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Palm Springs – Golf

Don has made a lot of friends through his love of golf, which is how we find ourselves staying with Tom and Diane Caress in Palm Springs.

Don randomly met Tom on a golf course in Perth (Australia), in 1994.

Tom loves his golf, possibly more than Don.

I think Tom, has probably played more golf courses around the world than even Don has!

Diane an Tom, along with their daughter Kym and her son Lincoln (who are currently residing with them) welcome us warmly into their home.

Diane kindly hands over the washing machine and we make good use of it!

Tom gives us tickets to the PGA Humana Challenge at La Quinta Country Club and we head out and watch the Pros for the afternoon.

Having spent two nights with the Caress’, we move down the road for a week at the Marriott Desert Springs, for a week of ‘resortville living’.  That’s another timeshare week used up!

Don has bought me new golf clubs – in the hope that I will take my golf a bit more seriously.  

If he’s prepared to follow me down snow covered mountains on two planks in a few weeks, I guess I can chase a little white ball around the grass for a week.

Throughout the week I have three lessons including a playing lesson. The golf Pro is Johnny; he’s straight out of college, but I like the way he approaches the game and imparts his knowledge.

Don of course is like a pig in mud!  He is surrounded by golf courses.  Actually there are over 130 golf courses to choose from in the Palm Springs area.

The highlight of the week would be PGA West TPC Stadium course. No easy course and whilst I started off with a par, it went downhill from there.

Aside from playing three games with me (though the playing lesson probably doesn’t count), Don squeezes in another three.

My golf did improve – but I’m not planning on turning professional anytime soon.

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