California’s Spotlight 29 Casino to Sponsor PGA Event Until 2028

A premier Southern California Indian casino will gain national recognition by sponsoring a PGA event through 2028.

The Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians has agreed to become the official tribal casino and hotel sponsor of the PGA Tour’s American Express Golf Tournament. Through this partnership, the tribe’s main casino, Spotlight 29 Casino, will have its logo prominently displayed across all volunteer platforms.

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“This event has always been a community-driven tournament, and we feel fortunate to be able to help support the more than 1,200 volunteers who make the week run smoothly,” Darrell Mike, Chair of Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians, said in a statement. “We are thrilled to be able to be a part of this time-honoured tradition.”

The American Express Golf Tournament will take place Jan. 16-22 at PGA WEST’s Stadium and Nicklaus Tournament Courses and La Quinta Country Club in La Quinta, California. The first round of golf begins Jan. 19. It will feature some of the biggest names in golf, including Tony Finau, Patrick Cantlay, Xander Schauffele, and Scottie Scheffler.

The purse for The American Express Golf Tournament is $8 million. That’s right around the middle of the pack in terms of purses for PGA Tour events.

Beyond golf action, there will also be concerts at the tournament with Gwen Stefani and Darius Rucker on Jan. 20 and Jan. 21, respectively.

Spotlight 29 Casino Details

Spotlight 29 Casino, located in Coachella, California, offers guests 1,600 slot machines and 39 table games. There’s also a poker room as part of the 110,000 square feet of gaming space. In addition, the event venue, Spotlight Showroom, has 2,200 seats and has featured performances from LeAnn Rimes, Don Rickles, Kenny Rogers, Roseanne Barr, Paul Rodriguez, Ana Barbara, and Carrot Top, to name a few.

The Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians also has a second casino, Tortoise Rock Casino, in Twentynine Palms, California. It’s a smaller facility, with 490 slot machines and seven tables in 30,000 square feet of gaming space.

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Matthew Bain started as News Editor and Content Manager at California Casinos in 2022. Before that, he spent six years as a sports reporter and then deputy sports editor for the Des Moines Register, during which time he won nine statewide journalism awards, including the Genevieve Mauck Stoufer Outstanding Young Iowa Journalists Award. As deputy sports editor, Matthew oversaw the Register's recruiting coverage while also innovating the outlet's high school sports coverage. Matthew graduated from San Diego State and grew up in California, but he's somehow a Boston Celtics fan. Long story.