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Inland Empire’s Best Golf Resorts

June 26, 2013 6:00 AM

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(credit: Rancho Las Palmas)

(credit: Rancho Las Palmas)

(credit: La Quinta Resort)

(credit: La Quinta Resort)


Spring is here. Get outdoors and enjoy the great weather by hitting the links at one of the Inland Empire’s best golf resorts.

(credit: Pechanga Casino & Resort)

(credit: Pechanga Casino & Resort)

Pechanga Resort & Casino

45000 Pechanga Parkway
Temecula, CA 92592
pechanga.com

Consistently ranked one of Golf Magazine and GolfWeek’s top courses, Journey at Pechanga Resort offers world-class golfing set against magnificent oak trees and jutting rock formations. A massive, lively casino (offering 1,000 more slots than the largest Las Vegas casino), 15 on-site restaurants, live entertainment, modern luxurious rooms, and a full-service spa make Journey much more than your standard golf resort.

(credit: Temecula Creek Inn)

(credit: Temecula Creek Inn)

Temecula Creek Inn

44501 Rainbow Canyon Road
Temecula, CA 92592
temeculacreekinn.com

With a four-star rating from Golf Digest’s “Places to Play,” Temecula Creek Inn is the perfect place for an IE golf staycation. With accommodations nestled in the rolling hills of Temecula’s wine country, you can end your golf day sipping on one of SoCal’s best local vintages.

(credit: La Quinta Resort)

(credit: La Quinta Resort)

La Quinta Resort

49-499 Eisenhower Drive
La Quinta, California 92253
laquintaresort.com

A Waldorf Astoria Resort boasting two on-site, award-winning golf courses as well access to three diverse courses at the famous PGA West, this is THE golf resort. If you are just learning to hit the links, snag some lessons from the best in the business at the PGA West Golf Academy. Six on-site restaurants, a lavish spa, plenty of pools to splash in, and the Waldorf Astoria excellence you have come to expect round out your visit.

(credit: JW Marriott)

(credit: JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa)

JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa

74-855 Country Club Dr
Palm Desert, CA 92260
desertspringsresort.com

Incredible water features dominate the landscape at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort. From meandering rivers that run, quite literally, through the inside of the hotel property, to a massive lake that juxtaposes with the concrete hotel building, this resort loves water. As mesmerizing as these water displays may be, I recommend avoiding the many water hazards on the two 18-hole courses that call the Marriott home.

(credit: Rancho Las Palmas)

(credit: Rancho Las Palmas)

Rancho Las Palmas

41-000 Bob Hope Drive
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
rancholaspalmas.com

Take the whole family to Rancho Las Palmas Resort to learn the love of the game. The resort and course both cater to families by offering junior tees on all 27 holes (three nine-hole courses), half-price tee times for kids under 16, and completely FREE golf for kids after noon. If your kids get tired of swinging the clubs around, take them to the resort’s Splashtopia, an on-site family waterpark equipped with waterslides, a sandy beach, lazy river, and plenty of water squirting and splashing play structures.

(credit: Hyatt Regency Indian Wells)

(credit: Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa)

Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa

44600 Indian Wells Lane
Indian Wells, CA 92210
indianwells.hyatt.com

Stay and play at one of the Hyatt’s two 18-hole championship golf courses: the Celebrity Course that features diversity and challenge, or the Players Course that displays wide fairways and beautiful topography. The IW Club offers a full-sized golf shop and a Callaway Performance Center, one of only nine worldwide. A visit to this Performance Center will offer high-tech golf lessons, club fitting, and much more. Off the course, play in the pools, grab a much-needed massage in the Agua Serena Spa, or simply relax in one of the one or two-bedroom villas with a mountain view.

Katie Bodell is the Blog Editor for Trekaroo, the largest family travel website in the U.S. She is also a freelance writer, a happy wife to her best friend, and a mom to three sweet California girls. See more on: Trekaroo | CheapOair | Google+ | Twitter.

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