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F A Q's

Golf Shots

  • Rainbow Challenge 2023
  • Nine-year-old Ethan Lee visited from Miami and played with Stonewall at Shadow Mountain, February 2019.
  • We play the Canadian Open each spring before the snowbirds fly home. It's always fun and a good way to win a little bottle of maple syrup. April 2018. We hope to start again in 2022.
  • Everyone loves the tee at hole 12 at Shadow Mountain. A golden retriever lives there among the statues and begs you to throw a ball. David Hood, don't throw it in the pool!
  • Robbin and Lisa moved to the desert from Illinois in 2021. Robbin immediately cashed in at the Rainbow Challenge. Good job! Great play!
  • Members enjoying a round at Chambers Bay, in Washington State. Greg Baldwin, Treasurer, Deb Knowles, Director, Anthony Koch, Member, Melissa Berninger, President
  • We don't only play golf. Here we are, Darryl, Mike, Charlie, Susan, and Deb after braving 45 minutes of treacherous terrain to hear a loud Trump brigade play urban hip-hop on top of Utah. Who knew?
  • Tom Flynn, Mike Bonne, and Allen Weaver waiting for gold medalist Steven Innes to tee off on Mountain Vista - San Gorgonio on November 11, 2023
  • Karen Daniels competing for our closest to the pin contest. And all of the golf courses look like this from November through June.

About Us

Stonewall Golfers is a group of gay and lesbian golfers based in Palm Springs, California. The organization was started in 2000 and has grown to over 130 active members, with over 270 website profiles. We exist to schedule, participate in and enjoy regular golf and social events and to provide desert residents and visitors with gay and lesbian golfing companions in a friendly environment.

We hold at least 3 events per month and several major tournaments per year including our popular Rainbow Challenge. The club also organizes scramble tournaments throughout the year. We welcome members and non-members to all golf outings.

Stonewall Golfers supports local, social service based non-profit 501(c)(3) charities that recognize and meet the needs of the LGBT community. We make two monetary charitable donations per calendar year (one in mid-June and one in mid-December), subject to available funds, in equal amounts to (1) The LGBT Community Center of the Desert, and (2) FIND Food Bank (through The Community Food Bank @ The Center). More detailed info is available at

Stonewall Golfers conducts the majority of its communications via email. Feel free to email us at

For matters that require postal mail, our address is Stonewall Golfers, PO Box 2891, Palm Springs, CA 92263-2891.

Club Officers


Melissa Berninger, President

Melissa joined Stonewall in 2016. She was Treasurer from 2018-2023, until becoming President in 2023. Her number one priority is to make sure everyone who plays with Stonewall feels welcome and enjoys playing with such a wonderful group of people. Professionally, Melissa is a CFO for an import distribution company based out of Los Angeles and brings her business/financial knowledge to operating Stonewall. When not playing golf Melissa enjoys spending time with her dog and travel.

Greg Baldwin, Treasurer

Greg has successfully been CEO of his own businesses, and is keenly aware of an organizations financial health and well-being. His first tournament was the 2019 Rainbow Challenge, which was by far our largest success in generating charitable funds for the LGBT Community Center of the Desert, and for the players. Every year, under Greg's stewardship, the Rainbow Challenge has contributed more and more to charity and gotten even better organized.

Karen Daniels, Board Member/Website Master

Karen has been with Stonewall over 10 years and has spent most of that time serving on the board and volunteering for the organization. She also started the Women of Stonewall Scramble that is held twice a year.

Mike Wilkinson, Board Member

Mike joined Stonewall in 2019. He was Secretary from 2020-2023. He now sits on the board and chairs the social events committee and serves on the Rainbow Challenge committee. Mike's priority is to plan social activities so members can get to know one another. Mike retired in 2020 and volunteers at various non-profits. Before retiring, Mike co-owned a business that designs and distributes backyard play equipment. Aside from golf, Mike skis, plays pickleball, runs, mountain bikes, and travels. He's seasonal and spends the rest of the year in Coronado and Park City.

Sean Peterson, Board Member/ Membership Coordinator

Sean has been with the Stonewall Golfers since 2013. Served as Event Coordinator from 2016-2017. He was elected to the board in 2023 as the club’s Membership Coordinator with a mission to keep the club growing strong and continue our long tradition of inclusiveness, friendship, fun and Golf!

Tom Flynn, Board Member/Events Coordinator

Tom joined Stonewall in 2021. He became a Board Member in 2022. Tom is Stonewall's newest Event Coordinator having taken over from retiring planner Lee Ericson. and creates the calendar in consultation with Club members and the Board. His number one goal is to increase membership, and encourage outreach to bring in younger players. Professionally, Tom was a Broadway actor based in NYC for almost 30 years.

Celine Cooper, Board Member

Celine joined Stonewall in 2013. She was elected the board in 2023.

Jake Daly, Board Member

John Shulak, Board Member

John joined Stonewall Golfers in 2020 and the board in 2023. He contributes to the Tournament Rules Committee and the Social Media Committee. He is very ambitious about recruiting new members and making Stonewall more visible to golfers across the world. When John is not playing golf, he's a professional actor and mortgage banker, and enjoys traveling and spending time with his husband Anthony.

Deb Knowles, Board Member

Deb is a Director At Large. She joined Stonewall in 2019 and the Board in 2021. Deb brings significant experience with the Rules of Golf and Tournament Administration. Deb began a retirement transition from her Wealth Advisory practice in 2021 and now does all things golf. She and her wife Susan share their time between San Francisco and LaQuinta. Deb is currently a Course Rater for both the NCGA and Golf Week and serves on boards for other two golf related not for profit organizations.

Steve Innes, Board Member

Steve joined Stonewall in 2019. He joined the board in 2023 and will be working with the Event Coordinator on planning events and as an Event Point Person. Steve joined the board as a way to give back and to help Stonewall with its growth. Professionally, Steve was an academic who taught philosophy at universities in London and Glasgow. Steve splits time between Glasgow and Palm Springs, when not playing golf he enjoys cultural events, travel and spending time with his husband Pete.

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