Morongo Unveils New Golf Club at Tukwet Canyon

Gale Courey Toensing
2/2/11

BEAUMONT, CA – In the traditional Cahuilla language of the Morongo Band of Mission Indians, tukwet is the word for ‘cougar,’ the proud and powerful big cats that have roamed the wild foothills and mountains of the San Gorgonio Pass in Southern California for centuries.

So it seemed entirely appropriate and respectful of tribal and regional history that the name The Morongo Golf Club at Tukwet Canyon should replace the award-winning 36-hole golf course formerly known as the East Valley Golf Club.

The Morongo tribe bought the golf club in October as the newest addition to the offerings at its Morongo Casino Resort & Spa in nearby Cabazon, Calif.

“Magnificent and graceful, the tukwet is the ideal symbol for the course as they both share many qualities. Both are sleek, powerful and precise, and Tukwet Canyon will offer players a remarkable golf experience in a scenic and natural environment,” said Morongo Tribal Chairman Robert Martin in a press release. “The Morongo Golf Club at Tukwet Canyon will compliment the world-class entertainment opportunities we already offer our resort patrons and the region.”

The newly named golf club was announced Feb. 1 as Morongo rolled out a fleet of new golf carts emblazoned with the new Tukwet Canyon logo to carry guests across the course. The casino resort will also provide complimentary transportation to and from the course, which will also remain open to the public.

Ranked among the best courses in Southern California, Tukwet Canyon was designed by noted architects Lee Schmidt and Brian Curley. The two 18-hole courses are characterized by their natural surroundings in unspoiled rolling terrain. The course draws visitors from around the world every year.

Tukwet Canyon will remain the regional home for the Southern California PGA, and host to the SCPGA Professional Championship and the McGladrey Section Championship. Members of the Southern California PGA and the former East Valley Golf Club will continue to enjoy membership privileges at Tukwet Canyon along with tribal members and guests of the Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa.

Martin said the new name and the new golf carts are the first of several planned projects and improvements that will strengthen the already brilliant golf experience at Tukwet Canyon. Other projects will be announced as they are initiated.

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