The fairways on the Mountain Course are tight, lush and demand accuracy off the tees (there are five sets of tees to ensure everyone gets a fair shot at a low score). The greens are sloped, undulating, tough to read, and often very fast. Not quite as tough as more famous sibling, PGA West Stadium Course, it is, however, one really tough test of golf, even for low handicappers. No stroll in the park, The Mountain does, however, offer some breathtaking views, something of a hazard in themselves - the mind tends to wander as one takes in the awesome beauty of the terrain. The Pete Dye Mountain Course at la Quinta is ranked among Golf Magazine's "Top 100 Courses You Can Play" in the United States.
The 18-hole La Quinta Mountain course plays 6,756 yards the back tees for a par of 72, a course rating of 74.1 and a slope rating of 140. Designed by Pete Dye,the La Quinta Mountain course first opened for play in 1985.
The rate varies with the season but expect to pay around $185, includes cart. For current rates, please call the number listed below. Tee times are accepted three days prior to play for outside play.
La Quinta Mountain Course, 50-200 Avenue Vista Bonita, La Quinta, CA 92253; Tee Time Reservations: 1.800.727.8331
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How to Get There: Fly into Palm Springs International Airport (PSP). The airport is served by 10 major airlines that connect to cities worldwide. Transport to the resort: taxi, car rental of shuttle (Desert Valley Shuttle - 800 413 3999 - 760 251 4020 - Fax 760 251 7550)
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