Ben Hogan once was quoted as saying "golf in the California desert would never work" There are over a 100 golf courses in the Coachella Valley today. The pioneer and the first 18 hole golf course in the Coachella Valley was Thunderbird CC located in Rancho Mirage. Thunderbird became an instant haven for celebrities, politicians, and socialites. Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Bing Crosby, Nixon, Ford, and Eisenhower are just some of the names to have graced the fairways at Thunderbird Country Club.
In 1954 Ford liked the name and logo so much that they adopted the name and logo for their sports car.
The electric golf cart was invented for members at Thunderbird CC by Eddie Susalla.
Thunderbird County Club is filled with history and nostalgia that any golf aficionado could appreciate.
Thunderbird is a private club.