Well, it was December 2007 and I was going through major golf withdrawal. I hadn't played golf in over 2 months due to horrific weather in Vancouver. I'm not sure about this global warming stuff - in Vancouver, it's got to be global cooling. We've had more snow and sleet in the past 2 months than in the past 4 years I've lived here.
Anyway, we just couldn't stand it, so we got online and booked a last minute golf getaway to Palm Springs through Westjet - a great deal with direct flight, car and hotel.
So I had the travel planned, but when looking online at Palm Springs golf courses, I was elated and depressed at the same time - there are over 100 golf courses in that desert. Which ones should I book? I was stumped.
But then I thought about all my golf blogging buddies and decided to ask for some advice. Thankfully, Mr. Business Golf had lots of experience playing golf in Palm Springs and generously recommended 8 courses to choose from, and even restaurants and shopping around the area.
I'm almost as addicted to outlet malls and golf shops as I am to golf, and Scot's recommendation to visit Pete Carlson's on Hwy 111 was really helpful along with the Premium outlet mall just 10 miles from Palm Springs west on I-10. I got warmer golf clothes at IZOD in the Premium outlet mall and even picked up last minute Xmas gifts for the kids....and I have to admit, I shopped at Pete's twice in 4 days. Scot told me he'd seen some LPGA players in there before and when I walked into the shop (dressed in my new cool golf duds), one of the ladies who worked there came up to me and said, "Don't I know you?". I said, "No I don't think so.". She then said, "I'm sure I've seen you before - I knew it the moment you walked into the store." Hee hee...Charles thinks she thought that I was "a player" - Yeah..right ;-)
But I digress...back to golf...
I checked out the courses and they all looked great. After doing a bit more research on all the courses and checking out the many tee time packages and discounts being advertised online, I discovered that I could get the cheapest rates by booking my tee times through US Golf, and I'm glad I did. They were very helpful, did all the work for me and I just showed up at the courses at the exact tee times I wanted - no coupons required, no hassles. I'll definitely use them again.
Anyway, let's get to the golf...I've posted a review of each course below
We started playing a links style course called Cimarron and really enjoyed the wide, forgiving fairways.
Next we tried Terra Lago North - a wonderful mountain course with lots of elevation and "fun" holes.
Next was Silver Rock - a deadly PGA course where target golf is the name of the game.
Finally we played a traditional tree lined course called Rancho Mirage - nice normal golf.
Thanks again Mr. Business Golf, for all your help! I couldn't have done it without you.