29 Palms Golf Courses & Outdoors

29 Palms Recreation Guide to Outdoors Fun

Twentynine Palms offers recreational activities at two City Parks, two golf courses, and the Bowladium, a bowling facility with other recreational options.

The City Parks, Luckie Park and Knott Sky Park, feature many recreational facilities including a swimming pool, picnic shelters, playgrounds, a skateboard park, two basketball courts, baseball fields, a soccer field, racquetball courts and more.

There are two golf courses in Twentynine Palms that are open to the public. Roadrunner Dunes located in the city and Desert Winds is located at the Military Base, but is open to the public.

Read our list of 29 Palms golf courses and parks to help you plan your visit.

Desert Winds Golf Course

Website   •   7.0 Miles
LOCATION: Mwr Magtftc Bldg 3811, Twentynine Palms, CA (760) 830-6132

29 Palms Desert Winds Golf Course

Desert Winds Golf Course is a military golf course located at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center. It is open to the public and offers 18 holes of golf on a championship-rated course, a driving range and putting greens. Rental clubs are available for active duty personnel, and electric carts are available.

First Tee Golf Program

First Tee Golf Program is on Saturday’s. Call the pro shop for more information and seasonal hours. Open to ages 7 to 17 and all skill levels. Golf Clubs are provided. Visit the First Tee Gold Program website here.

Roadrunner Dunes Golf Course

Website   •   2.6 Miles
LOCATION:4733 Desert Knoll Ave, Twentynine Palms, CA (760) 367-5770

The 9-hole “Roadrunner Dunes” course at the Roadrunner Dunes Golf Course facility in Twentynine Palms, California features 3,100 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 36 . The course rating is 35.0 and it has a slope rating of 115. Designed by Lawrence M. Hughes, ASGCA, the Roadrunner Dunes golf course opened in 1964. Tom Parkhurst manages the course as the Owner.

Course Facts

  • Nine Hole Regulation Course.
  • 36 Par – 3184 Yards – 70.0 Rating.
  • Full Service Pro Shop & Food/Beverage.

Knott Sky Park

Website   •   3.0 Miles
LOCATIONS: El Sol Avenue, Twentynine Palms, CA (760)367-7562
Knott Sky Park is a city park that is located on El Sol Avenue, south of 29 Palms Hwy, and includes a baseball field, a picnic shelter, a new large playground, and restroom facilities.

Knott Sky Park Features:

  • Baseball field
  • Small Playground area
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Large Playground area (NEW)
  • Large open grass field

Luckie Park, Pool & Ballfields

Website   •   1.2 Miles
LOCATION: 5885 Luckie Ave, Twentynine Palms, CA (760)367-7562

29 Palms Luckie Park, Pool & Ballfields

Luckie Park is a Twentynine Palms City Park located on Luckie Avenue. It offers a swimming pool, two playground areas, three picnic shelters, two lighted basketball courts, a skateboard park with lights and a restroom, four lighted baseball fields, two sets of two horseshoe pits, a lighted soccer field, two racquetball courts and restroom facilities.

Luckie Park Features:

  • Pool
  • Playground areas (2)
  • Picnic Shelters (3)
  • Basketball Courts (3) Lighted
  • Skateboard Park Lighted
  • Baseball Fields (4) Lighted
  • Horseshoe Pits (2 sets of 2)
  • Soccer Field Lighted
  • Indoor Racquetball Courts (2)

Joshua Tree National Park

Website   •   2.3 Miles
Oasis Visitor Center
LOCATION: 74485 National Park Drive, Twentynine Palms, CA (760)367-5525

29 Palms Joshua Tree National Park

For those of you seeking a beautiful, unspoiled, natural high desert landscape, Joshua Tree National Park offers 790,000 acres of mountain climbing, rock climbing, hiking, beautiful cacti and wildflowers, native birds and animals and some of the most incredible rock formations in the world. You’ll certainly want to bring along your camera or artist’s paints.

