|World Giraffe Day – 21 June
World Giraffe Day is an exciting initiative of the Giraffe
Conservation Foundation (GCF) to celebrate the longest-necked
animal on the longest day or night (depending on which
hemisphere you live!) of the year – 21 June – every year!
Click here for more information and to purchase tickets, or call 760-325-4490, or go to the Box Office.
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Summer: Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Fall: Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
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|COMMENTS ABOUT THE RESIDENT COMMUNITY MEMBERSHIP
DIANE MORGAN'S watecolor class will begin the
first week of May at the
Bermuda Dunes Community Center
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|Watercolor Painting- 14324
May 3, 2016
Tu 2:30pm to 4:30pm
Location: Bermuda Dunes Community Center
Facility: Multi Purpose Room B
Price: $35.00 (Resident)
Ages: At least 18 but less than 99
Spaces: 12 openings remaining
Get started painting in watercolor, or improve solid basic skills
for creating realistic watercolors that glow and pop. Learn to
add drama and impact starting with a strong image and using
good color choices to make the subject take center stage.
Learn color mixing both on palette and on the paper. Rather
than boring exercises, techniques will be learned while actually
creating a finished painting. Often called the most difficult of
mediums, there are plenty of tricks and tips in watercolor to
help correct mistakes and re-work an area that is less than
desired result. Class format is a step-by-step process that
incorporates demonstrations of one small section of the
painting at time throughout the class time. Photos of the subject
matter are provided and every student will be painting at the
same painting. The class is interspersed with several
demonstrations, then time to paint as instructed. Each student
will receive one-on-one guidance along the way. Bring your
enthusiasm and go home inspired. Supplies not included, but
are available for purchase for an extra $10.
Supply list will be provided in advance if students wish to bring
their own. Supplies may be purchased for an additional $10.
Click HERE for class sign up
LIFE IS GOOD IN BERMUDA DUNES
|Today is Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Meets the 2nd Thursday
every other month
supervisor benoit's office
760 863 8211
Lt. Mike Manning
760 863 8784
760 540 1878
760 393 3344
Bermuda Dunes Community
Coordinator Bermuda Dunes
1 951 955 3333
1 866 732 1444
760 320 1048
1 393 3344
Dept of Animal Services
760 343 3644
Bermuda dunes Airport
Robert Berriman, Mgr.
PH: 760 345 2558
ABOUT BDSA AND
4th Thurs. of every
Bermuda Dunes Security
Association (BDSA) is
responsible for streets
(potholes, cracks, street
drainage and dry wells),
Security entry/exit, patrol
vehicles, cable TV
agreement, fee collection
& payment, gates & gate
lights, medians, walls,
guardhouses and all
BDSA is managed by
Desert Resort Mgmt.
The Admin Office is open
Monday thru Friday for
questions and concerns.
Admin staff can also assist
with access to the
Resident Login System
Admin hours are as follows:
If this is urgent, please
contact Security at:
Main Gate: 760-360-1322
Glass Gate: 760-772-3137
Here is what
(BDCA) is responsible for
most problems relating to
property owner's home
and lot, dogs,
draining, trash cans,
fountains and landscaping
at the main gate.
Committee reports to the
Dues are $100 per year
and are payable in
January in lump sum.
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|Why the Resident Community Membership should be approved.
1. How are country club communities different from other community associations?
A. The existence of a Golf Course changes the character of the community because the golf course becomes the central focus of the
B. Members are dependent upon the viability of the golf course to maintain the value of properties within the community. Regardless of
being golfers or not and regardless if they are located on the course.
C. The Club House and other facilities add value to the community at large.
D. Membership in the club has a separate value of its own if it is transferrable.
2. What happens if an independent Golf Club fails?
A. The independently owned club has several options;
a. They can sell the club to a “for profit” course operator.
b. They can sell the real estate to a developer.
c. They can sell the club to the HOA.
d. They can file for bankruptcy and close down.
3. What are the possible results of each of these options?
A. Selling to a “for profit operator” could save the club for a time. Followed by increased fees, loss of privacy and a lack of concern for
property owners. If the operator is unsuccessful, they would likely just shut the course down and walk away. Due to current conditions in
the golf industry, the interest of golf course operators in such a purchase is very very low.
B. Sale to a developer would result in the construction of new residential units on the golf course property. These would tend to be condos,
units of another type such as assisted living facilities or even apartments.
C. Selling the club to the HOA could be beneficial if the HOA has the resources to purchase. The assessments would likely go higher to
cover both the cost of the purchase and the operations. (In order to sell to the HOA, the CC&Rs need to be amended).
D. Bankruptcy would be devastating to property values as the course would go barren and would eventually be sold to the highest bidder
with no concern for the future of the club.
E. In the Coachella Valley, where golf is of such high interest, the failure of a country club becomes general public knowledge almost
instantly. This causes a significant drop in property values as potential buyers are generally not interested in purchasing a home in a failed
club. The exception, of course, would be the speculators. This syndrome also holds true in other areas where golf clubs are prominent.
4. Is there an alternative option with a proven track record?
A. The 100% membership concept has proven successful in many other clubs, both locally and around the country. Some clubs were
structured that way by the developer while some have adopted it later.
B. What are the features of a 100% membership plan?
a. All property owners become members of the club. Usually “Social Members” with golfing as an extra option.
b. The members participate in the operation and maintenance of the club with the payment of a monthly dues assessment.
c. As Social Members, they have access to the club house and its facilities including dining, use of the lounge, parties and social events and
other community gatherings.
d. Additional facilities may exist or be added over time as desired by the membership.
5. What benefits accrue to the property owners under a 100 % membership plan?
A. The Golf Club is more financially secure thereby insuring its continuance.
B. Property owners tend to become more involved in their community.
C. The availability of the club’s facilities to property owners adds to the joys of living in the community.
D. Owners are likely to participate in activities at the club inasmuch as they are paying the monthly assessment anyway.
E. The Resident Membership, being attached to the property, is transferred to new owners when the property is sold. This adds value to the
property in the amount of the perceived value of the membership. The more active and successful the club, the greater the added value. This
usually appears as an increase in the “per square foot value” of the properties.
F. Inasmuch as the HOA is not purchasing the club, the costs to property owners can be much lower than if a purchase had to be amortized
over many years.
6. Has this concept been proven to work successfully?
A. Where the 100% membership has been in place for many years, the property values of the residences withstood the declines of the
recession, beginning in 2008, far better than those without that arrangement. (i.e. Sunrise CC, Chaparral CC)
B. In those clubs which recently faced the problems associated with declining club membership, the adoption of the 100% membership has
proven to be mostly smooth and has resulted in the retention of residential property values. (i.e. Avondale GC)
C. Research has shown that in clubs with 100% membership, per-square-foot property values have tended to be notably higher than those
clubs without this plan.
7. Where does BDSA and BDCC fit in this arrangement?
A. An agreement (MOU) has been worked out between these organizations that would be beneficial to both. This agreement remains
pending awaiting approval of the BDSA membership.
B. Under the terms of this agreement all BDSA members would become “Resident Community Members” of BDCC. They would have access
to the dining facilities, lounge, Grill Room and the use of the Club House for social activities within the guidelines of such activities.
C. An Easement in Perpetuity would be granted to BDSA for the development of additional activities for which the membership expresses a
desire. Examples are: Pickle Ball, Croquet,
Bocce Ball, exercise area, secure pet area, and other such functions. Additionally, members would have access to the club parking lot when
using the ‘Park’ facilities.
D. The plan, as agreed to, is for three (3) years with automatic annual renewals. Either organization can cancel with proper notice.
8. Why are BDSA members being asked to vote on this proposal?
A. This plan would bring BDSA into an area heretofore beyond its scope. The governing documents (Articles of Incorporation, CC&R’s, and
Bylaws) will need to be amended to permit the association to engage in this activity.
B. To be successful, a YES vote of 50% plus 1 of all potential votes is required. Therefore, a non-vote would be equivalent to a NO vote.
C. If the plan is rejected by the membership (receives less than the required number of YES votes) the agreement becomes void. The Club
would continue to function as it has in the past. There would be no further action on this matter.
9. Where does the Association Board of Directors stand on this proposed plan?
A. The Board has previously voted in favor of adopting this plan.
B. As a result of comments and suggestions received from members, some modifications of the original agreement have been made which
should be beneficial to BDSA members.
C. During the process of developing the proposed plan, the Board has worked closely with the Boards’ attorney to insure that all aspects of
the procedure were in compliance with the laws of the State of California and its existing governing documents.
D. The Board of Directors of BDSA believes that adoption of this arrangement with BDCC would be in the best interest of its membership
going forward. In considering the various aspects of the plan, only the interests of BDSA and its members was considered in settling upon
the terms with BDCC and their membership.
E. The Board is committed to bringing this proposal to a vote of the membership. They are prepared to accept the outcome as final. The
decision to continue with implementation of the Resident Community Membership or to drop the whole concept is strictly up to the
membership as expressed by a formal voting process.
F. The members of the Board of Directors encourage all BDSA members to cast their vote either for or against the proposal.
|Bermuda Dunes Country Club
Live – Dine - Play
Initiation Fee: $500 (non-refundable) Monthly Dues: $119
NO FOOD AND BEVERAGE MINIMUM IF THE RCM PASSES*
Hey...this deal looks better all the time!
