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KatyKaty Treadwell, 35, originally from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, is an avid golfer and has been a Coachella Valley resident since July, 2015. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in Mass Communication. She played collegiate golf at the University throughout her time there, and was team captain for all 4 years. She played golf professionally on the Futures Tour from 2005 to 2006. She currently works for Alpha Media Radio Group in Palm Springs. Her hobbies include a variety of outdoor activities, including tennis, hiking, going to the beach, and of course playing an abundant amount of golf. When she’s not playing golf or enjoying the outdoors, she is spending time with her 13 year old Beagle named Norm.

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Escena Golf Isn't a Breeze

By Katy Treadwell                                                                         rsz escena0214a 0149 1

The beautiful and scenic Escena Golf Club is located in North Palm Springs and provides one of the most aesthetically pleasing 18 holes of golf in the valley. It is also a course with which I have a very strong love/hate relationship. I love the course…but I hate my scores.

Escena Golf Club is a “links-esque” course, with huge, hard, and fast fairways with few trees to obstruct any views of the San Jacinto Mountains, or your next shot. Large bunkers are placed strategically around the course, but the open fairways provide plenty of opportunity to play around them. Watch out for that roll though. It’s not unusual to get an extra 40-50 yards after a hard drive lands. 

Escena is a Nicklaus design and is ranked the #6 public course in California by  From the tips it plays a lengthy 7200 yards, and remember, it’s in North Palm Springs. So if the wind is blowing, which it usually does out there, you can make that 8000 yards. But it can feel more like 9000. 

The last time I played Escena it was more than gusty, and greens in regulation were as exciting as holing out from the fairway on a normal round. Hole 14, which already plays 438 yards from the men’s tees (not the tips), was most certainly the longest par 4 I have ever played. With 30 mph winds dead in my face, I hit driver, 3 wood, 7 iron, and all three took everything I had in me. 

Escena is a formidable test for even the most skilled players, but can also be a lot of fun for a beginner from one of the front sets of tees. The Escena Grill on the 18th green offers one of the best dining views in the valley, and the food and service are just as excellent. 

“Fore” a truly beautiful round of golf, it’s hard to beat Escena Golf Club. Let me rephrase that. For beautiful views and a beautiful course, it’s hard to beat Escena. Beautiful scores are TBD. 

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Great Golf Value at PDCC

By Katy Treadwell                                                                       rsz palm desert country club golf course fairway 1

Palm Desert Country Club is one of the best values in the desert, and has been consistently voted among the best public courses in the Coachella Valley for over 50 years. A very forgiving course with large, open fairways, PDCC is a fun and affordable course, set to the beautiful backdrops of the San Jacinto, Santa Rosa and San Gorgonio mountain ranges. 


Perfect for a weekday or weekend round with friends or family, Palm Desert Country Club accommodates golfers of all levels. Open fairways and short cut rough are very inviting, and for most, insure a clear, short iron into the greens. While it’s pretty much a, “What you see is what you get” lay out, there are a couple of great holes that require precise shots into the greens and strategically placed tee balls. 

Hole number 4 is one of those… and my favorite on the course.  On the scorecard it doesn’t look like much, playing only 404 yards from the tips. But look a little closer and you’ll see that the short 4th is actually the number one handicap hole. The slight dog leg right requires an accurate tee shot and an even more targeted approach to a small, kidney shaped green that’s surrounded by water and sand. It tests every aspect of your game from tee to green.  It will also test your patience. 

Both the 9th and 18th are beautiful finishing holes. Running alongside each other, the holes are elegantly landscaped with rock features, blooming colorful flowers, and a stunning waterfall.  But don’t let their beauty fool you, as neither hole offers an easy finish to the 9th. 

After the picturesque fight to the finish, The Cactus Club, located inside PDCC, serves up tasty, pub-styled fare and cold drinks. You can also stick around every Friday and Saturday night for live music on the patio. Did I mention there’s a fire pit? Not too shabby.

With green fees for under $100 all year round and as little as $49 in the summer, The Palm Desert Country Club is a tremendous value and one of my top picks!

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Illuminating Golf at The Lights

By Katy Treawell                                                                                   rsz the lights golf   

Like Kanye would say, “Turn up the lights in here, baby!”  And like I say, “I LOVE this course”.

This par 3/par 4 course in Indio has everything.  Well, except for par 5’s.  No matter the time of day you can play, The Lights at Indio is there waiting.  With 18 holes made up of 3 and 4 pars, The Lights is an excellent place to perfect your iron play, and the super slick, firm greens make this short course much more challenging than expected.  Remember, everything breaks towards Indio. You’ll thank me later. 

At The Lights at Indio, the name says it all.  As if darkness never falls on the course, the huge stadium lights lining every hole take over for the sun when it turns in for the night and disappears beyond the mountains.  The Lights at Indio is the perfect place for players who work into the evening hours or just want to avoid the fiery summer sun and high temperatures. The course stays lit until 10:00 pm and rounds are short and sweet. Just like the course. 

 The Lights at Indio provides a unique opportunity for all golfers in the desert. With night rounds available and practice facilities open until 10pm, players can continue to practice, improve and enjoy rounds of golf year round. 

