“All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.” – Martin Buber
Saturday, March 05, 2011
Day 7 - Golf at La Quinta Resort - Mountain Course
Wow, wow and more wow - the golf course was AMAZING!
Jane at La Quinta
But, back to the start of the day first :-). We left San Diego at about 8:30am and headed for Palm Springs. The drive took about 2 and a half hours and was very easy. There is still snow on the tops of the mountains but the temperature began to rise quickly the closer we got to Palm Springs. There were miles and miles of wind turbines on the way into Palm Springs which was interesting.
La Qunita - Mountain Course
Arrived at La Quinta Resort and unloaded the clubs. The weather was sunny and really warm - short sleeve golf shirts today - about 27 today and perfect. Now back to my opening wow statement - for any of you who have ever seen golf played at Palm Springs you will have seen how the courses are tucked in at the bases of the mountains and it is really spectacular.
We played with another Father and son duo, called George and Greg, they were from Canada. When Greg left home yesterday it was -38 Celsius !!!. George and his wife had been down here in the warmth from January and still had another month here before heading home - what a nice life these retired people have :-)
I played pretty well on the front 9 but came undone for a couple of holes on the back which kept me real. Sean had 3 birdies in his round, but also had a few mixed holes :-). Again, no matter what the scores, the experience itself was outstanding. The scenery was quite breathtaking, even saw a roadrunner (honestly, even got a picture - see below)
Roadrunner - Beep Beep!
Checked into our hotel, the Hilton Homewood Suites in La Quinta. It is quite nice having a separate lounge and kitchen area from the bedroom, you can spread out a bit.
La Quinta - Mountain Course
Jane & Sean
Showered then headed out for dinner. Stopped at the supermarket for diet coke and peanut butter cups (yum). Drove around until we found a nice restaurant. Had the most delicious steaks with pepper sauce, mash and greens. Cooked to perfection and very tasty. There was a short wait to get our main meal so they gave us a free desert - deep fried cheesecake - I could only eat half of mine :-)
Tomorrow we are playing at Indian Springs then plan to go to the outlet centre - this one is really really big. There are also lots of local golf shops which we will visit. Tried to find a show to see tomorrow night but the only options are Engelbert Humperdink or the Follies, who are all aged between 58 and 81!!!!!!! - might have a late dinner and an early night instead :-)