We’re just about to wrap up our desert “loop” which had us stopping in Lake Havasu to visit my Mom, and also at Beth’s parents in Palm Desert for the second time.
We had another relaxing time in Lake Havasu. We played at Emerald Canyon Golf Course again between Lake Havasu and Parker, Arizona, which is a good value course with some nice mountain views. We played in gale force winds, but I’ll take wind and sun over the cold and snow back in Canada any day!
We also got out for a little hike one day which was good to help burn off the happy hours and $1 tacos.
We went to La Quinta Country Club, which we figured would be the least busy of the three host courses. We were right. We were practically an arms reach away from the players all day, and could follow anyone we wanted with ease. We even followed Bill Haas (the eventual champion) on his back nine and saw five of his seven consecutive birdies that catapulted him up the leaderboard.
It was interesting being close to the guys in a relaxed atmosphere and hearing them chat amongst each other and with their pro-am playing partners. I even had a chat with Webb Simpson that went something like this:
Me: Nice birdie Webb
Webb: Thank You
We’ll probably keep in touch.
The rest of the week was mostly spent playing some great golf of our own. We played several rounds at Beth’s parents courses (read my past review of them here) which are always fun to play and always in great shape.
The par 3 12th hole on the Santa Rosa course:
We were fortunate enough to be invited out to Bermuda Dunes Country Club which had hosted the PGA Tour for 50 years. We got rained on a few holes, but it takes more than a bit of rain to put a damper on a great golf course.
The approach to the par 5 18th:
We also got back out to Desert Willow Golf resort to play their Mountain View course. We were all very impressed, as we were with their Firecliff course. Any time I’m back in Palm Desert I’ll make a point of playing here.
Approach on the par 4 10th hole:
Tomorrow we carry on with our journey by making our way to the coast. We’re going to spend the night at an undetermined location somewhere between LA and Monterey (maybe Pismo Beach), before arriving at the Monterey Peninsula on Sunday where we’re going to set up shop until February 18th.
Although it’s always sad to leave each chapter of our trip behind, it’s equally exciting to move on to the next one.
We can’t believe we’re at the half way point of our trip. It’s hard to put into words how amazing the adventure has been so far, and we’re doing our best to savor each moment and be grateful for the opportunity.
Life is way too short not to be doing something awesome.