The Beginning of Tradition
The estate that became Tradition Golf Club was originally homesteaded in 1902 by John Marshall. It was later named La Quinta or “the country house” for the small house Marshall had built on the property. In the years following, Marshall added the main ranch house to the property - a home designed by noted architect Gordon Kaufmann, who went on to design the La Quinta Resort.
The Marshall family eventually sold their ranch to a Los Angeles oil and real estate tycoon, William Rosecrans, who renamed the estate “Hacienda del Gato” in gratitude for the family’s beloved grey cat, who saved Mrs. Rosecrans from a severe rattlesnake strike.
A Hideaway for Presidents and Celebrities
Rosecrans was friendly with the Hollywood legends of the era, and Hacienda del Gato soon became the hideaway where celebrities like Clark Gable, Ginger Rogers, Kathryn Hepburn, Errol Flynn, Marlene Dietrich, Greta Garbo and Rudolph Valentino escaped the pressures of stardom, or to spend time with family and friends.
Hollywood elite were not the only visitors here; the Hacienda’s warmth and serenity were sought by Presidents and politicians as well. Both President Eisenhower and President Kennedy enjoyed extended visits to the ranch. This tradition of retreat continues to this day.
After serving for decades as an exclusive getaway, the ranch was sold and the fertile nature of the land became the primary focus. Citrus orchards were planted below the home. The scents from Eureka and Ponderosa lemons, pink and ruby grapefruit, Dancy and Algerian tangerines, Temple and Seville oranges, and pomegranates filled the air. It remained a working ranch until 1991.
Arnold Palmer’s Crown Jewel
Arnold Palmer discovered the site in the mid-1990s. He was immediately captivated by the awe-inspiring mountains that gave the site visual drama and would ultimately inspire him to create one of golf’s crown jewels...Tradition Golf Club.
“I had already designed several courses in Palm Springs when the opportunity came to do Tradition. When it was finished, I knew that it was something special, a crown jewel, and I knew that I wanted a home where I could spend part of every winter in such a magnificent setting.
Tradition has lived up to all my expectations. I cherish my residence and my membership.”
- Arnold Palmer