Palm Springs Golf Vacation

Just over a month ago I was asked if I wanted to join two of our Muni Members and one staff member on a trip to Palm Springs CA. being as I have a very flexible winter schedule and last year I ventured south for a winter golf break for the first time to Alabama and ended up loving it so much that a month later I was on my way to Florida it was an easy YES!! With that being said I was worried about a trip to Palm Springs getting on the high side of a pricey golf trip, that left very quickly when I seen everything Palm Springs has to offer!!

We were able to secure a flight from Toronto to Palm Springs Direct/Return for $400 which was a steal, we really had to look and be flexible to find this but every Monday Air Canada does one round trip to Palm Springs making a Monday to Monday trip very easy. Palm Spring also has a million AirBNB offering mountain views, pools and when split 4 or 8 ways for a golf vacation become very cheap.

Now to the good stuff the Golf, now it may be a little basis as I can only speak for the course I saw or played but when Palm Springs says they are the golf capital they are not lying, it was very hard to go more then 2 or 3 blocks without seeing another golf resort or course.

The first course we ventured to was Tahquitz Creek Golf Resort which offers the Legends course and the Resort course. It was an easy 7 minutes from the airport and made for a great first round straight of the plane. It was $39 dollars for 18 holes with a cart and 2 draft beers. It was a fairly open course that only over seeded tee’s fairways and greens, but made for a great first round to knock off the winter rust, and still offered great mountain views and greens.


Day 2 we where able to play Mission Lakes Country Club the course that our AirBnB condo was located on. (this was approx. 15 minutes from Palm Springs). Mission Lakes was located at the base of one of the 360 degree surrounding mountains and had 3 hole actually perched in the mountain which offered breath taking views of the Coachellla Valley and a par 3 number 12 that played a 140 foot drop from tee to green. This course was in fantastic shape and I highly recommend it on your tour of the area for a round. They over seed the whole course and nothing was out of place. The cost here is $69 for a non member for 18 with a cart but well worth it.


Day 3 was the Mother load of a golf day when we were able to play PGA West Stadium course home of the Career Builder Challenge won this year by Jon Rahm, and it was everything you see on T.V. and more. Mountain views unbelievable conditions, and the challenge of trying to post a score from where the pros play. (this is not easy, hitting the ball was fantastic but huge extremely fast greens with mountain influenced breaks made chipping and putting a whole new thing). We were lucky enough to find a Golfnow deal for $95 dollars but this regularly runs in the $200 range , but is an experience that can’t be beat. PGA West also offer 4 other course to play at the resort and all are in outstanding shape.


Day 4 we played what I thought was the worst of the course we played but still offered a fantastic round at Desert Dunes by Robert Trent Jones Jr. It was labeled as a desert style links with natural desert feet off fairway and they were not lying. The course it self still played extremely well with views of the mountains, and a coyote that made an appearance but the natural vegetation and over growth just didn’t fit my eye and made many tee shots blind. With that being said though this course has held U.S. open qualifiers, and was around the $50 mark for a 7am tee time.

Day 4 we were also able to sneak in an afternoon Par 3 course a Cimarron Golf Resort this was fantastic and one of use was stated saying I didn’t realize we were playing a championship par 3 course whatever that is but it offered 4 sets of tees and par 3’s that ranged from 120 to 245 yards and a course that was manicured to the finest like it full 18 hole championship course beside it.


Day 5  we ventured about 45 minutes to Indio to play Terra Lago home of the  2001 skins game between Tiger Woods, Jasper Parnevik, Greg Norman, and Colin Montgomerie, this was a great golf course which was $53 for 18 holes with a cart, and offered a different look with rolling sand dunes and well placed water.


Day 6 we made a made an hour drive to the town of Riverside to play Oak Quarry this is a must if your in the Palm Springs/ LA area. It was built on the side of a mountain and offered views that cant be beat. The cost of $55 for 18 holes and cart was worth every penny, just try not to lose balls off the side of some of the 200 foot drops just feet off the fairways.


Day 7 saw us play a second round at Mission Lakes to end the trip and it was extremely nice to get a second look at a course and be more familiar with the breaks etc..

