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Racquet Club of Palm Springs
Location 2743 N. Indian Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, California
Coordinates 33°51′18″N 116°32′46″W / 33.855°N 116.546°W / 33.855; -116.546
Owner Olivia Communities
Opened 1934
Renovated 1977, 1999
Construction cost $78,000 (1934 investment)
Architect Albert Frey
"Schiff House" and bungalows

The Racquet Club was a resort in Palm Springs, California, founded by actors Charles Farrell and Ralph Bellamy, which opened on December 15, 1934. Originally developed with two tennis courts, it expanded to include a swimming pool, the "Bamboo Room" bar, bungalows, and more courts. It served as a gathering place and party venue for much of Hollywood's show business elite. In the 1970s it suffered a decline and after a massive fire on July 23, 2014, it was totally demolished.

The Racquet Club in popular media

The Jack Benny Program (also broadcast as The Jack Benny Show), a 1932–1965 radio and TV series, featured a radio episode titled "Murder at the Racquet Club" on March 9, 1941.

The Star Studded Ride, a 1954 short film, featured stars Gussie Moran and Dave Gillam at the Racquet Club.

Pin-up photographer Bruno Bernard is credited with first photographing Marilyn Monroe at the Racquet Club in 1947; and it was at the club pool where she met talent agent Johnny Hyde.

  • The Racquet Club – owner Olivia Communities provides a pictorial history from 1932–1962
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