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This view of the Desert Dunes Golf Course in Palm Desert, California shows the clubhouse from the ninth hole with the huge complex of windmills used to generate electricity in the area. It shows that at times the winds in the area make this a much more challenging course. When we played, a light breeze kept us cool in the cooler spring morning. While at times the course features wide open fairways, these often narrow down with desert landscape on both sides. The good news is the desert landscape offers many sightings of wildlife, even if it eats your balls.
The above picture features some of that desert landscape midfairway, just in case the Robert Trent Jones, Junior designed course isn't tough enough. You can see that there are moguls and hills everywhere that usher your ball into the desert. Most of the desert animals are friendly cottontail bunnies or jack rabbits or squirrels. The birds are quiet, our only spotted ones were a yellow-crowned sparrow and a roadrunner who posed glamorously and a Red Tailed Hawk soaring overhead. More fun was the spotted back with narrow tailed California Ground Squirrel. Play moved fast so we didn't have much time to really examine all we saw. This photo hides some of the superb landscape on the golf course, so I will provide more examples.
This particular photo above offers a view of the golf course I had most trouble with namely the sandless traps that guard most of the greens. They didn't stint on traps and didn't make them shallow. The winds, we were told, suck the sand out of the traps on a regular basis. So they tend to be hard pan mucky holes that require you to pick the ball out. The better plan is to not get into them. To do this, plan your shots carefully. Don't hit a long shot to get on the green, it will rarely happen. Instead, play to make a short chip onto the green and carefully place your fairway shot so it ends up on the fairway.
Don't be surprised to find the Desert Dunes Golf Course has a lake in the middle. The above photo shows their signature 17th hole with the beautifully xeriscaped gardens behind next to the natural desert.
Celebration Golf Club makes golfers feel right at home and relaxed. On arrival, while my husband paid our greens fees, I waited outside near the beautiful gardens, listening to a crooner belt out tunes. The atmosphere said we have plenty of time.
The starter met us and gave us plenty of time on the really tricky practice putting green. Spend time on the practice putting green at Celebration Golf Club because their greens are even tougher than the practice green. The good news: the back nine holes aren't nearly as tough.
One thing to expect at Celebration Golf Club is a course in fine condition that has been sculpted by Robert Trent Jones to offer all the challenge to your golf game that you can desire.
This dogleg hole is a so-so example; not the worst, not the easiest. Where there isn't a water hazard, you'll likely find sand or a mogul.
We were paired up with another pair of golfers who played here often and were very helpful in letting us know which way to go. They had as much of a challenge on the greens as we did.
The Windmill Restaurant at the golf course isn't open until 9:30. Right now, rates are easy on the budget. The whole facility is on the outskirts of Orlando at the Disney Complex.
We tried out the Celebration Town Tavern for an after golf lunch. The result: good beer, great seafood--I tried their fish and chips and my husband was extremely pleased by his lobster. The waitress was a real sweetheart and efficient, too.
Sheri Fresonke Harper
Sheri loves to golf, travel and to write.
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