Mission Hills Country Club
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In the summer of 1964, Rancho Mirage was a sleepy little oasis located just a few miles from the emerging town of Palm Springs. All that was about to change when Oklahoma businessman Max Genet and his associates decided to look into the possibility of building a golf community. After acquiring the land, Max contacted golf course architect Desmond Muirhead with the proposition of designing an 18-hole course on his land. Muirhead completed the first course at the new country club in 1972.
In 1979, a second course was added at Mission Hills Country Club. For this course, Mission Hills called upon golf legend Arnold Palmer to design his first course in all of the Coachella Valley. The Arnold Palmer course was dedicated and opened to give Members an enjoyable, yet challenging golf course. Ownership of the Club changed hands a few more times in the 1980s. During that time, the addition of 960 acres of "fee land" was purchased for the Club's property. This expansion gave the Club enough land to begin building a third golf course. In 1986, the new, and now current, 55,500-square-foot clubhouse opened up for the ever-growing membership.
In 1988, the Club opened its third championship golf course designed by legendary architect Pete Dye. It was named in honor of the legendary actress and long-time resident of Mission Hills, Dinah Shore. The addition of this Pete Dye-designed course gave Mission Hills Country Club three very different championship-style courses.
In 1993, ClubCorp was successful in purchasing Mission Hills Country Club. After Dinah Shore's death in 1994, "The Old Course," which hosts the LPGA's Kraft Nabisco Championship, was renamed the Dinah Shore Tournament Course in honor of her relationship with the LPGA and her longtime support of women's golf. At the same time, the Dinah Shore course was renamed, "The Pete Dye Challenge Course."
In 2006, Mission Hills saw its newest addition with the completion of a 17,000-square-foot Spa and Sports Center.