The Tahquitz Creek Golf Resort (TCGR) consists of 2 18-hole courses – the 60-year old Legends course and the Resort course, built in the 1990’s. Save PS Golf is in support of saving the Tahquitz Creek Golf Resort, as a whole.
The courses are not officially for sale at this time. But, there is a process in play here. Oswit Land Trust (OTL) intitally was working towards putting an offer into the city for the purchase of both TCGR courses. That since been amended and OLT's stated goal is to only acquire the Resort course. Save PS Golf wants to ensure the Palm Springs City Council understands that a sale of the municipal golf courses is not what the community wants or needs. We also want to ensure that the negative impacts of this possible transaction are well understood.
It has been stated by the city council that an appraisal had not been conducted on the golf courses for some time. With OLT’s inquiry into the possible sale of the Tahquitz Creek Golf Resort, the City Council felt it was time for that appraisal, as to know the value of the parcels, should an offer be presented.
Save PS Golf has 2 objectives. First, we simply want to preserve the municipal Tahquitz Creek Golf Resort, which serves the citizens of Palm Springs, guests and neighborhoods. Second, we want to work with the City and other stakeholders on improving TCGR and make it an even more valuable city asset.
There have been reports of decline at some places across the country. However, according to the Southern California Golf Association, golf is flourishing in the Coachella Valley and doing well at the Tahquitz Creek Golf Resort courses.
It does cost the city money to run the golf courses and, like any municipal park and recreation property, it is operated on a not for profit basis. Save PS Golf is working with local organizations and the city with ideas on how to increase revenue, to offset expenditures. Some ideas have been very simple, that could be implemented right away, while others would be at a larger scale, ensuring the longevity of the Tahquitz Creek Golf Resort!
The Desert Water Agency (DWA) has confirmed that TCGR is one of the few courses in the valley that use 100% reclaimed water.
OLT has accomplished some amazing feats and continues to work on projects that we support. This is NOT one of their projects we support (the conversion of the TCGR courses}. Any conversion of the TCGR is an unnecessary experiment, risking the nearby resident’s safety, privacy, and property values, for no valid reason. A removal of the courses poses a negative financial impact to the city, reducing tourism, which will be felt through our hotels, restaurants, and merchants.
Oswit Canyon was undeveloped desert land right up against the mountains that was slated for housing development. OLT (correctly) mounted a campaign to purchase the land to forestall development.
This initiative is completely different. The TCGR is an active enterprise of recreation on the land - the popular municipal Tahquitz Creek golf courses. It is not desert land with the threat of being bought by developers. The Legend course has been there since 1959; the Resort dates to 1995. Many of the homes surrounding the courses are 70 year old homes - many purchased with the notion of living on/near a golf course.
The choice on TCGR is not housing development or a nature preserve, as was the case with Oswit Canyon. It’s a choice between preserving it as a valuable City resource or creating some sort of “desert preserve”.
The City has provided an estimated timeframe of 12 months. The City has stated multiple times that within that timeframe there will be adequate public discussion. A city-wide listening/community input session, to hear from the community on this topic, is tentatively scheduled for late 2021 or early 2022.
Save PS Golf will most definitely be at the listening session. We encourage every one of our supporters to come out and join us in one unified voice of opposition.
There are a number of things that you can do, ranging from how active you would like to be. Please see our “What You Can Do” tab for suggestions. If you have any other ideas on how you can contribute, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Currently, Save PS Golf is accepting donations to help with administrative costs associated with a corporation: recording fees, insurance, marketing, etc. Donations can be made as follows:
Zelle – Online Banking – “Save PS Golf, Inc”. Please use email address email@example.com.
Personal Check – Please make checks to Save PS Golf, Inc. You may email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule pick-up/drop-off/mailing of your donation.
We have filed for our 501(c)3 non-profit tax-exempt status which, once approved, would classify all donation as a tax-deductible contribution.