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Perfect Your Golf Swing

Building the perfect golf swing is a labor of love, requiring patience, hard work and plenty of practice. Keep these five simple golf swing tips in mind the next time you hit the driving range at the Indian Wells Golf Resort to keep your handicap low.

1. Proper Preparation… As the saying goes, proper preparation prevents poor performance. This is especially true when applied to your golf swing. Before you start your swing, you need to be in a solid fundamental stance. Stand with your feet at shoulder width, squared with the position of the ball. Distribute your weight evenly and relax your arms while you bend slightly at the waist. From here, you’re ready to strike the ball.

2. Position the Ball, Hit it Big – One crucial component of adding distance to your drive is proper ball positioning. Ensure your drive flies long by teeing the ball up toward the front of your stance, near your front foot. Keep your front foot aligned squarely with the ball – not flared open or tilted closed – to help you push through your swing toward the target.

3. Hips, Not Hands – Avoid a wrist- or hand-dominated swing from the tee, where the objective is to generate maximum power and distance. For many golfers, there’s a temptation to control and guide the club with the hands. Your hands and wrists should remain passive through the beginning of the downswing, which is triggered by a weight shift and turn toward the ball. Only after your arms have started their downward route toward the ball should you attempt to generate acceleration with your arms and hands.

4. Plant Your Foot for Power – Put more power into your shot by keeping your body behind the ball before impact. Lifting your rear foot during the downswing will cause you to shift too much weight to the left side prematurely, resulting in a loss of power and distance. Anchor your right foot and avoid lifting it before contact. With your foot anchored, you will be able to conserve energy and fire more of your right side through the shot, maximizing your power.

5. Finish Strong – Your swing doesn’t end once you strike the ball. Continue to swing through the ball to a full finish on each swing. When you end up in solid finishing position, your weight should be fully shifted to your front foot and your chest should be facing the target. When you are working on developing a strong follow-through, try to swing through the ball and hold your finishing pose for three seconds.

Learn more about the Indian Wells Golf Resort and our golf special packages or contact us for additional information on our two championship courses.

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If you’re visiting our phenomenal Indian Wells vacation destination this winter and would like to work on your golf game, the Indian Wells Golf Resort now offers twice-weekly clinics for anyone wishing to home their skills on the course.

Clinics take place at the Indian Wells Golf Resort’s practice tee on Tuesdays (full swing) and Thursdays (short game) at 11 a.m. and last approximately 45 minutes. The Indian Wells Golf Resort’s friendly, qualified PGA professional staff provides instruction. Each session focuses on different areas of the game, including putting, chipping, irons and driving.

Cost is only $25 per person per session. Reservations for clinics will be taken the morning of each clinic date. Space is limited. For more information on the golf clinics, as well as private instruction, group lessons and specials, click here.

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Want to improve your golf game? Have your swing evaluated with leading fitting technology at the Callaway Performance Center at the Indian Wells Golf Resort. Golfers of all levels can benefit from a custom club fitting at the Indian Wells Golf Resort. You will work with a trained specialist in the indoor state-of-the-art fit bay, and learn about the best Callaway Golf equipment options that match your game and swing profile so that you can start playing to your fullest potential. Services include Driver/Fairway Wood Fitting, Irons/Hybrids Fitting, and The Callaway Total Game Fitting. Take advantage of the Callaway Performance Center’s frequent specials, including free golf with purchase, the Callaway Wedge Promotion and more!

For more information on the Callaway Performance Center and top-notch golf instruction at the Indian Wells Golf Resort, click here now

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The Indian Wells Golf Resort is offering a summer Junior Golf Academy for youth ages 5-16. The Academy will consist of six consecutive weeks; two and a half hours per session. During each session, instructors will cover a variety of topics including rules, golf fundamentals, etiquette, and much more. Prizes, snacks and beverages will be provided at each session; loaner clubs are available at no extra charge (limited availability).

Participants can choose from the IW Tuesday Academy, June 5-July 10 from 2:30-5 p.m., or the IW Saturday Academy, June 9-July 15, 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Visiting juniors on an Indian Wells vacation can also attend single sessions.

