Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Birth of a New Golf Course in Palm Springs

I've been watching with great interest, the development of a brand new golf course very close to my home in Palm Springs. Avalon is billed as a hip, cool place hearkening the mid-century modern feel of Palm Springs during it's heyday. The area that is being developed was previously just open sand, so I'm excited about having a high-end golf club so close to home. I've been watching the progress of the workmen, who toil in the intense heat of the desert. There are days when I can barely walk my dog outside for more than 15 minutes, so I have no idea how they work in 105-120 degree temperatures all day.

On a recent Sunday I decided to sneak onto the construction site and check out what's been happening. I walked deep into the center of the development, with just my camera in hand. Foolishly I forgot to bring water, and while the walk out wasn't too bad, by the time I was finished taking photos and had turned back, I was already overheated and dehydrated. Fortunately I found a cactus and was able to cut it open for some moisture. (OK I made up that last part- I was hot as hell but I managed to walk home with no problems. Anyway, here are the photos I took of the new Avalon golf course that is being born before my eyes.
Above: What will be the 10th, 11th and 12th holes

Above: The future starting tee...

Above: I really can't tell what this will be yet, but our mountains are so beautiful in the distance.

So get ready all you golfers...sometime next year hopefully this will have filled in!
-Rick Rockhill


Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

when we are in florida we live on a golf course and it was ruined in the two hurricanes we had, it is not being redone by robert trent jones and i was really enjoying watching the progress till we left for podunk for the summer. i took lots of photos too...

smiles, bee

Marion said...

That sounds really hot! The photos are great...it must be interesting to live in an area of such contrast.

Steven said...

It will no doubt help with the property values, which in turn will have an effect on the real estate taxes. :-(

It's unfortunate though, for the type of weather conditions existing, the amount of water that will be used to keep the greens "looking green." And hopefully the soils will be firm enough to prevent run-off and erosion.

Great photos!

Wizened Wizard said...

Ummm... I'm afraid I'm with Mark Twain on this one: "Golf is a nice walk spoiled." ; )

Your mountains are beautiful, and you really had me wide-eyed when you said you cut into a cactus for some water!

Best regards from 78 degrees F ~

EBEZP said...

Cool pics Rick.
Thanks for your kind words on mine. I'm back on all 3 sites, oh and I live by the sea, but I know what you meant! Thanks again.

Canadian flake said...

Very cool pics...I showed my hubby and he is ready to come play as soon as it opens...lmao.

Marty said...

Any word on whats going w/ this Golf Club? Avalon Palm Springs?


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