#1: The Vintage Club Mountain Course, No. 16

The 16th hole of the Mountain Course at The Vintage Club (Marilyn Chung, The Desert Sun)

Course name: The Vintage Club Mountain Course

Hole info: No. 16, par-4, 405 yards

Course address: 75001 Vintage Drive West, Indian Wells

Pro shop number: (760) 862-2076

Of note: In the 1990s, this hole was named the toughest No. 16 hole in the desert as well as the most beautiful 16th hole in the desert by The Desert Sun.

Playing tip: The drive is important, but to succeed on this hole a golfer needs to hit a terrific second shot into a green that appears much smaller than it really is. Going over the green is a massive mistake and will lead to double bogeys.

#2: PGA West TPC Stadium Course, No. 17

The 17th hole of the Stadium Course at PGA West in La Quinta (Marilyn Chung/The Desert Sun)

Course name: PGA West TPC Stadium Course

Hole info: No. 17, par-3, 166 yards

Course address: 56150 PGA Blvd., La Quinta

Pro shop number: (760) 564-7170

Of note: Lee Trevino made a hole in one on this hole in the 1987 Skins Game worth $175,000

Playing tip: Aptly named “Alcatraz” this is as visually intimidating as any hole in the desert. It is a big target, but there is little room for error on the hole. And the drop area to the right isn’t much of a bargain, either.

#3: Mission Hills Country Club Dinah Shore Tournament Course, No. 18

The 18th hole at Mission Hills Country Club (Marilyn Chung/The Desert Sun)

Course name: Mission Hills Country Club Dinah Shore Tournament Course

Hole info: No. 18, par-5, 646 yards

Course address: 34600 Mission Hills Drive, Rancho Mirage

Pro shop number: (760) 324-9400

Of note: This is the original course at Mission Hills and was for years known as The Old Course.

Playing tip: From the back tees, this is as big and tough a par-5 as anyone could want. From the forward tees, the key is more about getting a solid drive between bunkers to the right and a lake to the left to set up a clean second shot.

#4: Bighorn Golf Club Mountain Course, No. 15

View from the tee box of the 15th hole of the Mountains course at Bighorn Country Club (Marilyn Chung/The Desert Sun)

Course name: Bighorn Golf Club Mountain Course

Hole info: No. 15, par-4, 505 yards

Course address: 255 Palowet Drive, Palm Desert

Pro shop number: (760) 341-4653

Of note: This course hosted the Skins Game from 1992 to 1995, with winners including Payne Stewart, Fred Couples and Tom Watson.

Playing tip: Just hit your drive for all that it is worth. Only a pro or long-drive champion could reach the small wash at the end of the fairway. But the second shot, still downhill, to the green is dangerous too.

#5: The Quarry at La Quinta, No. 17

The 17th hole at The Quarry at La Quinta (Marilyn Chung, The Desert Sun)

Course name: The Quarry at La Quinta

Hole info: No. 17, par-3, 223 yards

Course address: One Quarry Lane, La Quinta

Pro shop number: (760) 777-1100

Of note: This is currently the only course in the desert listed in Golf Digest’s famed Top 100 Courses in the Country list.

Playing tip: A big and spectacular par-3, the elevation on this tee shot can divert your focus from the true danger, the lake to the right. If you are hitting a lot of club here, aim left and be happy to find land.

#6: PGA West Palmer Private Course, No. 17

The 17th hole of the Arnold Palmer Private Course at PGA West in La Quinta (Marilyn Chung/The Desert Sun)

Course name: PGA West Palmer Private Course

Hole info: No. 17, par-3, 130 yards

Course address: 55955 PGA Blvd., La Quinta

Pro shop number: (760) 564-7100

Of note: The Palmer Course was the second of the six courses to open at PGA West, preceded only by the TPC Stadium Course.

Playing tip: This is nothing but a short iron from any of the tees, but the rocks to the right and the canal to the left makes this a tight squeeze. Be concerned with the center of the green, not with the location of the pin.

#7: Eagle Falls Golf Club, No. 11

The 11th hole at Eagle Falls Golf Course (Marilyn Chung/The Desert Sun)

Course name: Eagle Falls Golf Club

Hole info: No. 11, par-4, 269 yards

Course address: 84245 Indio Springs Parkway, Indio

Pro shop number: (760) 238-5633

Of note: This is one of three courses designed in the desert by La Quinta-based architect Clive Clark.

Playing tip: An aggressive shot must still be careful not to go past the green and end up in unplayable brush. Playing to the left edge of the green is the best line for those attempting to drive the green.

#8: Mission Lakes Country Club, No. 11

The 11th hole of the Mission Lakes Country Club in Desert Hot Springs (Marilyn Chung/The Desert Sun)

Course name: Mission Lakes Country Club

Hole info: No. 11, par-4, 427 yards

Course address: 8484 Clubhouse Blvd., Desert Hot Springs

Pro shop number: (760) 329-8061

Of note: This hole is one of the highest in elevation in the desert at 1,200 feet.

Playing tip: Only the biggest hitter can aim left and clear the desert brush and wash to get to the left fairway. More likely from the back tee you need a 200-yard shot to the end of the traditional fairway, and then another 200-yard shot to the big green.

#9: Tradition Golf Club, No. 17

The 17th hole at Tradition Golf Club (Marilyn Chung/The Desert Sun)

Course name: Tradition Golf Club

Hole info: No. 17, par-4, 360 yards

Course address: 78505 Old Ave. 52, La Quinta

Pro shop number: (760) 564-1067

Of note: Tradition Golf Club was built on the grounds of an old La Quinta date ranch named Hacienda del Gato.

Playing tip: What might at first seem an illusion from this tee is not really an illusion at all. You need to hit a lot of club off the tee, maybe even driver, to assure you clear the bottom of the mountain. Don’t forget about that big beach bunker and lake to the left, either.