Sunday, November 08, 2009

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Dear Joe,
We're taking our annual buddies trip to Palm Desert, California this year. We're open to all types of courses and price ranges, but we like to play the best courses in the area when we travel. Any recommendations?

-- Martin Tardif, Montreal, Quebec, CanadaIndianwells_600x473

You definitely won't suffer a drought of quality courses in this desert. Start with PGA West's Stadium course ($99-$159; 760-564-5729,, a brute that will give you bragging rights back home. La Quinta Resort's Mountain course ($89-$139; 760-564-5729, is another Pete Dye test worth seeing. Desert Willow's Firecliff ($110-$145; 760-346-7060, is a great upscale muni.
Finally, check out Indian Wells Resort's Celebrity course ($120-$155; 760-346-4653,

Hey Joe,
I'm going with the family to High Point, NC for a couple of days. What are the best courses within about 20 miles? The budget will be about $200 for both rounds.
-- Jesse Whitmire, via e-mail

Play Tanglewood Park's Championship course ($28-$48; 336-778-6300) in nearby Clemmons. This tough, 7,000-yard Trent Jones Sr. effort hosted the 1974 PGA Championship, when Lee Trevino edged Jack Nicklaus to win. Its sibling, the Reynolds, is shorter, tighter and even cheaper — pocket the savings!

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