Capital Fee: $10 monthly
* Golf privileges - Special Rates for RCM - TBA
* Full privileges to the clubhouse, all dining, social events, and activities.
All fees subject to change.
|BELOW IS THE MEMBERSHIP YOU WILL GET FOR $50...IF YOU VOTE YES...
NO INITIATION FEE OF $500 and $50 per month, not $119, no F&B Minimum
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|Palm Springs Art Museum
Free Admission Every Thursday, 4-8 p.m.
Thank You to the City of Palm Springs
Get family and friends together for a Thursday night on
the town. Grab something to eat, take in exhibitions and
the permanent collections at Palm Springs Art Museum,
then walk over to the new Architecture and Design
Center. End the evening with a little shopping at Village
Fest. There is something for everyone.
Free Thursday admission to the museum from 4-8 p.m.
and extended hours at the A+D Center until 8 p.m. is
made possible through the continued, generous support
from the City of Palm Springs, for which we say THANK
YOU. Remember the A+D Center has free admission all
the time, thanks to an anonymous donor.
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|The State Of The Golf Industry In 2016
I cover the intersection of sports and money.
Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own.
Rounds played were up in 2015 for the first time since 2012 – an increase of approximately two percent
There are less than 100 days until the Summer Olympics begin in Brazil and the golf industry could not be more excited about the game’s return after a 112-
Similar to last year, I sat down with golf industry leaders to ask them a few questions on the state of their industry. The timing of looking at the state of the
golf industry seemed especially relevant considering that manufacturer adidas recently decided that it would be selling off parts of its golf business.
I spoke to the following individuals (the same group from a year ago):
Pete Bevacqua, CEO of the PGA of America
Mike Davis, Executive Director / CEO of United States Golf Association (USGA)
Tim Finchem, PGA TOUR Commissioner
Steve Mona, CEO of World Golf Foundation
Mike Whan, LPGA Commissioner
General view during the Golf Tournament – Aquece Rio Test Event for the Rio 2016 Olympics at the Olympic Golf Course. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty
In your opinion, what is the “state of the golf industry?”
BEVACQUA: When you look at the big picture, the state of golf is overwhelmingly positive. In fact, demand is quite healthy and on a growth trajectory.
Rounds played were up in 2015 for the first time since 2012 – an increase of approximately two percent . A total of 2.2 million people took up the game last
year, approaching the record of 2.4 million, set at the peak of Tiger Woods’ popularity.
Spectator numbers and television viewership were also up. Participation in PGA Junior League Golf – a team format for boys and girls 13 and under – has
increased 233 percent since 2013. Get Golf Ready, which is designed to introduce new players to the game, set records with more than 107,000
graduates and a three-year retention rate of 73 percent.
Golf does have its share of challenges, but based on the strength of our player development programs, which are led by PGA Professionals, I’m confident
we’ll continue to attract and retain new players.
DAVIS: Spend one day at a U.S. Open, a U.S. Women’s Open or any of our 13 USGA championships, and you will clearly feel the same energy we do for
the game’s future.
The game is strong because there are so many passionate people that are invested in it. Golfers continue to not only play, but help us welcome new
players to the game every day. Leaders are rising to create programs that invite more diverse audiences. We are creating more championships in other
countries that inspire new audiences to pick up the game. Golf course owners are working smarter to manage resources like water and labor more
efficiently. We are innovating at a rapid pace, and using technology and data as never before to make smart decisions.
We learned important lessons in the past 10 years, the most vital of which is that fans of the game haven’t lost their passion for our sport.
FINCHEM: From a PGA TOUR perspective, we have a great mix of established stars and exciting up-and-coming players who connect with our fans. For
the 2014-15 FedExCup season, television ratings for our tournaments were up 22% with more than 105 million people in the U.S. tuning to our broadcasts.
Our various digital platforms had 457 million visits and an average of more than 8 million monthly unique users. On social media, the PGA TOUR and our
players have more than 40 million followers.
The impact of the game is felt in the lives of millions of people. Golf, as a whole, generates more than $3.9 billion in charitable giving annually. We are
proud that the PGA TOUR and its tournaments were able to give back more than $160 million in 2015, a single-year record that brought the all-time total to
$2.3 billion since the first tournament donation was made in 1938.
Youth playing the game has increased by 20% from 2.5 million in 2010 to 3 million in 2015. An estimated 6.3 millennials play and they are playing often, an
average of nearly 15 rounds per year. Many of these are drawn by the exceptional exciting young talent on the PGA TOUR and LPGA, which, of course,
bodes well for the future.
Additionally, people are also experiencing golf outside of traditional golf courses with more than 18 million participants, 7 million of which are non-golfers,
taking part at driving ranges, Topgolf facilities and simulators.
MONA: Golf is in a unique position as it appeals to a wide range of ages and audiences. The game is stable and healthy. Although participation in the
game does not match its all-time high from 2005 (pre-recession), many industry segments are experiencing much success. Adult and junior growth-of-the-
game programs are more unified and have seen significant growth in the past few years. For example, The First Tee has more than 180 chapters and 900
golf locations and is also available in 8,000 elementary schools and 700 youth centers.
Today, golf is enjoyed by 24 million Americans who play 465 million rounds annually at the nation’s 15,200 facilities. It continues to be the game of a
WHAN: I know that many people in our industry focus only on rounds played or the specific number of golfers each year, but one thing is clear to me – more
people are watching, caring, and engaged in the sport than ever before. In the U.S., and around the world, we’ve seen consistent increases in TV
viewership, hours of coverage, and fans at tournaments. Around the globe, I’ve witnessed (first-hand) how the sport has received heightened interest from
countries, media and fans driven by golf’s return to the Olympics.
I think looking only at rounds played, or people playing, dramatically underestimates the impact and engagement of our sport. If you just looked at
participation every year, you’d say football is in trouble, but the NFL’s business (and fan engagement in college and pro football) is as strong as ever. I
haven’t played football in 35 years, and my wife has never played it, but we travel to games, watch it every weekend, and are engaged with our teams.
What do you think will be the impact of golf’s return to the Olympics this August?
BEVACQUA: The Olympics are a golden opportunity to introduce golf to people from around the world. While we may see an initial spike in interest from
the games in Rio de Janeiro, the full impact might not be seen globally until the next generation enters the game, after being inspired to play golf from
watching the top men and women players compete on the Olympic stage. Recognizing the significance of the potential Olympic effect on the game, we
were happy to move the PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club to July, in order to accommodate. It will be fun to watch the greatest players in the world
compete for pride of their country, similar to what we see with the Ryder Cup. It should be an absolutely exciting event, one that is more than a century in the
DAVIS: Studies show us that recreational and beginner programs flourish in developing countries when they are played on the Olympic stage. Olympic
athletes inspire all of us, and players that take home gold for their country become legends. Nothing is more powerful to a young kid than cheering on an
athlete from home.
I also believe we will be inspired by the number of countries represented, and the diversity that exists in golf today. Think about how the game has grown in
the last 112 years, and where it’s played now. Creating events like the Latin America Amateur Championship, The Curtis and Walker Cups and World
Team Championships has shown us the potential we have in introducing the game to places that haven’t yet embraced our sport. It will be exciting to see
which countries are represented this year, and which ones will enter in the years to come.
FINCHEM: I am fully expecting golf’s return to the Olympics to have an impact on growing the game, which is a major reason that we worked to get the
sport back in the Games. Golf’s inclusion will assist its continued growth around the world and will help bring the game to places it has never been. The
impact will be particularly significant in countries that are in the developmental stages of golf. Now that golf is an Olympic sport, it is receiving greater
funding from National Olympic Committees and governments. We have seen that in countries like China, India, and Brazil and Eastern Europe. Such
growth will lead to further investment and sponsorship of golf programs and organizations.
Golf’s inherent values align perfectly with the ideals of the Olympic movement, including honesty, integrity and sportsmanship, so in that regard it is a
MONA: The U.S. golf industry is closely aligned to monitor the impact of golf in the Olympics. We are positioned to translate television viewers of the
Olympics with first-time exposure or lapsed interest in the game and introduce them to golf through friendly growth-of-the-game programs that are
welcoming to players of all abilities.
We believe the Olympics is going to inspire young people who are already playing the game to replicate what they see these athletes do on TV and
compete at a higher level. One day, they may also be standing on an Olympic podium.
WHAN: When I think about the Olympics, I think about opportunity. The platform that the Olympic Games provide in terms of exposure for our sport and our
players is enormous. Most Olympic sports will tell you they live off their every four year dose of awareness; whether it’s kayaking, table tennis, diving, etc.
You get to see the sport for one week in the summer and then you have to wait four years to see it again.
If you like women’s golf and you stumble into it as a casual fan (which happens a lot for various sports during the Olympics), we’re unlike most Olympic
sports. Chances are good we’re actually on TV the next week and the following week for 34 weeks over the next year. Through the Olympics, we have a
chance to capture the casual fans and bring them back to our weekly coverage. I think it’s a huge opportunity for us to introduce ourselves to a broader
audience and give them somewhere to go with that new enthusiasm.
The LPGA’s mission is to empower and inspire women through the game of golf. There is no better way to do that than through the most exciting sporting
event in the world. We will have little girls from every corner of the globe seeing golf and our players for the very first time (and potentially allowing them to
dream about pursuing our great game). Golf is truly a borderless sport and that’s why it lends itself to the Olympics so well.
