Review: The Players Course at Indian Wells

As seen on by Jeff Leyland & GuysOnGolf


Free Martini’s if you play fast in Palm Springs!



Palm Springs is the perfect spot for many reasons: shopping, pool parties, sunshine, fabulous service and an abundance of golf courses. No wonder thousands of Vancouverites head down to the Desert each year to escape the rain and find their happy place. Many spend extended periods of time in PS year after year, earning them the nickname ‘Snowbirds’ to our friends down south.

Recently, Guys on Golf made their first visit to PS to attend a friend’s wedding and mixed in a little morning golf at Indian Wells Golf Resort. Between the stunning views, top-notch service and immaculate greens it is a truly special experience no matter your playing level.


There are two courses at the Resort; The Celebrity Course which is a park like resort setting with lots of colourful plants and flowers and tight tee shots, rolling play and water holes. Our group elected to play The Players Course and we still had our hands full.

“The Players Course is tough but fair. It is a links inspired rolling terrain with tightly mowed fairways and greens,” says Head Golf Professional Tom Burley. “It allows you to hit all the clubs in your bag. It is a shot maker’s course and good ball striking is rewarded. The sandy base for the grass allows for perfect drainage and makes for flawless playing conditions and putting surfaces.”

With seven different tee boxes to choose from, we went with the easiest and kept par 3’s reasonable between 124-164 yards. While we enjoyed perfect weather conditions during our early morning round, our biggest problem was figuring out why our shots were flying way over the greens by about 10 yards. Was it all that time in the gym or maybe the new sticks? Neither. Once we realized the air was thinner, being above sea level, we made the necessary adjustments and went with less club on our approach shots resulting in more bogey’s and less triples.


Unlike other golf experiences where things can be strict, the staff at Indian Wells Golf Resort went out of its way more than once to make sure we were having fun and had everything we needed. Maybe it was the fact that I was wearing my retro Vancouver Canadians cap, but it seemed like they treated every guest that way. In fact, they actually have an incentive for fast play and offer a round of Grey Goose Martini’s to any group who finishes in 4 hours and 20 minutes or less. What a concept!

“The service at Indian Wells is second to none. From the time you arrive you are treated like a member of the facility,” says Burley. “Every staff member aims to make your day of golf the best possible. The staff embraces a culture of hospitality like no other. This is one place where the associates do care about the product they are presenting.”


Whether you bring your own clubs, send them by Fed Ex or go with their rentals, make sure you book ahead of time for a chance to grab a great tee time and don’t’ forget to bring your sun hat. Play alertly and those smooth-tasting martinis will be waiting for you.

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Pagoda Ridge – Best New Course in British Columbia


Right from the first tee, we here at Guys On Golf had a good feeling about Pagoda Ridge. By the time we finished 18, we were already planning our next round and getting another crack at it…which is a good problem for a new golf course to have. It is a fun, yet challenging PGA style course with wide fairways and bent grass greens and opened in August of 2012.

It is located just off the 264th street exit on the #1 Highway in Langley. Click here for directions

“Pagoda Ridge is a true players course with thoughtful greens and distinct vision, crafted by the passion of one family’s dream” explains Matthew Orr of Guys On Golf.

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When they say come “Golf the Wall” they really mean it with this one of a kind brick replica of the Great Wall of China on the 14th hole that you actually drive over, adding to your already memorable experience.


Some impressive numbers for their first Summer, including selling more than 20,000 rounds – the family run course was thrilled with their start.

“We really love the feedback we’ve gotten from everyone and we can’t wait to open up for our first full season on February 15th” said General Manager, Larry Brown.

Larry, along with brothers Lenny, Lloyd and sister Tammy Stamnes helped put this family dream in motion after their father Lyall had the vision and the land for such a unique Asian inspired theme.


With a new Pro Shop and BBQ area under construction, they are ready to host a number of tournaments and events in 2013, including the Vancouver Golf Tour at the end of September.

Pagoda Ridge opens for the season on February 15th, but you can already start to book your tee times here

Full Review

(All scores are ranked from 1 to 5 “beers”)

Course Conditions:

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(Great new greens with true roll and the right mix of trees and trimmed rough)

Value for cost:

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(Unlike other courses that gouge you with green fees, they charge $45 during the week & $55 on weekends)

Beer Rules/Cart Staff:

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(We grabbed beers at the turn and only saw the cart girl once on the 15th)

Drinking Water on Course:

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(No safe drinking water on the course. Bring your own bottle or pick up some at the clubhouse before)

Pace of Play:

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(Pace of play was perfect and the course is well spaced out)

Difficulty Rating:

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(A challenging mix of holes and a few doglegs. Lots of tees to choose from depending on how hard you want to make it)

Staff and Service:

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(Great people with great attitudes and huge love for all golfers)

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