THE ORIGIN

Inspired to create a new country club that was inclusive of diverse Members, Tamarisk Country Club was conceptualized by a group of business investors from Los Angeles, at the Wonder Palms Hotel in the 1950’s.

The mission of Tamarisk Country Club was to promote “democracy and tolerance, with the requisite of integrity, character, love of golf and companionship with fellow men.” The Club was named after the indigenous Tamarisk shrubs and trees, which are known for their ability to withstand all weather idiosyncrasies.

Black and white photo of the original Tamarisk Country Club sign

First sign of the opening of Tamarisk Country Club, 1953

Harpo clowning with brother Gummo Marx, Asa, and guest

Harpo clowning with brother Gummo Marx, Asa and guest

“GOLDEN 65”

The original 65 founding Members, later known as the “Golden 65”, included business tycoons, entertainment stars, real estate moguls, inventors, board chairmen, lawyers and physicians. Four of the five Marx Brothers, Groucho, Harpo, Zeppo, and Gummo, jumped at the chance to become founders alongside comedian George Burns, agricultural developer Joseph Marguleas, Hollywood producer Sol Lessor, and orthopedic surgeon Daniel Levinthal, who became the surgeon for the Los Angeles Rams. The remaining founders comprised of a powerhouse group of achievement and influence.

GRAND OPENING

On February 22, 1952, Tamarisk officially opened with the big splash of a Founders Day Tournament. Radio superstar Jack Benny, an early Member, made on-air references to Tamarisk, giving it not only cachet, but nationwide recognition.

Jack Benny exchanges his club for a violin

Jack Benny exchanges his club for a violin at Tamarisk Country Club

Frank Sinatra and guest posing for a photo after a round of golf

L-R Danny Schwartz, Gary Morton, Frank Sinatra, with Freeman Gosden of ‘Amos n’ Andy’ fame in 1972 Classic

HOME TO
FRANK SINATRA

Tamarisk’s high-profile attracted the attention of Frank Sinatra and in 1954, Sinatra purchased five lots along the 17th fairway. It was here that Sinatra would establish the home of a lifetime. His visitors included sports figures, politicians, Hollywood royalty and American high society.

MID-CENTURY
MODERN LUXURY

The classic mid-century modern architecture distinguishes Tamarisk from other clubs to this day and many homes can be viewed during Modernism Week, a popular curated experience of tours, lectures, and parties.

Notable modernist architects such as A. Quincy Jones, Wexler & Harrison, E. Stewart Williams, William Pereira, William F. Cody, and Val Powelson designed lavish homes for Tamarisk Members and considered some of the desert’s finest.

Black and white photo of a mid-century home

Mid-Century Tamarisk Country Club Home designed by architect Val Powelson for Leo Maranz, who made his fortune from inventing a soft-serve ice cream machine.

Today, Tamarisk is as vibrant and extraordinary as it has ever been. The Club is dedicated to its distinguished membership while fostering a warm, welcoming and friendly atmosphere.

TAMARISK LEGENDS

Located on the scenic Frank Sinatra Drive, the famed Tamarisk Country Club, known for its iconic Members, honors its past by continually swinging toward the future.

Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra
One of the best-selling music artists of all time and Tamarisk Country Club Member for the last four decades of his life.
Ben Hogan
Ben Hogan
One of golf’s all-time greats and Tamarisk Country Club’s first golf professional.
President Gerald Ford
President Gerald Ford
American politician who served as the 38th president of the United States and Tamarisk Country Club Member.

RENOVATION

Modern renovations give new life to Tamarisk Country Club

In 2016, Tamarisk Country Club welcomed members with elegance and sophistication while introducing new, ultra-modern amenities. The beautiful dining and event rooms provide an unbeatable venue for fantastic meals and social events. The new outdoor patios—the best in the Valley—are equipped with misters, fans and heaters for year-round enjoyment.

When exercise tops your agenda, you’ll appreciate the brand new 7,500 sq. ft. fitness & wellness center, featuring top-tier training equipment, spa treatments, and an array of programs and classes. Add camaraderie, incredible golf, and a vibrant social calendar to the mix, and you’ve just found a top-tier country club in California’s most coveted resort city.

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