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David Woods: Coachella Valley Offers Unique Golfing Experience

In the Coachella Valley, golf is one common denominator that binds all of our valley cities, according to David Woods, PGA Director of Golf at The Vintage Club in Indian Wells.

40 Under Forty: Kenneth Ebner

Kenneth Ebner's Rock Your Resolution program is designed to make fitness goals come true and help change the way people feel about the gym.

40 Under Forty: David Woods

Golf professional David Woods refers to his position as PGA director of golf at The Vintage Club in Indian Wells as his dream job.

40 Under Forty: Ashlee Ciora

Ashlee Ciora has traveled to Europe 33 times, has been to 34 U.S. states, and visited 30 countries on four continents, with a goal of ultimately traveling to six of the seven continents.

Health Apps

From mapping your moods to measuring steps, these popular apps — used alone or together — offer all that’s needed to inspire and support personal mind and body health and fitness goals.

Palm Springs Power Pitcher Takes Aggressive Posture

Bermuda Dunes native Doug Finley enters his third summer with the Palm Springs Power where he has become more aggressive from the mound.

Under the Open Sky

The season’s sunny days and warm nights present the perfect opportunity to get back to basics with a campout.

SilverRock Resort Promotes Healthy Living, 'Walk the Rock' Program

SilverRock Resort is promoting healthy living with a “Walk the Rock” golf program allowing golfers to walk and play golf daily starting at 3 p.m.

Spring in Your Step

With its warm days and wildflowers in bloom, springtime is ideal for touring the Coachella Valley’s diverse ecosystems on foot.

Palm Springs Among Nominees for Best Golf Destinations

Palm Springs is a nominee for Best Golf Destinations as part of the 10 Best Readers Choice Awards being promoted by USA TODAY.

Reigning Rafa Returns

His dark eyes never stray from the ball during a rally. No. 1 in the world — again — Rafael Nadal is a fluid portrait of fitness, intensity, and focus.

The 2014 BNP Paribas Open: Bigger, Better, Best

Indian Wells Tennis Garden’s expansion promises continued excellence for the 400,000-plus fans expected to attend the prestigious tournament.

See the Tops in Tennis at the BNP Paribas Open

Everything about the BNP Paribas Open is supersized. With world-class players entered, this is tennis at its finest.

Where to Watch Super Bowl 2014 in Palm Springs Area

Check out these Super Bowl 2014 venue options where everything is taken care of from food to libations to big-screen TVs Feb. 2.

SilverRock Golf Academy Clinics Help Boost Your Golf Game

Take apart your golf game and put it back together through a series of weekly clinics starting in January at the SilverRock Golf Academy.

Chukker Up

Dust off your finery and best divot-stompers, and watch the ponies fly during the Coachella Valley’s polo season, opening Jan. 5 and running through March 30, 2014

Brian Gay: Humana Challenge Title Set Tone for 2013

Brian Gay can only hope 2014 starts off as well as 2013 did. The defending Humana Challenge champ returns to defend his title when the 2014 version tees up Jan. 13-19 at PGA West in La Quinta.

Gift Certificates For SilverRock Resort Make Holiday Shopping Easy!

A trip to La Quinta’s SilverRock Resort is more than an outing on the award-winning Arnold Palmer Classic Course. It’s also golf instruction, luxury golf apparel and accessories in the golf shop or dining at the scenic SilverRock Grill.

Bring It

Whether in the boxing ring or the legal arena, Palm Desert civil appeals attorney Mary Lehman has long prided herself on focused aggression. She earned a 5-0 mark as a professional boxer, and a global rank among women bantamweights.

Chill Out

It’s easy to forget about snow while basking poolside in the mild desert climate. But frostier temperatures — and even snow — are just minutes away at the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway.

SilverRock Resort Reopens Award Winning Golf Course on November 5, 2013

SilverRock Resort reopens its award-winning Arnold Palmer Classic Course on November 5, 2013 following seasonal reseeding of its 7,568 scenic yards.

Best Places to Watch Football in Town

Sports fans, rejoice and give thanks: The NFL season is in full swing, and Thanksgiving brings three big matchups perfect for an all-day football feast

Eerie Beauty

July 16, 2013, the second day of the Mountain Fire, photographer Millicent Harvey posted herself at Bogert Trail, near the Indian Canyons in South Palm Springs.

High Times

Pilot training puts the power in your hands, giving anyone who dares the chance to manifest childhood fantasies of tearing through the sky with the speed of a superhero.

