Three Palm Springs golf courses void of housing

By Brandon TuckerMarch 12, 2010, 8:34 am

Courtesy Brandon Tucker/TravelGolf

The biggest sporting event in Palm Springs isn't the Bob Hope Classic, it's the BNP Paribas Open on the ATP in Indian Wells beginning this week, coinciding with the desert's peak spring golf season.

The Palm Springs region has about 125 golf courses, and many of them tie into residential or retirement communities. Just fly into the Palm Springs airport and on the descent you'll notice scores of fairways that wind through housing. But I played three public courses last week in Palm Springs and was never worried about the dreaded duck hook into a window.

Yes, public golf exists in the Coachella Valley where you're not weaving through condos.

The Indian Wells Golf Resort, who's clubhouse will serve as one of the main viewing centers of the tennis event nearby, features two new golf courses opened in 2006 and 2007, built over their original routings from 1986. Now, Indian Wells' Player Course and Celebrity Course are both showy, scenic plays in tip-top shape. The Celebrity in particular has some tight holes, but it's via tall trees and water hazards, not backyards. While slightly less visually dramatic, the Player course is a little more forgiving in most spots but features the same fast, tour-quality conditions this time of year.

Out in Palm Desert, former Bob Hope Classic venue the Classic Club boasts 240 acres of golf and only golf. It also holds the distinction of being a rare course without palm trees, instead its littered with pines. Some say its windier than most area courses, but I'd prefer a few degrees of wind over tight driving corridors any day.
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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.

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Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.