Where to Eat, Drink and Play Golf?
Feature: Next time you're in Palm Springs, try this combination and have a great time.
We wanted to play a super challenging course so we made a tee time at the SilverRock Resort in La Quinta. After dropping our bags off with the guys in the front, we parked our car not too far from the 10th tee box. We went up the stairs to the clubhouse where the pro shop was and there was a lady selling Bob Hope memorabilia. Looks like the SilverRock Resort used to host the Bob Hope Classic when the tournament was called that. Now it's known as the Humana Challenge and sponsored by the Clinton Foundation. The tournament no longer plays here on SilverRock but some of the PGA tour players choose to practice here during the week of the Humana.
After getting the cart keys, it's off to the driving range which is way out there. You have to head out along the 18th fairway then take a left and a quick right. It's unlimited balls here and it gives you a good warm-up before the game. Don't run up to the tee box because they will call you when your tee time is up.
When called, you are expected to check-in with the starter who is waiting for you on hole # 1. Today, we are playing with a father and son. Dan and Chris are their names and they will play from the white tees with me since I'm not a big hitter. The fairways at SilverRock are a generous size, wide enough in some places and pretty tight in other holes. When the fairways are tight, there are desert wastelands that swallow up your balls. I mean, there are desert bushes with thorns on them that you will gladly give up the ball to save yourself from being poked and skewered by a cactus.
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After the round, it was off to Roy's Restaurant in Rancho Mirage. For those of you who are not familiar with Palm Springs, there are desert communities that surround Palm Springs. Some are so small that you drive in and out of one in less than 10 minutes. The SilverRock Resort is situated in La Quinta and Roy's is in Rancho Mirage which is about 15-20 minutes drive west on Highway 111.
When we arrived at Roy's, the valet was there waiting for us. I love using the valet service at Roy's because it saves us time from looking for a spot and they have your car ready for you when you're done with dinner.
Our starter is our favourite drink at Roy's which is the Mango Mojito. It is refreshing, sweet with mango juice and a hint of lime and mint.
Today at Roy's, one of us is having the Fixe Prix menu and the other is having individual dishes. The Fixe Prix menu is a great deal because for $35, you get an appetizer, main entree and dessert. We've tried ordering two fixe prix menu items but it turns out that there's too much dessert at the end. Today, I'm having the Braised Ribs which are to die-for. The meat is slow cooked and practically falls off the bones. It is braised in asian sauce and cooked to perfection. My wife decides to have the fish, Macadamia Crusted Mahi Mahi. She's had it before and loves it. For dessert, it has to be Roy's signature lava cake or chocolate souffle. He serves it with a scoop of ice cream and a raspberry coulli.
I hope you get a chance to get away to Palm Springs and enjoy the warm weather. This weekend, it's going to be a scorcher but anything beats the white stuff that is falling right now.
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