During my last
vacation in Palm Springs, my brother, who was in from Las Vegas, and I were
looking for a memorable place to play
golf in what some consider the “Golf Capital” of the world. After
searching various websites and golf magazines we found the Classic Club in Palm
Desert. Formerly the host location for
the 2006, 2007 and 2008 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, this nationally recognized
course was designed by Arnold Palmer. Needless to say, with Arnold Palmer and
his company behind the design the course is very, very challenging.
According to the
promotional literature that they have on-line and at the course, the Classic
Club has over 30 acres of lakes and streams, 14 bridges and an abundance of
pine trees and desert foliage. The elevated undulating greens are surrounded by
bunkers large and small protecting the greens and in key spots of the fairway
ready to catch and errant drive or approach shot. So that it is not so daunting
for the amateur, like my brother and I, there are five (5) sets of tees which
substantially shorten the 7,305-yard course.
One of my favorite
holes is the par 5 ninth hole. A dog leg right with water that comes into play
on both the second and third shot, the green is an island which can be reached
by a well placed approach. There are sand traps and pines lining the right side
of the hole so you can’t take a short cut by cutting out the dog leg.
Another hole that is
both fun and challenging is the par 3 twelfth hole. Surrounded by water on
three sides, it requires a very accurate tee shot over water. There is a sand
trap in the back, so simply playing safe and long is not the answer … » Read more
Statistics about how
Hurricane Katrina affected the city of New Orleans paint a daunting picture:
800,000 people displaced from their homes, nearly $23 billion in damages, and
80 percent of the city flooded. News outlets covered the unfolding drama 24
hours a day right after the hurricane, but it is rare to see current images of
the city as it rebuilds itself and returns to normal.
affected not only the local populations but also the once-thriving tourist
industry in the area. For those living outside of New Orleans, perhaps the last
images they had of the city involved flooding, devastation, and chaos. It has
been years since the hurricane and although the city and its residents were
changed forever, there is still much to be admired about this great historic
The French Quarter and Old New
Most visitors to New
Orleans come to see the French Quarter, which is iconic in films and the
American imagination. Fortunately, this part of the city was not devastated by
the hurricane and so it looks much the same as it did years ago.
The Jackson Square
area is alive with fortune tellers, street musicians, and food. Visitors will
experience the same sorts of sights and sounds in the area as they did prior to
the storm a testament to the strength of the local human spirit.
Throughout the old
town, a new respect for life veneers the bright lights and happy sounds. In
uptown, many places have reopened, much to the joy of locals and tourists
alike. Any visit to New Orleans will still be full of opportunities to enjoy
all the great sights and experiences the city has to offer.
New Businesses Are Starting and
Established Businesses Are Thriving
Hurricane Katrina, the town was almost completely … » Read more