Indian Wells’ history started early 1800`s as a watering point and stagecoach stop for prospectors seeking their fortune in gold from the Colorado River.
The golden era for Indian Wells came in the 1950’s, as the city changed from an agricultural center into an affluent residential and resort community. This time also saw the construction of the Eldorado Country Club and the Indian Wells Country Club and Golf Resort. Desi Arnaz was one of the founders of the Indian Wells Country Club. Later, he and his wife, Lucille Ball, would go on to open the Indian Wells Resort Hotel as well.
Indian Wells is synonymous with tennis. In the late 1970s, city officials and residents developed a plan for municipal land investment and development. Tennis pro Charlie Pasarell moved his Pilot Pen tennis tournament to Indian Wells and would later build the Hyatt Grand Champion. The tournament outgrew this facility and moved to its permanent home at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in 2000. The prestigious tennis tournament in currently known as the BNP Paribas Open.
In addition to incredible tennis, Indian Wells is home to world-class golf tournaments. The Indian Wells Country Club was the original home to the Bob Hope Classic, now known as The American Express, for over forty years. Golf enthusiasts can also pick from the Celebrity Course and Players course at the Indian Wells Golf Resort, which has been the two-time host to the PGA Tour’s Skins Game.
With over 200 juried artists from around the globe, The Indian Wells Art Festival at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden is an event not to miss. The Festival includes artwork from all mediums, as well as live entertainment, cocktails, and curated culinary confections, making it a popular place to experience art and enjoy a relaxing weekend in one of Southern California’s finest locales.