Olympic Gold

Whether you play sports to stay fit or simply for the love of the game, go for the gold at our favorite spots.

Visionary - Bill Schlanger

EV Enterprises President Bill Schlanger chose to move his electric car conversion firm to Palm Springs from Arizona 18 months ago, and hasn’t looked back.

Visionary - Tony Renaud

When Tony Renaud set out to implement a vision for a super-deluxe, members-only club for exotic-car owners, he says, “It made good business sense to build in the Coachella Valley.

Visionary - Rolf Hoehn

When Rolf Hoehn joined Desert Champions in 2006, he and company owner Larry Ellison envisioned the BNP Paribas Open and Indian Wells Tennis Garden becoming the Coachella Valley’s grandest attraction.

The Scenery and the Scene

According to newspaper and magazine articles published before the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway opened, up to half a million people a year could be expected to ride the tramcars.

High and Mighty

Celebrating its 50th anniversary, Palm Springs Aerial Tramway brings the mountain to the people

Tahquitz Canyon to the Peak

For centuries, tales of Tahquitz Canyon and Peak have stirred an equal measure of intrigue and fear among Coachella Valley residents and visitors.

Swinging With the Pros

Though the mood may be idyllically mellow at The Vintage Club in Indian Wells, the members’ approach to improving their golf game strikes far beyond a leisure pursuit.

The Long Road to the PGA Tour

At the outset of 2013, the PGA Tour website’s profile page for Byron Smith showed a blank silhouette in the space deemed for a golfer’s standard-issue headshot. Now in the 10th year of a decade-long pursuit to compete at the sport’s highest echelon, the roads of Smith’s journey have taken the 32-year-old Palm Springs native from the depths of his own resolve to golf courses around the world.

Cameo — Game On!

Jack Whitaker spent his youth in Philadelphia and saw most of the country — and parts of the world — during his career as a sportscaster with CBS and ABC.

Holding Court in Indian Wells

Pumped up and ready to party, world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka will play to defend her BNP Paribas Open title

Up for the Challenge

The Coachella Valley’s revived PGA Tour event didn’t simply take one big step toward its reshaped image in 2012. It took 84 million.

Discover Palm Springs Inside Secrets

Changes are coming to some of the popular attractions in the Palm Springs resort area.

Greetings from Cahuillaland

Leave behind modern Palm Springs and enter the lost world of Cahuillaland. Here, the rocks have names, and tricksters and shapeshifters dart around you. A kind of power — one anthropologist calls it “electricity” — abounds in objects we think of as inanimate.

Watch Marilyn in Palm Springs Anywhere

A new live webcam feed allows people living anywhere in the world to see Marilyn Monroe standing in Palm Springs.

5 Ways To Cool Off In Palm Springs

High temperatures and humidity mean cool and fun times if you know where to look!

Weekend Planner: Heart, Wine and Meteors

Find out what's happening in the Palm Springs and desert resort cities of Southern California for the weekend of August 9, 2012.

Driving Passions

Palm Springs Life visited five classic-car enthusiasts to see their vehicles and learn why they own them and how they use them.

Park and Go

In April, as contractors were still renovating a former clubhouse in Borrego Springs, a botanist studying larkspur became the first scientist to use the Steele/Burnand Anza-Borrego Desert Research Center.

CAMEO - Your Serve, Kevin Connolly

You can see on the surface — 25 U.S. Open-blue tennis courts — that Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa wants competitive players. The color of the courts asserts, “This is where the pros play.

‘I Fight for Everybody Around Me’

Boxer Timothy Ray Bradley Jr., known as “The Desert Storm,” owns an undefeated professional record in 29 bouts. He’s preparing for a June 9 date at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, where he’ll battle 147-pound Manny Pacquiao for the world welterweight title.

Chicks With Sticks

More than a sport, polo — especially in the desert — is a lifestyle. People in the game have known each other’s families for generations, and on match day, the play on the field accounts for only a fraction of the fun.

CAMEO - What Drives You, Domenic Provenzano?

Domenic Provenzano went from making golf clubs to making golfers. Growing up in Washington, D.C., he learned the tools of the game while constructing clubs in his family’s golf shop.

An Insider’s Guide to the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument

In the 12 years since the Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument was founded, technology has tightened its grip on us all. Scientists say many of us can no longer see the flash of a bighorn sheep’s rump, hear the peep of a towhee, or count the receding ridges of the Santa Rosas — not because the rump, towhee, and ridges aren’t there, but because we can no longer perceive them. Tiny screens have stolen our senses. The 280,000 acres of monument just outside Palm Springs is the perfect place to reclaim them.

