From Drives to Dines, Greater Palm Springs offers no shortage of fine dining options to pair with a great round of golf.

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For those occasions when a post-round hot dog just doesn’t cut it, here are several options across the valley that will take you from a recommended course to a top-shelf restaurant.
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The modern golf player has expectations and appetites that go beyond a tee-to-green experience. A stellar meal, a sound deal and the feel of personalized service are just as important to most golfers—especially those on a golf vacation—as the condition of a club's greens.

To experience the full flavors of a Palm Springs-area golf day (or eve), there are several on-course dining establishments that are highly recommended pairings with your next round of golf.

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Bellatrix at the Classic Club

The Classic Club was built to host a PGA Tour event, so it comes as no surprise that the clubhouse and restaurant that overlooks the course is nothing short of spectacular.

The Classic Club is the desert's most popular locale for group golf events, and its Bellatrix Restaurant mirrors the grandeur and attraction of these grounds. Open daily for lunch and Tuesday through Saturday for a 'casually elegant' dinner setting, the views from the patio are exceptional, while the handsome indoors welcome golfers and non-players alike.

For Happy Hour (3 p.m. – 6 p.m.), take advantage of the $3 pints and an awesome cheeseburger from the $6 'Bar Bites' menu. In the eve, the Short Rib Papradelli, Seared Scallops and Pan Seared Monkfish are all highly recommended. Pair your meal with one of the area's most extensive wine lists, which boasts better than 150 selections by the bottle, highlighting California vineyards.

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Escena Lounge & Grill

'Guests can enjoy great food, awesome entertainment and really, really good golf,' said Escena's Executive Chef Oscar Ayala. 'What more can you want? It's the whole package here.'

The setting at Escena's excellent, mid-century, modern clubhouse and restaurant gives off a unique desert cool that translates well to Ayala's platings. Live music and Happy Hours (Tuesday through Saturday, starting at 3 p.m.) paint one of the Coachella Valley's most engaging scenes, located at Escena Golf Club.

'I do some American fusion, but with a South American flair,' Ayala said of his menu. 'We keep the morning golfers full with breakfast and lunch menus, and then in the evening, we go a little further, a little more upscale.'

Breakfast guests rave about the Huevos Rancheros, while lunch diners crave a post-round club sandwich on the patio. In the evening, start with an inventive cocktail from the bar's specialty menu before segueing to the chef's entrée recommendation:

'The Halibut is one of my favorite dishes on our dinner menu,' Ayala said. 'And it's also one of our most popular.'

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Club House Grille at Indian Springs Golf Club

The hymn has become as familiar to the desert airwaves as the sound of the night wind whipping through the palms: 'There actually is a free lunch.'

For an enjoyable round coupled with a casual setting, check out the Club House Grille at Indian Springs Golf Club , where a complimentary lunch from a select menu is included with your green fee. The immaculate setting, exceptional service, daily Happy Hour, patio seating and rows of flat screens make this an ideal choice to match sunny attitudes with a sunny day.

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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.

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Desert Hot Springs

Swinging for a great couples’ day? Following a round at the unique and rustic surrounds of Mountain Course before a meal at on-site Desert Dunest (the valley’s only public design by Robert Trent Jones, Jr.), then take the three-mile drive to Mountain Course before a meal at on-site Two Bunch Palms Resort & Spa, where the dining at Essense matches regional offerings with a smart and relaxed décor. And, hey, those golf muscles may call for a rubdown as well, right?!

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Indian Wells

Head to this renowned golf city and enjoy a round at either of the superb courses at Indian Wells Golf Resort before heading over to Vue Grille and Bar for award-winning cuisine.

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Palm Springs

Make it a full-on Indian Canyons day. For an old-school pairing of golf and dining, play the classic routing of the Indian Canyons’ North Course and stay in Palm Springs for an evening at Melvyn’s Restaurant at the Ingleside Inn, where the valley’s most veteran staff keeps things classy and the lounge adjacent is always buzzing.

Aiming for old school turned new school? Then take on the full redesign of Indian Canyons’ South Course in prep for an eve at the reimagined, supper club surrounds of Mr. Lyons Steakhouse.

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Palm Desert

Of course, El Paseo offers no shortage of fine dining options. For those who have yet to experience Il Corso—don’t miss out on authentic Italian platings dressed in upscale stone and glass surrounds. Pre-dine, get the day going with a choice championship round 4.6 miles away at Desert Willow Golf Resort, where a round on either the Firecliff or Mountain Courses are sure to work up an appetite.

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Rancho Mirage

Go from South African to Japan in a mere six miles. For an international day to be had in Rancho Mirage, start with a round at the Gary Player Signature Course followed by a meal at one of the valley’s best kept secrets at the superb Shabu Shabu Zen .

After a long and satisfying day of golf, you can replenish your mind and body at any one of these fine dining restaurant experiences near Palm Springs.

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