Arnold Palmer Private at PGA WEST (Host Course)
The Arnold Palmer Private Course, designed by the master himself, was the second of six courses to be added to the magnificent 2,200-acre PGA WEST Club and Resort development, otherwise known as the “Western Home of Golf in America®”. The Palmer Private is the second PGA WEST course to be added to the Humana Challenge in 1988 (PGA WEST’s TPC Stadium Course was used in 1987). In addition, The Palmer Private is one of a small handful of courses in the world to receive the honor of being named as a Certified Audubon International Cooperative Sanctuary.
With four finishing holes (14-17) artfully sculpted along
the rugged Santa Rosa Mountains, Hall of Famer Arnold Palmer has designed a
truly tournament-worthy course, incorporating four lakes and a formidable,
in-play canal. This scenic, 6,950-yard, par 72 course has hosted the Humana Challenge for over two decades.
Jack Nicklaus Private at PGA WEST
The Jack Nicklaus Private Course, designed by ‘The Golden Bear’ is the third course at PGA WEST to host the Humana Challenge and has been a part of the tournament’s history since 2009. Also a Certified Audubon International Cooperative Sanctuary, at 6,951 yards long, the Nicklaus Private has the highest rating (74.3) and slope (146) of the three Private Courses at PGA WEST.
Initially, Nicklaus was commissioned to design this course to host the 1991 Ryder Cup. With International television coverage gaining prominence, the event was moved to the East Coast to Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course. Nicklaus deemed this incredibly scenic and unique layout one of his Signature Courses.
La Quinta Country Club
La Quinta Country Club was established in 1959 and for fifty years has been known to the world’s golfing community as the “Jewel of the Desert.” It was on their rolling tree-lined fairways where the late President Dwight Eisenhower first became devoted to golf in the desert. Even today, professionals and amateurs alike consider this course, designed by Frank and Lawrence Hughes, one of the finest; its greens among “the best on tour.”
La Quinta Country Club lily pads float on the shimmering lakes that come into play on eight of the holes along the 7060 yards of emerald fairways. The grounds are abundant with rose bushes and mature trees adding to the beauty of the course. Features added to the course recently are the attractive water fountain that separates the 9th and 18th greens, the rambling waterfall at the 7th green, and another along the 8th fairway.
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