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Top 30 "Best Courses You Can Play" by Golfweek. In October, Indian Wells Golf Resort launched an after-dark golf and entertain- ment experience called Shots in the Night , with glow balls and inflatable lit-up bowling pins that make sounds and change colors when struck with a golf ball. "It's cosmic bowling combined with the playability of mini-golf, mixed with an outdoor night club atmosphere," Indian Wells Golf Resort general manager Steve Rosen said. Located at the other end of the valley about a 45-minute drive to Palm Springs is La Quinta Resort and Club , a Waldorf Astoria property. The granddaddy of them all, this posh hideaway introduced the first golf course to the Coachella Valley in 1926 and remains a gem. The 45-acre enclave, with 41 pools on property, harks back to the golden era of Hollywood when film stars lined up at the door. Guests still gather in the lounge, with its deep sofas, beamed ceiling, the lazy ticking of a grandfather clock and the fragrance of burning mesquite. In a day of high-rise mania, low- R unning a close second to the smorgasbord of forgiving fairways in Palm Springs is its culinary treats. It can stand on its own two feet as a bona fide foodie destination. Put your Zagat's or Michelin Guide away and don't bother checking Yelp because we've got you covered. The Tropicale has an old-school supper club feel to it and an eclectic menu to match. One former hotel general manager called it one of the 20 most popular restaurants in the country. Spencer's is the quintessential Palm Springs restaurant with a tree-covered patio. Make sure to check out the pool where Marilyn Monroe used to hang out. Rooster and the Pig dishes unassuming Vietnamese-American fusion while Cheeky's, known for its hangover-halting mimosas, attracts legions to its breakfast and lunch joint. You won't mind waiting in line with the masses for the best slice (Bill's Pizza) and the best burger and cole slaw (Tyler's Burgers) in town. Bootlegger Tiki is located in the same space as the original Don the Beachcomber restaurant, which was popular with the Rat Pack in the 1950's and '60's. The bar may be tiny, but it doesn't stop the bartenders from making incredible craft cocktails. They also run Ernest Coffee next door. Copley's on Palm Canyon is an upscale hacienda on Cary Grant's former estate, with a spacious patio offering endless views of the mountains. The steak is to die for, too. Latrobe, Bay Hill and Palm Springs were the three places you were most likely to run into Arnold Palmer, and a visit to the restaurant bearing his name in LaQuinta is the place to pay homage to him in the Desert. From the photos on the walls to the trophy- filled display cases to the putting green for diners awaiting a table, the King's presence is strong here. Arnie's homemade meatloaf, double-cut pork chops and the mac and cheese all get washed down smoothly with an Arnold Palmer at Arnold Palmer's Restaurant. Our Guide to Eat, Drink and Be Merry Bootlegger Tiki is a tropical retreat in this desert oasis.

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