Today was Wednesday and it was time to get back to work. I had another golf course to play and write about as well as record in pictures. I guess it is true that there is no rest for the wicked, but again I was on a mission. Nothing would or could deter me from completing that mission except perhaps a snowstorm.
Mesquite Golf and Country Club is located close to downtown Palm Springs and is one of the first courses in the area. Designed by Bert Stamps in 1985. it is unique in its design because it has three par threes, three par fours and three par fives on both the front nine and the back. The course is short by championship standards at 6,400 yards from the tips,and water came into play on several of the holes.
I parked my car in the lot in front of the beautiful Spanish Style clubhouse and checked in with the pro shop for my round. There was time before my round so I decided to order breakfast in the restaurant. After breakfast, I went in to talk to “Perky” who is the director of golf. Our conversation was very short and she told me that the course was not in great shape because of a pending ownership change but that the course was affordable. Green fees were well under my $80 requirement with cart, but I couldn’t quite figure out their green fee schedule. They were somewhere between $29 and $59 depending on time of play.
The course was very enjoyable to play, but not necessarily memorable. Fairways were tree lined with mature palm and other trees and the course was basically flat. Par threes were a kick to play, with many of them playing over or near water but the rest of the course was sort of just “regular”. Views of the surrounding mountains were breathtaking and the orange-pink bridges over the lakes and water hazards were sort of different. Overall, the course was just average at best with no truly memorable holes . I would recommend it however, if you are looking for an inexpensive place to play in the PalmSprings area. It is a “solid” round of golf and you should have a lot of fun, as I did. I birdied number 18 by the way with a wedge shot that chunked into the hole from off the fairway. God loves widows and fools.
After the round I hurried to get back to the resort. There was Sangria and appetizers waiting for me poolside and I look forward to a good January desert swim in the heated mineral pool and a long soak in the mineral spa. I was truly in heaven. That evening, I went downtown and had a good dinner at a local pub. As a golf travel writer, I felt content and was happy with the progress I was making completing my mission.