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4 Golf Courses to Play During CareerBuilder Challenge

When you're not busy watching the world's best golfers compete at the CareerBuilder Challenge, take your own game up a notch.



Golf legend Phil Mickelson will return for his second straight year as ambassador of the CareerBuilder Challenge, the desert’s annual PGA Tour event. Jeff Sanders, tournament executive director, says that Mickelson’s presence “brings us unbelievable expertise,” and his ongoing connection to the event “helps us work — alongside him — to make it great.”

Mickelson has won five majors and was champion in the desert in 2002 and ’04.


• See related story: Change is the Challenge

The Jan. 17–21 tournament will be its 59th iteration. For many years, it was played as a 90-hole event, generating most of its extensive charitable donations to Coachella Valley groups through amateur participation. Now, it is a standard PGA Tour event, with 18 holes a day over four days and with a purse of $5.9 million. But the charity element, with a reduced amateur presence, remains intact and lucrative, under John Foster, longtime president of Desert Charities. Entertainment includes Huey Lewis and The News (Jan. 19) and Goo Goo Dolls (Jan. 20).

The tournament is traditionally played on a series of courses. This year, CareerBuilder takes over the Stadium Course at PGA West, as well as the Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course at PGA West and the La Quinta Country Club. Defending champion Hudson Swafford will return to defend his only PGA title.

Tickets purchased by Jan. 14 will cost $30 for a one-day grounds pass, $75 for a weekly grounds pass, and $25 for a senior one-day pass.

“At $30 a day,” Sanders says, “we are the most affordable tournament on the tour.”

CareerBuilder Challenge, Jan. 17-21



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Palm Springs Area Real Estate Marketing Slogans

 Andalusia La Quinta Golf Homes

Andalusia La Quinta Golf Homes

Did you know that many Palm Springs area golf and country clubs and gated communities have catchy marketing slogans? I’m not sure who makes these slogans up, but I do find some of them interesting.

Palm Springs Are Community Marketing Slogans

  • The Desert’s Coolest Place To Live: Andalusia, La Quinta
  • Love Where You Play: Indian Ridge Country Club, Palm Desert
  • Life Well Played: The Lakes Country Club, Palm Desert
  • A World of Recreation And Fun: Mission Hills Country Club, Rancho Mirage
  • The Jewel of The Desert: Mountain View Country Club, La Quinta
  • The Private Club Redefined: The Club At Morningside, Rancho Mirage
  • Where Traditions Are Preserved And Lifelong Friendships Are Made: The Palms, La Quinta
  • It’s A World Apart: The Quarry, La Quinta
  • A Charming Mix Of Now & Then: The Citrus Club, La Quinta
  • Discover The Spirit of Ironwood: You guess it; Ironwood Country Club, Palm Desert
  • 6 Legendary Courses, One Extraordinary Club: PGA West, La Quinta

My Two Favorite Palm Springs Real Estate Slogans

First Place: My personal favorite is “Once Here, You’ll Know You’ve Arrived." This slogan is used by The Tradition Golf Club in La Quinta.  Let’s see, when I arrive in Paris, yep, I know I’m in Paris!

Second place goes to the slogan; “Where Distinction Reigns" used by the new home community ofGriffin Ranch in La Quinta. Could it be that the ‘reigns’ was meant to part of the slogan because Griffin Ranch was originally developed as an equestrian community? Reign in those horses! 

Let me know your thoughts.

Another Beautiful Day In The Desert. Let's Shoot Some Video!

Trilogy la quinta golf course video shoot

It was another beautiful day in the Palm Springs area today. And while the exciting final round of the Career Builder PGA Tour golf tournament was in process at PGA West in La Quinta, my husband Bill Dettman grabbed his video gear and headed south on Madison Street to Trilogy at La Quinta to shoot new video footage for our Trilogy video tour.

You Can View Our New Trilogy Video here.

Real estate sales in Trilogy have been very active this season and as of this writing, we have several Trilogy homes under contract for buyer clients. Several more have sold and closed escrow in the past few months. 

Step Into Bill’s Office On The Trilogy Golf Course

Bill spent about four hours on the Trilogy Golf Course getting the new shots. Then he edited the video footage just this afternoon. For any of you interested in video tech, Bill used a Canon EOS C100 Cinema Camera with an assortment of Canon lenses, a Bright Tangerine Matte Box with a number of special camera filters, a SmallHD HD702 monitor, Manfrotto Carbon Fiber tripod with camera slider and a few other toys.

After The Video Shoot It's On To Editing

Bill edits his footage in Final Cut Pro X during which time he also selects music tracks which are licensed for our use. For the final step in producing each of our videos, Bill invites me into his editing bay where I record my narration voiceovers.

If you enjoy our videos, please let me know and I'll pass this onto Bill.

Could Location #1 Be One Of The Best In PGA West?

PGA West la quinta map of homes for sale

81075 National Drive, La Quinta

Check out this map of today’s available homes and their locations in the Greg Norman community of PGA West in La Quinta. On this map, you'll see that home #1 sits on a huge pie shaped lot with amazing south and western views.

This is one of the largest lots in the entire PGA West community at over ½ acre. Heck, there’s even room to add another guest suite, office, studio or separate quarters for the in-laws. We just listed this home this week, and it’s worth seeing. If you or someone you know is interested in a luxury golf course home with five bedrooms (including two Casita suites) and six baths, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

81075 National Drive La Quinta Pool Views