Rafa in the Zone

The world’s No. 2-ranked tennis player eschews the suggestion that he is the sport’s hottest stud. “I see myself as a very normal guy,” he says, “definitely not as a sex symbol.”

A Course Away From Home

Toscana Country Club in Indian Wells California have offered father and son Bill and Jay Haas club memberships so they have a home course on the west coast.

psst! — Where the Wild Things Are

Among about 200 accredited zoos nationwide, fewer than a dozen have taken part in initiatives to put animals back in the wild, The Living Desert Zoo and Botanical Garden is among that minority.

Betting on Bighorn

A self-admitted risk taker and wizard at turning the impossible into the probable, Depression-raised Hubbard sees much in life as a gamble — but only on his terms, which have proven widely profitable.

Reap the Wild Wind

The San Gorgonio Pass provides a natural corridor for plants, animals, and a forceful current of air and water

Stars on the Links

Bob Hope, Dinah Shore, and Frank Sinatra attracted fellow celebrities, top golfers, and national attention to Palm Springs' golf scene. Over the years, the names of the game have changed.

A Perfect Circle

If you have been thinking you’re in an urban nexus with some fetching mountains on the fringes, what we’re about to tell you may be unsettling. Here in the greater Palm Springs area, you’re actually on an island — a puddle of urbanity surrounded by wildlands.

In Land We Trust

Prickly cholla, the glaring sun, and rugged terrain hardly deterred Lost star JOSH HOLLOWAY from helping to restore land near Joshua Tree National Park

Intelligencer - Digs at Golfers

James Pomerantz's new book might bring him trouble in the Coachella Valley.

Editors Letter

The Salton Sea, the state’s largest lake and a perennial point of contention among preservationists, politicians, and residents — especially when gusts of foul air blow across the desert.

The Greens of Sunnylands

The list of people who strolled the fairways behind the pink walls of Sunnylands reads like the attendees at a G8 Summit or World Golf Hall of Fame dinner —individuals whose lives were so public that they relished the private time afforded by this invitation-only retreat.

Respite for 2,650-Mile Trekkers

Every year around Easter, Tracy Albrecht looks out her window to see lights flickering on the mountainside behind her Snow Creek home. She alerts her husband: “The hikers are coming.”

Word Association - Heather Hundley

Heather Hundley : Views From the Fairway: Media Explorations of Identity in Golf

Pure Gold

The Quarry at La Quinta leaves no stone unturned to offer members and guests an incomparable golf experience

Beyond the Gate

When you pull up to the Indian Canyons tollgate, there’s plenty of time to study the posted rules (no pets, no loud radios) and watch the resident chipmunks play.

PSST! - What’s in a Game, David Hill?

When football fans gather to watch Super Bowl XLV (Feb. 6), David Hill, a part-time Palm Desert resident, will have a different vantage point. As chairman and CEO of Fox Sports Media Group and president of Fox Sports Networks Inc.

The Finest Vintage

Its location is breathtaking, its timeless elegance the envy of the world’s leading resorts. But the heart and soul of this exclusive community lie in the members who call it home.

The Most Brutal Hike

Brewster and monument volunteer Keith Bartleson set off full of optimism. It was a glorious, still morning in this primal desert wilderness so hidden and yet close to major highways.

Before the Hope

In the 1950s, celebrities and pro golfers served up the razzle-dazzle at the Thunderbird Invitational, which grew into today’s five-course ‘Classic’

The Urban Edge

Palm Desert and La Quinta claim an unusual concentration of urban fringe trails, a cluster seen in only a few places around the country, such as Boulder, Colo.

The Green Green Grass of Home

Attention, ardent golfer: Perhaps it’s time to shelve that cup you’ve been putting toward in your home office. If you’re serious about continually improving your score, consider a personal putting green.

Christopher Laue Goes for the Gold

Coachella Valley’s connection to the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games, Christopher Laue the only Palm Springs-based member of the FiveCurrents production firm with contracts for both events.

Golf Heaven

In the introduction to his new book, Pebble Beach: The Official Golf History, author/historian Neal Hotelling asserts that “no book will ever hold the entire history” of Pebble Beach.

The Path to Chino Canyon

A few hundred thousand people a year chug up the steep road through Chino Canyon, sniffing the air as their engines start to overheat. Probably none of those thousands knows this place.

Video Link - Ryan White

Ryan White — black belt martial artist, golfer, and certified fitness consultant living in Palm Springs — has released a DVD titled Black Belt Golf: White Belt Lesson.

