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Escena Golf Isn't a Breeze

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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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Shape Up With Pure Barre at Whole Foods Market

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Whole Foods Market in Palm Desert will be hosting a FREE fitness event featuring Pure Barre on Sunday, May 21st, 2017. Participants can shape up with this effective and popular exercise trend just in time for summer swimsuit season!
Fitness and Whole Foods Market go hand in hand. As the specialty market focuses on healthy food options, highlighting exercise seems natural. The relationship between Whole Foods Market and Pure Barre came from the desire to bring the community together in the name of health and wellness.
Whole Foods Market Palm Deserts Metro Marketing Field Team Leader, Christy Jeziorski, set out to search for a fitness studio to partner up with, which led her to Pure Barre in Palm Desert. “There are so many amazing spots out here, but when I came across Pure Barre, the relationship bloomed naturally” said Jeziorski. The positive energy from Pure Barre owner, Nancy Meisler and managing instructor, Kylie Kolz, sealed the partnership. With other Whole Foods Markets embracing Pop-Up events with Pure Barre studios, Jeziorski knew that she was on the right track.
Pure Barre is a growing exercise trend. The technique incorporates the use of a ballet bar, to perform small isometric movements and hones in on key parts of the body. The results are said to be quick, the impact low and is formulated for all fitness levels. 
The Whole Foods Market Pure Barre fitness event will take place at the stores fabulous patio space. There are two classes offered, one at 8:30am and the other at 9:45am. The event will have energizing music to work out to and giveaways. As an added bonus, Pure Barre will be offering introductory membership specials to attendees who wish to continue their Pure Barre experience. Participants are asked to bring a yoga mat, a work-out towel, sticky shoes and good energy. As space to for the classes are limited, those interested are asked to sign up in advance.
With summer just around the corner, trying out a new form of exercise at the Whole Foods Market Pure Barre fitness event, is a great way to start to shape up!
For more information and to sign up call Whole Foods at 760-797-8200, or Pure Barre at 760836-0333. 


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