A Lively History in the Desert

Founded in 1982 as a new concept in Coachella Valley country clubs, The Lakes Country Club has always been identified by an unprecedented membership value with a focus on active lifestyles. We began with a highly regarded 18-hole course with an additional 9-hole course opening in 1988; and exceptional golf, tennis and social experiences have been part of our DNA since founding.

Our tradition of professional leadership and high standards throughout the years has resulted in many awards and industry recognition, including being names a "Distinguished Club" by BoardRoom Magazine, a designation attained by only the finest clubs in the world.
What this means for Members of The Lakes is a reputation as the friendliest, caring, supportive, and fun-loving club in the Coachella Valley.


In the beginning, there was sand, sand and more sand. Bill Bone, CEO of builder, Sunrise Company, then said "Let There Be Lakes!" Thus, The Lakes came into being to flourish and bring forth golf courses, 15 championship tennis courts, beautiful homes, a 43,000 sq. ft. Western-style Clubhouse containing two restaurants, the Longhorn Lounge, Men's and Ladies' apparel shop, golf hard goods, and a tennis Clubhouse with lounge and merchandise shop. 

  • Ground broke in late 1982 and the first official Opening Party was held in the Clubhouse on September 3, 1983.
  • In the original design, the community was to be made up of 938 homes. Once construction began, homeowners' desire was to build larger, fewer condos.
  • The first General Manager Scott Candland was hired to work under Sunrise Company.

1982 - 1983

The first 9 holes were developed. 

  • 1 North
  • 6 North
  • 7 - 9 North
  • 1 East
  • 7 South
  • 8 South
  • 9 South


A new General Manager by the name of Mike Williams began overseeing club operations.


On June 1, each resident became a proprietary owner of this wonderful community. 75% of the homes were sold at this point, 675/902.

  • The transition committee who dealt with Sunrise was made up of the first Board of Directors, Bud Craton, Mac Jolly, Phil Staats and Mike Stocker with Bud Craton as President.
  • Previously with Tamarisk Country Club, Buzz Radoff was hired six months prior to the membership turnover. Buzz and Mike worked across from one another in the same office until the day of the turnover of General Manager from Mike to Buzz.
  • During the summer, the Santa Fe Grill dropdown bar was expanded out onto the patio to increase indoor dining in the Santa Fe Grill.


In December of 1987, the membership voted to add an additional nine holes of golf and had the course designed by famous Architect and Member Ted Robinson, who enhanced it into one of the most challenging 27-hole courses in the area.

  • Members were assessed in order to finish the course.


A beautiful new golf course and expanded facilities were completed.

  • The 1st Annual President's Ball took place on December 3 to honor past President's, Ed Ethell and Bud Craton along with incoming President Mike Stocker and the 1989 Board of Directors.


The new Picnic Area and Playground on Running Springs was completed. The Playground was set with swings, slides, and climbing equipment. Teams began forming at the Volleyball Court and members set up a small croquet field.

  • The Playground was set with swings, slides, and climbing equipment.
  • Teams began forming at the Volleyball Court and members set up a small croquet field.
  • Shuffleboard was also available on the cement court with doubled as a basketball court, planned to be used for dancing, BBQs and picnic pavilion.


In August, the Men's and Ladies' Locker Rooms were renovated for expansion, with a 69% increase to the Ladies' and 40% increase to the Men's.

  • The shoe attendant station was also expanded to provide better service while adding more ventilation.


Early in the year, we sported a brand-new Fitness Center. The 3,735 sq. ft. building included a Men's and Ladies' shower, dry and steam saunas, lockers, exercise machines, and a combination aerobic/activties room.

  • The Porte cochere renovation took place with a dramatic new setting of palm trees, large boulders, and barrels filled with colorful flowers.


USGA Greens Project began.

  • Beginning with the South, then North and then onto what was known as the old back 9, the greens project took three summers to complete.


  • General Manager Buzz Radoff retires after 24 years and he is replaced by Sandy Seadon.


  • General Manager, Sandy Seadon relocated out of state and is replaced by Frank Melon to run club operations.
  • Pickleball starts to become a popular sport in Southern California. During the summer, one tennis court is converted into three Pickleball courts.


  • Groundbreaking for the new Lifestyle & Wellness Center begins in April and the Clubhouse remodel begins in August, both as part of the 20/20 Project Plan.
  • New cart paths are installed near preexisting Fitness Center that navigate around the Clubhouse Pool and to the Driving Range.
  • The Golf Starter House remodel begins. Located beside the Driving Range, the building will now become what is known as Charlie’s, a food and beverage venue for a snack or grab and go meal. Charlie’s was named after one of our long-time Golf Professionals, Charlie Sipple, who passed away from cancer earlier in the year.


  • February of 2020, COVID-19 hits the United States and come March, the pandemic begins to impact club operations as well as the 20/20 Project Plan. 


  • Despite the ongoing pandemic, we were able to complete construction on the Lifestyle & Wellness Center in May. The new Center features the latest in cardiovascular equipment, spacious group exercise studios, spin and Pilates studios, four-lane Lap Pool, Men's and Ladies' Locker Rooms, and both dry and steam saunas in each locker room.
  • On June 30, Frank Melon resigns from The Lakes and moves on to run the club operations at The Springs Country Club. Assistant General Manager & Chief Financial Officer, Ron Phipps is promoted to General Manager & Chief Operating Officer.
  • The 20/20 Project Plan nears completion. In November, the occupancy permit is attained. Our 50,000 sq. ft. Clubhouse doors opened to Members at the Open House on November 12. The new Clubhouse features Mountain View Bar, Grill & Terrace with a 60-foot fire pit, Santa Rosa Room & Terrace for formal dining, an Event Center, Wine Room, offices, and two kitchens on the upper level. The Golf Shop, Men’s and Ladies’ Locker Rooms, Cart Barn, and Employee Break Room are situated on the lower level.