There’s no need to put up your clubs this summer. Throw them in your trunk and head to The Lights at Indio after work.  Show up on a Tuesday night and you might even get to join the Skins Game and win some cash.  Oh, and did I mention green fees at night with a cart are only $15?  Like I said, I LOVE THIS COURSE!

For those in your group that might not feel like having a traditional round, The Lights at Indio also offers Foot Golf… which is, exactly what it sounds like.  It’s actually just like golf except you use your foot instead of a club and a soccer ball instead of a golf ball.  When I say it like that, it’s not really the same at all, is it? 

 Foot Golf has become very popular and there are even leagues… nationwide. But if you’re thinking, “Foot Golf… that seems much easier than real golf”, remember, the key word in that phrase is, “seems”.  As we all know, things are not always as they seem.  Foot Golf is an absolute hoot and great fun for anyone, but don’t surprised if you are humbled by it. 

 Trust me, like the writing on the bathroom wall at your favorite bar, “For a good time, call The Lights in Indio”.

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Terra Lago Offers Challenging Golf

By Katy Treadwell                                                                                    rsz terra lago

The Golf Club at Terra Lago is a links style course nestled against the mountainside in Indio.  You can choose from 36 holes on two courses, the North and the South. I highly suggest you play them both. 


Several dramatic elevation changes from elevated tees and greens make The Golf Club at Terra Lago unique to the valley. The Golf Club at Terra Lago is fun and scenic, but you better bring your A game.  Native areas line every fairway and the sometimes knee high brush set in sand are like black holes for golf balls.  Be sure to pack an extra sleeve or two of ProV1’s.

When playing the North Course, take a minute to stop and admire the view from the 7th tee box.  You can see from one end of the valley to the other. The mountain side, desert landscape and golf course views alone, are worth the green fee.

The second hole is the signature hole on the South Course, a daunting par 4 that runs along a canal punishes even the slightest of fades.  Aside from its’ difficultly, the second hole makes use of an old railroad car to fashion a bridge across the canal. The second hole is known as the Box Car hole, but I just call it hard. 

On paper, neither course at The Golf Club at Terra Lago strikes you as being terribly long.  The tips on both the North and the South courses measure out just over 7,000 yards, but the elevation changes, wind and placement shots from the tee make 7,000 seem like 8,000.

The Golf Club at Terra Lago is challenging but enjoyable.  It’s always well kept, with manicured fairways and bunkers and quick, true greens.  My favorite side is the South Course because it’s a little more forgiving than the North, but whichever you decide you’re sure to have a good time.  A good round?  Well, that I’m not so sure of. 


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 Posted April 27th, 2017

Golfing and Pub Fun at Indian Springs

By Katy Treadwell                                                                                rsz isgc 2

One word comes to mind when I think of the Indian Springs Golf Club – fun!  Indian Springs is located in west Indio off Jefferson and not only is it a fun track to play, it’s also a Club with a Pub.  But I’ll get to that in a minute.  First, golf. 


Indian Springs is one of my favorite courses in the valley.  It’s fair enough and forgiving enough for the novice golfer yet offers challenges even a pro can appreciate.  It’s a player friendly, championship course that offers 4 sets off tees that range from 5,297 to 6,794 yards.

The layout is scenic as well, with holes lining both sides of Jefferson.  In fact, you take a tunnel under Jefferson to get to the first tee.  Just keep a close eye on the directional signs as you cart along.  Like I said, it’s scenic.

The greens at Indian Springs Golf Club are my favorite part of this course.  They roll true and they are always slick.  I’ve never asked what they run on the Stimpmeter but I’d venture to say at least a 10, and if the wind is blowing it can seem like 14!

Indian Springs Golf Club offers spectacular views of the San Jacinto Mountains and La Quinta Cove and perhaps the most spectacular view on the course is the beacon that sits behind the 18th green, The Big Rock Pub.  Sure, other courses have clubhouse restaurants, snack shacks or a concession area where you can chase down a few cold ones while you tally the skins, but The Big Rock Pub at Indian Springs Golf Club is in a league of its own. 

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The Big Rock Pub is a full scale, full service restaurant and bar, and just like the course, it’s open to the public. Coming up the 18th fairway you’ve got a gallery of patio diners sitting on a second level, bar and dining area.  The inside/outside bar is lined with flat screen TV’s, pool tables and a fire pit which is a nice touch. The beer on tap selection’s are always right for the season, and specialty drinks are some of the best in the desert. If you time it right, you won’t find a better deal after 18 holes than the Big Rock Pub Happy Hour Menu. On Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights you can stick around for live music from some of the area’s best bands.                                                                                                             rsz big rock pub patio

The outside patio isn’t even the most impressive part of The Big Rock Pub.  Owner, Ken Hanna, outdid himself on this one.  If you like classic rock and rock-n-roll memorabilia, The Big Rock Pub is your happy place.  From floor to ceiling, the walls are lined with autographed guitars and memorabilia from some of rock’s legends and one of a kind artwork featuring the greats.  Most of which are up for sale.  All of the proceeds from the memorabilia sales go directly to the Desert Cancer Foundation.  The Big Rock Pub also has a video wall.  They spared no expense. 

There’s nothing not to like about this course.  From the staff and members to golf and the big finish at The Big Rock Pub, this course gets a 10 on the fun scale. I highly recommend it to golfers of all skillsets.  Now go on and have some fun!

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Posted April 20th, 2017

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