The course that Tom Doak, ever a student of the sleekness and gracefulness of the game's classic layouts, designed for the members-only Stone Eagle Golf Club resembles something out of a golf fantasy land. Nestled in the dramatic, arid landscape outside of Palm Desert, California, amid the San Jacinto and Santa Rosa Mountains, Doak's achievement overcame formidable architectural challenges. The verdant fairways and greens are made to flourish in a harsh landscape otherwise broken only by plants that can survive from one rare downpour to the next, and every available piece of halfway level ground has been pressed into service. The fairways are quite generous, and the rough is non-existent, though an errant shot can send a player on an odyssey of brush and sand. The fairways are gently rolling and the greens sculpted, and bunkering is fairly extensive. The course rewards and remains interesting for repeated play.