Courses that we had a chance to see and not play that need a mention are Escena, The Classic Club, Cimarron the Boulder course, and many many more.

Away from the golf for a second Palm Springs offered a ton of things to do with a weekly Thursday night market downtown which closes a whole street for 6 blocks, outlet malls just outside of town, and a tram to the mountain top with unlimited hiking biking etc. there is endless fun in the sun.

Till the next adventure or if 4 more want to join us next year.



Muni Minute- 2018 Rates, Early Membership Dates, and Events

Hello Everyone

2018 at the Muni has already started for me, and although it feels like it is 3 long cold months away preparation for our 2018 season is well on its way. Last year we saw the addition of our new website, and with that being said I learned very quickly that I don’t know how to operate computers as well as I thought I did (writing code is not easy) and it wasn’t used to its max potential. I am trying hard to learn and make that change this year, our 2018 event calendar has been filled out already and dates for events such as Club championships etc have been added. (some of these dates are subject to change e.g. Romeo cup depended on SCC etc.)  Minor events or small group bookings will not be added to calendar, but bigger groups will be so you can see what is happening at your course. I really stress that it’s important as members to use the website as it contains the events calendar, online tee time booking, and also all of our Muni Minutes and info, along with sharing these to our Facebook page.

The 2018 rates have also been uploaded along with the dates and times for our Early membership sales. (see calendar or events!!) I have noticed that the first time you visit site the 2017 info will still be showing but if you refresh the page it will change instantly for you. **If you can’t make the early membership sales dates or times please email me and I will try my best to arrange a time to meet you. Please only use this option if its a absolute must.

I would also like to welcome our new board members, Jack Brooks, Mark Nelson and Al Holmes we are happy to have you as part of the board and are looking forward to the 2018 season.

Hope your keeping warm.


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Sr Games Muni Vs. Mitchell

Last Thursday 24 players from the Muni travelled west to the Mitchell G. & C.C. to complete our home and home series against the Mitchell Seniors. The Muni seniors had a slim lead of 2 points, using the Stableford format, heading back to Mitchell. Although the rain was threatening, we completed our day. And a great day it was, well not great because the Mitchell Seniors battled back to win by 8 points, making them the overall winners by 6 points. (934 to 928).  We had a number of 8’s on our scorecards and although 8’s may be good for Crazy 8’s, they proved to be our nemesis on this day. Jeff Healey led our squad feeling quite comfortable on his old course and being a multiple Senior’s Champion with 39 points, followed by Jimmy Avery (who would like to take back his crazy 8 on hole 15) with 36 points followed by Bud Dixon, John Brown and Ken Reilly rounding out our top 5.
We would like to thank Kyle Brodhagen from our course and Tim Ertel from the Mitchell course and especially Bruce Barnes for organizing the event for Mitchell. Also the cooks and kitchen staff for 2 great meals. Thanks to all for participating and as they say – Maybe next year.

Club Championship Day 2 Tee times

Time Name Name Name Name
11:00 Dean McKelvie K.J. Tashi Don Moon
11:08 Roger Lloyd Jon Bailey Merv Bennett Jack McNaughton
11:16 Joe McDonald Ron Anderson Bob Miller Don Morris
11:24 Greg Millar Scott Regan Rob Newcombe Chris Chiasson
11:32 Joe Hishon Pat Bannon Tom Demo Greg Jesse
11:40 Josh Demo Kevin Bice Criag Foster Scott Bailey
11:48 Willy Keller Don Soper Ken Rielly Jeff Gleadall
11:56 Bill Sinclair Wayne Huggins Scott Morris Greg Preszcator
12:04 Kyle Brodhagen Steve Hislop Dean Sharp Robert Coleman