Cost is only $140 per junior for six weeks of instruction. Single sessions are $30 per day (may only book 72 hours in advance; limited space available).

For those who wish to attend the Academy and purchase a set of clubs, the Indian Wells Golf Resort has a special starter package that includes the six-week clinic and a set of Callaway Jr. clubs. Cost is $280 for ages 5-8 (7-piece set) and $310 for ages 9-16 (8-piece set).

Please contact the Indian Wells Golf Resort Golf Shop staff at (760) 834-3838 for more information and registration details. www.indianwellsgolfresort.com.

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When you’re ready to plan that group or corporate golf tournament, look no further than the legendary Indian Wells Golf Resort in beautiful Indian Wells, California.

The Indian Wells Golf Resort is the only 36-hole golf facility to have both courses ranked in the top 10 in Golfweek’s “Best Top 30 Municipal Courses” in the nation. Playability, diversity and challenge are the highlights of Clive Clark’s Celebrity Course, a par-72 design that features phenomenal mountain views, rolling fairways and spectacular water features. John Fought’s Players Course presents a brilliant contrast with its classic American design style, generous playing corridors and sculpted bunkers. Players of all levels can hone their skills pre-tournament on the half-acre 9-hole Putting Course.

Our expert Indian Wells Golf Resort tournament planners can assist you with every detail – from pre-planning through day of play festivities. Services include complete consultation on event formats, contests, prizes, photography, pre-tournament lessons and more. Our planners can also pair your Indian Wells golf outing with everything from the simplest of catered affairs to the most lavish banquet of gala. Our team can also arrange for custom imprinted apparel and merchandise to give your group a lasting reminder of their visit to our Greater Palm Springs desert oasis.

What are you waiting for? Book your Indian Wells Golf Resort group tournament today!

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Ready to take that much-needed golf vacation? This April and May, escape to the Southern California desert for the ultimate Indian Wells golf getaway at the Indian Wells Golf Resort. Springtime is the ideal time to tee off at the legendary Indian Wells Golf Resort. Here, the weather is mild, flowers are in full bloom, and the Celebrity and Players Courses are at their peak for outstanding play. You needn’t dig deep in your wallet either for an incredible day out on the course. The Indian Wells Golf Resort is offering these specials just for you:


With the Walk the Wells promotion, you can enjoy a great casual golf outing on the championship Indian Wells Celebrity Course at a fraction of the normal cost. You’ll also receive a free eco-friendly aluminum water bottle! Walk the Wells is available daily after 3 p.m. for only $25 per person; juniors are FREE. This special rate is for walking only; golf carts are not included. Reservations will be taken up to three days in advance.


After your first paid round, play an Indian Wells Golf Resort golf course again for only $50 and get a $15 food voucher good for the Resort’s spectacular IW Club. Replay is based on space availability.


Every Wednesday and Friday after 3:30 p.m., the Indian Wells Golf Resort’s offers this special, which includes nine holes of golf and a glass of house wine for only $49.


Every Tuesday and Thursday, the Indian Wells Golf Resort’s PGA professional staff hosts a 45-minute clinic for only $25 per person.

Your passport to an amazing golf experience is only one click away! For more information about the world-renowned Indian Wells Golf Resort located only a 30-minute drive from Palm Springs, California, click here.

To learn more about our luxurious Indian Wells hotels, current special and vacation packages, click here.


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Golf Vacation Contest: Only 8 Days Left

Grab your irons and pack your putter: You could be headed to Indian Wells California for the golf experience of a lifetime!  

To celebrate the premiere of Big Break Indian Wells on the Golf Channel, Indian Wells is holding a golf vacation contest that gives you 30 chances to win a free stay in a luxurious Indian Wells resort and free round of golf at a championship course.

Enter to win our daily prize by simply signing up, logging in and entering each day. You can enter once a day from now until June 15th, 2011, giving you 30 chances to experience California’s finest golf complex. One golf sweepstakes winner will be chosen each day to win a one-night stay at a luxurious Indian Wells resort and one round of golf for two players at either the Celebrity Course or Players Course at Indian Wells, depending on tee time availability.