The ninth annual National Golf Day is May 18 in Washington, D.C. What are golf’s benefits to society that some Congressional leaders might
not be aware of?
BEVACQUA: In addition to the big names in the industry, golf is comprised of more than 15,200 small businesses nationwide. While the PGA of America
celebrates our Centennial, it’s exciting for the industry to explain to our nation’s leadership that golf has grown to a nearly $70 billion annual economic
engine. In addition, the game enables nearly $4 billion in charitable donations each year – more than all other sports. That’s a tangible impact that is often
steered by the work of our 28,000 men and women PGA Professionals.
DAVIS: Golf facilities provide economic, social, environmental and recreational support to communities – and are both publicly accessible and affordable.
The game is innovating in ways we could not foresee, by more effectively managing natural resources, and building programs that are welcoming to juniors,
minorities, women and disabled persons.
Golf is on the cutting edge of technology and research, and has helped other community recreational sports, like football, soccer and others, in sustainable
recreational turf best practices. We are developing solutions and tools that will help all courses remain viable within their communities, and we are working
with municipal and county governments to provide data that shows their positive impact. It is a great time to be at the center of the game, as it evolves.
FINCHEM: For the PGA TOUR, our primary focus at National Golf Day is to share the story of The First Tee. We are hosting The First Tee Congressional
Breakfast with 2016 U.S. Ryder Cup Captain Davis Love III and Vice Captain Steve Stricker. This provides us a great opportunity to share the positive
impact the program is having on the lives of our youth.
New young people are not only being introduced to the game, but are learning the valuable life lessons that are inherent to the sport. Each participant is
exposed to the nine core values that prepare them for success in high school, college and beyond. Additionally, they learn about the nine healthy habits that
promote healthy, active lifestyles.
Last year, The First Tee reached more than 4.7 million young people, the most since its inception in 1997. The First Tee programs are delivered on golf
courses, in elementary school P.E. classes and as part of after-school programs in partnership with other youth organizations. Of The First Tee programs
delivered on golf courses, 48% of participants are ethnically diverse and 38% are female.
Additionally, all of the major golf organizations that are based in the U.S., are working together to promote each other’s grow-the-game initiatives like
Drive, Chip and Putt; Get Golf Ready; LPGA-USGA Girls Golf; PGA Junior League Golf; and The First Tee.
MONA: With 2016 being an election year, it’s even more important for political leaders to understand the impact our industry has on local communities and
millions of Americans. Since our first event in 2008, National Golf Day has educated our nation’s lawmakers about the countless benefits of the game and
we look forward to continuing this agenda on May 18.
Last year, our National Golf Day social media campaign exceeded 37 million impressions. While you may not be able to attend our D.C. event, you can let
your voice be heard through your social channels. Why is golf more than a game to you? To join the conversation, visit the WE ARE GOLF social media
hub. When posting, use #NGD16 and @wearegolf on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to show your support for the golf industry.
WHAN: There are over two million jobs impacted by the game and its diverse benefits to our economy and society. It’s the people working on the courses
who are the backbone of our sport. We live in a fast-paced, high energy, high stress world. A casual round of golf or a family visit to a professional event
can do the mind and soul a little bit of good. Moreover, those visits are likely driving increased dollars into local charities!
|NOTE FROM MRS. B
I have been driving around the country club and have noticed that Diane Flaherty is selling homes...as are other realtors.
Since two of the homes that are in escrow are my immediate neighbors, I gave my good friend, Diane a call.
First to find out what my new neighbors are like...and secondly to see if the signs are having any impact on buyers.
Diane said that, of course, they want to know what is going on. She simply tells them that for $50 they get a Social
Membership to the Club. All of her buyers are happy to find this out.
She also said that many people are contacting her to find out what is going on. This gives her an opportunity to tell them
that the RCM is a great value for them.
I too receive many emails about the signs - I relate to them just what Diane is saying. They want to get on my email list,
so I am gaining many new members.
So...the signs are working in our favor! Thanks Obstructionists!
|Bermuda Dunes Country Club 2016 Summer Junior Program
Tuesday’s and Thursday’s from June 14th – July 26th
Time: 8:30-10:00AM Tuesday’s and Thursday’s
Ages: 7-14 (Boys and Girls are welcome)
Instruction will Include 5 Core Areas
1. Knowledge 2. Putting 3. Around the Green
4. Full Swing 5. Scoring
Instruction will include Contests and games that will test children’s retention of the materials covered and mold each golfer’s
competitive skills while encouraging good sportsmanship.
Cost: $180 for 12 Sessions ($15 Per Session) or $20 Per Session (Pay as you go)
Session Dates: 6/14, 6/16, 6/21, 6/23, 6/28, 6/30, 7/7, 7/12, 7/14, 7/19, 7/21, 7/26
*7/26 Time: 7:30-11:30 for our Golf Tournament and Awards Lunch*
Program will be instructed by US Kids Certified Coach: Jordan Knickerbocker
Sign Up and Questions:
Please email Jordan Knickerbocker at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Golf Shop at 760-360-2481
*Sign up early space is limited*
Here is a direct link to the site so that you can start getting their information
JUNE 10-12 & 17-19, 2016
Two weekends (Friday-Sunday) with an
expanded layout and additional shops!
Join us next month as we celebrate the 12th year of our annual
Lavender Festival: June 10-12 and 17-19, from 10 a.m. to 6
p.m. Enjoy a fun, fragrant, and relaxing weekend with live
music, crafts, lectures and lavender distillation demonstrations,
and pick up some lavender-inspired products at the organic
Parking is free and located off-site at Beaumont Unified School
District (including Beaumont High School Stadium). Please
enter from Brookside Ave. The address is:
200 Brookside Ave.
Beaumont, CA 92223
Handicap parking will be located at the Southside of Highland
Springs Ranch & Inn. Please enter after the curve on Cherry
Ave. No vehicles will be allowed on the festival grounds except
shuttles buses. Our goal is to provide a car-free experience
within the festival grounds.
The admission fees for this year's Lavender Festival:
Seniors $6 (65 years or older)
Students $6 (13 to 17 years old)
Children FREE (12 and younger)
You may purchase your tickets online by clicking here. Tickets
are also available at the door.
Group rates are available for chartered buses. Please call
Patricia at 951-845-1151.
ORGANIC GALLERIES ICE CREAM & CAFE
THE LAVENDER FESTIVAL WILL MARK THE LAUNCH OF
TWO NEW EXCITING SHOPS!
We're hard at work preparing two new highly-anticipated shops
for the Organic Galleries - an Ice Cream & Sweet Shop and a
Café with outdoor seating. The ice cream shop will feature
flavors from our own farm and the café will offer teas, coffee
and botanical sodas. Stay tuned!
Free live concerts will be held daily on the festival lawn.
Open throughout the festival, and then every Saturday
thereafter from 12-6 pm.
Workshops will continue after the Lavender Festival. Make sure
to visit us during the festival!
EVERY WEDNESDAY NIGHT IN THE PATIO
Live music, grilled seafood and housemade sausages on the
grill, outdoor patio seating and ice cold beer on tap. Join us for
Grill Nights from 5-8 pm every Wednesday.
|SAVE THE DATE
SPECIAL MEETING TO CONSIDER ADOPTION OF TIERED WATER RATES
AND ALLOCATED WATER BUDGETS PER ACCOUNT
AND ADJUSTMENTS TO WATER RESTRICTION DAYS
FRIDAY JUNE, 3RD AT 4:00 PM
Bermuda Dunes Community Center
78-400 Avenue 42
I am amazed at the gall of these people. Do they not realize they live in a community with an HOA. This means EVERY homeowner
has a right to vote for what they feel is best for our community. These "people" have been given ample time by our board to address
the issues and we have had to live with their unsightly signs espousing ONLY their views. It is time to stop their bullying and have a
vote to determine how the community feels about this issue. Then if they do not agree, they are free to sell "their" property and move
to a location without an HOA where they can do as THEY please. Meanwhile, let ALL our votes count and let EVERYONE be heard,
not just them! They are acting like two year olds having a tantrum to get their way. They are trying to suppress the right of every
homeowner to vote!
While I was washing my car, a gentleman in his late 60's or mid 70's with an accent that sounded German tried to talk with me about
the RCM. He was typical of the rest of the dissenters in that no amount of the logic behind the RMA offer I presented was of interest
to him. He was so moronic that he compared it to income taxes that said were supposed to be temporary but were made permanent.
I explained that a country can't have a government without taxes and he gave me a blank stare.
What concerns me the most is that so many of our residents that are posting signs have bought into the false representations put out
by this Kent guy. When this idiot opened our conversation with what do I think about this RMA they are trying to impose on us; I
responded by saying nobody is trying to "impose" anything on us. We are merely being given the opportunity to vote on what the club
and the BDSA perceive as a value added opportunity for us residents. The guy was so clueless he tried to argue that the club should
offer the same $50 fee to the community without requiring all to participate. I wasted 5 minutes trying to explain to him the economics
behind an all in or nothing bulk rate discount but he didn't possess sufficient IQ for it to sink in. He was convinced that the fee would
skyrocket after the three year commitment.
I think the BDSA board needs to put out a well thought out letter along with the ballot formally addressing all the false representations
by the dissenters.
|Thank you for all your good work.
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The mission of the Friends of the Desert Mountains is to preserve land, to support education, conservation and research in the
Coachella Valley, and to act as the support organization for the Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument.
