TRADITION GOLF CLUB
HIDING IN PL AIN SIGHT
SATISFACTION FOR THE SOUL
TR ADI TION The fact there is no sign, is a sign. However you find your way here, once through the gates you’ll know you’ve arrived. A sense of calm guides the way past vivid colors and lush landscapes to reveal a soul-satisfying community that few will ever discover. When you find yourself here, you realize you’ve found something far more desirable than perfection. You’ve found harmony, achieved through the unique and wonderful combination of people, nature, and one of golf’s favorite places.
“WHAT OTHER PEOPLE FIND IN POETRY, I FIND IN THE FLIGHT OF A GOOD DRIVE.” — Arnold Palmer
A DREAM GOLF EXPERIENCE
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TOP RANKED COURSE BY GOLF DIGEST
Ranking #176, 2019 - 2020
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With the Santa Rosa mountains as a stunning backdrop, Members enjoy an eminently playable 18-hole Championship Course that features lightning-fast greens, plenty of Augusta White sand bunkers, and captivating water features. Just to keep it interesting, there are also dramatic elevation changes, split greens, and Arnie’s secret tee boxes. Golf at Tradition is always fascinating, perfectly embodying the charm and dynamic nature of its designer, and a reflection of our appreciation for the game and its traditions.
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THE FRONT 9 The front nine holes feature stunning mountain views played through our wildflower landscape, and challenging water features. Even regular players may not know about the “secret” tees hidden throughout, and our par-4 Hole 7 also features a unique split green that plays to the same yardage.
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THE BACK 9 Mountains and natural desert landscape define the back nine holes. The par-4 Hole 17 is Tradition’s signature hole—playing from an elevated tee, your shot drops over 200 hundred feet to the fairway below, while offering one of the finest views in all of La Quinta. Look for Arnie’s personal tee box if you’re up for the hike!
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THE SHORT COURSE Shorter but not necessarily easier, the Short Course features small, wellbunkered greens with water coming into play on holes 8 and 9. The serious player can sharpen his or her game here, and the beginner golfer can get in no-pressure practice as well. The Short Course is also where parents and grandparents enjoy time with their children.
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The comprehensive practice facility features a superb double-ended driving range, seven different target greens, short game area with practice bunkers and large practice putting greens. Our Golf Staff offer a variety of opportunities to hone your game, including group clinics and personal lessons.
PRACTICE MADE PERFECT
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“THIS LAND IS SOMETHING REALLY WONDERFUL. IT BENDS AND CURVES BEAUTIFULLY, SET AGAINST THE MOUNTAINS, GIVING THE GOLF COURSE LOTS OF DRAMA.” — Arnold Palmer
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AN OASIS OF SPLENDOR
LOCATION IS EVERYTHING Tradition is a convenient three-minute drive to Old Town, yet remains a hidden oasis—an unexpected refuge of fertile grounds, nourished by flowing springs, lush verdant greenery and barrages of bursting flowers taunt a sparkling desert canvas, enlivening an environment that is fully experienced...rather than simply appreciated.
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THE SANTA ROSA MOUNTAINS Our setting is distinguished by lush terrain tucked against the Santa Rosa Mountains—our breathtaking and majestic protectors from the desert, wind and sun, and reminders of our connection to the natural environment.
150,000 FLOWERS We work with local growers to curate the flowers planted every year, custom mixes of different flower types and colors, a wonderful tradition that blesses our Tradition home owners with spectacular vistas.
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“AT TRADITION, THE PEOPLE ARE ALWAYS WARM, THEY ALWAYS SAY HI. EVERYONE GETS ALONG AND EVERYONE GETS TOGETHER.” — JULI INKSTER, 3-TIME SOLHEIM CAPTAIN, LPGA TOUR CHAMPION, TRADITION MEMBER
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A RICH HISTORY
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The estate that became Tradition Golf Club was originally homesteaded in 1902 by John Marshall. It was later named La Quinta or “the country house” for the small house Marshall had built on the property. In the years following, Marshall added the main ranch house to the property—a home designed by noted architect Gordon Kaufmann, who went on to design the La Quinta Resort.
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HACIENDA DEL GATO Marshall Ranch was sold to William and Elizabeth Rosecrans, whose last name is still wellknown around Southern California. The home was renamed “Hacienda del Gato” in honor of the family cat that alerted Mrs. Rosecrans of a rattlesnake outside the kitchen doorway.
