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