We care deeply for the land and recognize the multiple benefits that the land holds for all people. As part of our mission, we:
Acquire: Since our first land acquisition more than 15 years ago, Friends has either directly acquired or played a significant
partnership role in the acquisition and conservation of over 50,000 acres of land in and around the Coachella Valley.
Preserve: Friends recognizes the responsibilities that go along with property ownership. Our property management and monitoring
program uses staff, volunteers, technology and just plain hard work to catalog, inspect, clean when necessary, construct barriers if
required to prevent future damage, and report on the status of the land.
Support: Since the establishment of the Santa Rosa and Santa Jacinto Mountains National Monument in 2000, Friends has acted as
the support group for this 280,000 acre natural landmark. Our support role includes working closely with our partners, the Bureau of
Land Management and the US Forest Service, to ensure that all visitors to the area are exposed to the myriad of biological, aesthetic
and cultural qualities that make this landscape so precious. We also have an active volunteer program; we work with various local
agencies with interests in conservation and education and we strive to build a greater support structure for conservation throughout
Educate: Education is at the heart of the Friends’ mission. We believe that education is key to ensuring that today’s success will be
supported by tomorrow’s leaders. Friends, through grants and contributions such as yours, supports various educational programs
throughout the Coachella Valley. But Friends goes beyond funding. We offer educational hikes, nature talks, and work with schools
to share the wonder of the desert. Our dedicated volunteers enjoy learning and sharing their knowledge with others! Education is our
Conserve: Conservation is the framework on which we are built. Our goals are basic: land that we acquire is set aside in perpetuity
to protect its biological, cultural, scenic, and/or recreational values for present and future generations. Our approach is simple; we
only acquire land from willing sellers.
Research: As an active partner with the science community, Friends has the opportunity to fund, organize and participate in a variety
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New National Monuments Declared in Our Desert | Historic Day for the Desert
Photo Courtesy Jack Thompson of The Wildlands Conservancy
Responding to the urging of Friends of the Desert Mountains and others, President Obama has taken action today to protect natural
wonders of the California Desert as national monuments. These treasured areas, including the new Sand to Snow National
Monument flanking the Coachella Valley to the north, will now be protected and enjoyed for generations to come.
A big thank you on behalf of Friends of the Desert Mountains to all our supporters and volunteers who wrote to the President,
attended the Whitewater hearing last year, and have spent so much time and effort marshaling and showing support for affording
these areas the recognition they deserve. These new national monuments feature unparalleled scenery, offer numerous recreation
opportunities, and provide critical habitat connections for a vibrant desert ecosystem. Our Valley is enriched again by your efforts.
Please join us in thanking President Obama and Senator Feinstein for permanently protecting these remarkable lands!
Friends of the Desert Mountains
|Friends of the Desert Mountains
Upcoming Schedule of Events
La Quinta Nature Walks - "Explore Our National Monument: Celebrating 15 Years
Saturday, May 21, 2016
Offered by the City of La Quinta, this is an easy, 1-2 mile hike at the Top of the Cove. Call 760-777-7090 for more information.
Upper Elevation Hike
Pacific Crest Trail HIke, North side Highway 74
Saturday, May 28, 2016, 8AM to 11AM
Interpretive Hike led by Ada Nuckels
Hike a few miles on the famed "Pacific Crest Trail". We should still be able to find lots of spring flowers in bloom. This is just a short
jaunt along the 2600 mile route. Hike rating is moderate at 4 miles round trip with an elevation gain of 300 feet.
Location: From Palm Desert take Highway 74 to Garner Valley approximately 23 miles. Trail head parking lot will be on the right.
Bring snacks and 2 liters of water per person. Wear closed-toed shoes, hat, and sunscreen. Minors must be accompanied by parent
RSVP Required: Call 760-862-9984
Upper Elevation Hike
Cedar Springs Trial
Saturday, June 4, 2016 8AM to 1PM
Interpretive Hike led by Ada Nuckels
Hike begins off Morris Ranch Road with a walk through a meadow. Soon you begin the climb to the Pacific Crest Trail intersection
and down the recently re-opened Cedar Springs Trail. At the intersection you have a fantastic view of the Coachella Valley and the
Little San Bernardino Mountains. Learn about the recent disastrous effects of forest fires to our area and the restoration of
wilderness habitat. Hike rating is moderately strenuous at 8 miles round trip with an elevation gain of 750 feet.
Location: From Palm Desert take Highway 74 to Garner Valley approximately 28 miles. Turn right onto Morris Ranch Road for 4
miles. Parking will be along the side of the road on the right.
Bring lunch/snacks and 2 liters of water per person. Wear closed-toed shoes, hat, and sunscreen. Minors must be accompanied by
parent or guardian.
RSVP Required: Call 760-862-9984
Night Adventures in the Monument
Saturday, June 11 - Registration at 8:30PM, Fun begins at 8:45PM
Saturday, June 25 - Registration at 8:30PM, Fun begins at 8:45PM
Location: Meet at the Art Smith parking lot on Highway 74, just past the entrance to the Visitor Center. When it becomes full
darkness, we will use black lights to seek out the various night creatures inhabiting our desert. Some creatures we might find are:
scorpions, tarantulas, lizards, geckos, spiders, owls, jackrabbits, snakes and maybe a coyote. This is a family event. Minors must be
accompanied by parent or guardian. Bring water and wear closed-toed shoes. If you have a black light bring it along. If not, we have
a few to share.
RSVP Required: Call 760-862-9984
Upper Elevation Hike
Gold Hill and Jack Shack 2
Saturday, June 18 - 8AM to 12PM
Interpretive Hike led by Ada Nuckels
Hike begins at Table Mountain Road a short distance to trailhead. Soon you begin the climb up the Forest Service Road through
alpine forest where several old mining sites are located. Learn about early mining endeavors in the Santa Rosa Mountains and the
town of Kenworthy. Hike rating is moderately strenuous at 6 miles round trip with an elevation gain of 750 feet.
Location: From Palm Desert take Highway 74 to Garner Valley approximately 23 miles. Turn right onto Tool Box Springs Road, left
turn on Butterfly Peak Rd, and right turn on Table Mountain Road. Go to end of road and parking will be along the right side of the
Bring lunch/snacks and 2 liters of water per person. Wear closed-toed shoes, hat, and sunscreen. Minors must be accompanied by
parent or guardian.
RSVP Required: Call 760-862-9984
Visitor Center Address and Hours
Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Visitor Center
51500 Highway 74
Palm Desert, CA 92260
8:00AM to 3:00PM,
Open 7 Days a Week
Why do we request an RSVP?
Our Upper Elevation Hikes and Night Adventures are guided introductions to the mountains and the desert. We strive to schedule
enough volunteers to individually lead small groups and give all of our hikers the attention and instruction they deserve. Please let us
know if you are joining us and help us give you the best interpretive experience possible! Thank you!
Assistive Listening Devices now available
Assistive listening devices (ALDs) amplify and clarify sound by cutting down or eliminating background noise. Portable ALDs are
available for use anywhere in the Visitor Center or on our tours. ALDs are available at the Information Desk.
We'd love to hear from you! Our Facebook page is a great place to say hello, check out photos and events, and see what we've been
up to. Or check out our website to see what we're all about and explore ways to get involved. Of course, you can always drop us a
line or pick up the phone - we're always glad to get back in touch.
For more information on any hike or event, call 760-862-9984 or check the Friends of the Desert Mountains Facebook page.
Make sure to RSVP when required.
I'd like to know how asking the community if they want to vote on amending our bylaws to allow ourselves to vote democratically on
whether or not the majority of the residents would like to have their property ownership bundle of rights include a greatly reduced fee
social membership privilege in the club that would enable all of us to enjoy the facility?
Secondly, I'd like to know how the club's portion of the $50 dollars ($30 I think) can be defined as a windfall of free money when they
will have significant added operating expense to enable them to serve the expanded membership? The only way it would be a
windfall of money for the club is if all the people who voted in favor of wanting to take advantage of membership in the great long time
branded exclusive CC benefits the lawyer's letter raves about never walked in the place. What are the chances of that? I guess the
lawyers think business operate without expenses just income.
|Gail Troncoso - Obstructionists FB page
BDCC does not have a pool nor tennis courts for youth activities - unless of course the members expect the community
to pay for that as well.
This is why you should vote YES. If you do, $10 of the $ 50 goes towards providing upgrades of the country club for
These amenities would be decided by the community. Could be tennis courts or a playground for the kids in the
Community. I wouldn't vote for a communty pool because most of the homes here already have their own pools.
Give it some thought,
|Bonnie Jermain, Objectionists FB page
It is summer in the desert and prices have gone down every summer in my history since 1985. it should be further noted, as Maureen
Isaak said, that the Canadians are having to bail out due to their economy. And yes, sensible folks that have been called 'you people'
since the RCM came into play, may have chosen to seek other friendly geounds! Go figure!
Can any of us possibly consider how unwelcome we will be at the Clubhouse if this,'deal' passes! Donna, in her blog and as 'our'
councilwoman, has already clearly stated what she and her supposed followers think of us. And we clearly know how the Steve's of
the world think.....even though they clearly have to explain it to,us,over,and over and over again. Bottom line....they want our money
but NOT us! What a concept. SO NOT! I rest my case!
