Indian Wells Country Club

Indian Wells, Calif.


The California desert has long been a rich playground for presidential golf, with Ike belonging to El Dorado Country Club and Gerald Ford playing Thunderbird’s fairways. But the most famous Oval Office outing occurred on Indian Wells’ Classic Course during the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic in February 1995. That’s when a sitting president, Clinton, joined two former presidents, Bush and Ford, along with defending champion Scott Hoch, for an historic foursome. Bush drew first blood—literally—when he hit a woman in the head on the first hole. He did wind up low president, however, with a 92 to Clinton’s 93 and Ford’s 100.

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