Palm Springs Golf: A History of Coachella Valley Legends & Fairways

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Against a dramatic background of desert mountains, the sparkling green fairways of the Coachella Valley have attracted world-class golf tournaments, athletes and dignitaries for decades. In the 1920s, enterprising oil tycoon Tom O'Donnell built one of the first nine-hole courses in Palm Springs, and the area was a hangout for Hollywood's elite by the 1940s and '50s. Bob Hope's namesake PGA Tour event became a mainstay, while Bing Crosby, Dinah Shore, the Marx Brothers, Marilyn Monroe and more frequented over the years. Today, the valley is a renowned perennial golf destination boasting over 120 courses and exceptional resorts. Follow award-winning local golf columnist Larry Bohannan as he recounts the storied history of the game under the desert palms.
ISBN: 9781626199637
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: California
Series: Sports
Images: 89
Pages: 160
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Larry Bohannan has been the golf writer and columnist for the Desert Sun newspaper and since 1986, covering the PGA Tour, LPGA and Champions Tour events in the Coachella Valley. A 1982 graduate from Cal State Fullerton with a BA degree in communications, he was named the 2011 Media Person of the Year by the California Golf Writers and Broadcasters Association. He has previously authored 50 Years of Hope, a history of the Bob Hope Classic. He lives in Indio.
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