I don't ever recall saying that I don't want the Obstructionists at the Club. I have repeatedly said, 'I disagree with you
when you say the BDSA board is corrupt and that they have done illegal things.' Insofar, as my followers... you are
again incorrect. I do not speak for others; I simply post their comments.
Everyone is more than welcome at the Club...
|Hi Mrs. B
Yesterday we spent some time at the house we are considering; then, grabbed a quick lunch at the Club. We met Myra [nice lady]
who pointed us in the right direction. The food was better than good...excellent! The service was professional and friendly
[Francisco]. During a hectic day, lunch was the pause that refreshed.
This being said, we have a constructive observation. The Club was obviously built for fit, athletic people. It is not very handicap
friendly. There are a lot steps and/or a long stroll from the parking lot to almost anywhere. I am a tedious walker with a "stick". The
"cardio" event going from car to Grill and back was probably good for me; but really, I was only looking for lunch, not physical therapy.
Maybe someday there will be enough "old goats" hobbling around to warrant easier access.
|DESERT SUN ARTICLE - May 22, 2016
Bermuda Dunes, a large and diverse gated community with one of the desert's oldest golf courses, will soon be asked to vote on a
proposal to require the owners of its 1,400 homes to join Bermuda Dunes Country Club.
In brief, the proposal asks residents to pay $50 a month for a social membership at the golf club. The Bermuda Dunes Security
Association board said the proposed agreement with the country club is on the agenda for a May 26 homeowners association
meeting. If the board approves it, they hope to have members vote on the agreement by the end of June.
As in other communities that have considered similar proposals, proponents say the additional funding will help prop up the historic
golf club — which is facing a shrinking membership — and protect property values.
But talk about the agreement has sparked outrage from other homeowners, who say they didn't join the club when they moved in and
aren't interested in doing so now. They say Bermuda Dunes is attractive because of its low HOA dues, not its golf course.
"It's become a different animal"
Bermuda Dunes Country Club was developed in the late 1950s. Houses then sprung up around the course — some on fairways,
some in new gated communities and some further away, out of sight of the course. In 1989, residents of most of these homes agreed
to build a gate around the neighborhood.
The result was a variety of houses and condos inside, including 17 individual gated communities. The Bermuda Dunes Security
Association, which now functions like the neighborhood-wide homeowners association, was given jurisdiction over the
neighborhood's gates and streets.
Jon Dunlevie, son of the club's developer, Ernie Dunlevie, has lived in the neighborhood for most of his life and sold real estate there
for nearly four decades. He remembers the 27-hole golf course's star-studded tournaments, which once included the Bob Hope
Desert Classic. But today, he said, "it's become a different animal."
The Bob Hope tournament, now the CareerBuilder Challenge, last used the course in 2009. Dunlevie said that some of today's
buyers don't even realize there's a golf course in the neighborhood.
“We have a highly diverse community. This is not a golf course community, it’s a gated community with a golf course," said Michael
Emerson, a homeowner who opposes mandatory membership. "It’s not a Morningside, it’s not an Ironwood, it’s not any of those
Many homeowners in Bermuda Dunes Country Club have placed signs in their yards in opposition to a proposed mandatory golf
membership at the club, May 10, 2016.
Bob Nelson, treasurer of the Bermuda Dunes Security Association board and a member of the country club, objected to that
characterization. He argued that the 27-hole course is historic — a "national treasure" and a "golfer's golf course" — and deserving of
And more than that, he said, he thinks the club could help foster neighborhood relationships.
"There has never really been a strong sense of community within the (Bermuda Dunes) gated community. There has always been a
division" between club members and non-members, Nelson said. "If you just look at the viability of the course, you're defeating your
purpose. Community has to be a goal."
The proposal and the lawn signs
Wayne Guralnick, an attorney who represents the Bermuda Dunes Security Association — and who has a home on the golf course,
according to property records — said Bermuda Dunes Country Club currently has about 160 equity members, and he believes a 27-
hole course would need 400 to 450 equity members to be sustainable.
Nelson called the club's financial status "borderline" and predicted that on its current trajectory, the club will have "a real problem"
within five years.
The club declined to provide information about the size of its membership, since it is private.
Nelson said the golf club approached the BDSA about four years ago and asked them to consider a monthly payment from
homeowners without membership in return, but the board declined. After years of back-and-forth, the board agreed to ask
homeowners to vote on a proposed deal.
Under the proposed agreement, homeowners would pay $50 monthly, tacked on to HOA dues, which are currently $155.50. In return,
homeowners would get social memberships with access to the clubhouse, and the club would add community amenities, like an
elevator to the clubhouse and a public park. The deal would last three years, with two possible one-year extensions, and then
homeowners would vote on it again or consider a new proposal.
READ MORE: Coachella Valley HOA fees among highest in U.S. - See Below
Nelson and Guralnick believe the proposal would net $350,000 to $400,000 for the club annually, as current homeowner-members
drop from more costly memberships to $50 ones. Tax filings in 2014 tax show the club took in $5.13 million in revenue but spent
about $5.41 million — a difference of $281,000.
Nelson said he feels the board has defended homeowners' interests in negotiating the deal. But those objecting to it think the board
should have been open about the negotiations from the beginning, according Kent Knobelauch, a homeowner and the opposition
group's de facto leader.
They maintain that about two-thirds of the community's homeowners have not yet joined the country club, and they don't want to be
Knobelauch detailed a variety of additional objections, many centered on the belief that the BDSA doesn't have the authority to
negotiate with the club at all. Others included concerns about elderly homeowners and those on fixed incomes.
Several homeowners speculated that the club is looking for a buyer who would find community buy-in attractive.
Club manager Perry Dickey said the country club board president was unavailable to speak to a reporter, but said in a statement:
"BDCC has worked for almost five years to create a bulk agreement for our community, offering a social membership through the
Security Association for all residents at a very reasonable cost. We have agreed and fully support the efforts of the security
association to put this proposal to a vote of their members benefiting what we believe is the entire community."
Tensions have manifested in brazen homemade signs with messages like "No welfare for BDCC" in front yards. Homeowners on all
sides of the issue have slung insults on Facebook and community websites.
Knobelauch's group and the BDSA met for a legal mediation in April, and opponents have threatened litigation.
The specter of closed courses
In neighborhoods across the desert, homeowners associations and golf clubs have argued that collaboration will protect property
values. Nelson of the BDSA said he could have cried when he read about Rancho Mirage Country Club last year. That community's
golf club was sold in June to a company that swiftly closed the course, then announced plans for residential development.
READ MORE: Rancho Mirage Country Club HOA suing over closed course - See Below
Ron Rowell, president of the Bermuda Dunes Community Association, another body supporting the plan, said his mother-in-law lived
in Palm Springs Country Club for 35 years. After that course closed about 10 years ago, he said it became "miserable." Recently a
developer proposed a plan for homes on the land.
"This isn't a pipe dream. It's happening in our midst, here in the valley," Rowell said. "It's not a fear, it's a reasonable consideration
Further, Rowell said, he thinks the $50 membership is a great deal, estimating that a social membership today costs $100 or more.
Marcin Green, a real estate broker and former BDSA board member, said she empathizes with people who don't want to join. But she
feels that's short-sighted. "I just worry that they're worried about $50 a month and it's going to come back to haunt them," she said.
Real estate agents estimated that 400 to 600 of Bermuda Dunes' 1,400 homes sit on the golf course. They agreed that the value of
fairway homes would sink if the course became, in Jon Dunlevie's words, "anything other than a golf course."
But they were split on what could happen to homes off the course, where median prices are about half what they are on the fairway,
Coldwell Banker agent Nadine Elliot estimated.
The proposal's opponents said they're suspicious of these arguments. They say the club should find other ways to protect its
finances, like accepting public players, before turning to homeowners.
Alex Schreiner, a geologist who's lived in the community for 30 years, said he thinks the club assumes homeowners want to join, and
that its success is critical to the community's survival. He disagrees.
"Nobody wants to play the damn golf anyhow," he said.
"Who we all are"
The BDSA board's Nelson said he wants the community to start treating the golf course like a community asset, because of its impact
on the neighborhood's properties. Nelson called the proposal a "bridge" that would help the community "buy time" to figure out a long-
term solution — one that includes all homeowners.
Guralnick, who represents a number of country clubs, predicted that "somewhere in 10 to 20 years, the model will be that the HOAs
will have to absorb the golf clubs and make different uses of the golf clubs."
"Some people are obviously going to leave" if the proposal goes through, Nelson said. And four homeowners who oppose the deal
told The Desert Sun they would.
But, Nelson said, he still feels like he's fighting for his community. "This is where I live. This is where I retired. I worked 40 years, I had
a dream, I don't want to see it go down the tubes," he said.
READERS RESPOND: Two golf courses close in 2015
Bonnie Jerman, who has lived in the neighborhood since 1985, said she has served on the boards of both her homeowners
association and the country club. But she believes this proposal aims to restore a bygone era.
When current homeowners moved in, she argued, they knew they wouldn't have access to the clubhouse, and moved in anyway. And
she added that for some of her neighbors, $50 a month is a lot of money.
"Yes, we had the Bob Hope Classic. We had it. We don't have it anymore," Jerman said. "These (homeowners) are worker bees from
L.A., these are Ford dealers, Chrysler dealers... I don't know how they think we're so friggin' special. Come back to basics and think
about who you are, and who we all are."
The board said it hopes the community — all 1,400 homes, with their varying facades, residents and lawn signs — will vote on the
proposal before the end of June.
