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Description

This par 5 opening hole is down hill with a slight dog leg right. It is a comfortable opening hole to a magnificently groomed golf course which is probably one of the best kept secrets in the Coachella Valley. How to Play: The opening tee shot should be kept out of the trees on the right side of the fairway. It is best to be down the left side of the fairway as this will open up the fairway for your second shot. The second shot needs be no more than two hundred yards that will keep the lake on the right side of the green out of play. The more daring can risk the green in two. Leave yourself a 100 yard third shot and all flag locations will be accessible. An opening par is a good start to begin your round.

Hole: 1, Par: 5

Men's Handicap: 8

Women's Handicap: 3

Black 543

Silver 521

Gold 504

Green 440

Orange 412

 

Description

The first of six par three's on the golf course can be tricky as it calls for a mid iron over water early in the round to a large green bunkered on the right side and behind the green. How to Play: Do not panic as the carry over water is really only 145 yards from the white tees and 170 from the back. Center of the green is always a good shot here and with a solid two putt to walk away with par. For those not comfortable over the water there is a bail out area down the right side of the lake.
 

Hole: 2, Par: 3

Men's Handicap: 4

Women's Handicap: 13

Black 199

Silver 182

Gold 167

Green 120

Orange 120

 

Description: Almost straight away off the tee with an ever so slight dog leg right. A good solid driver off the tee will leave a comfortable short iron into a small but tricky green. How to Play: This is the number one handicap hole on the front side which can be deceiving. On a benign day it will play easier than on the days when the prevailing wind comes out of the west. One must be careful on the windy days as the slightest of slices will end up out of bounds down the right side. Play your second shot to center of the small green and give yourself a birdie putt.

Hole: 3, Par: 4

Men's Handicap: 2

Women's Handicap: 7
 

Black 401

Silver 384

Gold 376

Green 346

Orange 310


Description
: The shortest of the six par three's should be taken advantage of. But be careful as taking this hole for granted can lead to a bogey or worse. How to Play: A short iron should be all that is needed. It must be straight as bunkers on either side of the green offer protection to this short hole. The green slants slightly from back to front and when putting from the back to front, one must be careful that the putt does not get away from you.

Hole:4, Par: 3

Men's Handicap: 18

Women's Handicap: 17

Black 143

Silver 136

Gold 128

Green 122

Orange 101

 

Description: This par four hole is a dog leg right off the tee. The second shot with a short iron needs to find the right level of this two tiered green and not be above the flag on this slippery green. How to Play: This tee shot has two options. Either hit the big fade between the large eucalyptus trees bordering both the left and the right side of the fairway, or take your tee shot, if you can, over the eucalyptus trees on the right. On windy days, the fade may be your best option. Once again a short iron should be all that is left to this two tiered green. If the flag is on the lower part of the green, one must be sure to hit your second shot on that level. Anything above the flag can lead to an easy bogey with another downhill slippery putt. If the flag is on the upper level, take an extra club to get it back there.

Hole: 5, Par: 4

Men's Handicap: 14

Women's Handicap: 9

Black 374

Silver 364

Gold 355

Green 355

Orange 258

 

Description: The sixth hole on the front side brings the first dog leg left on the golf course. There is a punitive fairway bunker on the left of the fairway 215 yards off the tee. The green once again is small, sloping fairly steeply, from back to front, with the back part of the green being a small plateau for a great flag location. How to Play: The tee shot is the most demanding to this point. Hit it left and you end up in the punitive fairway bunker. Hit it right and you end up in trees with not much of a shot to the green. A good draw off the tee leaves another short iron to this tricky green. Do not be above the hole no matter where the flag is positioned as it will be a real tester for a two putt. If the flag is blue and on the small upper tier, it is better to be short of the tier with an easier two putt, than be over the green with a near impossible up and down for par.

Hole: 6, Par: 4

Men's Handicap: 12

Women's Handicap: 11

 

Black 364

Silver 344

Gold 330

Green 318

Orange 248

 

Description: The seventh hole is one of the best on the front side. Even though this slight dog leg right seems quite benign from the teeing ground, if one does not stay focused on the task at hand, a large number can be the result, especially if you are playing into the prevailing wind. How to Play: The tee shot needs to be down the center or favoring the left side of the fairway. Do not let the tee shot get away and drift in to the trees on the right, which makes the second shot even more difficult. Even if one has a play from the right side, make sure to take enough club as the perception is that the yardage to the green seems shorter and can result in your third shot from the right side bunker. Down the center or to the left side of the fairway opens the green to a second shot. If the prevailing wind is up, hitting the green in regulation can be quite difficult as the ball must be struck solidly with plenty of club. Once on the green, the breaks are more severe to Indio than the naked eye's perception. Once again it is best to be under the hole and never above.

