south of the resort. Clive Clark (the course architect) was able to craft a course that takes advantage of these views and added scenic water features and areas of wildflowers.

The Celebrity Course is one of two courses at the Indian Wells Golf Resort … with the Players Course being the other half of the 36 holes at the resort. The resort over-seeded the Celebrity Course wall to wall, while the Players Course was primarily over-seeded to represent a desert course. It is a nice contrast for the resort guest.

Was very fortunate to play with Brian, Nick and George on a beautiful morning in the Coachella Valley. Temperature was about 55 degrees and not a cloud in the sky for our 7:20 am tee time. The 4 of us had a lot of fun playing together and we enjoyed each others company.


This is the 5th time that I have played at Indian Wells Golf Resort and it is still one of my favorite clubhouses. Great idea by taking the coffee bar away and doing a food truck outside … it allows for a much quicker turn around for the back nine. The pro shop is huge, well stocked and is merchandised very well. All of the players assistants (inside and outside) were very friendly.


As always, the Celebrity Course was in great shape. The fairways were in very nice shape and the rough was about an inch deep and was very dense. The greens looked very fast and were in great shape, but they were definitely not as fast as they normally are. My only negative comment was the amount of pitch marks on the greens on the front nine … the back nine greens were in much better shape with regard to that. Very sad to see that the golfers in general can’t repair their ball marks. I was not in a bunker, but the sand looked very good.

Final Thoughts:

I want to thank John for a tremendous morning at the Celebrity Course. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate all of your efforts in working with these different courses so that we have the opportunity to play courses that so many people read about in all of the golf publications. You make it a reality for all of us in the GK community. Thank you again John!!