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Babe’s, the home of pigs in Palm Springs

All we found were pigs, which of course is what we were looking for.

After driving by the pork oriented restaurant Babes several times, we decided that a slab of ribs might be just what we wanted this evening.

After an enjoyable game of golf with just a couple of muffins for breakfast, we wanted something filling.

It is a restaurant with ‘statues’ of swine all over the place with a menu that is over half comprised of different pork recipes.

It was a fun and filling choice.

Tahquitz Creek Golf Course

On a more serious basis, the last few days we really have buckled down to the reason we came to this area in the first place.

The greater Palm Springs region has well over a hundred golf tracks. Many of them were created by the top golf designers in the business like Arnold Palmer and Pete Dye just to name a few.

Our first game was at the Tahquitz Creek Golf Resort. Situated just minutes away from downtown Palm Springs and the International airport, the resort offers two championship courses.

We golfed on the new Resort Course designed by course designer Ted Robinson. We played the 6,500 tees. While not a ton of trouble it will give most golfer quite a challenge to navigate it successfully.

The view from this course is really impressive with mountains forming a an excellent backdrop to its waterfall ninth hole.

Rancho Las Palmas Country Club

Yesterday we moved on to the Omni Rancho Las Palmas course connected to the resort at which we were now staying.

The course and other club activities at the Omni are managed by Michael Walker, a Canadian who spent many of his formative years in Regina, Saskatchewan where his parents and other family members still reside.

He went to college in Scottsdale and then eventually made his way to the Palm Springs area, which he loves for its community feel and easy access to most anything you want to do.

From our hotel room we overlook the par 3 sixth water challenge hole on the course.  It is quite fun watching the golfers celebrate or expression their frustration. The pro shop of the  golf course is close and we were able to get there  in just a couple of minutes.

This course has a number of water holes which make it very challenging.

What is most interesting about Palm Springs golf is the manner in which the best golf courses close for a period of time in the fall for what is called over-seeding.

There are three nines and Rancho Las Palmas so the over-seeding is done is stages so two of the three nines are always available to Omni and other guests.

The staff here were also excellent helping with advice and information.

Today we ended up at the Gary Player course at The Westin Mission Hills Golf & Club.

Gary Player course at Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort and Club 

The Westin has two courses, one, the Pete Dye track is right at the resort. The Gary Player course is a few miles away.

Unlike most golf courses in resort areas this one is not fully surrounded by homes which makes them more open, but no less difficult.

This has been a totally enjoyable golf experience, considering it is our first trip to the Palm Springs area.

Tomorrow we will golf on the Indian Wells course which guarantees to be another positive day, with dinner at the course in the evening.

On this trip to keep in touch with the office as I do on all my ‘thattravelguy’ excursions, I have been using the Roam Mobility SIM card which is sold at Journeys Travel & Leisure SuperCentre either in store or online.

If you have travel questions or travel comments email me at askjourneys@journeystravel.com .