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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!

For more information visit www.indianspringsgc.com and/or www.thebigrockpub.com


Posted April 20th, 2017

Local Profile: Magician Vic Velazquez

By Denise Ortuno Neil                                                                 rsz vic 1

Do you believe in Magic? Well, after watching Magician Vic Velazquez perform, you just might. The Magican and will be preforming his Magic starting this Thursday, April 13th from 6pm to 10pm at the Village Fest in Palm Springs.

Velazquez is brand new to the Coachella Valley, just recently moving to the desert from Wisconsin, in pursuit of a career in the film industry. He traveled the distance to Southern California, deciding to anchor in our beautiful desert as he already had a family member residing here, making it a convenient spot as it is close to Hollywood.

The young new comer to the desert is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, with a B.A. degree, majoring in Radio/T.V./Film. His goal is to work on a sitcom, whether it be in front of or behind the scenes, he is open to a variety of capacities.

But long before he entered college, or moved to California, it was Magic that sparked his interest, and still does. It was at the open mined age of 8, when Velazquez first began to perform his Magic. He had learned a trick from a rented video, the “Pull the Rope from the Body” trick. After performing the trick for his sister, who was visibly impressed and a bit shaken from it, he knew he carried the ability to convincingly baffle with his sleight of hand.

Velazquez has been delighting audiences ever since his introductory performance. With over 17 years of experience behind him, he continues to find immense satisfaction in performing Magic. He explains how at first he did it just for fun, but then he realized how it was making people genuinely happy and sparking their sense of wonder, “I love showing people that what looks impossible, is possible…that anything in life is possible”, said Velazquez.

He has performed at a variety of events, from birthday parties, to private parties and corporate events. He even produced, wrote and performed in his own 4 episode Magic Show that aired locally in Wisconsin. His style of Magic lends to the art of Street Magic, where the magician stuns audience’s with up close and personal tricks. There are no flashy props, and no woman will be sawed in half in Velazquez’s show.

When asked who his inspirations are, he was quick to mention the legendary Harry Houdini, and Gregory Wilson, who is known well in the world of Magic.

You can catch Velazquez performing his Magic for free (gratuities are appreciated) at the Village Fest in downtown Palm Springs starting Thursday, April 13th from 6pm to 10pm. His exact location at the popular street fair is TBD…but like he jokingly says, “If you can’t’ find me at first, it just means that I’m performing my invisible man act….just keep looking”.

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