The Palms Golf Club - La Quinta, CA
Designed by Bryan Curley in 1999 at a time when the focus was not as much on the golf course but more on selling the homes on the golf course, The Palms offers a fresh break. By building a course that was not routed through condominiums, Curley was able to generate a real test of golf among it's 2000 palm trees and attracted members like Arnold Palmer and Fred Couples.
The course has an aggressive and an encouraging attitude towards pace of play, with the average round taking little over 3 hours. The Palms also boasts an average handicap of 7.2 across all 350 men and 70 women members. Good luck finding a chump to take you up on that Nassau out here!