Originally Posted by gogolfing
There are 7 of us going down; 4 of us are into the golf more than the other 3. That is why we have chosen the 3 we have so far; better deal, and we don't want anything too tough for some of the guys. On the Saturday, it will be just the 4 of us more into golf, so looking for something a little better, and price wise would go up to probably $120 for the round.
As for the beer and the weather......check and check.
For something nicer check out SilverRock, the courses at La Quinta Resort and PGA West, the Classic Club, Desert Willow, Indian Wells Golf Resort and Shadow Ridge. All are excellent and can be had at around $120 each on GolfNow (the PGA west courses are a bit more than that, but the most expensive was the Stadium course at $150). My personal pick from the above would be Shadow Ridge or SilverRock, but not by much. All are great.
As for Terra Lago, great layout and good prices there but just not maintained to the level as the ones I listed above... I played Encena once last year (the day before the shut down for overseeding) and really liked it and imagine that in season it is well maintatined. Desert Dunes is one of my favorites but can be VERY windy (same with Classic Club and Terra Lago). If you want to get away from the wind try to get by the mountain in La Quinta (that'd be the La Quinta Resort courses, SilverRock, and PGA West). Indian Canyons in Palm Spring is also against the Mountain and is much less windy but I haven't played there myself so I can't say how good it is.