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Frank Sinatra, playing golf with his future wife Barbara Marx in the Colgate Dinah Shore Golf Classic pro-am in 1973. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)


Frank Sinatra’s golf pedigree is spotty, to say the least. He had a house on a golf course, Tamarisk Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif. He had a golf tournament, the Frank Sinatra Invitational, that lasted one year on the PGA Tour. But he did not have much of a golf game.

Now he has a golf course named after him, the Sinatra Resort and Country Club, though the new owner, Tim Martin, claims he did not name it after Frank Sinatra the singer, but after Frank Sinatra Drive, the street on which the entrance to the resort is located, according to this story by Larry Bohannan in the Desert Sun. The Sinatra Resort and Country Club is the old Desert Island Golf and Country Club, a private equity club that Martin is turning into a resort that will include a hotel.

Why the name change? “We are basically rebranding the whole property,” Martin told Bohannan. “What I found out in talking with people was a majority of people didn’t know where Desert Island was.”

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For the record, it’s on the corner of Frank Sinatra Drive and Bob Hope Drive, less than a mile east of Tamarisk.