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In just under a month I'll be headed to Palm Springs, CA, from 1/16 to 1/23.  My wife and I are lucky enough to have a friend at our home club who has bought a second home at the Golf Club at La Quinta, where he spends a few months each winter. He's invited us and two other couples to visit.  He arranges most of the golf, taking advantage of his "local" status.  Last year we played at his club, as well as both courses at Desert Willow, Silverrock, and PGA West's Stadium Course.  If anyone has suggestions for courses, or dining options, please let me know.  If anyone would like to join us for a round or two, that might be a possibility.  We have four couples, but only 5 to 6 golfers (two wives don't ply at all, and another isn't an every-day player).  As I learn more, I'll post more details.  It would be fun to get together with other TSTers in the area.  @Lihu has already said he'd be interested if we can work something out.

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I don't know what the weather is like for you at home at the moment, but I'm sure you'll enjoy the January weather in Palm Springs.  Contrary to popular belief, it does get cold in California on occasion, so please remember a sweater (I'm sure your friend has already let you know this).  

I'll be in town to attend the Bob Hope tournament and might be able to be around for a few other days, so if you're looking for someone else in a pinch, please let me know.  

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I'll certainly keep you posted, it would be fun if we can work it out.  Like I said, we'll probably have at least two open spots for every day we play.

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Paging @tristanhilton85 :-)

I'd be interested in playing some golf in the desert. Here are a few restaurants that I enjoy.

Bucatini
http://www.bucatini.biz/menu/wood-oven-pizzas/

The Nest
http://www.gotothenest.com/

LG Steakhouse
http://www.lgsprimesteakhouse.com/

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16 hours ago, mvmac said:

Paging @tristanhilton85 :-)

I'd be interested in playing some golf in the desert. Here are a few restaurants that I enjoy.

The Nest
http://www.gotothenest.com/

 

8 hours ago, No Mulligans said:

My trip is from the Jan. 9th to the 13th.  I'm looking at those restaurants that @mvmac posted. Planing on giving them a try.

Last year we ate at the Nest, its a real trip.  Apparently, the bar here is the social hub of the area, it was chock full of people having fun while we were there.  We ate in the dining room, and had surprisingly good food.  We also had good pizza at a place called Stuft in Old Town La Quinta.

 

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8 hours ago, mchepp said:

Have fun @DaveP043 ! I am very jealous. Our trip to the Desert isn't until May so I have to sit in the cold weather waiting. 

Maybe So Cal TST folks should organize a regular Palm Desert meetup.  Golf weather 365 (366 next year).

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I may be available to play on the 16th or 17th, so if you have an opening on one of those days, let me know.

Obviously there are a lot of great courses out here in the desert, and the ones that you named are some of the best. I'd also recommend the other two public courses at PGA West (Norman and Nicklaus Tournament) as well as the Mountain Course at La Quinta Resort. The north course at Terra Lago is also pretty good. While I still haven't actually managed to play a round of golf there, Eagle Falls gets some really good reviews as well, so that'd be one that be worth checking out.

As far as dining options go, it'd be hard to go wrong with any of the spots that @mvmac suggested. I've been to both LG's and Bucatini and both are excellent. I've never been to the Nest, but I've heard good things. The desert also has all of the other major steakhouses (Mastros, Ruth's Chris, Flemings, Sullivan's, Morton's), so if that's your kind of thing then there isn't a shortage of good places for you to eat. Stuft is another one that I would recommend, but you already know about that one, so you're all set. 

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On December 28, 2015 at 9:57 AM, DaveP043 said:

In just under a month I'll be headed to Palm Springs, CA, from 1/16 to 1/23.  My wife and I are lucky enough to have a friend at our home club who has bought a second home at the Golf Club at La Quinta, where he spends a few months each winter. He's invited us and two other couples to visit.  He arranges most of the golf, taking advantage of his "local" status.  Last year we played at his club, as well as both courses at Desert Willow, Silverrock, and PGA West's Stadium Course.  If anyone has suggestions for courses, or dining options, please let me know.  If anyone would like to join us for a round or two, that might be a possibility.  We have four couples, but only 5 to 6 golfers (two wives don't ply at all, and another isn't an every-day player).  As I learn more, I'll post more details.  It would be fun to get together with other TSTers in the area.  @Lihu has already said he'd be interested if we can work something out.

I strongly suggest the Nickalaus course at the PGA west complex and Indian Wells players course. There are incredible and you will not be disappointed. 

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3 hours ago, Smidd4 said:

I strongly suggest the Nickalaus course at the PGA west complex and Indian Wells players course. There are incredible and you will not be disappointed. 

I forgot to mention the Indian Wells courses. The Player's course is great, but I also like the Celebrity course.

The two courses at Westin Mission Hills are also pretty good as is the Classic Club.

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Thanks for all of the suggestions.  Our friends are on their way driving from Virginia to Palm Springs, I think they plan to get there sometime early next week.  I'll pass all the suggestions along.  My buddy will make most of the golf arrangements, and they'll be influenced by what he can do about getting us "local" rates.  Once he lets us know what he's arranged, I'll pass the info along in this thread, and see what we can do about getting together for some golf.  Most of us visitors will arrive on Saturday, 1/16, and I expect the golf will start on Sunday morning.  I'm looking forward to it!

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On 12/30/2015 at 8:13 AM, DaveP043 said:

Thanks for all of the suggestions.  Our friends are on their way driving from Virginia to Palm Springs, I think they plan to get there sometime early next week.  I'll pass all the suggestions along.  My buddy will make most of the golf arrangements, and they'll be influenced by what he can do about getting us "local" rates.  Once he lets us know what he's arranged, I'll pass the info along in this thread, and see what we can do about getting together for some golf.  Most of us visitors will arrive on Saturday, 1/16, and I expect the golf will start on Sunday morning.  I'm looking forward to it!

Dave,

I played all of these, recommend them all:

Desert Falls CC
Desert Willow Golf Resort, Firecliff - tough course
Desert Willow Golf Resort, Mountain View
Escena Golf Club - 
Indian Wells CC - Classic 
La Quinta Mountain Course - 
Terra Lago - North Course
Terra Lago - South Course
Westin Mission Hills - Gary Player
Westin Mission Hills - Pete Dye

 

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Lots of nice courses costing lots of money to play.

If you don't like $200+ green fees go to Palm Springs in the "elbow" season in early spring before the triple digit temperatures start back up in mid-May.

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@Coronagolfman , perhaps you didn't read the first post, but I'm going to be there from Jan 16 to Jan 23.  That's when my friend has invited me to go.  I'm not going to turn down free lodging, with a friend, in order to save a bit on the greens fees.

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I got our tee times for my visit to Palm springs, and I wanted to send this around to the TSTers who might want to join us.  As I said earlier, we have six golfers, so we're likely to have two openings for each day.  Here's our schedule:

  Sunday, Jan 17     -         Indian Springs Golf Club .....   Rate is $89.00  (Includes lunch) (9:37 & 9:45)

Monday is booked up, I extended an invitation to a couple of Newport Cup guys first.

Tuesday,  Jan. 19 -          Classic Golf Club .............      Rate is  $139.00  (9:10 & 9:20)

  Wednesday, Jan. 20 -      Silver Rock .....................       Rate is  $170.00   (9:08 & 9:15)

  Thursday, Jan. 21 -          Desert Willow ................        Rate is  $120.00   (9:05 & 9:15 )

If any of y'all would like to join us, please let me know.

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