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SilverRock Resort: Hole 4 | par 4, 355 yards

SilverRock Resort, La Quinta | Hole # 4, par 4, Blue tees: 355 yards

Bighorn sheep at SilverRock

Bighorn sheep at SilverRock

Standing on the blue tees on hole # 4, all you can see is sand, sand and more sand. Talk about intimidation. First up is Mike from the Tri-City, south of Spokane, Washington. He has driver in his hands and he plans to beam it down the middle. Mike has a really tight swing but he hits it a long way. His tee shot flies through the air and he runs out of fairway. His ball ends up in the desert wasteland which is on either side of the fairway.

I’m next up. I also have driver in my hands and plan on going down the middle too, but short of Mike’s tee shot. I take it easy but I found myself hurrying at the top of my backswing. I would go over the top and come down from the outside in. My ball would fly left and into the desert wasteland where Mike’s ball was. I really didn’t want that but it happened.

The two girls hit and they were both safely in the fairway. Mike and I drove up to see the damage. I had 140 yards to go and Mike had 120 yards. Both of us would have difficult shots, having to blast out of the desert wasteland which consisted of small rocks and rough sand. It would mean scratched up clubs for us, no matter what we used.

I decided to hit a little more club and grabbed my 8-iron. Mike chose a PW. My ball would end up short of the sand trap right of the green. Mike would sail his ball to the back of the green. The two girls were safely on the green and were ready to putt.

Mike and I would both end up with bogey. The girls walked off with a par each.


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Hole # 1, Indian Springs GC, Indio, CA

Hole # 1, par 4, Gold Tees, 350 yards

Indian Springs

Indian Springs

There’s all sorts of incentives playing Indian Springs GC in Indio, CA. For example now, all the golf rates include lunch with a choice of 3 entrees. The golf course spans across all four quadrants between the intersection of Jefferson Street and Westward Ho Drive. The clubhouse and proshop is situated on the NW corner while the first hole is kitty corner or on the SE quadrant of the intersection. To get to the first hole, you have to head east, go under the street via a tunnel to get to the other side. Take note of where hole # 9 is, because you have to take the same tunnel back to the clubhouse then cross Westward Ho Drive on top of the street to get to hole # 10. It is confusing for the first-timer but you’ll learn.

Hole # 1 is a narrow start to a good layout. It’s only 350 yards but it is parallel to hole # 9. Try to stay right but not long because there is water on your right. It’s not reachable by many but it’s better to hit onto hole # 9’s fairway than it is to hook your drive into people’s homes on the left. I was hitting my drives pretty straight when I came to Indian Springs and a little confidence gets you a long way too. I drove my tee shot pretty straight and onto the fairway. My second shot was a 9-iron to the green that skidded off to the back of the green. I ended up three putting it for a bogey. Not a bad start.