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CELEBRITY RETREAT Hacienda del Gato became a private retreat for stars such as Clark Gable and Katharine Hepburn, and leaders including Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy, who enjoyed an exclusive retreat, a private sanctuary from the world at large.
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“WHEN YOU FIRST COME THROUGH THAT ENTRYWAY, YOU’RE STRUCK BY THE INCREDIBLE BEAUTY OF THIS PLACE.” — TERRY AND PAULA HOPWOOD, TRADITION MEMBERS - 51 -
INTIMATE BY DESIGN
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BESPOKE EXPERIENCE Tradition is distinguished by a bespoke membership experience that naturally attracts the right kind of people—those who appreciate the best-of-the-best and the finest-of-the-fine, without the need for much complication or pretense.
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SMALL-TOWN FEEL We enjoy an inviting intimacy here—where Members wave as they pass by, and take time to pause and say hi. Stories and smiles are the currency exchanged behind the gates of this hidden retreat, and people are genuinely glad to be here, together.
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A BEAUTIFUL WAY OF LIFE Tradition is the perfect location to consider the home of your dreams. We are a tight-knit La Quinta community that appreciates the best of the best while eschewing status symbols...although we have been named “the prettiest course in Palm Springs” by Golf World Magazine.
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LIVING HERE Regardless of whether you build or purchase an existing home, our in-house professionals will help guide you and provide details related to membership at Tradition Golf Club (residency here is not a requirement for membership). World-class dining, high-end retail, exciting entertainment, and modern health care are just outside our gates.
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IN GOOD COMPANY Once you belong to Tradition, you truly belong. We’re all here to enjoy a lifestyle that is at once sophisticated and uncomplicated. Status symbols are insignificant at Tradition, except for one—an understated logo representing our connection to this exceptional community of Members.
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“TRADITION IS SOMETHING TO BE SHARED WITH THOSE YOU LOVE...FRIENDS, FAMILY, AND NEIGHBORS.” — ROB WEST, TRADITION MEMBER
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UNITED BY CHARACTER
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A STRONG SENSE OF BELONGING Tradition is a place where everyone feels instantly welcomed and at home. We recognize that being here means we are part of something bigger than any one of us, unifying all of us.
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CLASSIC REFINEMENT MEETS CASUAL COMFORT This is a place of uncomplicated sophistication, infused with the authentic charm and character of the legend who built it as a true gathering place for friends.
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SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE Endless activities and experiences offer the freedom for Members to be as active as they choose, enjoying the best life has to offer, surrounded by people who are genuinely glad to be here...and equally glad that you are, too.
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“THE FIRST TIME I CAME HERE, I COULDN’T BELIEVE HOW THE MOUNTAINS FIT INTO THE GOLF COURSE, AND THE GOLF COURSE FIT INTO THE MOUNTAINS – AND IT JUST FLOWED – I JUST LOVED IT.” — JERRY HOSTETTER, TRADITION MEMBER
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THE STORY BEGINS WITH A LEGEND
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PALMER’S DESERT MASTERPIECE Golf at Tradition is always fascinating, no matter how familiar. It perfectly embodies the charisma, charm, and natural magnetism of its designer, Arnold Palmer. Every tee, green, fairway, and bunker is meticulously manicured to the level of care required to create the purest golf experience—a direct reflection of our appreciation for the game and its traditions.
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THE KING’S ONLY WEST COAST HOME Only one place was The King’s iconic desert home…Tradition Golf Club. This setting was the perfect place for The King to create his singular vision of what a golf course can be, and what an ideal way of life should be. Walk the grounds past Arnold’s cottage and Winnie’s pool, you’ll see why he chose this historic place for his masterpiece: it’s an oasis of understated elegance that is ranked as one of the top Palmer-designed courses in the world.
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THE LEGEND LIVES ON... Palmer infused his inherent charm and easy-going elegance to a community defined by his unique blend of relaxed refinement and exceptional standards...and shared Tradition with family and friends who continue to enjoy time here. His legacy is fully alive at Tradition. The King’s passion for the game is felt on, and around the golf course. Charm jumps off the Clubhouse halls. And every Member just seems genuinely happy and fortunate to be here...just like Mr. Palmer did.
