The Vintage Club proved to be the last collaboration between former tour golfer-turned-architect George Fazio and his young nephew, Tom. But while George was heavily involved in promoting this exclusive Palm Springs area club to prospective members, Tom was sweating the details out on the construction site. The opulent course was built for $6 million, considered an outrageous amount at that time, but Tom explained that sum was necessary in order to “create an environment where none existed,” a phrase he would repeat later in the decade when constructing No. 27 Shadow Creek in Las Vegas. Tom spent $1.5-million building just The Vintage’s 16th and 17th holes, including three cascading waterfalls at $175,000 apiece. It was money well spent.
100 Greatest: Ranked for six years from 1987-'92. Highest ranking: No. 89, 1991-'92.
Second 100 Greatest: Ranked 190th, 2019-'20. Ranked 196th, 2021-'22.
Best in State: Ranked inside the top 10, 1987-'89. Ranked inside the top 15, 1991-2001. Ranked inside the top 20, 2003-'05. Ranked 24th, 2017-'22. Ranked 25th, 2013-'14. Ranked 26th, 2011-'12. Ranked 27th, 2015-'16. Ranked inside the top 30, 2007.