This year we had a chauffeur, Gord Dodd, take us to the airport for our 6th annual Spring Training in Palm Springs. He did a great job but indicated that he didn’t get a tip. We were remiss in this so made a point to give him a tip on our return trip, a golf tip that is!!
Golf tips were not few and far between at our lessons at the Desert Princess Golf & Country Club, our pros, Rand, Patty & Bill were more than generous in providing us with many very useful tips. Everyone remarked how much they enjoyed the lessons and the valuable information they took away.
A wine & cheese meet and greet kicked off our training week and it is always great to visit with all the participants.
The instruction this year was planned at three different stations which we rotated through. The three pros each had a different teaching style which was a fresh approach to golf fundamentals. Patty offered some excellent drills that were very beneficial in assisting us to properly load our backswing and improve our driving distance. Rand gave some great putting and chipping advice as well as reinforcing the benefits of positive thinking and visualization. After our putting and chipping session Kristy had 6 one putts…I don’t 1 putt….hold on positive thought ……I got this…keep it positive. Bill reinforced the importance of practice, he suggested that we try to practice while listening to some tunes. He also showed us a new way to pitch which worked quite well….have to practice though. If we took anything away it was write it down; practice, practice, this should be our goal this year.
The Escena Nine and Dine was enjoyed by both groups again this year. Always a favourite, great track, Louise wanted to take one of the bunnies home, they are so cute.
We enjoyed the golf and the 19th hole on their gorgeous patio but it did get a bit cool when the wind got up, the heaters took the chill off though.
As usual the pool was a great hit so refreshing after our lessons or our golf, the sunshine felt good too. Even though the dollar sucks many of us found some great and not so great, but had to have buys at one of the many favorite shopping haunts. We found some new places to eat and drink which will definitely become do overs. In a grungy strip mall on East Vista Chino in Palm Springs a sign went up earlier this year between the smoke shop and a cannabis dispensary. It reads “Bar/Food,” and has locals descending in droves. Literally, on any given night, it’s difficult to find a seat at Palm Springs’ hottest new watering hole. Paul Bar was recommended to a couple of our group by their UBER driver
A group of us experienced Paul’s Bar which is partly the East Coast ambiance: plush beige bar stools, Asian artwork, walls painted in Manhattan blue, and an ornate mahogany bar with mirrored back. Plus, the “Dog Hall,” featuring black-framed photos of patrons’ pooches, on the way to the bathroom modeled after those in New York City subway stations. But it’s more so the classic cocktails made with precision by O’Halloran – and the bowtie-wearing owner himself. Watching the bar tender make the drinks was an experience itself. Mel tried the house specialty the CosmoPaul, He uses five-times-distilled Irish Boru vodka (not citrus-based, like many choose to incorporate) then adds triple sec, fresh lime juice instead of lemon, a hint of agave and “a whisper” of cranberry juice to create a non-sweet, dusty rose masterpiece served with a lemon twist. I do believe she enjoyed, yum yum. We will be back
We wrapped up with everyone coming together enjoying Sangria compliments of Lynn, Edie and Patricia.
Can’t wait for next year.