Palm Springs in early October – this was the destination for NCGA’s recent members’ travel, and their first women’s only trip. The moment I saw their posting, I was in. Familiar with that area as a tennis enthusiast, well forget tennis, Palm Springs area is golf heaven.
For starters NCGA put us up for four nights at the Renaissance Esmeralda Indian Wells resort and spa. Full service 4 star hotel. First evening was a poolside meet and greet with small bites and beverages, hosted by NCGA’s trip organizer Julie McEntee. Prior to the trip Julie had emailed a detailed itinerary including tee times and pairings, so we spent the rest of the evening talking home turf with our new golf friends. Julie also provided shopping discounts so we made notes to schedule trips to Pete Carlson’s, Lady Golf, PGA Superstore etc.
Let’s cover the golf. Day One at the Mission Hills Dinah Shore in Rancho Mirage, 5680 yards, 134 rating (i.e. long and difficult). Day Two at Indian Wells Celebrity, 5280 yards, 128 rating (scenic and difficult). Day Three at TPC Stadium PGA West in La Quinta, 5100 yards, 127 rating (sand, more sand, beaucoup sand, difficult).
We were a group of about 45 women, and with one or two exceptions, we all finished back to back to back 18H casual play in upper 90s heat. Players’ indexes were a wide range, just like Fore Women. Final evening – an impressively tasty farewell dinner at the hotel.
Being one of the higher index players, I felt pretty cocky after having darn good tee shots off the first tee, all three days in front of Julie who was starter and well wisher. But then came the next 17 holes (sigh) each day. It was all great. I especially want to thank Fore Women for making me not afraid of difficult courses!
Hoping NCGA will consider continuing this event as it was a restful and fun getaway. Several of the women I met are veterans of prior NCGA trips and highly recommend them.