Rosalie Murphy covers real estate and business at The Desert Sun. Reach her at email@example.com or on Twitter
|This is the BEST DEAL IN THE VALLEY!
|Coachella Valley HOA fees among highest in U.S.
Rosalie Murphy, The Desert Sun 3:07 p.m. PDT September 11, 2015
(Photo: Jay Calderon/The Desert Sun)
When Tim Sigle and his partner started looking for a Palm Springs house in 2008, they “fell in love” with Movie Colony East — a
peaceful neighborhood dotted with mid-century modern and stucco ranch homes, high green hedges and, once a year, artist Kenny
Irwin Jr.’s “Robolights” installation.
But one of Sigle’s favorite things is that he doesn’t have to give guests a gate code or pay a monthly homeowners association fee.
Movie Colony East isn’t governed by an HOA.
“We fell in love with the neighborhood for the fact that it didn’t have any HOA fees involved... When we were buying, that was a big
issue for us,” Sigle said.
He remembers seeing monthly HOA dues as high as $900 per month on homes he looked at and thinking, “What are you getting for
that? There’s no way you’re getting that kind of service. I feel like it’s ridiculous.”
Coachella Valley homeowners association fees are among the highest in the country. The costs anger some residents, like Sigle. Yet
tens of thousands of people choose to live in HOA-governed neighborhoods across the valley.
These manicured communities are an essential part of the desert’s sales pitch to retirees. Residents, board members and real estate
agents advertise them as safe, convenient, amenity-rich communities, with services varying according to how much you’re willing to
“Assessments typically range between $75 and $750 a month,” said Kerry Leavitt, who serves as president of the board for one HOA
and works as a manager for another. “Everybody says, ‘I don’t want my fees to be that high.’ Okay, would you like us to turn off the
cable? Not heat the pool? Not have the gardening, the landscape?
“Everybody wants services until they have to pay for them,” Leavitt said.
Median monthly fees: Fourth highest in the nation
The median monthly payment for HOA membership in the Riverside-San Bernardino metro area is $315, according to a 2015 study
from real estate research website Trulia. That median puts the region in fourth place in the U.S., trailing only New York City, Honolulu
and Fort Myers, Florida. Median fees in those metro areas were $575, $438 and $356, respectively.
The study’s authors believe Coachella Valley communities are largely responsible for the Inland Empire’s high numbers.
“What I think is going on is probably the abundance of luxury vacation homes and resort condos in areas like La Quinta and Palm
Springs,” said Ralph McLaughlin, a housing economist with Trulia who led the study. “Higher-end vacation homes that people flock to
in the winter, those will tend to have higher HOA fees.”
Six valley cities have median fees higher than the Inland Empire median of $315, according to Trulia’s data.
But, of course, the desert is a world-renowned vacation community. Many of the region’s residents live here part-time, and they like
the convenience of an HOA to manage maintenance, landscaping and security during the months they spend elsewhere, said Jeff
Overman, a Tarbell Realtors agent who focuses on properties in Palm Desert’s Oasis Country Club.
Most gated communities fund street maintenance and security through their HOA budgets, board members and HOA managers said.
Many HOAs also pay for common area landscaping —which can include HOA-owned golf courses — along with pools and owners’
Other inclusions vary. Some HOAs use reserve funds for house painting or roof maintenance every few years; others pass those fees
onto residents as special assessments. Some offer golf course or country club memberships on top of HOA membership and use that
separate budget to maintain the course. Others pay for cable.
“Most communities with high fees are high amenity,” Overman said. “These are issues that every buyer deals with, especially if they’
re not familiar with the desert… you really have to walk them through the different communities, what they offer, the costs associated
Both buyers and lenders need to carefully consider HOA fees, Trulia’s McLaughlin and local experts agreed, because spending more
on HOA fees usually means spending less on a home.
Golfers play the 18-hole executive course at Oasis Country Club in Palm Desert on Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015. (Photo: Jay
Calderon/The Desert Sun)
Sean LaRue, a loan officer at Franklin Loan Center, said the industry’s rule of thumb is that every $70 in monthly HOA fees lowers
purchasing power by $10,000. So, if a buyer was prepared to spend $300,000 but wants to live in a neighborhood charging $240 in
monthly HOA fees, that buyer should consider homes closer to $270,000.
LaRue said this isn’t an exact metric, but it can be a helpful guide for homebuyers.
“A lot of my clients don’t understand how it affects how they qualify (for loans),” LaRue said. “This is one of the things that is a little
frustrating in our industry, because I’ll do a pre-approval for a $200,000 sales price, but if they find a property that has HOA fees, it
lowers their purchasing power.”
LaRue serves as treasurer on the board of his own HOA, Generations, a 110-home development in Indio. He said monthly fees there
are just $137.50, some of the lowest he found while searching for a home and part of the reason he chose the neighborhood.
However, low fees mean few amenities. Generations only has a keypad at the entrance, for instance, not a staffed gate. Palm Desert
Country Club’s dues are only $27.50 a month, but its features are limited to “two pools and a hot tub,” a board member said.
When buyers balk at higher fees, people in the HOA business tend to give a two-part respose. First, they say, HOAs can negotiate
deals with landscaping and cable companies because they’re buying in bulk, meaning those services are often cheaper as part of an
HOA. And second, buying into an HOA community isn’t just about convenient access to services — it’s often about a certain lifestyle.
“Many of the residents that come out here that are seasonal are sort of looking for a resort lifestyle experience,” said Leavitt, who
serves on the HOA board at La Quinta Fairways and works for Associa Desert Resort Management, a company that manages 165
HOAs in the desert. HOA board members are unpaid, but many associations hire professionals to handle administrative tasks.
“The majority of people who live in the resort lifestyle communities don’t work,” Leavitt said. “They want to come out and play golf and
play tennis and hike and explore and do all the things that people do on vacation.”
Living on vacation
Palm Desert’s Oasis Country Club has been selling that “vacation” mindset since 1985. Around 45 percent of residents in the
development’s 662 homes live here year-round — a higher percentage than many clubs — and the majority are retired. The property
is coated in green grass and dotted with 22 lakes; “Oasis C.C.” is cut into hedges in several planters.
On a recent Thursday morning, five women tossed poker chips into the center of a table, joking that they were holding a prayer
meeting. Three men in golf polos sipped sodas in the clubhouse. Eve Weber, the community manager, greeted the men by name,
then squatted down beside one to ask if he’d gotten a “tree problem” fixed.
One of the men, Craig Towns, said he moved here from Omaha about a year ago. He lived in an HOA there, too, but his monthly
$200 payment only funded trash service, lawn mowing and snow removal.
“I was paying a third of the fees for one-tenth of the services,” he said.
Homeowners here currently pay $522 per month in HOA dues — $6,264 annually — which cover a guarded gate, access to the
clubhouse, cable, and maintenance of roofs, streets and 18 pools.
Optional golf and tennis access costs an additional $2,400 per year, or $200 per month, per homeowner. Couples or families pay
Oasis’s HOA is unusual in that its staff — Weber, three other administrators and nearly 50 clubhouse, golf course and maintenance
staff — are employed directly by the HOA rather than an outside management company like the ones many HOAs hire to manage day-
to-day administration. Either way, it’s residents’ fees that fund their salaries.
Homes here aren’t particularly expensive, either. One-bedroom condos start at $160,000, according to on-site real estate agent and
Oasis resident Rae Crogan, and the largest three-bedroom detached homes go for less than $450,000. For comparison, a median-
priced house in the same zip code fetched $330,000 in July, according to data from real estate research firm CoreLogic DataQuick.
“I’ve seen a wide gamut of reactions (to fees), from total amazement that they’re this high to basically no reaction whatsoever,” said
Overman, one of the community’s full-time real estate agents. “I try to walk them through what you receive in a community like this.”
At Sunrise Country Club, a community Oasis considers a competitor, Carol Anderson offered a similar assessment. She and her
husband bought a condo there 23 years ago, then retired and moved to Rancho Mirage full-time eight years ago.
“One of the reasons we bought here was because of the tennis and golf — that’s what we were active in — instead of just moving
here to move here,” Anderson said. She pays $516.57 for HOA membership, which she finds “pretty fair.” On top of that, a monthly
country club fee makes her an equity member in the development’s golf course.
“I own part of that golf course,” Anderson said. “So it becomes something we take very seriously.”
‘What do you live here for, then?’
John Tribbett was elected president of the board at Laguna de la Paz in La Quinta six months ago, after dues jumped suddenly from
$495 per month to $550 per month. Now, the board is “taking a hard look” — a phrase Tribbett uses frequently — at the
approximately $2.5 million budget, hoping to cut around $150,000.
Board members have renegotiated the landscaping contract and might cancel cable, hoping to reduce fees to $490 per month or so.
The community’s rate is still high compared to others in the desert, Tribbett acknowledged, but he believes the community can
continue providing “tons of amenities” while eliminating waste. After all, why do residents buy in if they don’t plan to use those
Oasis Country Club Homeowners Association general manager Eve Weber talks with homeowners Mason Miller, left, and Doug
Casillas, right, about maintenance issues at the club, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015. (Photo: Jay Calderon/The Desert Sun)
“We’ve got swimming pools, clubhouses, a pro shop... I can see that my dues are going to something,” Tribbett said. “We’ve got one
of the most premier sets of tennis courts in the valley, but (some residents say) they don’t play tennis. We’re trying to make the place
more beautiful, but you don’t walk the lake, it’s too hot. Well, what do you live here for, then?”
