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Shadow Mountain Club was the vision of developer Cliff Henderson, known as the “Father of Palm Desert”. Starting with the purchase of 620 acres in 1946, the Club was originally conceived as a planned community for those wanting to enjoy the club’s planned tennis, golf, swimming, horseback riding, dinner, and dancing amenities.

The Historic Shadow Mountain Golf Club was incorporated in 1958, and by the end of the year 1960, the Club had over 270 members. Shadow Mountain’s Palm Desert golf course was designed by Grand Slam Winner, Gene Sarazen, known as “The Squire” for his dapper dress and the ever-present two-tone wing-tipped shoes. Summarizing the layout of the course, he stated: “The new modern course of this type is shorter than most, but is not easier to play. It will give the golfer who uses his brain a chance against the competitor who hits with power, and I think it will be one of the sportiest and most challenging courses in the entire area”. Sarazen was the first to accomplish the Professional Grand Slam with the US Open in 1922, the PGA in 1923, the British Open in 1932, and then the Masters. At age 33 he became the first player to win all four majors. Only Ben Hogan, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus, and Tiger Woods have matched his record.


In 2010 the City of Palm Desert proclaimed Shadow Mountain Golf Club as a Historic Landmark with to the distinction of being the first golf course in the City of Palm Desert. In April of 2022, we opened our massive 18 Hole "Let's Flamingo" Putting Course. During the fall of 2022 we added our Party Pavillion as a place to relax with a drink before or after enjoying the available activities. Our newest addition is an outside bar being built to honor Geno Biggi. The clubhouse is currently being remodeled to be a state of the art facility. 

Shadow Mountain Golf Club is where the community comes to play! 


USGA Rules, modified by Local Rules govern all play
PACE OF PLAY: Target is 3 1/2 Hours, Not to exceed 4 Hours.
Please Keep Up with the Group Ahead.

  • DESERT SCAPE: Desert-scape along fairways (other than #11) to be played as-it-lies. You may take free relief if your stance or swing will damage either a plant or it’s irrigation bubbler. Free Relief: Drop inside the Desert-scape area, within one club length no nearer to the hole, under Rule 25-1.

  • DESERT SCAPE: Desert-scape along #11 fairway to be played as Ground Under Repair; Play Prohibited. Relief MUST be taken. Free Relief: Drop outside the Desert-scape, within one club length,
    no nearer to the hole, under Rule 25-1.

  • FLOWER BEDS: Flower beds around tees and greens are to be played as Ground Under Repair; Play Prohibited. Relief MUST be taken. Free Relief: Drop outside the flower bed area, within one club length, no nearer to the hole, under Rule 25-1.

  • PROTECTIVE NETTING/FENCES: Are deemed Immovable Obstructions (If NOT an OB Boundary). Free Relief (including line-of-play): drop within one club length no nearer to the hole, under Rule 24-2. Cart paths and staked trees are considered Immovable Obstructions; 100 yard palms are treated the same way.

  • WATER HAZARDS: All water hazards are considered lateral hazards, as normally defined by red stakes and/or lines. Penalty: One Stroke – Drop at nearest relief no closer to the hole, under Rule 26.

  • YARDAGES: All yardage markers, including the small palms (located at 100 yards, just off the fairway) are measured to the center of the green.

Fill All Divots with Sand Mix, Repair Ball Marks on Greens, Rake Bunkers (leaving rake in the bunker), Keep Carts on Paths around Tees and Greens (at least 10 yards away, if not on paved path).

Course Etiquette

  • Target Pace of Play: 3 1/2 Hours

  • Fill all divots with sand and mix

  • Repair ball marks on green

  • Rake Bunkers – leave rakes in bunkers

  • Keep carts on paths around tees and greens



  • All players must register in the Golf Shop prior to play or entering practice facility.

  • Each player shall have their own set of clubs (one golf bag per player). Rental sets are available in the Golf Shop.

  • All play will begin on the first tee unless otherwise notified by professional staff.

  • Golf carts to be kept on cart paths (must have valid driver’s license to drive golf carts).

  • No outside food and beverage is allowed to be brought on to the premises.


  • Club Members 10 day advance tee times

  • Annual Golf Members 12 day advance tee times.

  • A credit card guarantee is required for all reservations.

  • Single, twosome and threesome reservations should expect to pair up with an existing reservation as designated by the Golf Shop or Starter.

  • Standby or walk-in groups will be accommodated at the first available tee time.

  • Stand by or walk-in groups will be accommodated, if possible. We recommend securing a tee time in advance.


Cancellations must be made 48 hours in advance to avoid possible charges. No shows / Short shows will be charged at the regular rack rate.


It is the goal of Shadow Mountain Golf Club to ensure that every Member and Guest has an enjoyable experience. Groups are expected to maintain a Pace of Play of 3 1/2 hours (Twelve Minutes per Hole), while keeping pace with the group in front of you.


American Express, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and Cash are accepted.


The following is the acceptable dress for men and women playing golf at Shadow Mountain. Proper attire must be worn by everyone who are using the golf course and its’ facilities.


  • Slacks or Bermuda length golf shorts

  • Collared shirts/mock turtleneck golf shirts


  • Skirts, Slacks or Bermuda length golf shorts

  • Collared golf shirts

  • Golf dresses

  • Sleeveless/collarless golf shirts with at least 3″ across the shoulder.

The following attire will NOT be acceptable for men or women

  • Denim jeans or shorts

  • Athletic shorts including beach or bathing suit style

  • Athletic warm-up suits or tennis attire

  • T-shirts or tank tops

  • Flip – Flops or sandals not designed for golf

Any guest or rider accompanying golfers on the facilities must also wear the proper attire.

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