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Such a Deal

Golfers can save some dough during the summer thanks to discount packages at Greater Palm Springs courses.

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While triple-digit temperatures may make you think twice about hitting the links, there are some seriously hot deals at Greater Palm Springs golf courses during the summer months that may be the incentive you need. Here are six deals to perk your interest. For that golf staycation or summer escape, check out the four Stay & Play package deals at

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Down on the Bayou

Just slightly removed from their Louisiana home, this duo hope to spur the Palm Springs Power back to a SCCBL title.

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The Palm Springs Power will begin its quest to reclaim the Southern California Collegiate Baseball League (SCCBL) title that eluded them for the first time in five years in 2016 with a season-opening series starting June 2 against the So Cal Catch at Palm Springs Stadium. And typical to a roster that features players from all parts of the country,

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Taming the Legacies

Have you taken on some of these favorite holes in Rancho Mirage?

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Editor’s Note: This story was written in 2017. Some of the people quoted in the story may have moved on to other positions since then. Thank you. Host to two Ryder Cups and home to golf’s first major championship of the season, Rancho Mirage isn’t simply a Coachella Valley golf oasis — the city is a nexus of the game’s

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Golf’s Biggest Hazard

It’s not water or a sand trap. A panel produces actions to confront the decline of the sport in the Coachella Valley and a way to connect to prospective youth players.

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If golf is to become an attractive alternative to a younger market in the Coachella Valley, one idea coming out of a recent “Growing the Game of Golf Symposium” is to pair select members of private golf clubs to mentor a few kids at local elementary schools. “The idea would be to send those mentors out to local elementary schools

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Par None

Swing into summer with seasonal memberships.

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Membership, of course, has its benefits. But signing up for temporary membership has its own set of advantages. With no long-term commitment, and some great deals to boot, seasonal golf memberships can be found across the desert as tee sheets turn away from peak season. From east to west, short-term association is available at some of the valley’s top tracks,

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Courting Success

Dee Dee Felich will be honored for growing the game of tennis in the Coachella Valley at Rosie Casals & Jackie Cooper Team Tennis Pro-Am.

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From her perch as assistant tournament director of the BNP Paribas Open for 35 years, Dee Dee Felich has seen the benefits of serving tennis to kids. “When kids involve themselves, in any sport really, it’s not just about the exercise, but also the relationships and contacts outside of the classroom or the home,” says Felich, who stepped down from

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A ‘Link’ to Kids

The First Tee of the Coachella Valley preps for 7th Annual Invitational Golf Tournament, chance to showcase how it reaches 7,000 kids across the valley.

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A national nonprofit with chapters across the country, the programs of The First Tee not only introduce kids to the tenets of the game, but also encircle golf lessons around healthy lifestyles and the program’s “Nine Core Values,” which include honesty, courtesy, respect and perseverance. To buoy the Coachella Valley chapter, the 7th annual First Tee of the Coachella Valley

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King Still Reigns

Billie Jean King 'elevates' the discussion about gender equality during the Inspiring Women in Sports Conference in Rancho Mirage.

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Tennis great Billie Jean King will hit the big screen next fall when Emma Stone and Steve Carrell recapture the classic 1973 “Battle of the Sexes” tennis match between herself and Bobby Riggs. The duel has been made into a feature film of the same name, which occurred during the height of the Women’s Rights movement. Time has changed the

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On the Right Course

Lydia Ko never really played well at the ANA Inspiration until last year when she found her stride to win. Now she believes the Mission Hills course matches well with her strengths.

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At the tender age of 19, Lydia Ko, the top-ranked player in the world, already has 14 LPGA titles (and five Euro wins) to her credit. Standing foremost among them: Ko’s victory leap into “Poppie’s Pond” at the 2016 ANA Inspiration. She is back and ready to attempt to become the event’s first repeat champion since Annika Sorenstam in 2001-02.

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Put These Wedge Club Tips to Work

Mike Ellis, senior instructor at the Marriott Golf Academy at Shadow Ridge Golf Club, offers helpful tips on how to hit those testy 60-yard shots from both the turf and sand.

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Golf is a game of opposites, where one hits down to make the ball rise and oftentimes finds enhanced distance by swinging softer. While many players can drive the ball 250 yards a few times a round, how many golfers can consistently stick it within five feet of the cup from within 100 yards? Wedge play is the key to