All HOA board members are volunteers, and many aren’t trained to manage million-dollar budgets. For that reason, most HOAs hire
professional managers who work at least part-time on administrative tasks, such as negotiating contracts for services and making
sure the association’s actions comply with state law.
Palm Springs real estate agent Karen Joy, who serves on the California Association of Realtors’ HOA committee, said sometimes
management companies abuse their positions. For example, Joy described companies in other parts of California charging residents
and HOAs hundreds of dollars to get copies of documents.
Joy serves on her HOA board — Sundial in Palm Springs, where HOA dues are $370 per month — and encourages others with real
estate knowledge to do the same, in hopes that they can help inform decisions. She hopes buyers review policies carefully, too.
“You’re supposed to know (about HOA fees and policies) before you buy. If that’s not the lifestyle you’re looking for, you should look
somewhere else,” Joy said.
Even if fees are no object, some residents prefer to avoid HOAs altogether to skirt internal politics and restrictions. Palm Spirngs
homeowner Sigle has spent $250,000 remodeling the Movie Colony East home that he bought in a short sale.
“We were fine with spending all that money to make it the home we wanted,” Sigle said. “I look at some of these HOAs and they don’t
have a personality, where at least we have more unique homes, landscaping... neighborhoods that aren’t totally dictated by HOAs
have that opportunity.”
He said he’d be willing to spend around $200 on an HOA if it meant access to common areas, but still, he prefers his neighborhood to
any of the gated communities he’s visited.
But behind gates, there are people like Tribbett, taking pride in those communities too. He and his board are putting together a long-
term planning committee, looking into desert landscaping and choosing a “contemporary palette” for repainting scheduled for next
year. He thinks updates give people more pride in the neighborhood.
“I’m not a big fan of HOAs... but I think there’s a place for them,” Tribbett said, comparing their purpose to that of unions. “I know you
can’t make everybody happy, but we’re doing the best we can for the sake of the community.”
After all, Tribbett expects to be there for years to come.
Rosalie Murphy covers real estate and business at The Desert Sun. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter
|About the only thing certain at Rancho Mirage Country Club these days is that the 18-hole golf course
The greens are dried and deeply cracked, evidence that the course hasn’t been watered for months. The normally closely mown
areas of the tee boxes are equally as distressed, and the rest of the golf course is various shades of brown or gray from a lack of
Less certain is what will happen to the land where the golf course was, what new owners of the property plan to build and what if
anything angry homeowners claiming plunging property value can do to gain some control of what is happening in their backyards.
“We’ve had a couple of meetings ourselves and we had big turnouts at both of them,” said David Kretz, an owner of one of the 266
homes at the country club. “I think what you can take out of that is that all of the homeowners are pretty angry. They are united in
The closure also highlights the continuing struggles of golf in the desert and across the country, with Rancho Mirage Country Club
becoming the second 18-hole course to close in the desert this year.
At a homeowners association meeting Thursday, the five-person HOA board for the country club voted unanimously to hire a law firm
to investigate possible legal action against Oasis Ranch LLC, a Beverly Hills-based limited liability company, which in June
purchased the golf course property and which is the focus of the homeowners’ anger.
At the announcement of the purchase, Oasis Ranch LLC posted on the country club's website that the course was closed "while we
complete the transaction and inventory the facility." The golf course and the clubhouse, which are separate from the residential
properties, never re-opened.
No enforcement, uneven transparency on golf water rules
Representatives of Oasis Ranch have told homeowners and city officials that it planned to develop a senior community with assisted
living homes on the land, a plan the homeowners were against. But Ronald Richards, the official registered agent for Oasis Ranch
LLA, said in an e-mail response Saturday to questions from The Desert Sun that the assisted living plan is off the table.
"That was never a plan, it was merely a starting point for a dialog," Richards said.
Richards added that any plan moving forward should be a joint plan between the homeowners and Oasis Ranch LLC.
"We are in active, very civil and cordial discussions with an HOA subcommittee to come up with a joint plan," Richards said in an
email. "However, if we fail to come to a consensus, we will wait up to 100 years if we have to until we can achieve one. We only want
a joint plan or no plan. We have no interest in acrimony."
Until Thursday’s HOA vote, the homeowners had struggled to produce a united front on how to address the dead course and
proposed development. Bob Lucas, president of the HOA, said with Thursday’s vote the homeowners hope to proceed with one of
several lawsuit possibilities, from an injunction to force Oasis Ranch to turn the water back onto the golf course to a claim that Oasis
Ranch offered to sell the property to homeowners for $3.5 million in July, an offer homeowners say was withdrawn after their initial
“The homeowners are pretty explicit about what they want the board to accomplish,” said Mary Willis, an 18-year resident at Rancho
Mirage Country Club and a board member. “I think we are going to go in the right direction. If not, the homeowners will hold us
Some of the homeowners wonder why legal action against Oasis Ranch hasn’t taken place already.
“When a group of individuals comes in here without any information and they stick you up, you don’t have anything to say. Well, that’s
uncalled for,” said Henry Alfaro, a retired Los Angeles-area television reporter who has lived at Rancho Mirage Country Club with his
wife Carol for seven years. “To my way of thinking, it is unethical that some people with a lot of bucks would come in here. My first
reaction was, ‘Let’s go get them. Let’s go fight.’ ”
“Our home values have gone down,” said Bobbi Russell, a two-year Rancho Mirage Country Club resident. “I would venture,
depending on the price of the home to start with, I would say anywhere from $50,000 to $100,000 less than they were before (Oasis
Ranch) bought it. I think you take that into consideration.”
One listing on internet real estate website thedesertonthemarket.com for a three-bedroom, three-bath Rancho Mirage Country Club
home of 2,370 square feet is now listed at $337,000 with a comment “price slashed $152,000 for investor opportunity,” a 31-percent
Other homeowners believe a lawsuit might be the start of a long legal road that isn’t guaranteed of results homeowners would want.
“We are all in the same boat. We are all looking at the same golf course,” said Tim Martin, who worked to buy the semi-private golf
course last spring with plans to build a boutique hotel and retain the golf course before his plans fell through. “We are dealing with
the same problem. But if we are to do something about it, I don’t think (an immediate lawsuit) is the right way to approach it. Because
you have to have proof. If you go to court, a judge will say show me you lost $100,000.”
Richards points out that the golf course had become a money loser in recent years and that Oasis Ranch LLC only bought the
property after the previous owner made the decision to close the course.
Homeowners say they are concerned not just about the loss of their golf course but by what they call the heavy-handed manner in
which Oasis Ranch and Richards have presented their ownership and their proposals. They say there is concern about a track
record Richards and another Beverly Hills developer, Michael Schlesinger, have in the purchase of Escondido Country Club through
an LLC named Stuck in the Rough in which Schlesinger is the principal and Richards the attorney.
Stuck in the Rough, the city of Escondido and those homeowners have been engaged in a two-year legal battle, with Stuck in the
Rough winning a key court decision in March that clears the way for Schlesinger's development. But he was also fined $100,000 for
spreading chicken manure on the property a year ago.
Schlesinger's name has never been associated with the Rancho Mirage Country Club purchase.
A Richards-led group also recently bought Silverstone Golf Club in Las Vegas with apparent plans to eliminate the golf course and
build residential units. The Las Vegas Journal-Review reported homeowners secured a temporary restraining order to require
Richards to turn the water back on and irrigate the golf course. That’s a path the Rancho Mirage Country Club HOA may follow,
Lucas and Willis said. Reviving the golf course is one goal of at least some of the homeowners.
“I certainly would like to see it back as a golf course, which is why I bought here in the first place,” Carol Alfaro said.
Do the homeowners have a true claim to any control of the golf course land? The homeowners own their homes and lots, but the golf
course property was owned by an individual Japanese investor separate from the homes before Oasis Ranch LLC bought the
Rancho Mirage Mayor Pro Tem Ted Weill says the city is still waiting for Oasis Ranch to present formal development plans or a
request for rezoning, but that Oasis Ranch has legal rights just like any other property owners. An informal presentation from Western
Golf Properties was made to the city. A presentation to the homeowners about the assisted living campus was made Aug. 6, a
meeting Weill attended and characterized as ugly.
Richards hopes that development plans for the old golf course property at Rancho Mirage Country Club will move forward with
support from the HOA and the city, though Weill said the city would like to see support for any plan from the homeowners. Richards
insists he still wants to move forward with some development, though he has no timetable for submitting a plan.
"At some point, the City may come to the conclusion that if the HOA simply does nothing and wants us to pay for their water-wasting,
and environmentally hostile, current view, without any change, and for us to finance their former losing golf operation, which won’t
happen, that we should submit our own plan, then we will," Richards said via e-mail. "We won’t submit anything unless the City asks
us to. However, our goal is to clip the umbilical cord of debt and red ink that has infected this asset for over a decade and return the
asset to a self-sustaining one that is the result of compromise and intelligence. The surrounding property values will increase in my
opinion and both my company and its neighbors would appreciate stability versus unknown."
“We just have to wait until (the owners) come to us,” Weill said. “There is nothing we can do. We just have to make sure there are no
health hazards, which is what code enforcement is for. But this is a business. That group owns the golf course, but they can’t be
forced to run it as a golf course.”