There are many other opportunities for adventure at Joshua Tree National Park, including numerous hiking and biking trails, camping, horseback riding, self-guided and Ranger-led tours of various historic sites like the Desert Queen Ranch. There are also numerous opportunities for birding, stargazing, and viewing wildflowers.
Another fascinating activity is visiting old gold mines. There are eight gold mining districts in Joshua Tree National Park, featuring old mines from the California Gold Rush days. The mines most easily visited are the Mastodon in the Cottonwood Spring District, the Lost Horse, Gold Coin and the Silver Bell in the Middle Pinyon District, and the Desert Queen in the northern Pinyon District.

When visiting Joshua Tree National Park, stop at the Visitor Center first to learn about the many hiking and biking trails and other points of interest in the park. The Visitor Center offers Park information, exhibits, maps, cards, books, guides & videos.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park:

  • Backcountry Roads
  • Hiking
  • Ranger Programs
  • Backpacking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Rock Climbing
  • Birding
  • Keys Ranch Tour
  • Stargazing
  • Camping
  • Mountain Biking
  • Wildflower Viewing
  • Geology Motor Tour
  • Nature Walks


Website   •   0.6 Miles
LOCATION: 73768 Gorgonio Drive, Twentynine Palms, CA 760-367-9502

The Bowladium fun for the entire family with 16 lanes and open bowling. It is fully equipped and offers a pro shop, pool tables, coffee shop and cocktail lounge. The cocktail lounge offers karaoke on Thursday & Saturday nights, and the Little Italy cafe is located onsite.

Featured 29 Palms Area Things to Do Near Sunnyvale Garden Suites:

Guest Reviews

  • PamPam

    I have stayed here for over a year now and wouldn't stay anywhere else in twentynine palms. The staff are exceptionally nice, kind people, they always accommodate every request I have. I have two cats who love it here as much as I do. They safely roam the fenced yard or view the yard from the large front porch. It is quiet, the units are spacious and very comfortable and the full kitchen allows me to cook instead of having to eat out. I highly recommend staying here to experience the essence of being in the desert.

  • It was so comfortable, I didn’t want to check out!It was so comfortable, I didn’t want to check out!

    I had an absolutely wonderful experience at Sunnyvale Garden Suites Hotel! I found this unique, quiet place through the online reviews, and I couldn't have been happier with my stay. I used Sunnyvale Garden as my home base while I hiked in Joshua Tree National Park for five days. I booked a junior suite, which was wonderful for a solo traveler. The full kitchen allowed me to have breakfast in my room as well as to pack a picnic lunch for my hikes inside the park. The bed was so comfortable and the room so quiet that I slept like a baby! Management was always available, and they were very friendly and responsive to my needs.

    I felt so at home and relaxed at this pretty, quaint hotel that I truly didn't want to check out and go home! If you're planning to visit Joshua Tree National Park but want a hot shower and a comfortable, spacious room just minutes from the park, this is definitely the place to stay. Kudos to the staff for their wonderful service, too. I wouldn't stay anywhere else in Twentynine Palms!

    Trip Advisor Guest, Irvine, CA

  • Felt WelcomedFelt Welcomed

    Units are essentially small apartments complete with everything one would need to stay short or long term. They accomodated our dog. The interior decor could use some updating but the service and friendliness encountered overshadowed any drabness. Clean inside out.

    Trip Advisor Guest, Toronto

  • Enjoy something different.Enjoy something different.

    We loved staying here, not an assembly line motel but a place with personality. Don't expect elegant, do expect quirky and fun, and roomy, and convenient. Like the desert relics worked into the landscaping; like bedroom, dining area, kitchen, seating area, and a grill outside; close to Joshua Tree, just off the main street where the murals are. With a visiting roadrunner and quail in the bushes. Do check what supplies are actually there before shopping, and be careful of the oddly placed posts in the parking area but apart from that, if you're open to something a little different but still like having a home away from home - you'll love this place. (PS I originally wrote this review right after staying there - with pictures, but it never showed up so I'm submitting it again because the place was worth it.)

    Trip Advisor Guest, South Jersey

  • What a wonderful hotel!What a wonderful hotel!

    What a wonderful place to stay, a real home away from home. The kitchen allowed me to cook my own food, and the 2 bedroom suite made me feel like I was more in a nice condo then a hotel.

