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Coachella Quenchers

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

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 millon 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 wrist band. 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!

Vacation Palm Springs
Palm Springs
Welcome to Palm Springs. Here you'll find the leading selection & best rates for Palm Springs Desert Area Rentals, luxury vacation homes & condos for rent - in all price ranges. Plus Palm Springs Area Homes for Sale - MLS.
(800) 590-3110 •

SilverRock Resort
La Quinta
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.
(760) 777-8884 •

Escena Golf Club
Palm Springs
Book through 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.
(760) 778-2737 •

JW Marriott Desert Springs
Palm Desert
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.
(800) 331-3112 •

Greater Palm Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau
Palm Springs
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!

Indian Wells Golf Resort
Indian Wells
Enjoy Championship Unlimited* Golf at Indian Wells Golf Resort. Home of Big Break Indian Wells. July 1 – August 30, 2012. Mon-Thurs, $79**. Fri–Sun $89**. *Played Same Day. **Includes $15 F&B credit. Not Valid for group play.
(760) 346-4653 •

Visit Palm Springs
Palm Springs
Visit the website and get a free visitors guide, find deals, savings for hotels, dining, attractions and shopping. Subscribe to the free newsletter, view the calendar of upcoming events, and learn about where to go while visiting Palm Springs, and a lot more.

Classic Club
Palm Desert
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.
(760) 601-3601 •

Eagle Falls Golf Course
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.
(760) 238-5633 •