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GOLF CLUB &
COURSE RENOVATION

Desert Horizons Country Club,
Indian Wells, Calif.

Storied desert club charts new course

Desert Horizons Country Club in Indian Wells, CA unveils $2 million golf course renovation
guided by former professional golfer and BBC commentator Clive Clark. Project was fully
funded by voluntary contributions from the club's devoted members and has invigorated
new member activity.

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combination of member devotion and the design talent
of renowned golf course architect and former professional golfer Clive Clark has resulted in a fully renovated
and modernized golf course at Desert Horizons Country Club
in Indian Wells, Calif.
For nearly four decades, Desert Horizons has stood proudly
in one of the most desirable locations in the heart of the Coachella Valley - an oasis through the years for movie stars, snowbirds, sun lovers and sports enthusiasts. Opened in 1979, the
Desert Horizons golf course was designed by acclaimed architect Ted Robinson, Sr., who loved his creation so much he lived
on its 14th fairway for more than a decade during his later life.
The club is blessed with ideal topography, surrounded by towering mountain peaks and situated well away from the prevailing
desert winds along the Interstate 10 corridor.
Like people, however, golf courses age and appearances alter with time. Through the decades, Desert Horizons' common
Bermuda push-up greens with no substructure had changed
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significantly, resulting in greens that were elevated and out of
proportion with surrounding bunkers. The bunkers, both greenside and fairway, also needed a facelift as their shape, scale and
positioning had lost relevance with evolutions in the game and
modern golf course construction.
"The golf course had very good bones but had become a little
tired," said Clark, who as a young man studied architecture in
London before becoming a professional golfer.
With nearly 125 golf courses dotting the desert, Desert Horizons faced plenty of competition. Like many area private enclaves following the economic downturn of the last decade, the
club found itself dealing with declining membership numbers
and financial challenges as it battled to stay viable in a highly
competitive private club market. Many neighboring clubs were
forced to make significant changes in their operating and ownership structure.
Desert Horizons took a different approach.
"We were determined to remain a private country club
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Pellucid Perspective - December 2017

TOC
USGA slips bonds of reality with latest thinking on ball regulations
Course closures can be mythbusting
Storied desert club charts new course
November golf weather impact: Double-digit drop, year sags slightly
Atlanta golf market conditions far from peachy
Shark Experience unlikely to break golf ’s chains
The Pellucid Perspective - December 2017 - TOC
The Pellucid Perspective - December 2017 - USGA slips bonds of reality with latest thinking on ball regulations
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The Pellucid Perspective - December 2017 - Course closures can be mythbusting
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The Pellucid Perspective - December 2017 - Storied desert club charts new course
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The Pellucid Perspective - December 2017 - November golf weather impact: Double-digit drop, year sags slightly
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The Pellucid Perspective - December 2017 - Atlanta golf market conditions far from peachy
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The Pellucid Perspective - December 2017 - Shark Experience unlikely to break golf ’s chains
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