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“GOLF IS DECEPTIVELY SIMPLE AND ENDLESSLY COMPLICATED; IT SATISFIES THE SOUL AND FRUSTRATES THE INTELLECT. IT IS AT THE SAME TIME REWARDING AND MADDENING – AND IT IS WITHOUT A DOUBT THE GREATEST GAME MANKIND HAS EVER INVENTED.” — ARNOLD PALMER
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IMPROVING ON PERFECTION
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INTRODUCING TAVERN AT TRADITION Our new $6+ million enhancement—featuring a covered courtyard and expansive open-air terraces that capture panoramic views of the golf course and the Santa Rosa mountains— has transformed our Clubhouse into one of La Quinta’s most desirable private club settings. The centerpiece is Tavern at Tradition, a modern interpretation of the classic gathering place, drawing inspiration from the authentic charm and everyman appeal of the game’s greatest ambassador.
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“WE LOOK FORWARD TO SPENDING MANY YEARS TO COME AND HAVING LOTS OF FANTASTIC MEMORIES.” — DR. MARK AXELRODE, TRADITION MEMBER
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LIFE WELL PLAYED
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MAKE TIME FOR YOU A refined, intimate community at once exclusive and welcoming, vibrant and relaxing, Tradition is the rare place that enriches the mind, warms the heart and satisfies the soul.
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FIT FOR A KING Tradition’s professional staff have a passion for helping Members reach their fitness goals, with a special emphasis on wellness, longevity and quality of life. The Fitness Center features old-world architectural elements as the backdrop for stateof-the-art equipment to help you become your personal best.
REFINED SPA SERVICES Our spa professionals are dedicated to helping Members through an emphasis on wellness, longevity and quality of life. We offer a variety of specialty services including restorative massage, beauty treatments, chiropractic treatments and much more. Our team of certified professionals will work to create a fully personalized approach that will have you looking and feeling your best.
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Our Bocce Ball courts, located above the historic Hacienda gardens, are just one way Members enjoy friendly competition and camaraderie. Tradition’s strong sense of community makes it easy to meet people and get involved — new Members are pleasantly surprised at how quickly they feel right at home!
ON A ROLL
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“SUCCESS IN GOLF DEPENDS LESS ON STRENGTH OF BODY THAN UPON STRENGTH OF MIND AND CHARACTER.” — ARNOLD PALMER
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Whether it’s a special occasion or a casual meal, our culinary team regularly creates experiences that delight every sense—interesting and flavorful cuisine expertly prepared and creatively presented.
FAMILIAR FAVORITES, FINE INGREDIENTS
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TOASTING TRADITIONS, OLD AND NEW What are the ingredients of delight? An evening cocktail - toasting sunsets with good friends on the terrace. A family gathering—with a childhood recipe magically recreated by our Chef. A private dinner—in the Eisenhower Cottage or the Kennedy Suite where past Presidents have dined.
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SERVED WITH A CALIFORNIA SPIRIT Our celebrated Chef prepares dishes that are locally sourced and globally inspired, complemented with an impressive list of unique and limited-edition wines sourced by our in-house Sommelier, all presented in an unrivaled setting by a team of friendly service professionals.
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CELEBRATING TRADITION, NOT CONVENTION
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MAKING MEMORIES Tradition is the place to swap stories, create new friendships, and enjoy the rewards of a day fully lived. This is where each sunrise and sunset is celebrated, in a place filled with friends and family.
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NEVER A DULL MOMENT Our active social calendar features everything from competitive tournaments to friendly get-togethers and everything in between, sharing in the spirit of friendship, caring and camaraderie. We’re active all year long, through events and celebrations big and small. Tradition provides all this and more, in a stimulating yet relaxing atmosphere celebrating good manners, good cheer, and good fun... Exactly as Arnie would have wanted.
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A LIFETIME MIGHT JUST BE ENOUGH TO ENJOY IT The best moments of your life are here, waiting to be experienced and enjoyed as part of a desert-home sanctuary both unexpectedly original and comfortably familiar. You are invited to be part of an experience that is at once personal and communal, exclusive and welcoming, united by the spirit that is Tradition.
Tesha Vann, Membership Director Tradition Golf Club 78505 Old Avenue 52, La Quinta, CA 92253 TeshaVann@traditiongc.com | 760.564.8723 | www.traditiongc.com
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