Sunday, December 6, 2009

Palm Springs - Part 3 of 3

beep beep.

12/1. East Valley Golf Club - Legends Course. The East Valley Golf Club is the home of the Southern California PGA. It's a 36 hole facility that has hosted PGA Tour Q Schools in past years. We booked our 10:43 tee time directly with the course for $50 per player.

This is a really nice facility and the track was super fun to play. There's lots of interesting holes, including a 490 yard downhill par 4. The bunkering on this course were strategically placed on almost every hole and I'm glad I had my GPS unit to figure out yardages. There were some dry spots but the overall course conditions were top notch. The bunkers were kind of bunk though. They were groomed (probably Thurs or Fri) but rained on heavily on Sat so they were crusty and rock hard on the day we played. The greens were fast and the undulations weren't quite as difficult to read as the prior three rounds. This day was by far the windiest conditions of our trip. We let 2 singles through but otherwise, we didn't see another golfer on the course. We finished our round in 4 hours, 5 minutes. I'll definitely visit this facility again and plan to play their Champions course as well. I didn't take any "blow up" holes (triple or quad bogeys), at least for me, in this round.

12/2. Indian Canyons Golf Resort - South course.
The Indian Canyons Golf Resort is a 36 hole facility along the mountains southwest of and close to the airport. We booked our 9:00 tee time through for $74 per player. This was the only round we played that we had to pay for range balls.

Compared to the prior 5 rounds, this course, by far:
1. was the easiest track we played in terms of slope/rating
2. was the greenest, moistest and lushest
3. had the slowest greens (soft and spongy) but smooth and true-ish
4. was the most photogenic with the mountain backdrop

Aside from the slow greens, the course was in amazing condition. We finished in 4 hours and 15 minutes, despite being a twosome sandwiched between two foursomes. We definitely needed this round to get a confidence boost and finish the trip strong. We both birdied the 18th hole to finish our golf in Palm Springs. That alone will probably lead to a return to this facility. It was my low round of the trip (87) as well as Paul's (83) but I think he was most satisfied with the 89 he shot at Oak Valley.

As far as food was concerned, we basically just ate Mexican food everyday LOL Rubio's was our main stomping grounds. $1.25 fish taco Tuesday was awesome!

Overall, I was very happy with my first trip to Palm Springs and will visit again for a golf getaway.

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