The History of the City of Indian Wells

A Vacation Oasis Emerges

The Indian Wells Story

From a humble oasis sprung a fountain of luxury. Long an exclusive playground of movie stars, sports legends and even American presidents, Indian Wells now welcomes the world to its sparkling resorts and premier cultural, golf and tennis events.

What was once a tribal well and wagon stop slowly grew in the '50s and '60s into a small, celebrity-studded enclave. When President Dwight D. Eisenhower first vacationed here, he was so impressed with Indian Wells that it became his winter residence.

Throughout the '50s, tennis tournaments became annual events, and in 1960, the first Bob Hope Desert Classic was played at Indian Wells Country Club - forever making Indian Wells synonymous with top-ranked golf.

Today, thousands of pleasure-seekers come here every year seeking their own Southern California vacation oasis - at four luxury resorts, on championship courses at the Indian Wells Golf Resort, at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, and at events like the Frank Sinatra Countrywide Celebrity Invitational Golf Tournament and the BNP Paribas Open presented by The City of Indian Wells.