I got up early once again to take in the breathtaking sunrise over Mt. San Jacinto. The clear desert air and the explosion of beautiful shades of orange and red as the sun came up was domething that is still etched in my mind. What an awe inspiring way to start a Thursday morning.
Today was Thursday, time to play Cimarron Golf Resort located in Cathedral City. There are two courses at Cimarron, the Championship Boulder Course which plays to 6,782 yard and the Pebble Course which is more of an executive course which plays to 3,020 yards. I played the Boulder Course. Green fees were $75 for the Boulder Course and $55 for the Pebble Course both rates included carts.
Cimarron is built on land that is located in a flood wash and looked to me like it was a dry river bed. The course is basically flat, but it is contoured and your lie is not always flat. There is a stark contrast between the lush green fairways, rough and greens against the stark natural desert collection environmentally sensitive areas, their tan and whitish soil with it’s natural desert vegetation. As with most of the courses in the Palm Springs area, the views of the surrounding mountains and Mt. San Jacinto are always there and bring you to a sense of awe as to their size and clarity. It is as if you can reach out and touch them.
I enjoyed playing the course. That probably doesn’t come as a shock to anybody who knows me as I enjoy the game so much. But I have played courses that I was not that fond of that at this point shall remain nameless. That was not the case with The Boulder Course. I played the middle tees with the course playing 6,328 yards which was enough of a challenge for me.Greens were quick and fair with fairways being generous, rough adding to the golf experience but not being punitive. The course was well bunkered with the beautiful white sand bunkers coming strategically into play on most of the holes. Par for the Boulder Course is 71.
The round starts with a picturesque par four where you tee off over the desert and the desert environmental area cuts across the fairway about 100 yards out. Mt. San Jacinto is in front of you as if you could reach out and touch it. It is not a long hole at 368 yards, but it is very appealing to the eye and fun to play.
Hole number three is a long par five at 573 yards and the green is well bunkered. It takes three good shots to get on the green to put for birdie. Your third shot needs to be accurate given the greenside bunkers surrounding the green.
There are five par threes on the course, each tee shot has you shooting over the desert environmental areas. Again, this is a beautiful sight for the eye with the contrast of the green grass against the white and tan of the desert and the grass against the background of the desert vegetation. All five are a lot of fun. Seventeen is unique in this list of par threes in that it plays not over the desert but has a huge lake in front and another lake in back. This is another addition to the texture and color of the desert course.
Number eighteen is a shortish par five. This hole is unique to the course in that you tee off with a lake to the left and it does come into play as the fairway is very narrow. The green is once again very well bunkered and the beautiful clubhouse overlooks the green. It is a great finish to the round, on a very good course. Thank you very much Bill for steering me here.
I returned to the condominium after my round at Cimerron just in time for the social hour. I did not want to miss the Sangria and snacks served by the mineral pool. This was time to relax, take a dip in the pool and catch up on the days happenings with the other guests. Apparently, they have a street fair on Thursday nights in downtown Palm Springs so I decided to go check it out. There were artists and a variety of vendors lining the main street of Palm Springs selling their good and foods.
Friday was my last full day in Palm Springs and I decided to-what else-play golf. I was invited back to play Desert Dunes so I returned to the course and played. The interesting thing about this was I hooked up with Walt and Barry by accident. These were two Canadians that I had met Tuesday night at the top of Mt. Jacinto after the tram ride up the mountain. We had a great round together swapping stories and me teasing them about how they end almost every sentence with “eh?”. At the end of the round, they voted me in to become an honorary Canadian and taught me the lyrics to “Oh Canada”. Once again, I returned to the condominium for the “social hour” by the pool and a final afternoon of relaxation and dips in the pool and mineral spa.
I woke up Saturday morning with a great deal of sadness. My week in Palm Springs had come to an end and I had to return home, not wanting to come back to the world of reality—darn. I had played three good courses that were affordable during Palm Spring’s high season. I had met some very nice people and had some great times. Mission accomplished—sort of