Morgan's in the desert at La Quinta Resort & Club
Few restaurants in all of California can provide golfers the tee-to-table experience offered by Morgan's in the desert at La Quinta Resort & Club.
Make it a King’s day. Take on the Arnold Palmer-designed SilverRock Resort before segueing 1.5 miles to—where else— Arnold Palmer’s Restaurant. Sporting a wall-to-wall homage to the King’s storied and singular career, newcomers need to know this isn’t a sports bar, but rather a classy and polished celebration of golf’s greatest ambassador. Oh, and the patio is among the best in the entire valley with a massive putting green to boot for any post-round bet-setting.
The region’s best bet for a direct Drive and Dine pairing starts with a round at La Quinta Resort & Club’s inspired Mountain Course before a meal at on-site Morgan’s in the Desert, where elegant surrounds pair perfectly with a taut menu of American classics and locally-sourced products.
'We're really big on sourcing our ingredients, and the Coachella Valley is such an amazing agricultural center that almost everything is grown locally as far as vegetables and fruits,' said Morgan's James Beard award-winning Executive Chef Jimmy Schmidt. 'We work with a lot of local farmers that grow for us directly and give us the first of their pick. We get the best of the best.'
Open for dinner daily, a few of Morgan's in the desert's locally sourced ingredients include: figs, peppers, olives, almonds, sweet corn, prize-winning chickens, along with elements from
Morgan's own on-site gardens. A relationship with local 4-H clubs further Morgan's communal flavors, partners and education.
With a background in nutrition and sporting sustenance, Schmidt's celebrated cooking philosophies and commitment to sustainability translate well to on-course management.
'Foods that have really big flavors and taste great are also high in nutritional elements, too. Our whole focus is delivering great nutrition and great flavor. They go hand in hand. Ideally, you won't just have a great meal with us; you'll also have great nutritional value when you're out playing golf.'
The pioneering chef is a firm believer that good golf is born of good eating.
'Golf requires your mind, your body and your focus,' Schmidt said. 'What we do with the food is to replenish the nutritional values that you need for your muscles after 18 holes but also all the amino acids that are necessary for focus and your brain. You'll probably play some of your best golf after eating with us.'
But who says your post-golf dining experience has to take place near the golf course? Beyond the country club there are several other fine dining establishments to enjoy in the Palm Springs area.