Hole: 7, Par: 4

Men's Handicap: 6

Women's Handicap: 5

 

Black 388

Silver 353

Gold 345

Green 338

Orange 241

 

Description: The eighth hole is the third of the six par threes and believe it or not, the easiest of the remaining four par threes. Even though it is listed at 204 yards from the white tees, it is down hill and plays slightly less with the prevailing wind out of the right. Bunkered on both sides of the green a tee shot to the center is a job well done. The front of the green is actually down hill even though an optical illusion makes it look uphill. How to Play: A good solid long iron or fairway wood is the play recommended at this straight away par three. A tee shot drifting left or right will find one of the two green side bunkers which will make par a challenging effort. With a flag location on the front, anything short of the green must be thought out carefully as the chip shot will run down hill for the first third of the green even though it looks uphill. The green is challenging in itself as both sides of the green slope severely to the center.

Hole: 8, Par: 4

Men's Handicap: 10

Women's Handicap: 15

 

Black 216

Silver 202

Gold 189

Green 177

Orange 123

 

Description: The par five ninth is a dog leg left that is uphill from tee to green and trees bordering both sides of the fairway that come into play predominantly on the tee shot. The fairway bunker comes into play approximately 215 yards off the tee. The green slopes severely from back to front and is protected by a green side bunker on the left and a short sided bunker on the right. How to Play: The tee shot on the ninth sets up this hole for either a birdie or par, or, bogey or worse. One cannot see the green from the teeing ground as a good solid draw off the tee is the recommended play. Anything straight away can lead one into the tree's on the right and not much of chance to reach this green in two, which can be easily done for the big hitters out of the fairway. The third shot to this severely sloping green from back to front must always be below the flag for the best chance at making birdie. Anything above the hole will lead to a delicate, speedy, turning putt for birdie or par that can easily lead to a three putt bogey.

Hole: 9, Par: 5

Men's Handicap: 16

Women's Handicap: 1

Black 498

Silver 477

Gold 461

Green 445

Orange 350



​Description
: The tenth hole begins a stretch of three holes that are the most spectacular at Mission Lakes Country Club. These three holes are a must at this country club as it is a test of golf for precision shot making and nerves of steel. This stretch begins with a par five dog leg right off the tee and then again another dog leg right for the second shot if you wish to make in two. It is like a small canyon chiseled out of the hills. If you come to MLCC to play, be sure to check the large eucalyptus trees on the right and left of the fairway from the tee, and also on the right side of the green, as they have been home to our resident red tail hawks that have visited us for the last seven years and raise their offspring. The green is two tiered and once again slopes severly from back to front. Par is a good score here and of course a birdie is better. How to Play: The tee shot on this par five is not as demanding as the eye tells you. There is more room to the right than is expected and a driver is not necessarily needed. Two, two hundred yard shots leaves only a wedge to the green and a solid two putt gives one a good score of par, which isn't bad. The third shot one must remember is uphill and can be into the prevailing wind so an extra club may and can be necessary. This is one hole that you must NEVER be above the hole, it can just as easily be a three putt from that position.

Hole: 10, Par: 5

Men's Handicap: 7

Women's Handicap: 2
 

Black 505

Silver 484

Gold 449

Green 407

Orange 378

 

Description: The eleventh hole at MLCC is our signature hole at the club and has also been voted one of the top eighteen holes in the Coachella Valley. It is the highest elevation at the country club at 1200 feet above sea level and offers spectacular views both to the east and west. During certain times of the seasons one can find our resident red tail hawks, both parents and their young, riding the thermals directly above. It is also not uncommon for one to see one, two, and even three rainbows directly to the flats in the east during stormy weather. This hole takes the nerves of steel for a par or better. How to Play: The tee shot on this hole, that runs parallel to the par three eighth, is the same club that you used on the eighth. That will land you on the flat of the upper fairway which is about two hundred yards in distance. Fron the upper fairway you must cross the ravine with another two hundred yard carry that should land you in the center of the green. For those who do not have those nerves of steel, a small wedge will land you on the lower fairway 75-100 yards from the green. The toughest flag location is when our superintendent, Andy Diaz, puts the blue flag on the top tier on the back of the green which makes a two putt spectacular.
 

