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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

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6 Fan Friendly Ways to Experience the ANA Inspiration

From a new food courtyard to the best vantage point to watch a stellar player field, enjoy one of pro golf’s longest running tournaments.

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Ready to take a leap into “Poppie’s Pond” and not get wet? That’s just one of the experiences available to golf fans attending the 46th annual ANA Inspiration, which returns March 27 through April 2 to The Dinah Shore Tournament Course at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage. The ANA Inspiration is the longest running professional golf tournament, save

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Tennis with a Purpose

Star players bring attention to inaugural Kate Laver Invitational and its charities at Bighorn Golf Club event.

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Serving a set of equal parts philanthropy and world-class tennis, the inaugural Kate Laver Invitational comes to Bighorn Golf Club March 5 in Palm Desert. Coupling a hosted bar and dinner with a live auction and multiple live bands, proceeds from the event will benefit the Kate Laver Foundation, a nonprofit focused on supporting local children with special needs and

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5 Toughest Golf Courses in Greater Palm Springs

If you're looking for that ultimate golf challenge, here are five public courses guaranteed to test your skills.

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With the desert’s high-season in full swing, it’s time for the golf excuses (and sloppy scores) to fade. Your best move is to up your game and tackle one of the five toughest public golf courses in Greater Palm Springs. Here they are in no particular order. In part to improve on pace of play, the Desert Willow brass wisely

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Score a Hole-in-One

The golf course will be first to undergo some changes as a new luxury development takes shape at SilverRock Resort in La Quinta.

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Recognizing the grandeur of what will eventually prove to be a Coachella Valley mecca, the City of La Quinta and SilverRock Development Company, LLC will soon begin the long-planned development project at SilverRock Resort. Already one of the desert’s most popular golf courses, the $420 million renovation project — overseen by the highly-respected Robert Green Company out of San Diego

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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