Frankie Avalon sells his La Quinta golf course retreat

Singer and actor Frankie Avalon has sold his golf course retreat in La Quinta for $955,000.

The three-bedroom, 3 1/2 -bathroom, 3,285-square-foot house looks out over a pool and spa to a fairway and the mountains beyond in the PGA West master-planned community. The house was built in 2002 and features an open floor plan and walls of glass.

A golfer, Avalon purchased the home in 2005 for $1,185,000, according to public records.

The onetime teen idol performed his 1959 No. 1 hit "Venus" on "American Idol" in April. He kicks off a U.S. concert tour Saturday in New Jersey that will cross the country and conclude in New York in April 2010.

Avalon, 68, got his musical start as a child prodigy playing the trumpet in Philadelphia. A 1957 appearance on Dick Clark's "American Bandstand" fueled sales of his early record "De De Dinah," which went on to sell more than a million copies. He starred opposite Annette Funicello in such beach movies as "Beach Blanket Bingo" (1965), "Bikini Beach" (1964) and "Muscle Beach Party" (1964).

The listing agent was Sandi Phillips of California Lifestyle Realty, La Quinta.