Within 90 miles of sprawling Los Angeles lies Palm Springs, one of the most popular golf and leisure holiday destinations anywhere in the United States.
The area is a stunning paradise, wedged in between vast ridges and mountain formations – the towering San Jacinto Mountains to the west are joined by the ranges of Little San Bernardino and Santa Rosa to all but encircle Palm Springs in an enchanting valley.
The resultant micro-climate ensures that less than 20 days per year are blighted by rain, and creates the perfect environment for golf. Similar to the championship golf in neighbouring Arizona, it is desert golf in Palm Springs, where the amazing layouts are carved out of the arid desert plains and are strikingly lush in stark contrast to their surroundings.
The spectacular setting is matched by the quality of the resorts, with the 5* Westin development at Mission Hills coming highly recommended in particular. Southern California may be dominated by Los Angeles, but the golfing paradise of Palm Springs is a golf holiday marvel that will live long in the memory.