We made it through our first week of 2012 no worse for wear. Admittedly, Jimmy wasn’t totally satisfied with his game heading in to Sony, and it cost him on Thursday. After a small adjustment, pointed out by his caddy Andy Sanders, things improved dramatically on Friday. Although he missed the cut by a shot and that is always disappointing, we were able to hop a flight back to the Mainland, grab our son from my parents in Utah, and head to the desert.
It all feels “right” this week. We are back in our bus, and back together as a family. Jimmy got some great work in the past two days and feeling a lot more confident.
Pro-Am’s are always fun, but they make for some very long days for our guys. And with two during the West Coast Swing, it’s no wonder why many TOUR pros choose to play one or the other. By dropping a day, dropping the 4th course and all the wonderful activities planned for players and their families, I really believe we will see a revitalized tournament.
Perfect weather has a name, and it’s called Palm Springs. To me, it doesn’t get much better than daytime temps in the 70’s, and sweatshirt temps in the evenings. After you visit, you can really see why so many people call Palm Springs their winter home. With around 130 golf courses, along with numerous tennis clubs, music, food and wine festivals, and six weeks of world-class equestrian competitions (my favorite sport), the Coachella Valley is an active adult paradise.
Self-described “locally owned and nationally known” LG’s Prime Steakhouse is a must while visiting the Desert. Established in 1991 by a husband and wife team, LG’s great steaks and fabulous wine list attract the who’s who of the area. With two locations – Palm Springs and La Quinta - and the latter’s proximity to PGA West, on any given night during the tournament week, you will usually find a half a dozen golfers enjoying LG’s classic American fare and swanky atmosphere.
Why stay inside when the weather is perfect? For shopaholics with the same idea, The Gardens on El Paseo is a wonderful solution. With a mix of local boutiques and nationally known upscale stores, El Paseo’s central location is ideal for shoppers coming from all directions of the Coachella Valley. Be sure to visit She She and She She Kids for unique apparel and gifts that are the perfect reflection style this area is known for.
Although this is our first year playing this tournament with our bus, we quickly realized that this is definitely the best spot for RV’s all year. There are some unbelievable resorts in the area (because lets face it, these are NOT campgrounds) and none better than the Motorcoach Country Club & Luxury RV Resort. As soon as you pull in you realize, Toto, we are certainly not in Kansas anymore.
A evening view from Motorcoach Country Club
It’s been a beautiful week so in the spirit of the Humana Challenge and the Clinton Foundation, get out, be healthy and walk three of the best golf courses in the area. Support all the golfers – great and not so great – and enjoy everything the Desert has to offer.