Hole: 11, Par: 4

Men's Handicap: 1

Women's Handicap: 4

Black 425

Silver 403

Gold 367

Green 383

Orange 218

Description: The twelfth hole is the third of our own little "Amen Corner". This teeing ground once again offers spectacular views of the valley, and also the whole country club of Mission Lakes. From tee to green there is a 150 foot drop and from the blue tees one cannot even see the green. How to Play: yards to the center of the green under normal conditions. From the blue tees, one must pick your line and trust the swing to make par or better. The twelfth is a relative easy hole with calm winds, but with even a slight breeze, doubt and anxiety can play into club selection. 
 

Hole: 12, Par: 3

Men's Handicap:15

Women's Handicap: 14
 

Black 199

Silver 185

Gold 159

Green 156

Orange 85

Description: The thirteenth hole looks relatively easy as it is straight away and all trouble can be seen from the teeing ground. Even though it is a short 384 yards from the white tees, par can be as elusive as any hole on the golf course. The fairway comes to an end at 90 yards left to the green. From this point forward the wash is with heavy rough. Getting to the green in two, which is protected by three bunkers, right, left, and directly behind, is only half the battle as this green is one of the most difficult to read on the golf course. It does slope slightly from back to front, but the challenge comes in putting from side to side as the break is more than expected. How to Play: Driver is the play from the teeing ground to get as far down the fairway as possible to leave the shortest of irons left to the green. When the flag is in the front, one must be sure to have enough club to reach the green as the severe slope in front will prevent anything from bounding on which makes for a difficult chip. Reading this green for a two putt is well done.​

Hole: 13, Par: 3

Men's Handicap: 13

Women's Handicap: 8

Black 410

Silver 383

Gold 369

Green 355

Orange 303

Description: The fourteenth hole is the easiest on the back nine and must be taken advantage of. It is definitely the most realistic chance for birdie on this difficult nine as the following closing holes are some of the most demanding in the Coachella Valley. Even though it is 506 yards, it does play with the prevailing wind and makes it a short par five. The only protection to the green is two bunkers that protect a back flag, and a second or third shot that carries long. The green is relatively easy to read as long as Indio's influence on the putt is kept in mind.

Hole: 14, Par: 5

Men's Handicap: 17

Women's Handicap: 12

Black 515

Silver 493

Gold 456

Green 408

Orange 400

Description: The fifteenth hole is the beginning of the four most difficult and demanding holes at MLCC. Measuring 234 yards from the white tees and 249 from the blues, any tee shot on the green is more than acceptable, (very few holes in one at this par three).

Hole: 15, Par: 3

Men's Handicap: 9

Women's Handicap: 8

Black 247

Silver 233

Gold 197

Green 135

Orange 107

Description: This hole commands three good swings to reach the green in regulation, if you can. It can at times play into the wind which only doubles the severity of this golf hole. Not much trouble from tee to green as long as the shots are long and true.

Hole: 16, Par: 5

Men's Handicap: 5

Women's Handicap: 6

Black 629

Silver 578

Gold 496

Green 437

Orange 346

Description: The last of the six par threes can produce a score anywhere from a birdie to a double bogey. If wind is present, the hole will play shorter than the yardage listed. Keep your tee shot to the left portion of the green and all is well. If your tee shots slides to the right, either in the bunkers or right of them, you bring the double bogey into play.

Hole: 17, Par: 3

Men's Handicap: 11

Women's Handicap: 16

Black 172

Silver 162

Gold 152

Green 138

Orange 138

Description: A superb finishing hole. Anyone who walks away with par or better on this hole will walk away satisfied no matter what the score for his or her round. This demanding hole plays uphill from tee to green and many times directly into the westerly winds. The green has three tiers with the back portion, along with the front, quite small. No matter where the flag, do not be above the hole.

Hole: 18, Par: 4

Men's Handicap: 3

Women's Handicap: 10

Black 429

Silver 417

Gold 385

Green 270

Orange 270