Tradition Golf Club was intended to be Palmer Course Design’s answer to the most opulent private courses in greater Palm Springs, such as No. 85 The Quarry at La Quinta and No. 196 Vintage Club (Mountain). Built on the old Hacienda del Gato Ranch, the front nine is routed over rolling desert and through a flood-control basin, while most of the back nine is tucked at the base of the rocky slopes of the Santa Rosa Mountains, with three holes (15th through 17th) curving around a 90-degree bend dubbed the “Coyote Canyon.” Almost every hole here has a distinguishing feature, from desert wash to serpentine waste bunker to double fairway to boulder landscaping to cascading waterfalls. The common overall theme are fields of wildflowers spread throughout the far roughs. During a 2005 Golf Digest Panelist Summit, Arnold Palmer explained he had those flowers planted to appeal to his first wife, Winnie, who loved flora much more than golf.
Second 100 Greatest: Ranked since 2019-'20.
2023-'24 ranking: 189th.
Previous ranking: 187th.
Highest ranking: No. 176, 2019-'20.
Best in State: Ranked inside the top 15, 2003-'05. Ranked inside the top 20, 2007-'09. Ranked 21st, 2017-'24.
2023-'24 ranking (and previous): 21st.