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January - February 2012

SilverRock Resort

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Golf InformatIon and travel GuIde Featuring: Palm Springs Desert Cities Visit: www.SWESTGOLF.com or Please Call (760) 399-6517 for your copy of Desert Golfing Digest


“There IS a *FREE LUNCH @ Indian Springs” Top 5 Public Golf Courses - Desert Golf Magazine

Best Course Under $100 - The Desert Sun

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6,794 yard challenging yet golfer friendly layout with 360° panoramic views, 8 lakes, 2 streams and 3 waterfalls. Championship golf course with tournament speed greens that are a “PERFECT 10”. Also, friendly Country Club Service and 4 Hour Rounds of Golf.

Gold Blue White Red

Yards Rating Slope 6794 72.0 127 6386 70.2 123 6131 68.7 120 5297 70.7 120

For Details and Tee Times

Call (760) 200-8988

or visit www.IndianSpringsGC.com

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Jan. 1 - Feb. 29, 2012

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Full Posted Rates Before 8:30am Not valid on Saturdays and Holidays Not Applicable with other promotions, twilight or groups over 8. Coupon must be presented at check-in. Valid: Jan. 1 - Feb 29, 2012

Dec. 26 - Feb. 29, 2012

Before 8:30 w/ Lunch

8:30 & After w/ Lunch Twilight w/ Lunch

Daily

9-Holes

$79* $45* $99* $65* $50*

* Lunch - Choice of 3 Entrees 9 Holes before 8:00 or 1 1/2 hours after twilight


La Quinta

SilverRock Resort

A Home A Home Course of the Course of the Bob Hope Classic Bob Hope Classic (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011) (2008, 2009, 2010)

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he Arnold Palmer Classic Course at SilverRock Resort is a challenging 7,578 yards from the tips, yet enjoyable for all skill levels. Large bunkers and well-planned water hazards are set against the natural beauty of the Santa Rosa Mountains. What was once called "the last great piece of golf property in the Coachella Valley" now has Arnold Palmer's signature on it. Put SilverRock on your "must play" list. Par 72 Silver Gold Blue White Green Red

Yards 7578 7146 6658 5984 5320 4884

Rating Slope 76.3 139 74.2 135 72.0 130 68.8 123 71.0 125 68.4 118

*GPS on Carts *Grass Driving Range *PGA Instruction *Grill *Tournament *Premium Rental Clubs

79-179 Ahmanson Ln La Quinta, CA 92253

Expires 2012 Nov. 1February - Dec. 31,29, 2010

(888) 600-7272

15% Off

(760) 777-8884

POSTED RATES

www.silverrock.org

(Call up to 7 days in advance) Not applicable for twilight rates. Rates include golf cart and range balls prior to play. Each player must present coupon

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Palm Desert

Mountain Vista Golf Club A Home Course of the Bob Hope Classic

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f you are visiting from out of the area and are looking for a local secret, visit Mountain Vista Golf Club at Sun City Palm Desert. You can scour the valley and find courses in Cathedral City, Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage

or even La Quinta but if you want to play a challenging course with extremely well maintained greens at an exceptional price, look no further. Thirty six holes of Championship Golf, designed by golfing Legend Billy Casper, are open to the Public 7 days a week.

San Gorgonio Course Tee Black Gold Blue Red Red (F) Blue (F)

Par 72 72 72 72 72 72

Rating / Slope 72.0 / 129 69.7 / 124 67.1 / 115 64.8 / 111 68.8 / 113 71.6 / 123

Yardage 6669 6217 5661 5219 5219 5661

20% off posted rates * Call up to 6 days in advance. Applicable for twilight rates. Rates include golf cart. Each player must present coupon

Santa Rosa Course Tee Black Gold Blue Red Red (F) Blue (F)

Par 72 72 72 72 72 72

Rating / Slope 72.2 / 127 69.7 / 119 67.6 / 114 65.8 / 111 70.4 / 118 72.6 / 123

Yardage 6720 6162 5693 5305 5305 5693

$85 M-Sun * $57 Twilight

760.200.2200

www.mountainvistagolfclub.com 38180 Del Webb Blvd. Palm Desert, CA 92211


You’ll use every club in your bag. Along with every ounce of adrenaline.

TPC Stadium Course at PGA WEST – Hole #17 “Alcatraz” TM

The Desert Links Package

starting at $189

Golf Digest called it the “Fourth Toughest Course in America.” And right now is a great time to put your game to the test. Check out our Desert Links Package and save on accommodations as well as unlimited golf on the five resort courses at La Quinta Resort and PGA WEST.® Call 877-700-0883 or visit laquintaresort.com/DGD


Escena Golf Club in Palm Springs is a return to what made desert golf great. This Nicklaus Design course with stunning views stretches to almost 7,200 yards to challenge the most skilled players. Yet, with generous fairways and four sets of tees, it remains playable for all others. Add the boldly contemporary clubhouse and the ultra-cool environs of the Escena Lounge & Grill, and you have all of the ingredients of a modern classic.

