by Bob Sparrow
Before desert temperatures reached the triple digits, we made two last treks to two different deserts in March to visit our diamonds in the deserts.
Our mid-March trip took us to some old haunts surrounding our Marriott Desert Springs Palm Desert timeshare. Yes, there was plenty of golf, dining, and stories with the ‘Great Eight’ – the Budds, the Sagers and the VanBoxmeers (Linda and I would make eight in case you were wondering about the math!), but it was the other people we met, that live there, (at least part-time) that turned the trip from great to awesome!
Diamond One! We were invited to dinner at the home of Ed & Stacy Hunter, who live, during the winter, at Indian Ridge Country Club, a private golf club that has two magnificent golf courses and beautiful and immaculately kept grounds. The Hunter’s home sits on a ridge with an amazing view of the golf course (the attached photo doesn’t do it justice). Ed collects wine and whiskeys, and suffice it to say that we certainly consumed more than our share, but didn’t put a dent in his stash. Stacy is the consummate hostess, serving an exquisite tray of charcuterie followed by a delicious dinner.
Diamond Two! Two days later, we were invited for dinner at the home of Walt & Patty Schwartz, at Trilogy at the Polo Club in Indio, next to the Plantation Golf Club, which could be the subject of a future blog. And while the view may not have been as grand, with Walt playing the consummate ‘straight man’ for Patty’s razor-sharp wit, the evening was filled with many stories and much laughter. Oh yeah, and a magnificent charcuterie tray and another delicious dinner with plenty of wine.
Diamond Three! Three days after returning from Palm Desert we set out for the Sonoran Desert, which includes much of Arizona. Our first stop was Apache Junction, and a visit with Linda’s sister and husband, Starlet & Donnie Brummer. Starlet’s daughter, Denise and her husband, Gene Cobb were also visiting from Minnesota and are always great to be around. Friends, Bill & Kay Pompei, from Minnesota, who also spend the winter in Arizona stopped by for dinner and cards. Kay provided me with several subjects for future blogs – thank you! The following day, Starlet, Linda and I played one of the best golf courses I’ve ever played, Dinosaur Mountain at Gold Canyon. Not only was the golf course magnificent, but the surrounding mountains and spectacular homes on the course were jaw-dropping. A picture-perfect day made it the most enjoyable round of golf in a long time. If you have a chance, play this course, you’ll love it!
Diamond Four! Four days into our trip we made our final stop at Scottsdale’s beautiful golf community, Desert Highlands to visit my sister and co-writer, Suzanne and husband, Alan Watson, as well as ‘Dash the Wonder Dog’. While Suzanne and I text, talk or email weekly, we rarely get a chance to see each other, so it’s always special when we get together. When I explained to her that I was writing this week’s blog about our visits to our ‘Diamonds in the Desert’, and that our visit with them would be number four, she replied, “I hope you don’t label us as the ‘Cubic Zirconium’ visit!” Not a chance! We had a great time visiting and then dinner at their beautifully remodeled golf club house, as the sun set beneath a beautiful ‘Arizona red’ sky. The perfect ending to the many facets of our visit to our Diamonds in the Desert.