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Desert Activities

This secluded estate in the Coachella Valley has long provided a sanctuary for wellness seekers, artists, visionaries and adventurers. From your enviable position at the foothills of the Santa Rosa Mountains, experience the restorative benefits of an arid climate, marvel over a rocky landscape dotted with towering date trees and desert-dwelling palms and enjoy easy access to the nine cities that comprise this unique Southern California region.


A private 18-hole golf course is the crown jewel of Porcupine Creek, once sought after by premier athletes and world leaders for its combination of challenging course design and exhilarating beauty. The grounds encompass nearly 75 acres of manicured surroundings boasting classic sight lines, pristine conditions, turf and sand bunkers, rich water features and grand Santa Rosa Mountain views. Inspired by elite golf courses and famous holes from around the world, several creative minds collaborated over the years to design Porcupine Creek into the one-of-a-kind experience it is today.

A Legendary Destination

Soak in the view from elevated tee boxes and watch your ball soar against the Santa Rosa Mountains. Follow in the footsteps of premier athletes and world leaders as you take on the challenging course for yourself.

Exclusive to Retreat Guests

What was once formal invite only, this legendary golf destination is now accessible for you to test your ability during solo or group play, or hone your skills with private instruction from a Golf Professional.

Embrace the Privacy

With all tee times at least 20 minutes apart, pace of play will never be an issue. Sensei Porcupine Creek is one of the only golf destinations in the world offering individual tee times for you to enjoy space and solitude during your play. Guests can play solo or with a group of their choosing for their private tee time.

Extensive Amenities

Your round includes cart fee, complementary practice balls, top of the line rentals, access to a world-class practice area with advanced Bushnell Pro technology, Sensei by Nobu golf menu delivered directly to you on the course, and a beautiful clubhouse to relax after a round.

Hiking Rancho Mirage

A lush oasis amid the rock-strewn desert foothills, Porcupine Creek centers you in the natural beauty of Rancho Mirage. A well-maintained nature trail winds above the estate grounds, with a moderately challenging 500-foot elevation that rewards you with a sense of achievement as you complete the 1.4-mile route. Additional and more challenging hikes are within a short drive of the property.


Porcupine Creek’s tennis courts were built to match those played on by the champions training for the nearby BNP Paribas Tennis Tournament. Now, open exclusively to Sensei guests, this world-class tennis facility features two hard courts and one clay court.

Joshua Tree National Park

At the junction of the Mojave Desert and the Colorado Desert lies Joshua Tree National Park, a surreal and wonderful protected landscape known for its unique flora. Rugged rock formations frame the unique Joshua Tree, a prickly plant that twists and rises and provides a habitat for all kinds of native wildlife.

Palm Springs

As you meander among the iconic mid-century modern architecture that defines this vibrant city, discover a cultural star in the heart of the desert. Spend a day browsing among upscale boutiques and savoring the culinary delights of some of the world’s most acclaimed chefs. Culture seekers may appreciate a stroll among the Palm Springs Art Museum, while history buffs are often drawn to the historic Palm Springs Air Museum.

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

Soar more than 8,500 feet over the scenic San Jacinto Mountains via the Palm Spring Aerial Tramway, the world’s largest rotating tram car. The breathtaking Chino Cliffs plunge beneath you on this 10-minute journey that delivers you to the Mountain Station for shopping, dining and miles of high-elevation desert hikes.

Indian Canyons

More than 60 miles of hiking and walking trails wind through this ancestral home of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians. Find the trails that meet your fitness level, crossing through groves of palms and marked by towering rocky formations and tumbling waterfalls.

Rancho Mirage Library & Observatory

Stargazing reaches new heights in this state-of-the-art observatory. Led by a resident astronomer and complemented by an array of expert speakers, observatory experiences reveal the wonders above illuminated in the dark desert sky.

Sunnylands Center & Garden

Step onto this 200-acre estate and tranquil gardens to discover its enduring legacy in Rancho Mirage history. Once the private winter retreat for philanthropists Walter and Leonore Annenberg, Sunnylands has been at the epicenter of discourse and dialogue among world leaders, renowned intellects and global entertainers. Now open to the public, Sunnylands honors the natural desert landscape and sustainability efforts with its LEED Gold certification.

Living Desert Zoo and Gardens

Get out into the wild at the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, inhabited by desert-dwellers from around the globe. Considered one of the world’s best zoos, this Palm Desert attraction offers engaging animal encounters and wildlife chats with expert keepers.

BMW Performance Center

As one of only two locations in the U.S., this racing track is set against a beautiful mountain backdrop. Fuel up your adrenaline over three unique tracks featuring hairpin turns and high-speed straights, guided by experienced instructors at every bend.