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#1 Warrick

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Posted 16 April 2018 - 07:13 AM

My Mom just closed on a townhome in Palm Desert, think it is on Monterrey CC.  I should have a key within a few weeks

What do I have to look forward to?  I know there are a ton of courses, but never even been to CA.  I will probably take the family out for Spring Break each year, but looking at timing for the "guys" golf trip.

Right now, my thought is the first or second week of December.  How are rates that time of year, and the weather?

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Posted 16 April 2018 - 09:10 AM

Can't speak to December but when my parents were still wintering there, went for many years every March. Golf with Dad and golfing daughter and wife and tennis daughter would attend Indian Wells.

Golf everywhere and you'll find lots of threads with lots of opinions, we played several courses and though we had favorites they were all well maintained and beautiful and we were outside golfing instead of looking at snow.  Really hard to go wrong.

Still a town for the "older crowd" IMO but loved visiting and plenty to do nature wise or God forbid shopping wise if not golfing.
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Posted 16 April 2018 - 09:56 AM

View PostHawkeye77, on 16 April 2018 - 09:10 AM, said:

Can't speak to December but when my parents were still wintering there, went for many years every March. Golf with Dad and golfing daughter and wife and tennis daughter would attend Indian Wells.

Golf everywhere and you'll find lots of threads with lots of opinions, we played several courses and though we had favorites they were all well maintained and beautiful and we were outside golfing instead of looking at snow.  Really hard to go wrong.

Still a town for the "older crowd" IMO but loved visiting and plenty to do nature wise or God forbid shopping wise if not golfing.

If I can play golf, maybe do a bit of hiking, will be a happy man.

Funny, am in Iowa also.  She had a place in the Ozarks for years, but dumped that for the winter place in Palm Desert.  Good choice IMO.

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Posted 16 April 2018 - 11:08 AM

December is winter rates time so be prepared to see higher than normal rates since most public clubs pull in their income mostly during this time. Great courses out there. Desert Willow courses just a 3 minute drive from there so should you decide to try out other courses near there, there are 2 great courses relatively close

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Posted 16 April 2018 - 11:13 AM

Yeah we typically go in February or March as well. The weather is perfect, but it can get a bit windy in the afternoons. Everything is so close in Palm Springs, all the good courses are essentially within a 20 minute drive of each other and the airport. I really enjoy it, the golf is awesome, and its quiet, easy to get around. We always stay at a friends house right in Indian Wells. It is really just about perfect in my mind.

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Posted 16 April 2018 - 11:20 AM

I may look into Jan-Feb also.

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Posted 16 April 2018 - 11:39 AM

View PostWarrick, on 16 April 2018 - 11:20 AM, said:

I may look into Jan-Feb also.

Thanks guys.

My family has a condo in Rancho right across the street from MCC. I would 2nd playing both courses at Desert Willow, Classic club and Shadow Ridge are good ones that are somewhat close. There are some good ones down in La Qunita which is like 15-20 min drive. If you like to hike to the hike to the cross. Youll see the cross light up at night. My wife and I do that hike couple times a week when we are out there.

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Posted 16 April 2018 - 11:44 AM

I miss it.  My family had a weekend place in Monterrey from when I was in middle school in 1980 until 2007 when it was sold.

I lived out there for about 8 months when I worked in the golf Biz.  When family members all relocated to different parts of the country no one really used it enough and my mom didn’t want to rent it part time to cover some of the costs.

I passed my players ability test there for my PGA card in 1995. Fond memories.....except for the very first ball on the first hole that I duck hooked onto the condo rooftops on #1 south...LOL!!   Nice way to start 36 very important holes. Double.

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Enjoy it.  It is a nice place to winter.  Golf Rates in the summer if you can deal with the heat are incredibly cheap.  Early or late summer can be a great time for a buddies golf trip.  Just play early and stay hydrated.  I never minded it unless it passed about 105. Dry heat as they say.  Quite true.
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Posted 16 April 2018 - 03:02 PM

I don't know exactly how it works, but folks with property in that area can get reduced rates for golf at many courses.  Those discounts might only apply to your mom, as the owner, but you should do a bit of research and see what you can come up with.

