Eventually, Bellamy and Farrell invested in a whole club, adding a swimming pool, a bar, and bungalows. When the Club was first established, membership cost $50; over the years that price rose to $150. Eventually Farrell bought-out Bellamy's interests and became the sole owner. The Racquet Club continued to serve as a place for fun and relaxation. Bing Crosby, Judy Garland, Jack Benny, Marilyn Monroe, Zsa Zsa and Eva Gabor, Frank Sinatra, and many more could be found lounging by the pool, drinking in the famous Bamboo Room, playing tennis, or simply socializing. The Racquet Club was a Hollywood haven. However, it was not solely for Hollywood elite. In the 1960s, Robert and Ethel Kennedy would frequently visit the Club for a few rounds of tennis. Also, Henry Kissinger came for lunch, Ronald and Nancy Reagan were even allowed to cook in the kitchen, and famed author Truman Capote was once a guest at the Club's popular New Year's Eve party.1
In 1959, Farrell, who had at one time served as the mayor of Palm Springs, sold the Racquet Club to a businessman from Pasadena named Robert Morton. Numerous owners would follow over the years, but there was one constant person always in the foreground: Charles Farrell. He continued to serve as the managing director and the main PR agent for the Racquet Club, ensuring celebrity attraction. The Racquet Club's painful demise began in 1986 when owner Larry Lawrence decided to rid the Club of its Member Only policy and make it open to the public.1 By the time Charles Farrell passed away in 1990, his beloved Racquet Club was vacant.2
In the 21st century, the Racquet Club has fallen under even harder times and the future of the historic site remains uncertain. After being reopened with new hands at the helm in 1999, the Racquet Club failed to take-off and closed after just 4 years.3 In July 2014, a fire broke-out and destroyed many buildings located on the legendary site.2 As of 2017, the Palm Springs Historic Preservation Board voted to make the now 10 acres of Racquet Club a Class 1 historic site, which would prevent further demolition. Opponents argued that designating it a Class 1 historic site would also disqualify existing buildings and bungalows from undergoing modification without approval from the city council, and would curtail future development.3 Whatever the future of the Racquet Club, its glory days are long gone, along with the multitudes of stars that graced the premises; all that remains are the legendary tales and memories.