Championship courses are everywhere. It’s the main reason many visitors come to the desert. While private ones like PGA West in La Quinta get all the press, you’ll have no trouble teeing off on excellent public courses—at affordable rates. One of the best deals is the Classic Club in Palm Desert. Its championship course was designed by Arnold Palmer to be the home of the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, which was played there for a few years. Off-season rates can go as low as $50, including the cart. The Golf Resort at Indian Wells is another find, with 36 championship holes. The views are as unbelievable as the challenges at the public Desert Willow Golf Resort in Palm Desert, constructed on a hill across the desert and mountains. In Palm Springs, the 18-hole Nicklaus Design course at the Escena Golf Club is a nice play. The 36-hole Indian Canyons Golf Resort is another comfortable course meandering through Palm Springs’ stylish Canyon Estates neighborhood under the shadow of the mountains. The clubhouses all are architectural stunning for après-game relaxation.