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Posted 17 April 2018 - 10:31 PM

Palm Desert has a resident's card that allows play at Desert Willow for $50.  Indian Wells does the same.  They're picky about exactly who are residents :)


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Posted 17 April 2018 - 11:24 PM

I did my PAT many moons ago at Monterey CC. Looooong time ago.

Indian Wells CC is my favorite course in the desert. Of the ones Iíve played of course.

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Posted 18 April 2018 - 12:51 AM

View PostWarrick, on 16 April 2018 - 07:13 AM, said:

My Mom just closed on a townhome in Palm Desert, think it is on Monterrey CC.  I should have a key within a few weeks

What do I have to look forward to?  I know there are a ton of courses, but never even been to CA.  I will probably take the family out for Spring Break each year, but looking at timing for the "guys" golf trip.

Right now, my thought is the first or second week of December.  How are rates that time of year, and the weather?

What do you have to look forward to? - Well my friend, you are going to love it.  Be prepared for tons of great golf, killer mexican food and just an overall great experience.  

1) You're about 20 mins away from PGA West, make sure to check out the courses there
2) You're close to downtown. Shopping, restaurants etc.
3) Las Casuelas is right there off the 111
4) The casino is nearby
5) Palm Springs airport is super close

Snowbirds like to come down during the winter so golf rates get higher but who cares, playing golf everyday is worth it.  Its going to be a blast!

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Posted 18 April 2018 - 09:10 AM

View Postb.helts, on 17 April 2018 - 11:24 PM, said:

I did my PAT many moons ago at Monterey CC. Looooong time ago.

Indian Wells CC is my favorite course in the desert. Of the ones I've played of course.

Which course did you play, Classic or Cove? Have played Classic and it was fun. Got a little boring on the back before a nice few finishing holes.

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Posted 18 April 2018 - 09:15 AM

I will 2nd that Las Casuelas is great food but take the extra time and drive to Downtown PS for the Original Las Casuelas. They have two in downtown, make sure its the small one.

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Posted 18 April 2018 - 09:27 AM

Funny had dinner at the rancho mirage las casuelas last week for my mother in laws birthdys . Also played the Marriott palms course .


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Posted 18 April 2018 - 11:19 AM

View Postdasams, on 17 April 2018 - 10:31 PM, said:

Palm Desert has a resident's card that allows play at Desert Willow for $50.  Indian Wells does the same.  They're picky about exactly who are residents :)
My buddy has a house right on the 14th tee of Indian Wells Players Course. He can book either course for $20, and anyone in his group plays for $60. That is a great deal, as the prices are usually closer to $200 at the times we go. If you can get a residents card, do it for sure.
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Posted 18 April 2018 - 01:11 PM

La Casuelas La Quinta has some awesome happy hour deals.  Really cheap appetizers.

Also check out the downtown Palm Springs street fair on Thursday nights.  Always fun.

i would also subscribe to https://www.underpar.com/ email list.  They offer a lot of deals for courses in the area.

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Posted 18 April 2018 - 01:23 PM

Thanks for all of the awesome info from everyone, can't wait to start making trips.
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Posted 18 April 2018 - 01:29 PM

View PostWarrick, on 18 April 2018 - 01:23 PM, said:

Thanks for all of the awesome info from everyone, can't wait to start making trips.
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Also make the trip down to Arnold Palmers in La Quinta great outdoor seating for a nice dinner.  Every weekend at the College of the Desert ( a golf cart ride down the street from MCC) is the local flea market.

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Posted 18 April 2018 - 01:39 PM

Golf is a given and there are a ton of threads about courses.   Some really good idea's on discounts here for locals.   Peak season is generally jan- march with should season 2 months before and after.    from jun - mid September the temps can be 110 or more so golf gets a bit rough.  Palm springs isn't the best getaway for younger kids in my experience.   There are a few events around town, good food all over, hiking, malls/shopping, and pools.    We go to get away from cold and the kids enjoy the pools but it might not be warm enough to swim in dec-feb.  

Watch for overseeding and the few weeks after in oct, november,  courses should all be in prime shape by December.   April the average high is mid- upper 80's.  May is mid 90's.  I think you could find a sweet spot in that time frame that hits warm(not hot) temps and lower rates for you friends.  December will be more expensive and you could get colder days with rain.


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