The Thunderbird Country Club was Coachella Valley’s first club and model for all the others that followed. Founded in 1961, this club began the legacy of Rancho Mirage’s excellent resort facilities.
To create this oasis, thousands of trees were brought in, power and telephone wires were installed, and grasses were planted. Architect Lawrence Hughes worked with Johnny Dawson to build the 18-hole golf course. It is a par-72, all-grass course with stunning views and expansive greens. This club was also where the use of golf carts came into play and was extremely popular to well known visitors like Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, and Ginger Rogers. Back in the day, the Thunderbird Country Club was the place celebrities and millionaires wanted to be.
This community offers mid-century ranch-style homes and has low Home Owners Association fees. Features include a detached guest house, spacious living areas, high ceilings, updated kitchens, granite countertops, fireplaces, and a luxurious master bedroom and bath. Educational facilities in this neighborhood include Rancho Mirage Elementary, Nellie N. Coffman Middle School, and Cathedral City High School.
The club also offers The Cottages which are for the use of members and guests only. Each unit has two bedrooms, a dining room, a living room, fireplaces in each room, and a bathroom as well as a full kitchen. These are rented daily, weekly, monthly, or annually.
The Thunderbird Clubhouse is made up of 48,000 square feet with a 6,600 square foot Fitness Center. Members can take an exercise class, get a massage, or play games in the Ladies’ Card Room or the Men’s Grille. There are many dining options and the night life here at the club is said to be fabulous. Facilities for special events are also available.
This region is also the home to the famous Annenberg Estate which is well known in the Coachella Valley. This 205 acre estate is guarded from view by a pink wall, chain-link fencing, and lots of shrubbery.
980 East Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262-0119
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