Palm Springs: Where the heat is dry and the golf deals really exist
Just writing the words “Palm Springs” gives this red-haired Cheap Bastard a mild case of heat stroke.
However, there are many that love nothing better than to spend quality time in the 198-degree heat of Southern California’s Low Desert region. It is a dry heat, after all, and you’d be pleasantly surprised that it only feels like it’s 176 degrees.
But Palm Springs is a place where the stars go, and recently, one of the biggest stars in his own peculiar universe – Chris Baldwin – made his way there to shop, have a spa, and find some good golfing deals.
Good golfing deals in Palm Springs? Well, in Chris’s latest article “Lifestyles of the cheap and savvy: Palm Springs golf’s budget sizzlers,” the rapidly balding Baldwin stumbled over some deals that may shock you.
While many think you need a platinum card just to enter the city limits, the Baldog found some beauties. One great deal is at Mesquite Golf and Country Club, where you can get on for $75 during peak season, when some of the city’s more spendy courses will run you close to two C-notes.
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I think I can speak on this subject with some degree of expertise, as I lived in the area for 3+ years.
Summertime in Palm Springs is UNBELIEVABLE for golf. I remember playing Sun City for $25 WITH A CART from noon 'til close.
PGA West was around $75 bucks, if I remember correctly. This was some time ago (94-97), but the deals should still be good.
Just bring ALOT of water.
Do you know if any courses have weather rates? Because, lets face it, even if a person isn't blessed with my creamy white skin and freckles, there are some days in Palm Springs that I just can't imagine golfing. Or getting out of bed, even (though that's kinda normal for moi.)
It would seem that maybe they'd have separate rates depending on the temps at some courses. It's not ALWAYS 125 degrees in the summer, but it's pretty hot, pretty often. Though, like you said, with water and an easy pace, playing in PS when it's around 105-110 shouldn't be that bad.
Seasonal, but not "weather rates". Maybe you can barter, but that's on a case by case basis.
Usually the weather in the heat of the day is between 95-105 in Palm Springs. Pick a weekday at noon, and the first tee at most courses is open.
Check up with Ron Mon. Maybe he can find you a shop that sells evaporative coolers on the cheap.
Seriously, though. I never thought it was that bad. Stay in the cart as much as possible, put a cool towel on the back of your neck, wear a hat, and drink water. Should be fine, you'll have a great time with a great pace of play, and you'll save some major dinero in the process.
You can save a lot all year round in Palm Springs. Lots of great 2 for 1's...including PGA West, La Quinta Resort, SilverRock, Trilogy, Classic Club, etc.
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