Ready to Take a Shot at the Grand Prize?

To enter to win our grand prize, all you need to do is become a fan of Indian Wells on Facebook and upload your favorite golf picture or video showcasing your perfect swing. Spread the word and tell your friends to become a fan of Indian Wells and “like” your video or photo, because the photo or video with the most “likes” by the end of the contest at 11:59 p.m. on June 15th, 2011, will win a three-night stay at any of our peerless Indian Wells resorts, based on room availability, and a round of golf for two players at each of our championship courses. For even more glory on the green, you’ll also win a new set of clubs from Callaway and a custom club fitting session to ensure you hit the links ready.

Grand Prize

  • Three-night stay at any of our peerless Indian Wells resorts
  • Round of golf for two on both Celebrity & Players Course
  • New set of golf clubs from Callaway
  • Custom club fitting session

Season 15 of Big Break pits 11 promising golfers against one another in 10 episodes of challenging competition on the Indian Wells Golf Resort’s two championship golf courses – Celebrity Course and Players Course. One contestant will be eliminated from the show each week and the last man standing will earn a sponsor’s exemption and snare a coveted spot in a 2012 PGA TOUR event.

Catch Big Break Indian Wells every Monday at 9 p.m. EST/6 p.m. PST on the Golf Channel for a sneak peak of the world-class courses you could be playing soon!

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Big Break Indian Wells

Big Break Indian Wells premiered last night and it was a success.  Proud of how amazing the Indian Wells Golf Resort course looked.  The characters vying for the prize were great and made for great reality TV.  Sad to see Hernan ‘Piri’ Borja leave but he was graceful in doing so. Kuddos.   Make sure to watch every Monday on Golf Channel at 6pm PST.

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Why I want to live in Indian Wells…

An exceptional quality of life awaits you in this tranquil and luxurious desert oasis. You and your family will enjoy year-round recreational activities like swimming, golf and tennis; a vibrant cultural landscape, outstanding public services, and a host of distinctive resident benefits. The City of Indian Wells has one of the finest Property Owner benefit programs in the nation. With a Property Owners ID card, residents enjoy select discounts at the Indian Wells Golf Resort, BNP Paribas Open, and all four Indian Wells resort properties. The City along with its resort partners also hosts several exclusive resident events throughout the year including Coffee and Conversation, Patio Parties, Summer socials, and an annual State of the City. Other special events include: WildLights evening at The Living Desert, Tree Lighting Ceremony, Memorial and Veteran’s day ceremony, complimentary art tour to the Palm Springs Art Museum, Resident Day at the the Tennis Garden, Indian Wells Golf Tournament and a free Movie Night featuring award-winning selections from the Palm Springs International Film Festival and much more.

Amenities Such As:

  • Exclusive city-sponsored events
  • Selected resident discounts at the four resorts and the Indian Wells Golf Resort
  • IW Club Satellite Library in partnership with Rancho Mirage Public Library
  • Rear Yard Trash Service, nothing on the curb, ever.
  • New Community Garden
  • Future Community Center
  • Comprehensive GO GREEN sustainability program
  • Housing Stimulus Plan
  • Easy access to top-rated medical and academic facilities
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The People’s Choice: Indian Wells Golf Resort , Palm Springs, CA

September 15th, 2010 by Terry Moore

It’s been almost twenty years since I’ve visited Palm Springs, California. And after being there last March and having a delightful but all too short stay, I promise not to wait so long to return. In this age of frugality and wallet-tightening, my goal was to experience the best ‘bang for your buck’ in this desert oasis widely known for annually hosting the Bob Hope Classic. Partial to munis and true public play layouts, I settled for Indian Wells Golf Resort, home to two fine courses, the Players and the Celebrity.