    Trip Advisor Guest, Washington DC

  • It was pleasant and comfortable.It was pleasant and comfortable.

    The owner was very kind to us from the moment we arrived. He was personable and willing to do whatever was needed to make our stay better. The suites were like little houses. Everything was clean and comfortable. If you are in town to see Joshua Tree National Park, it is the perfect location... only a couple minutes drive away. I only wish we could have stayed for more than one night!

    Trip Advisor Guest, Delaware

  • This is the best place to stay in 29 Palms, makes the desert desirable.This is the best place to stay in 29 Palms, makes the desert desirable.

    I loved having a kitchen in the hotel so that we could save money on meals. It was a great place to relax on a budget. The staff is friendly and always available when you need them. It doesn't have a swimming pool, but it does have a hot tub.

    Trip Advisor Guest, St. Louis, MO

  • Wonderful play to stay!Wonderful play to stay!

    What a wonderful place to stay, I especially liked the look and feel of my suite. The grounds were very well maintained and the staff were extremely cordial, even offered to help with the luggage as I checked in, and were very accomodating to my unique needs.

    Trip Advisor Guest, San Pablo

  • If you want a hotel, this is not it but if you want a condo, nice.If you want a hotel, this is not it but if you want a condo, nice.

    This was not what we expected but that was because I did not pay attention to description in AAA, which labeled it a condominium. If you are looking for a typical hotel or motel, this is not the place for you. It is really in a residential area and is a true condominium apartment. It has a full kitchen, living room, dining area, separate bedroom. It was handy for preparing breakfast and keeping our picnic items cool. The staff was nice. We had a problem getting heat but Tony was quick to respond and fix it. The shower was a bit strange. The grounds were nice. It was generally quiet. It is undergoing renovation and will probably become a real nice place to stay as long as it is what you are looking for and not a traditional motel.

    Trip Advisor Guest, Southern California

  • They treated us like family!They treated us like family!

    The owner (Tony) started working with us even before we arrived. He assured that we had more than a comfortable room, and that we have everything we need and some special requests for our extended stay. Luis, Steve, Mo, and the two new cleaning girls that started the last three weeks that we were here, treated us like family. The grounds are always very clean, the rooms are spotless, and the staff was always available within in minutes for anything we needed. Sunnyvale is a hidden treasure snuggled in a hidden cove away from the main streets of Twentynine Palms.

    There is no place in the area that could offer the combination of atmosphere, customer service, cleanliness, and decor that we got there. Now that we moved into a home in the area, everyone who comes to visit us will stay at Sunnyvale. We would like to thank Tony and Steve especially for going out of their way to give us some special requests that we needed during our extended stay from September 27 until December 4, 2009. We will miss the whole staff and they will receive an invitation to our housewarming when we get all settled. Thank you for the Precious Moments we had at Sunnyvale!!

    Trip Advisor Guest, 29 Palms

  • Lovely place, quiet, clean and differentLovely place, quiet, clean and different

    We stayed just for one night and were very pleased to find a place that is different from the usual cookie-cutter motels. We enjoyed the jacuzzi and had a restful sleep. The room was very clean and had a real kitchen and we are thinking of coming back for a family reunion because we liked the layout of the rooms, like small cabins in clusters with small alleyways separating them. For a surcharge we were also able to bring our dog. The location was also ideal, sort of tucked away from the highway. The only thing I would improve is the mattress of the folding bed.

    Trip Advisor Guest, San Francisco

  • Very comfortable and relaxingVery comfortable and relaxing

    We stayed at the hotel for a single night and had a very nice stay. The location is very quiet and very close to the 29 Palms entrance of Joshua Tree NP. We chose to stay there because of the good reviews and did not regret it. The gardens of the hotel are very nice and our room was very spacious. Would like to come again and stay a little longer!

    Trip Advisor Guest, Graz

  • Best Hotel in town, very friendly staffBest Hotel in town, very friendly staff

    Stayed here during a visit of the Joshua Tree National Park in December 2009. Very friendly staff, stay was uncomplicated. All rooms are unique and arranged as little bungalows. Perfect for a longer stay, During summer time you can use the grill outside of each room.

    Trip Advisor Guest, New York