$10 off

For the best rates and benefits all season long,

Regular Green Fees after 10 AM

join the Escena Club!

Valid for up to four players. Not valid with twilight rates, promotional rates, tournaments, leagues, or in conjunction with other offers. Please mention offer when escenagolf.com/escenaclub making reservation. Expires 12/31/10


A PREMIER DINING EXPERIENCE

Open for Lunch 7 days a week. Dinner Tuesday-Saturday. For more information or reservations, call:

760-601-3690

PHOTOS BY ETHAN KAMINSKY

Conveniently located off I-10 in Palm Desert at Classic Club


A Premier Golf exPerience

Photo by chris miller

Voted “america’s top Golf courses” by Zagat survey

G o l f • D i n i n G • M e e t i n G fa c i l i t i e s PGa Golf instRUction

75-200 classic club blvd. Palm Desert, ca 92211 conveniently located off i-10 in Palm Desert.

760-601-3600 Go To

www.PlayClassicClub.com to Book Your Tee Times online now!

classic club is managed by troon Golf,® the leader in upscale golf course management.

charity golf packages starting at $35 per player. • Rate good 7 days a week, year round. • Discounted banquet menus • no site fee for ballroom to host awards lunch or dinner. • Rate extended to any non-profit organization with a 501c3 Must have 13 or more players

for further information please contact:

Diane Plichta

Charitable Sales & Marketing Manager

dplichta@troongolf.com

760-601-3679


Nov. - Dec. 24, 2011 [posted] Posted Twilight

Daily $95 $75

Dec. 25 - Apr. 17, 2012 [posted] Posted Twilight

Daily $110 $80

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OFF Peak Rate

Not valid with any other offers, discounts, Twilight or Events


Beaumont

Morongo Golf Club at Tukwet Canyon

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Truly Extraordinary Experience - Morongo Golf Club at Tukwet Canyon “Home of the Southern California PGA� is a 36 hole Championship daily fee facility located in beautiful Beaumont, California. This Lee Schmidt and Brian Curley designed masterpiece provides a true test of golf for players of all levels making it one of the best public golfing facilities in Southern California.

The Championship Course

Greens Fees

Mon - Fri

Sat-Sun & Holidays

Par72 Gold Black Blue White

Regular (6-11am)

$54

$64

Early Afternoon (11-2pm)

$44

$54

Twilight (2-4pm)

$34

$44

Super Twilight (4pm-close)

$30

$35

Yards Rating Slope 7377 76.1 139 6801 73.3 134 6348 71.3 130 5948 69.2 127

The Legends Course Par 72 Gold Black Blue White

Yards 7422 6803 6394 5871

Rating 75.9 73.0 71.0 68.7

Slope 141 133 128 123

Winter (6-10am)

Winter (10-1pm) (Winter (1-3pm)

Winter (3pm-close)

The Winter Times will also start November 1st Seniors (55+)

$44

Practice Range Fees Small Bucket Large Bucket

951-845-0014 36211 Champions Dr Beaumont, CA 92223

$6 $10

$54


January 16-22, 2012 2012 Humana Challenge Tournament Details Known as the Bob Hope Classic from 1965 until 2011,

• Fans in attendance will have an opportunity to

next month’s Humana Challenge PGA TOUR event

participate in the Humana Walkit Challenge using

will be held Jan. 16-22 at La Quinta Country Club,

Humana pedometers. Prizes for the most steps

PGA WEST Nicklaus Private and PGA WEST Palmer

taken will be awarded throughout the week.

Private in La Quinta, Calif.

• Visitors to the tournament will see an increase in healthy food options at concession stands.

The Humana Challenge features a field of 144 PGA TOUR professionals and 144 amateurs, including celebrities. 2012 will introduce two new tournament week pro-ams:  the “Couples Challenge Pro/Am,” a first-ever pro-am between couples on the PGA TOUR, and the “Bob Hope Legacy Pro/Am.” The first three rounds of the four-day tournament will be played in a pro-am format, with the pro-am

Advance tickets for the Humana Challenge go on sale Nov. 25 at Lumpy’s. One-Day Grounds tickets purchased before Jan. 1, 2012,  are $20, a $5 savings from the $25 price beginning Jan. 1. One-Day Clubhouse tickets can be purchased for $40 before Jan. 1 – a $10 discount from the normal price as of Jan. 1.

teams consisting of one professional and one amateur playing in groups of four (Jan. 19-21) . As in previous tournaments, the Sunday, Jan. 22 final round will be pros only.

The best fan bargain – a weekly ticket special – is also available at Lumpy’s. A Full-Week Grounds badge with preferred parking at PGA WEST can be secured for $80 before Jan. 1, 2012, or $100 starting Jan. 1. A

During the Humana Challenge, a focus of activity will be to bring participatory wellness activities to the forefront and offer attendees opportunities to get involved:

Full-Week Clubhouse badge with preferred parking at PGA WEST can be purchased for $150 before Jan. 1, or $175 in the New Year. Tickets can be ordered online or by calling 1-888-672-4673.

