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Woodhaven Offers Fun, Low Stress Golf

By Katy Treadwell                                                                       rsz golf at woodhaven country club

After taking a couple weeks off to tend to a hip injury, I wanted my first round back to be as easy and stress free as possible.  I needed a short and easy but fun course, and I needed it to be close to home.  Woodhaven Country Club in Palm Desert was ideal for my situation, so I set the tee time and hit the road. 

 I had forgotten how much I liked Woodhaven.  Like I said, it’s short and easy, but fun.  You can’t take it for granted or let your guard down at Woodhaven, but if you pay attention and play it safe, low scores are easily attainable and fun is guaranteed. 

For instance, although the 5th hole is a short par 4 at only 263 yards from the tips, and it’s almost painful not to take aim at the green and unleash a huge drive; the large, dense trees on the left and the long narrow lake on the right make laying up the smart play… unless, of course, you regularly fly the ball 265 in the air.  And before you say something you might regret, you may consider that the average PGA player flies the ball around 278 yards.  So go on and let it rip…if you’re feeling like Dustin Johnson.  I’ll be the one hitting a sand wedge into the green after laying up. 

Number 6, the par 3 that follows, is one of my favorite holes at Woodhaven.  It’s only 118 yards but is all carry over water.  I mean, it’s not as if you’re playing the 17th at Sawgrass by any means, but there is still a little intimidation factor at play.  And, playing at only118 yards, no matter the pin position, if you can help but to take dead aim at the flag, you are much more disciplined than I.  No, really… how do you do it? 

From 6 on, it’s pretty self-explanatory.  At Woodhaven, what you see is what you get. But that doesn’t make the 17th any less fun.  The 17th is one of only 2 par 5’s on the course and it’s more than reachable after a good drive.  The 17 plays around 494 yards, and despite its straight forward appearance and meager distance, it ranks as the 4th hardest hole on the course.  With water running all along the left, it’s important to make sure your drive finds the middle of the short grass.

And, if you want to reach the green in two, a ball in the fairway is a must, and even from there, you’ll have to go over the water on your second shot.  The 17th is less penalizing than a hole like the 5th,  but one bad shot can still compound quickly on this par 5.  Like I said at the beginning, if you pay attention and play it safe, you’ve got it made at Woodhaven. 

If you’re looking for a fun day on the course and a quick round, give Woodhaven a shot… or 70. (Get it…?)


For more information and to book a tee time visit, www.woodhavencc.com

Cool Down with a Nitro Coffee at SIP!

By Denise Ortuno Neil                                                                 rsz nitro coffee

Lattes, Cappuccinos, Mocha’s, Frappuccino’s…there are a myriad of coffee concoctions available out there in the coffee world. But Nitro Coffee on tap? What in the coffee world is that? My caffeine curiosity into this growing coffee craze was soon satisfied after a visit to Sip Coffee House & Juice Bar at the Heritage Court Shopping Center in Indio.

Kerry Anderson has owned the local coffee spot for over a decade. It is a great place to pop into for a quick bite, coffee drink or juice specialty, or to sit and relax, while enjoying any of the above. Recently, Anderson has added a new menu item to her list of goodies, Nitro Coffee. Nitro Coffee came on the scene a couple years ago, and is quickly becoming available at coffee spots everywhere, including right here in the Coachella Valley. The coffee is actually cold brewed coffee that is put in a keg and infused with nitrogen, then poured out of a tap. The result of this process produces a smooth coffee, with a creamy texture, it even has a head on it. It is sort of like a Guinness, without the alcohol….delicious!

Coffee drinkers can either enjoy Nitro Coffee straight up, on the rocks, with or without cream (although it is already creamy), sugar or not. Whatever way you have it, you are bound to love it! Besides Sip’s excellent Nitro Coffee, they offer up a variety of coffee drinks, and juice specialties including smoothies, all made with fresh fruit. Sip also offers breakfast and lunch items such as their Croissant Breakfast sandwiches, Loaded Oatmeal (oatmeal, walnuts, chia seeds, brown sugar, craisins, fresh seasonal berries and banana), Burritos, Panni’s and fresh pastries baked in house daily (try a chocolate pastry with the Nitro Coffee, yum!!).

In addition to being a multi-facetted coffee spot, Sip Coffee House & Juice Bar also is the place to be if you’re into classic cars. Every first Saturday of the month, they host Car’s and Coffee, from 7am to 9am, where classic car owners and their vehicles converge to showcase their wheels while mingling over some of Sip’s coffee treats. No doubt including their fabulous, eye opening coffee on tap.

Whether you’re in the mood for an intricate creative coffee beverage, regular cup joe, or want to try their “wake you up fast” Nitro Coffee on tap, Sip Coffee House & Juice Bar really does have what you need to satisfy your coffee cravings, plus a whole lot more.

Sip Coffee & Juice Bar is opened daily from 6am to 5:30pm and located at 44-100 Jefferson St., Suite 302, Indio, Ca 92201

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