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Coachella quenchers

How green is that valley? When the mercury is high, the watering is deep.

by Southland GolfPublished: June, 2012

Summertime is the “other” season in the desert and those in the know flock to the Coachella Valley to play and sun at some of the world’s greatest golf courses, hotels and restaurants. It’s the perfect time to score sizzling deals only a short car ride away.

Although it is home to literally dozens of golf courses, you might know the Coachella Valley as the Date Capital of the World.    

You also might have heard talk of a certain music festival that goes on (and on) there in the spring.

But after the camels, belly dancers, indie bands and date-chefs go home, all that plastic gets recycled, and temperatures rise, it’s pretty much open season for golfers.

And although each desert course needs about a million gallons of water a day, none of it comes with a screw top.

Nevertheless, in case anyone asks, California accounts for 99.5 percent of all the dates grown in the United States.

Perhaps best of all, no one will make you make you consume a date shake or wear a wristband. You can focus on golf.

From Palm Springs to Indio and Rancho Mirage to Thousand Palms, here are the offers that are just too good to miss!

Classic Club
Palm Desert
(760) 601-3601 • classicclubgolf.com
Play where the pros play. Recipient of numerous awards including one of “America’s Best Courses” by Golfweek, 2008, and “America’s Top Golf Courses” by Zagat Survey. $79 June - September. Includes $15 food voucher & unlimited bottled water.

Eagle Falls Golf Course
Indio
(760) 238-5633 • fantasyspringsresort.com
Enjoy Fantasy Springs Resort Casino’s course this summer with stay-and-play packages starting at $159, including hotel for two, golf for one, $50 restaurant credit and $20 free slot play. Daily rates $39 Monday-Thursday, $49 Friday-Sunday and holidays.

Embassy Suites Palm Desert
Palm Desert
(760) 340-6600 • palmdesert.embassysuites.com
Great location, minutes from world-class golf, dining and shopping. Spacious two-room suites with complimentary cook-to-order breakfast and hosted reception. Suites start at $79. Booking code: L-P20.

Indian Canyons Golf Resort
Palm Springs
(760) 833-8725 • indiancanyonsgolf.com
Spectacular views, outstanding weather and an atmosphere that calls for fun. Now with two great golf-and-hotel packages starting at $99.

SilverRock Resort
La Quinta
(760) 777-8884 • silverrock.org
Challenge the rock, home to the Bob Hope Classic 2008-2011, with California resident rate specials: $55 weekdays, $65 weekends in June; $35 weekdays, $40 weekends July - Sept 16. Just call three days in advance and bring your California drivers license to check-in.

Escena Golf Club
Palm Springs
(760) 778-2737 • escenagolf.com/teetimes
Book through escenagolf.com/teetimes to get the best rates and save $10 off your reservation total with promo code SG$10off; minimum two players, through Sept. 29. Blend championship golf with a classic desert setting.

JW Marriott Desert Springs
Palm Desert
(800) 331-3112 • desertspringsresort.com
Golf Escape Package includes room, unlimited golf for two (after 2 p.m. day of arrival, before noon on day of departure; first tee time guaranteed; additional based on availability. From $185 June-August based on availability. (800) 331-3112.

Greater Palm Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau
palmspringsusa.com
Find your summer oasis deals at the Greater Palm Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau, dedicated to promoting the nine cities of Greater Palm Springs to visitors planning a getaway to the Palm Springs, California area. Surf the site for places to stay and things to do, and get a free visitors guide!