PALM SPRINGS: more than just golf — but the golf is GREAT

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - DESTINATIONS - RON PRADINUK

IN the fall of 2014 my son Carey and I en­joyed a most sat­is­fy­ing ex­pe­ri­ence on our first ever visit to the Palm Springs area. Even though that first trip was about golf, and there is plenty of it there, we did man­age to do quite a lot of other things. We both loved it. Less hus­tle and bus­tle than some of the other warm weather des­ti­na­tions, but still with ev­ery­thing to of­fer you could ever want to keep you as busy as you like. We took a Red Jeep Tour into the moun­tains, took a ride up to the moun­tain top on the Aerial Tramway and sam­pled more than a few of the in­ter­est­ing din­ing op­tions. But for that trip it was pri­mar­ily golf that took us there. I soon re­al­ized my wife would likely love the place, with its sense of tran­quil­lity and no mega lane high­ways with ve­hi­cles rac­ing to see who can win the bumper-car race. So this time we are go­ing back to­gether. In the next cou­ple of col­umns I will re­port on the dif­fer­ent kinds of ex­pe­ri­ence the re­gion presents as a spousal va­ca­tion. And try to get a feel of how much im­pact the value of our Cana­dian dol­lar has had on the num­ber of Canucks vis­it­ing this year. For the first time we will stay in a rented house, do­ing our own break­fasts and lunches, sav­ing din­ners for the culi­nary dis­cov­er­ies of the area. And there is no doubt, in a re­gion with so many qual­ity cour­ses, there will be golf. The tim­ing is right, and the place is per­fect. I look for­ward to writ­ing about our new dis­cov­er­ies. New York is hot The Cana­dian dol­lar may be down but vis­i­tors to the Big Ap­ple are way up. From the very depths of de­pres­sion af­ter 9/11, many would never have pro­jected New York — as a tourist desti­na­tion — had any pos­si­ble fu­ture to look for­ward to. The fear of fu­ture neg­a­tive events made peo­ple very gun shy, ex­pect­ing the worst for the city, and even more con­cerned about their own safety if they vis­ited. Slowly the in­se­cure fears faded, and peo­ple started putting the desti­na­tion on their maybe plans again. Then they con­verted

RON PRADINUK / WIN­NIPEG FREE PRESS

Palm Springs of­fers some of the best golf cour­ses any­where, and a whole lot more for sun seek­ers.

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