One of the advantages of owning a place in the desert with a golf course in your backyard is that you can choose to play any day and almost any time. This summer we decided to spend our anniversary at our La Quinta home and planned a round of golf on our anniversary day.
The day started pretty warm and by noon, it was already 96 degrees F. Our golf course was empty at the time. Not a single soul in sight, not even the maintenance workers. To me, it was siesta time!
By 3:00pm, the temperature was not coming down. I checked the thermometer on the wall and it was reading 110 degrees F. It was sunny, clear and blue skies all day long. The sun was beating down and it felt like an oven outside. We decided it was too hot to play and stayed inside with the air conditioner on and full. We had dinner reservations at our favourite restaurant in Rancho Mirage – Roy’s Restaurant at 6:30pm. We try to visit Roy’s Restaurant at least once a year to celebrate a special event because celebrating at Roy’s is something else. If you haven’t done so, I urge you to make a reservation there. You won’t regret it and you will thank me for suggesting it.
By 4:00pm, it was still hot outside but it was time to go. We put on the lightest golf shirt and shorts we had, filled up our water bottles and grabbed our clubs. The golf course was still empty and no one in sight. We walked down to the clubhouse to check in, Because of summer hours, no one is guarding the green. They provide a clip board at the door for people to sign in and we did. It’s an honour system and I think it’s fitting for the game of golf. You can say that I believe that honest people play golf.
We teed off on hole # 1 which has water on the left side. The water looked inviting. What a wonderful lake to jump into. Unfortunately, my ball hit the green. My wife was next up. She hit a beautiful flyer into the sand bunker on the left. She waited for me to birdie putt my ball before walking into the sand bunker where her ball ended up in. I made a downhill putt for birdie. I reached down into the cup to retrieve my ball when suddenly, the sprinklers came to life. At first, I ran for cover. Once I was in the clear, I realized how cooling the water was and decided to walk back on the green where my wife was ready to putt. I stepped off the green, took my iPhone out and snapped this picture of her inside the dome of mist and water. Committed or what?
Lesson learned: Play golf at the end of day when the sprinklers come on. It is refreshing and cooling but you might have to play with your rain gloves.