Resort at a Glance: Indian Palms Country Club & Resort
Indian Palms was originally the property of Jackie Cochran, the first woman to break the sound barrier. She lived on this sprawling 640-acre ranch with her movie-studio-owning husband, Floyd Odlum. Since transforming into a resort, Indian Palms Country Club & Resort has upgraded the property to include a second pool, tennis courts, and the historic country club, where players accept the challenge of 27 holes of championship golf set amid the stunning Coachella Valley scenery. With a stay at Indian Palms Country Club and Resort in Indio, you’ll be minutes from the Empire Polo Club and Riverside County Fairgrounds. This country club is also within close proximity of Palm Springs.Where you’ll stay: Situated with views of the resort or golf course, guest rooms include flat-screen TVs, complimentary WiFi, and kitchenette equipment. Golf: There are three 9-hole courses—the Mountain, Royal, and Indian. All along the Mountain course, golfers get views of the Santa Rosa Mountains and towering palm trees. Eat well at Hanger19 restaurant, which features an outdoor terrace where you can get views of the mountains. Famous guests: Many notable guests have passed through, including presidents and movie stars, but perhaps the most famous guest was Amelia Earhart, who was a good friend of Cochran’s. Earhart spent the last months of her life on the property, riding horses and swimming in the pool before her fateful last flight. Coachella Valley, California: Shopping, Desert Wildlife, and Palm Springs Glamor
Indian Palms Country Club and Resort is located in Indio, just 24 miles from Palm Springs. Indio is nestled in the Coachella Valley of the Sonoran Desert—home of the annual Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. The rest of the year, it’s a quiet, secluded area that typically gets more than 350 days of sunshine annually. Nearby attractions include Palm Desert’s El Paseo, known as the Rodeo Drive of the desert for its art galleries, high-end boutiques, and brand-name retailers.
Indio is also a gateway town to the more than 750,000-acre Joshua Tree National Park, located less than 40 miles away. The desert park is famous for its unusual geologic formations and mountains of twisted rock, ideal for climbing. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife including desert bighorn sheep, golden eagles, and coyotes.
For a guaranteed glimpse of wildlife, check out The Living Desert, a zoo, botanical garden, and animal hospital in Palm Desert. As you stroll through the various habitats—including North America and Africa’s Village WaTuTu—you’ll see flora and fauna indigenous to that area, which can include Mexican gray wolves, giraffes, and jaguars. The Living Desert also boasts a G-scale model train that winds its way through replicas of historical scenes, including a California mining and logging town and the Grand Canyon.
Dates cannot be changed once booked; valid only for night(s) purchased. 72-hour cancellation notice required prior to check-in or reservation is non-refundable; reservations made within cancellation window are non-refundable. No-shows will be charged total Groupon rate. Traveler name must match ID at time of check-in. No refunds will be processed by Groupon after check-in. Must be 21 or older to check in. Credit card required at check-in. Not valid with reward points. $7 daily resort fee paid at purchase.