Stone Eagle Golf Club

Palm Desert, CA Private

Overview

Stone Eagle is the most remarkable course in the golf-heavy Palm Springs market. It sits atop a rocky plateau, a thousand feet above the Coachella Valley but still thousands of feet below the peaks of the adjacent Santa Rosa Mountains. When Tom Doak first walked the site, he said, “I thought this must be what the surface of Mars looks like: rocky, rugged and red.” Given the luxury of routing an 18 without any homesites, Doak did his lay-of-the-land best to create a faux links high above the desert floor by tucking fairways into creases of the land and positioning shots to play over low ridges into bold greens that mimic the rugged topography. At Stone Eagle, Doak used hillsides of rocks and boulders the way Old Country architects used sand dunes. The only difference: sand is soft, rock is not.

About

Holes 18
Facility Type Private
Designer Tom Doak

Awards

100 Greatest the Second 100
Best Courses in Every State

Ranking history:

Second 100 Greatest: Ranked from 2013-'16 and 2019-'22.
2023-'24 ranking: 122nd.
Previous ranking: 125th.
Highest ranking: No. 111, 2019-'20.

Best in State: Ranked 14th, 2017-'18. Ranked 16th, 2019-'24. Ranked 17th, 2021-'22. Ranked 20th, 2015-'16. Ranked 23rd, 2011-'14. Ranked inside the top 25, 2007-'10.
2023-'24 ranking: 16th.
Previous ranking: 17th.

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Ratings from our panel of 1,900 course-ranking panelists

4.4

100 GREATEST/BEST IN STATE SCORES

Shot Options
7.3679
Character
7.4388
Challenge
7.3227
Layout Variety
7.3895
Fun
7.379
Aesthetics
7.7138
Conditioning
7.6999

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