I’m usually a happy camper when it comes to playing golf in Palm Springs and I was ready to make a statement about not disliking any golf course that I’ve met, but I really don’t care to play the course at Indian Palms CC again. My good friend Jack had warned me not to play there because he found it to be too narrow. I usually follow Jack’s recommendations but I found a good deal on GolfNow ($24 for golf and cart) and I had to try it out for myself.
We started on the Royal Nine which gave us a good feel for what Jack called narrow. I survived hole # 1 with a worm burner and got on the green safely after a bad approach shot and a mediocre bump and run. It wasn’t until the second hole that made me think twice. An errant tee shot landed me in someone’s backyard. Luckily no one was home. My ball ended up next to a patio chair and no broken windows – phew! After that incident, I decided to leave the big dog in the bag. Every hole after that became narrower and narrower. Even the par 5 that slowly shapes left was narrow. I couldn’t imagine anyone hitting driver there.
What was the golf course designer thinking? He should have made it a back to back par 3. I’m glad to say that the course opens up after hole # 7. There are fewer homes around the fairways and less chance of hitting into someone’s yard. I finally calmed down and played a few decent holes. Overall it was not an enjoyable round of golf.