Golf is Mental Hits the Road #8 – Lake Havasu and Palm Desert Encore

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.

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We also got our dose of being tourists by visiting the London Bridge, which was shipped from London to Lake Havasu piece by piece and rebuilt. London Bridge is no longer falling down.

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Another typical view you’ll find strolling around Lake Havasu:

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Our week in Palm Desert has yet again been a complete success. We started it off by taking in some PGA Tour golf at the Humana Challenge last Friday, the 23rd.

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.

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Looking back on the 9th hole of La Quinta Country Club where we sat for a bit:

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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:

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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:

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The clan on the 18th green. A bit wet but still smiling.

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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:

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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.

Cheers!
Josh

  2 comments for “Golf is Mental Hits the Road #8 – Lake Havasu and Palm Desert Encore

  1. January 30, 2015 at 8:13 pm

    Hi Josh, we went to the Rivera CC, Northern Trust Tournament. I talked to Webb’s caddie.

    Very nice guy, I was asking about his shoes. Caddies aren’t allowed to wear spikes. They were tennis shoes. Had fun watching the golfer, but I find it so hard to state quiet.

    Looks like you guys are having lot of fun.

    Here’s to lots of sunshine for the rest of your trip,

    Tina

    • January 31, 2015 at 10:19 pm

      Hi Tina,

      That’s cool you got to chat with Webb’s caddie. Webb does come across as a nice guy.

      We are definitely having lots of fun, and fortunate to play so much great golf. Always enjoy your comments, appreciate it!

      Cheers
      Josh

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