Far Santa Rosas

Some places in the Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument beckon you with meadows and mossy boulders. Other places — such as the far Santa Rosas — say “Stay Out.”

Pebble Beach: The Magazine

Published Annually - Pebble Beach: The Magazine is the prestige publication of Pebble Beach resorts, showcasing the enduring spirit of a luxury golfing lifestyle.

Into The Wild

Cradling the desert valley, the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto mountains hold a rich history, a bright future, and awesome experiences for those who hike their trails

Into the Swing

Art on the Fly

A Palm Springs resident who fishes primarily in Canada, Browne describes salmon fishing this way: “You cast and cast and cast for days and days, and then you finally hook one. I know it’s insane. Most of the time it’s raining and snowing. It’s just plain nasty fishing, but I like it.”

Intelligencer - Driven to Play

The Finnish factory that makes the Porsche Cayman and Boxster now makes a luxury golf car. . The Garia is sold locally by Yamaha Golf Cars of Palm Springs in La Quinta. Prices start at $17,499.

PSST - Devoted to Dinah

Jane Blalock, Julie Inkster, Sandra Palmer, Donna Caponi, Nancy Lopez, and Amy Alcott may be the names most Kraft Nabisco Championship fans recognize. But followers of the golf tournament should at least know Neil Golub’s face. The president/CEO of Price Chopper Supermarkets has played in the pro-am portion of the competition every year since the original Colgate Dinah Shore in 1972. He has been teamed with the aforementioned pros, as well as Dinah Shore — and won twice.

Palm Springs Golf Guide Definitions and Explanations

Our Palm Springs Golf Guide - a guide to using the Palm Springs Life Annual Golf Guide and database. Explains common terms and descriptions of golf play in the Palm Springs golf reorts area.

Live... From Indian Wells!

“One-namers” — Palmer, Nicklaus, Player, Watson, Trevino, Woods, and Sorenstam — have teed up in the made-for-television LG Skins Game.

Of Course, the Desert's Got Game

Pro and celebrity tournaments — including the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, the Frank Sinatra Countrywide Celebrity Invitational, and Kraft Nabisco Championship — fix the eyes of the golf world squarely on the Coachella Valley for several months each year. The fabled courses that host these tournaments become magnets for enthusiasts who visit the desert to test their game on some of the most beautiful and challenging layouts.

Views From the Trails

The hike from Southridge Drive and Highway 111 in Palm Springs takes you up the west end of the Santa Rosa Mountains above the exclusive houses beyond the gates on Southridge. They include the former abodes of William Holden, Steve McQueen, and David Janssen, as well as the flying sauceresque house where Bob Hope entertained large crowds (a particularly popular postcard image when the roof was copper).

The Greatest Moments in Sports

With top-flight golf and tennis events, the eyes of worldwide television audiences have long been fixed on the desert. We tapped the memories of sports enthusiasts who have lived here long enough to have seen it all.

The Court as Stage

At the top of his game, Novak Djokovic will play to the Indian Wells Tennis Garden crowd in his second Pacific Life Open.

Horoscope

An Uncomfortable Truth

Diamond In The Rough

Inspired by the world’s greatest courses, Tom Doak reflects on how he turned rugged, raw land into the spectacular Stone Eagle Golf Club

Psst — Outdoors

The Great Outdoors — See it on a Segway, and Planning a hiking trail from East Valley to West.

Horoscope

Look Back to the Future

Desert Willow Golf Resort

Voted one of the Best Places to Play by Golf Digest

Welcome to Golfland

Newcomers’ survival guide to Golf

From Padres to Power

Steve Garvey inspires collegiate players in Palm Springs

Hard to Build, Easy to Love

Golf course designer Tom Doak turned obstacles into assets at Stone Eagle

Playing the Field

Falling for the game of polo means befriending and battling celebrities and professional players — and earning respect

Toscana Country Club

In the heart of prestigious Indian Wells, California, a fortunate few will enjoy Toscana Country Club

Sun City Shadow Hills By Del Webb

Sun City Shadow Hills reflects the benchmark of quality and expresses the spirit of welcome that is signature to every Del Webb community.

Escena Golf Club

Classic Club

The Classic Club is more than just another addition to the desert’s roster of golf courses.

The PROcircuit

It doesn’t take long to figure out how three-time Masters Champion Nick Faldo influenced the design of the 6,923-yard course at Marriott’s Shadow Ridge Golf Club in Palm Desert.

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