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Saturday, December 26, 2009

Dessert Springs California

Dessert Springs, part of the Marriott resort adjacent to Palm Springs, California, offers a classic resort golf experience.  Two courses are featured, the Palm and the Valley.  We played the Valley course.   It was in exceptionally good condition in December, and the majestic Santa Rosa Mountains provided a marvelous backdrop for a beautiful day of golf.  The course layout was unusual for dessert golf.  It featured rolling terrain, generous landing areas, and limited use of dessert waste areas.  There were also some surprising water features that demanded decision-making about laying up or going for the greens.  The multi-tiered greens presented a challenge because being on the wrong side of the pin almost guaranteed a three-putt.  (If only my iron game matched the precision of the golf cart gps!)  Around the greens there were more than enough pot bunkers to test one’s golfing expletives.  An unsympathetic course marshal didn’t help.  If you go, dress in layers.  There was plenty of sunshine, but the morning dessert wind is cold.  Fortunately, you can warm up after the round in the resort’s very hospitable restaurant and share your golf stories with a colorful collection of live parrots.  All in all, a good trip.

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