Desert Golf Course
The 1970s through the 1990s was a period in which golf courses proliferated around the world owing to economic conditions that encouraged big budgets. The result is that there are a whole lot of really lovely and fairly new places to play golf; one only hopes that most of them survive leaner times. The PGA WEST complex is one of these ambitious projects, featuring half a dozen courses, a number of them quite visually stunning. The top of the heap is the Stadium Course that Pete Dye designed in the mid-1980s. Dye's layouts in this period tend to be fairly punishing, and this one is no exception, though there is some fun to be had in coming prepared with a bunch of spent balls and licking your wounds afterward. And so it is that thousands of players flock to the Stadium every year for self-inflicted chastisement and to enjoy the scenery.