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7 Key Holes to Watch at the CareerBuilder Challenge

These pivotal holes will likely shape the outcome of who is crowned champion.

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Sporting a playing field that includes defending champ Jason Dufner, two-time major winner Zach Johnson, Ryder Cup hero Patrick Reed, and — yes — perhaps Hall of Famer Phil Mickelson (who underwent a second sports hernia procedure in December and, while he remains the challenge ambassador, it is still uncertain whether he will play), the birdie-laden CareerBuilder Challenge appears to

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Man of Steele

Idyllwild's Brendan Steele hopes playing the courses he grew up on will give him home advantage at CareerBuilder Challenge.

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Home field advantage? Idyllwild native Brendan Steele will take it when he tees off in the CareerBuilder Challenge, Jan. 16-22, in La Quinta. “I always tell everybody that this is my home event, it’s the event I went to as a kid and the event where I get the most family and friend support,” says Steele, who now lives in

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Play and Pamper

Four Greater Palm Springs courses where you can play 18 and have someone rub the sore spots afterward (ego not included).

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Sweet spot: Try the Mud Bath followed (after a thorough rinse) with a terrific meal at the on-site restaurant. Play: Desert Dunes Golf Club, 19300 Palm Drive, Desert Hot Springs, 760-251-5370, www.desertdunesgc.com Pamper: Two Bunch Palms, 67425 Two Bunch Palms Trail, Desert Hot Springs, 760-329-8791, www.twobunchpalms.com With a pair of top-shelf course options from which to choose, the lower handicaps

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Making History Again

Tamarisk Country Club has star-studded roots from Hogan to Sinatra, and some much-needed renovations are putting a new shine on the Rancho Mirage location.

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One of Greater Palm Springs’ most venerable country clubs isn’t resting on old accolades. Host to four U.S. Presidents and home to the great Ben Hogan as its first head golf professional, Tamarisk is well known for a slew of famous, founding members, including George Burns, Jack Benny, and four of the five Marx Brothers. Along the 17th fairway at

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SilverRock Resort: Scorecard of Natural Wonder

La Quinta golf course is about more than just pars and birdies.

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SilverRock Resort in La Quinta is about more than just pars and birdies. Rather, one of Greater Palm Springs’ top golf (and FootGolf) courses presents a scorecard of natural wonder. “SilverRock is a great course with a great layout, but we just have a lot of cool stuff here,” says Randy Duncan, general manager at SilverRock Resort. Something of an

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The Best 19th Holes

These five golf courses offer a gourmet transition off the green.

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Even the best day of golf day doesn’t need to end after you sink the last one at the 18th hole. Post-round pleasures really do abound across the desert. Here are five favorite on-site spots to enjoy a meal or cocktail while you review the pleasure and the pain written on your scorecard. Escena sports some terrific San Jacinto views

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5 Courses to Tune-up Your Golf Season

Before you play one of the championship courses, consider one of these to knock the dust off your clubs.

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Many golfers arrive for the Coachella Valley’s peak golf season overly-revved to take on the desert’s most stringent challenges. It’s not their enthusiasm that’s the problem – it’s quite often their level of play. This pair of John Fought designs near Palm Springs International Airport may not evoke the palm-lined fantasy fairways of a Palm Springs postcard, but there’s some

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Get Your Kicks at SilverRock Resort

Course has been adjusted to allow fast-growing game of FootGolf.

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One of the Coachella Valley’s most celebrated venues is ready to kick-off the golf season – literally. The Arnold Palmer-designed SilverRock Resort in La Quinta, host to the former Bob Hope Classic (now the CareerBuilder Challenge) from 2008-11, debuted FootGolf to its 200-acre spread of Santa Rosa Mountain surrounds in the off-season. The fast-growing game of FootGolf, a hybrid of

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Ball in Play?

Topgolf scouts Coachella Valley location.

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Topgolf is interested in adding the Coachella Valley to its growing list of nationwide locations. The burgeoning sports/entertainment chain promotes climate-controlled driving ranges that include a higher end food and beverage menu, music, and hundreds of HDTVs. Golfers smack microchipped golf balls that score themselves, providing instant feedback on each shot’s accuracy and distance. Although no specifics are available yet,

Workers add new liners to a sand trap at Desert Willow Golf Resort's Firecliff Course

Change for the Better

Makeover at Desert Willow Golf Resort Firecliff Course retains challenges, but could speed up play.

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One of the desert’s most popular and equally potent courses has enjoyed a makeover in recent months, which should make the beatific grounds a little more manageable for the mid-to-high range handicapper. A bunker renovation project at the Firecliff Course at Desert Willow Golf Resort will debut after the course re-opens from overseed in October. Generally regarded as the more