• Attendees will be able to learn about their fitness through biometric measurements at the Humana Well-Being Tour

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18 Hole Eagle Hawk Falcon Falcon (Ladies) Owl

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Par 72

Yardage 6715 6140 5729 5729 4917

Rating 72.8 70.0 67.9 73.6 68.8

Slope 133 128 119 129 119

Eagle Falls Golf Course Play & Stay $219/Night

Sun.– Thurs.

$279/Night

Fri-Sun & Holidays

Hotel for 2 n Golf for 1 $50 Restaurant/Lounge Credit n $20 Free Play

$85 MonThurs

$95 Fri-Sun & Holidays

$20 Game Improvement Special Practice Facilities (Range & Putting Green)

800.827.2946 n www.FantasySpringsResort.com Exit I-10 at Golf Center Parkway Hotel prices are per night plus resort fee. Blackout dates may apply. Ask for code EFPKG1. Rates valid through April 30, 2012. Management reserves the right to cancel or modify promotions at any time.


Previous winner: Adrian Leon of La Quinta, CA He will play Desert Dunes


Host of the Canadian Tour

DESERT DUNES CLASSIC November 3 – 6, 2011

A Robert Trent Jones, Jr. Masterpiece

- Golf Digest PGA Tour®, Champions Tour® and U.S. Open® Qualifying Site

The Absolute “Must Play” Golf Course in Palm Springs!

SOME of THE BEST

DUNES WEST of

SCOTLAND

Here it is just you and the elements, engaged in a contest that has tested the game’s best players. Desert Dunes is close to Palm Springs, but it stands far apart in its beauty and solitude.

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by Sharron Moran

The Pitch Shot How to play around the clock.

We are discussing the pitch shot, which is defined as a high lofted shot with very little run. Getting the ball into the air is the priority. Once this is accomplished, and then judging the distance correctly is the next goal. This is our topic of discussion. The club selection is the first factor. But we will be dealing mainly with the second factor, the length and pace of the swing to control the distance. We have four wedges from which we can choose. As each individual has different strengths and capabilities, the distances will vary with each club. These distances calculations that you make are just for yourself and your own game. The key is to know what length swing produces the desired distance. The longer the shot the longer the swing will be until you reach a full swing length. At that point, it is then classified, as a full swing not a pitch shot. A suggestion to help you judge these distances in swing lengths would be to imagine that you are standing in front of a huge imaginary clock as big as you are. Use the numbers on the face to help gauge how far to take the club back and through. The number three is on your right and the number nine is on your left. If you were hitting a short twenty yard pitch, you might need to swing the club to five o’clock and through to seven o’clock. A thirty-yard pitch may require swinging to three o’clock and through to nine o’clock. A fifty-yard pitch could be back to 1’oclock and through to 11’oclock. Use the giant clock in front of you to help judge how big of a swing to make.

A good practice method would be to take your practice balls to an isolated location on your range. Also bring your wedges, paper and pencil. Take your first wedge; hit ten balls with a predetermined length of swing, for example from 5 o’clock to 7 o’clock. Then walk with large steps to the middle of your grouping of shots. Jot down sand wedge, 5 to 7 o’clock equals thirty yards. Repeat with the same club but now a 3 to 9 o’clock swing length. Walk it off and then write it down. Then swing from 1 o’clock through to 11 o’clock and jot the results down. After doing this drill with one club then repeat it with each of your wedges. This will not only help you to judge the distance for the length and pace of your swing, but you will become better at recognizing the yardage. Just how far is a thirty yard or fifty yard shot? It is a bit of a pain to do, but having the distances down on paper will help you to keep them in your mind. Remember club selection and length of swing will vary for each person A good idea, when hitting a pitch shot on the course, is always take a practice swing or two in order to feel that length. You may only hit a pitch shot every few holes. You’ve taken a lot of full swings and your body needs to feel that smaller swing before executing the pitch. by Sharron Moran lpgA Class “A” golf instructor at the College of the Desert Driving Range. Available for lessons. Call 760-574-3914


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La Quinta

Palm Palm Royale Royale Country Country Club Club

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ome see why Palm Royale C.C. has been named "The Deserts Premier Short Course " Measuring just over 2000 yards, Palm Royale caters towards beginners and experienced golfers in need of touching up their short game.  Come test your skills against this Ted Robinson designed, 18 hole, par 54 course. 

Garrett Gross,

GM & Head Golf Professional

Nov.11--Feb. Dec. 29, 31, 2012 2010 Jan.

ON COURSE LESSONS available, please call  for appointment

Open 7 days Per Week before 2 pm:

$22 $18

For Reservations:    

(760) 345-9701 78-259 Indigo Lane La Quinta, CA.

Directions: From I-10 take Washington South 2 miles to Fred Waring drive.   Turn left on Fred Waring and look for the entrance 1/4 mile down on the right.

From 7 am-2pm After 2pm

Tee times can be made no sooner than 3 days in advance. Based on available space. Not applicable with any other promotion or groups over 8. Coupon must be presented at check-in.

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Desert Golfing Digest - January/February 2012