Iconic History

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

A Historic Timeline

Pre 1902

The land Tradition Golf Club sits on was once hunting grounds for the Cahuilla Indians which was proven by the countless arrowheads found in the area by settlers.


John Marshall purchased 160 acres from the Southern Pacific Railroad and the original home (the Eisenhower Cottage) was built and Deglet Noor date trees were planted.

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Main ranch house, the Hacienda was built by Architect, Swanson. Cactus and specialty gardens planted


Marshall Ranch sold to William and Elizabeth Rosecrans. William was the grandson of Civil War General William Starke Rosecrans.

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Rosecrans sold the property to citrus farmers James and Esther Holmes. Citrus cultivation included: Seville orange, pink grapefruit, Ponderosa lemon, Algerian tangerine to name a few. The grounds smelled as beautiful as they looked.


The property was owned by several developers, Fritz Burns, Bill Young and then Landmark Land Company


The property was then sold to Sienna Corporation who partnered with Arnold Palmer and his design company to begin construction of Tradition golf course.


Tradition Golf Course and Clubhouse opened


Club transitioned from developer to a Member Owned Equity Club


Fitness Center and Spa Built


Tradition Golf Club distinguished as a Platinum Club of America


Arnold Palmer Statue Unveiling

Present Day

Our Legend Continues…

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Tradition Golf Club 78505 Old Avenue 52
La Quinta, CA 92253