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					Palm Springs Golf

There's probably no better place in the United States to play golf than in Palm Springs,
California. This beautiful location is host to many, many golf courses that give
amateurs and pros the chance to best the course while basking in the beautiful
California weather. There are more than a hundred golf courses in the Palm Springs
area, and most of them are of a professional quality that you won't find anywhere else
in the United States. Palm Springs is located on the Northwestern boundary of the
Coachella Valley, which also includes several other rapidly growing communities
including Cathedral City, Palm Desert, Desert Hot Springs, Rancho Mirage, La
Quinta, Indian Wells and Indio. Discovered in the early 1920s by some of
Hollywood's elite, it is no longer the group of sleepy little villages it once was. While
the area has changed over the years, the one thing that has not is the magnificent clear
blue sky and the mild climate. It's a great feeling to be soaking your body in a warm
outdoor pool or playing a round of golf on a manicured course while the rest of the
country is slipping and sliding behind a snow plow. The Palm Springs region, with its
world-class golf courses and destination golf resorts, while not as large, is rapidly
becoming the West Coast version of the Myrtle Beach golf scene. You have your
choice of several different professional level courses when you travel to Palm Springs
to golf. The great California weather makes it a premier, year-round vacation
destination for golfers.

While we strive to remain unbiased in our review of Palm Springs golf destinations,
we have found some of the more popular courses and feel compelled to pass these on
to you.

* Indian Springs Golf and Country Club - The 18-hole "Indian Springs" course at the
Indian Springs Golf & Country Club facility in Indio, California features 6,404 yards
of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. The course rating is 69.8 and it has a
slope rating of 112. Designed by John Gurley, Sr., the Indian Springs golf course
opened in 1962. Neil Finch manages the course as the Director of Golf.

* Indian Wells Country Club - The 18-hole "Classic" course at the Indian Wells
Country Club facility in Indian Wells, California features 6,478 yards of golf from the
longest tees for a par of 72. Designed by David A. Rainville, ASGCA/Harry Rainville,
the Classic golf course opened in 1955. ClubCorp USA, Inc. manages this facility,
with Mark Neneman as the General Manager. * Desert Dunes Golf Club - Desert
Dunes Golf Course was the first desert course designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr.
Voted as one of the best public courses in Southern California. Laid out among large
dunes and mature desert trees, Desert Dunes has a unique Scottish links flavor.

There's no doubt that golf in Palm Springs is a golfer's paradise. When you golf Palm
Springs, you are surely in for a trip that you will remember for years to come! St.
Andrews
St. Andrews is located in Scotland and is commonly thought of as the birthplace of
golf as we know it today. St. Andrews is home to the Royal and Ancient Golf Club,
founded in 1754, who exercises legislative authority over the game worldwide except
in the U.S. and Mexico.

The beautiful golf links in St. Andrews (acquired by the town in 1894) is the most
frequent venue for The Open Championship, the oldest of golf's four major
championships. Visitors travel to St Andrews in great numbers for several courses
ranked amongst the finest in the world, as well as for the sandy beaches.

The St Andrews Links occupy a narrow strip of land along the sea. As early as the
15th century, golfers at St. Andrews established a customary route through the
undulating terrain, playing to holes whose locations were dictated by topography.

The course that emerged featured eleven holes, laid out end to end from the clubhouse
to the far end of the property. One played the holes out, turned around, and played the
holes in, for a total of 22 holes. In 1764, several of the holes were deemed too short,
and were therefore combined. The number was thereby reduced from 11 to nine, so
that a complete round of the links comprised 18 holes.

There are six golf courses in St. Andrews including The Old Course which is where
the game was first played. The clubs are open to the public as are the courses, but be
prepared to wait! The Old Course has over 40,000 rounds of golf played on it every
year. In fact, as of this writing, the official St. Andrews website reports that tee times
for April through October of 2007 are completely booked.

You may have the best luck on one of the other courses, but you will need to make
reservations well in advance. St. Andrews allow you to book tee times online, so
check out their website and make a reservation as soon as you know when you'll be
there.

Be prepared to pay to play St. Andrews, however. Greens fees during the prime
season between April and October are $235 for an adult on the Old Course. Of course,
the other courses are slightly cheaper and you'll save some money in the off-season as
well.

There are plenty of places to stay when you want to golf at St. Andrews. There are
over 500 hotels and numerous dining places nearby. There is easy access from local
airstrips, so you won't have much problem actually getting to the links on your
scheduled day to play. In the meantime, you'll enjoy some of the most beautiful
countryside in the world complete with old castles and historical sites!

You can visit the official St. Andrews Link website at www.standrews.org.uk.

				
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