PGA WEST and the Arnold Palmer Private Course, set at the foot of the majestic Santa Rosa Mountains say "Welcome Back" to the 55th Humana Challenge. The challenging course officially opened October 26, 1986 as the second of five championship courses at PGA WEST, a spectacular master-planned country club community in La Quinta.
In the fall of 1999, PGA WEST opened the sixth course, designed by Greg Norman, an additional practice facility and a new, full service clubhouse. The Club at PGA WEST currently features two handsome golf clubhouses and a state-of-the-art Health Club; Racquet Club surrounded by tennis courts of all three surfaces. The uniquely designed fairway homes at PGA WEST offer unparalleled views of breathtaking mountains, fairways and lakes, elegant amenities and a level of sophistication and comfort that are the hallmarks of fine California lifestyles.
In 1987 the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic came to PGA WEST on the TPC® Stadium Golf® Course which has the distinction of being the first new course added to the tournament rotation since 1971. The following year the Classic moved to the Arnold Palmer Private Course. The Arnold Palmer Private Course also is noted for hosting the PGA Club Professional Championship in 1996 and the 1997 Senior PGA TOUR Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf.
The Arnold Palmer Private Course measures 6,930 yards from the tournament tees, 5,995 yards from the regular tees and is rated 74.6 and 68.9 respectively. According to Arnold Palmer, he designed the exciting course "for every caliber of golfer to play and enjoy."
La Quinta Country Club, the oldest private country club in La Quinta, has been an integral part of the Humana Challenge for 47 of the club's 53-year history. It was on these 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 our course, designed by Frank and Lawrence Hughes, one of the best.
Lily pads dot the five shimmering lakes that come into play on seven holes along the 7,060 yards of sweeping emerald fairways. The grounds are abundant with mature trees adding to the beauty and challenge of the course, but the greens may be the most attractive feature. Several of the professionals playing in the Challenge have called these "among the finest greens on tour."
Our beautiful new clubhouse, which was completed in November of 2009. Its classic Santa Barbara design is timeless, stately, sophisticated and inviting. We believe it is an appropriate expression of who we are as a club.
Roger Buford is serving as Club President. Bruce V. Zahn, Jr., CCM is the General Manager/COO, Mike Cross is the Head Golf Professional, Tim Putnam is the Golf Course Superintendent and Steve Eckinger is the Club Champion.