Sr Games Report

The July 6th game for the Seniors was Tombstone. 24 players participated with top honours going to Merv Bennett, who had 11 shots left going into Hole 18, but he needed them all to carry him to the 2nd hole and the Victory. Second place to Fourth place was Don Moon, Ken Reilly and Jim Avery who made it to the 1st green but could not hole their shots.K.J. Tashi, Hoss Manley and Patrick Bannon all got their second shots into #1 for 5th to 7th place.Rounding out the winners for the day were John Brown and Jack Brooks who finished bang on to their Handicap on Hole 18. Our 1st  tombstone went to Larry Chessell on Hole 16 for the $1. buck prize.
Don’t Forget to sign up for this Thursday’s SMOKE COLE Senior event. – July 13th. Cost is $15.00 including Burger and salads.
The first match in the Home and Home Series with Mitchell is Thursday July 20th. at THE MUNI. Start time will be 8:30 a.m.  The Mitchell return date is August 17th.                   Cost to play in both matches is $40.00. Sign up and PAY at the Counter.  *** THE FIRST 24 PAID PLAYERS are in.

Sr. Games Week 2

Hello All Senior Golfers.
    Our week 2 Senior event last Thursday was a 2 man scramble. 25 players took part. Winners were 2 teams tied @ 39. Bill Roach and his partner John Sinclair and K.J. Tashi and his partner Merv Bennett took home $6.50 each. 4 teams tied @ 40 and they won $3.00 each. Dan Martin and Joe West, Terry Huggins and Tom Sainsbury, Bob Millar and Bud Dixon and our last team with 1 extra player split their winnings for $2. bucks each was John Brown,Bob Hughes and Wayne Melville. THURSDAY’S event is a 6x6x6 game.
6 holes Scramble,6 holes Best ball and 6 holes Alternate shot. We attempt to keep all teams equal with handicaps if possible ( Low Handicap with High Handicap) but ultimately it is about playing with different players of our Club for FUN. Sign up on the board in the Clubhouse. Also, please try to arrive at least 15 min. early so we can make up the teams. See you all on Thursday.

Sr. Games Week 1.

Our first week of the Muni Senior’s Golf League got underway on Thursday morning June 1st. A total of 20 players participated in our opening game of a Vegas Scramble. The winning team was Ken Rielly, KJ Tashi, Don Moon and John Brown. Second place went to the Joe McDonald team and there was a tie for 3rd with the Bill Roach team rolling the Dice for the third place finish. The sign up sheet is on the Board for the next event on June 8th. There is 9 hole and 18 hole events this year and schedules are available from the front counter. We have adopted a $3.00 fee for each event, $2.00 will be paid out to the winners and $1.00 will go towards the final Meal at the end of the season.
The Senior’s Events is open to ALL Senior’s at the Muni and Hoping to see you at our next Event…
Committee Members
Bob Hughes
Larry Chessell
Bud Dixon

Muni Minute

Hello Everyone

What a May it has been!! With what has seemed like constant rain for most of the month, and a forecast that doesn’t look like it’s about to end anytime soon, we can all cross our fingers for some warmer drier days come June. Bonus though is the course is nice and green!!

Coming up in June we have many tournaments or event bookings, please make sure to check events calendar along with the tee sheet for tee times and availability. Small events wont be posted on the calendar but the big events you will be able to find.

June also brings our Raise The Roof Event feature live music from Strings and Traps along with a pulled pork or chicken dinner. Tickets can be purchased at the clubhouse and proceeds go to helping us break ground on our new maintenance shed come fall. It will be a great night of food and music at the Muni and we look forward to seeing everyone out.



Muni Minute

Hello Everyone

With May coming up very fast, and bringing the start of our leagues and events I thought I’d send out a quick reminder of these important dates. This Tuesday at 6pm there will be a ladies night meeting for anyone looking to get information about the upcoming year. Our Mens night will be starting on May 3rd and registration is due by April 29th so we can have our team draft on April 30th at 6pm in clubhouse. We are still looking for people to captain the teams, it is a fun night of drafting with zero skill needed, so if your interested please see me.

Also our Annual Members Opening Scramble will take place on May 6th at 11am, the sign up sheet is up on the information board in clubhouse. It is open any members and is a fun day of golf followed by a meal.

We at the Muni are also currently looking for 2 active members to fill vacant spots on our board of directors. As a director you meet monthly to discuss the activities and operations of the golf course, and help in the decision making for the course. If you are interested in joining or more information please contact myself or Bob Hughes.

Here is to finally getting some dry weather.


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