The city of Indian Wells has offered municipal golf since 1986 but five years ago it launched an ambitious and expensive renovation of both courses that also included a stunning new clubhouse that’s quite simply a ‘state of the art’ statement in design and amenities. The West Course, as it was known, was transformed into the Celebrity Course by designer and former European Ryder Cup player Clive Clark. With spectacular views of the San Jacinto, Santa Rosa and San Bernardino mountain ranges as well as Eisenhower Mountain, the Celebrity course is a beauty with its rolling, verdant fairways, impeccable greens, palm trees and lots of rushing water from streams and waterfalls. In a neat acoustical touch, the waterfalls act as a natural sound barrier or ‘white noise’ to combat neighborhood traffic that abuts the course. Another trademark of the layout is its meticulous floral plantings and landscaping.

In short, the course is very pleasing to the eye and ear and offers all the challenge one would seek with five different sets of tees nicely apportioned. The par-fives are particularly strong at the Celebrity. The 14th is especially inviting. Although prudent play would suggest three smart shots to the putting surface, a long drive does set up for a risk/reward second shot for a chance at an eagle. But along the way, lurking bunkers and ponds must be skirted to reach the green with a majestic mountain range in the background. It’s a wonderful golf hole that sums up a top notch course that was worthy of two televised Skins Matches.

And the East Course, now dubbed the Players Course, is no slouch either. It has a different look and feel than its well-coiffed sister course but it offers the same captivating charm. Former Tour player turned designer John Fought oversaw the re-do here in 2007 and it’s impressive. First, the layout is void of any intrusive homesites and condos common for courses in Palm Springs. So there’s a special feeling of isolation and privacy not usually found at a muni in the middle of a busy city. Second, Fought added some neat classic design touches such as long rectangular tee boxes and large sculpted bunkers in the manner of Riveria and Winged Foot. Retained throughout the layout are large mature trees that help to define the wide corridors. And on several holes, a barranca must be negotiated en route to the green. And considering its heavy play, it was in remarkably excellent shape with healthy fairways and smooth putting surfaces. Probably the only downside to the Players Course is how it finishes. The par-four 18th is a tight and penal par-four more suitable to better players given its no. 2 handicap rating. Not only does the drive have to be long and true but the second shot must avoid a huge barranca guarding the elongated and narrow green. It would be better to make the hole a reachable par-five and to allow for fewer doubles so as not to ruin an otherwise splendid golf experience. (Note: Recently the course has reduced the carry over the barranca so now the second (or third) shot has less distance to reach the green.)

Managed by Troon Golf, Indian Wells Resort knows how to expertly manage heavy play (80k rounds per annum) as well as group business with a customer friendly ambience. I particularly noted how all the carts, assembled for a big outing, had colorful hole signage on their rooftops, to make it easier for players to find their assigned cart. A smart little touch I hadn’t seen before.

The award-winning clubhouse, at over 53K square feet, is something else. Without question, it’s one of the best I’ve encountered for class and amenities. It has an expansive pro shop as well as a Callaway Performance Center that will pinpoint the ideal set of equipment via club and ball fitting. And there’s ample dining and meeting space, with state of the art A-V, to handle group and business meetings.

But our favorite spot was the second floor outdoor patio area which overlooks the golf course and the scenic mountain ranges. With a gas firepit as conversational centerpiece, one couldn’t find a better spot to marvel at the surroundings while rehashing the scorecard. And given our first time visit, we had the good fortune to be paired with a married couple and avid golfers both retired from the LAPD. In fact, afterwards, I joked that were so friendly and courteous that I accused them of being “undercover agents” hired by Troon management to guide and entertain us. But instead they were simply an affable couple who shared a passion and love for the game and we were lucky to spend a round with them. Being paired with such individuals is one of the hidden and priceless pleasures of golf travel.

For accommodations, we opted for the nearby Hyatt Grand Champions Resort. For convenience and with no hassles, it more than met our expectations. And the staff was particularly responsive and helpful. This is a comprehensive resort with myriad pools, a first-class spa and exercise center along with bike and jogging trails. The only quibbles were an unsightly stain on our room’s carpeting and a faulty television set. (Note: request a room in the new section.) But all in all, the Hyatt provided us with a comfortable and well-appointed stay.

If you headed to Palm Springs for business or pleasure, be sure to include Indian Wells Resort in your plans. It’s the people’s choice.

For more information, visit www.indianwellsresort.com and www.hyattgrandchampions.com

Images courtesy of Indian Wells Resort.

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