Weill said a series of code violations have been logged against the new owners, but that the owners have provided evidence this
month that work has been done on violations from unpruned trees and scrubs, cleanup of green waste on course property and
cleanup of lakes.
Weill added that there is nothing in the city’s initial development plan from 1984 requiring the property to be a golf course. That plan
calls for two homes to an acre including a golf course or open space.
California’s ongoing drought has unquestionably heightened public awareness about water usage by golf courses. Governor Jerry
Brown’s mandatory statewide water restrictions, which took effect June 1, require golf courses that pump groundwater from their own
wells to limit watering to two days per week, or to reduce their consumption by 25 percent.
For golf courses that pump groundwater from their own wells, not following the rules is punishable by fines of up to $500 per day.
However, the closure of Rancho Mirage Country Club has more to do with finances. The golf course makes sense to homeowners as
a backyard and as an amenity to those who play golf, but the course itself was struggling in a difficult golf economy.
Across the country, the National Golf Foundation says more golf courses have been closing than opening at a 10-to-1 pace for about
a decade. Locally, Santa Rosa Country Club closed in April, a victim of declining membership and revenues. As part of his attempt to
buy the golf property at Rancho Mirage Country Club, Martin said he looked at the financial record of the course under the previous
owner and knows the course was losing money.
“I looked back five years and every year it was losing money,” Martin said. “In my view, for what was here, they were doing the best
they could. We are in an economy where golf is dwindling. People have too many choices. You have Golf Now (an online reservation
service) and all these other programs where you can play the best golf courses in the desert for substantially less than what they
would be accustomed to paying.”
Lucas says if the homeowners can stop whatever development Oasis Ranch is planning, they still must decide how to proceed. One
option might be for the HOA to buy the golf course from Oasis Ranch for the $3.5 million proposed in a July letter to the HOA, then
hire a management firm to run the course or re-sell the course to a developer like Martin. But Lucas said raising funds to buy,
renovate and operate the course might require an assessment to homeowners of as much as $15,000 each.
It would also require Richards to be interested in selling the land, and his e-mail responses Saturday indicate Richards is willing to
wait for an agreement on a development plan.
Weill says he isn’t sure how the situation with the course will play out, other than Oasis Ranch still must get approvals from the city
for any development. Until then, what used to be the golf course remains unwatered.
“It’s not good. I feel badly for them, I’m sure their property values are down,” Weill said. “I am optimistic that the homeowners
themselves will get together in a group and get organized and sit down with this buyer from Beverly Hills and come to an agreement
of what kind of development would be acceptable.”
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|Etiquette expert Patricia Rossi shares
personality traits and types
By Margie Jacinto
From sending over a bowl of chicken noodle soup when
someone’s feeling under the weather to giving sound advice
on local schools, doctors, and businesses around your area,
a good neighbor knows how to make those around him feel
welcome. So how can you tell just what type of neighbor you
are? Etiquette and protocol coach Patricia Rossi shares
some revealing traits to help determine your neighborly
THE THOUGHTFUL GIVER
Characteristics: Your pantry is always packed with cookies
and casserole ingredients. Greeting cards for every occasion
are always on-hand. Children and pets make you smile.
Thoughtful givers are doers to say the least, and lending a
hand comes naturally. If a neighbor is ill, this kind of
personality may volunteer to do anything from mowing the
lawn to cooking a meal. He or she remembers special
occasions and won’t hesitate to send a card. When someone
nearby has plans to go out of town, one can count on the
thoughtful giver to pick up the mail, water the plants, or run a
small errand while that person is away.
THE INFORMED NEIGHBOR
Characteristics: You know the best doctors, lawn care
specialists, and mechanics around. You’re part of the
community watch program or homeowners’ association
board. You know if your neighbor’s ill or has just given birth.
If anyone has the scoop on the neighborhood, it’s the
informed neighbor. A great resource for outsourcing outside
help, getting great recommendations for local restaurants and
more, insight is this person’s greatest contribution. Rossi
adds, “They will watch your house when you travel. They will
keep you informed in a positive manner about other
neighbors [or tenants]—if they need help or support. They
might suggest a neighborhood mixer three or four times a
year or maybe even a progressive dinner —where each
house serves a different course.”
THE POTLUCK PERSON
Characteristics: Cooking/entertainment show episodes are
stored in your DVR. Sugar is just one of the many ingredients
you buy in bulk. Your dinning room is always buffet-ready.
Like the kitchen is said to be the heart of the home, the
potluck person’s hospitality thrives best on good food and
drink. Though not necessarily the host of every party, this
personality loves to converse over a good meal, exchange
recipes and get to know those nearby through food-related
functions. The potluck person is always ready to share a
meal if a neighbor is in need of help, or just a little bit of
THE NEW NEIGHBOR
What if you just moved into the community? Try throwing a
meet-and-greet or perhaps inviting the folks next door or on
your same floor over for dinner. If you’re short on time or find
a full dinner to be a bit much, have them over for a shorter
stay and offer them a hot pot of coffee or delicious dessert
instead. And if you’re not quite ready to have company over,
even the smallest steps can make a big impact. Rossi says,
“Smiling, waving, and simply asking how someone is doing
can really go a long way.”
|Golf is an interesting pastime. Almost all of us who happen to have played it a few times, somehow become hypnotized by the
challenge of the sport, and can easily become lifelong addicts; and those who have not, well, obviously not so much!
The article below is not about the future of the sport, or the future of the course at Bermuda Dunes, because que sera, sera.
In this article I hope to; (1), provide a very brief timeline and history of the sport, and (2), recommend a great book on the game's
beginning to any reader with an interest (The book - "Tommy's Honor" - is not only one of the best historical accounts about the true
beginning of the game, but is entertaining far beyond that goal! And, for you 'kindle' fans, it's available for about the price of a 'number
2' at the In-N-Out.)
Not a long diatribe of words here, just the brief timeline:
Around the year 1850 - The game of golf is founded.
• Although the year '1850' has become synonymous with it's 'founding', variations of the game can be traced even deeper back in
history, and with roots in many other countries. Whereas many of the earlier participants were running around attempting to hit stones
into rodent holes with shepherd's crooks and such (really!), the actual rules of the game didn't come into being around '1850'.
Between the years 1835 and 1875 - The game of kings and queens.
• During those early years on the British Isles, only those of 'Royalty' or 'position' were even allowed to play the game. Whereas if
was played to one degree or another throughout, the country of Scotland is where it firmly took hold, and henceforth became
known as it 'actual birthplace'. Those who played the game at that time made up their own set of 'rules', and they were usually
what best suited them at that very moment. If you were to look across the barren wasteland that was then known as 'a golf
links', you'd see a few gentlemen dressed in their finest garb, moving from ball to ball, all the while being closely followed by their
And, also between 1860 and 1890 - The 'infiltration'.
• Some others were allowed to use the links under special guidelines. The 'Royalty' and elite class was still there as they were
the owners of the links, its clubhouse and other properties, but a few other honored 'gentlemen' were allowed to join the members for
a 'round on the links' as their guests. Other men (yep, 'men') were sometimes allowed to golf under strict guidelines if they showed a
true talent for the game. These people might include caddies, club and ball makers, the 'keepers of the green', and even those known
as 'cracks'. (The 'Crack' today might be best described as a 'shill' or 'shark', and were often used as a team member who played with
the royals and other gentlemen in money games. Gambling had become a big part of the game - both on and off the course.)
And, around 1870 thru the early 1900's - Tournament play developed.
• It had to happen - It always does! Along with the popularization of the game every Club member had to boast about it's 'best".
Remember the old; 'my dads tougher than your dad' scenario? Maybe that too got started in Scotland! So, after the game gained
popularity, competition naturally followed and matches of all sort were arranged by every club and its members. Then someone got
the bright idea (and, it turned out to be a very bright idea!) to hold a single golf championship each year to determine who the best
gentleman golfer was in all of the British Isles. The match became known as the "OPEN", as it was 'open' to all comers. This match
started with entrants being 'recommended' by the gentlemen owners of their own clubs, and then over time, required that all entrants
participate in a mini-series of qualification matches. The first 'Open' was held at a 12-hole links course at the Prestwick Golf Links in
Ayshire, Scotland on October 17, 1860. There were of eight 'professionals' entered, and the match was won by a 'Willie Park' after 36
holes of play. Over the next 20 years or so as certain commoners became better at the sport than the elite class, they too were
allowed to participate in the 'open' in some situations.
Between the late 1800's and 1930 or so - Golf soared in popularity
• The game grew by leaps and bounds and 'golf clubs' now dotted the landscape in the British Isles - mostly located in areas that
were 'absolutely good for nothing else'. Most of them were referred to as "Links" courses, because they were located on the areas
that 'linked' the sea to useable farmland, and were quite saline. Whether or not it was associated with the 'potato famine' in much of
Britain and mostly all of Ireland, America received huge numbers of immigrants from those areas, and along with them came an
interest in golf. It was slow at first, but then new golf courses began to pop up in areas all across America. And then, the next major
boom in popularity of golf soared. Along with it, a new form of competition was born - not only were there player vs. player and club
vs. club matches, but it was now 'country vs. country'.
1930 thru 1960 - What's referred to as the modern age of golf
• The warring and economic troubles of the world now behind us, the interest in golf began to grow again, and grow rapidly.
Instead of hearing results of this new competition mouth to mouth over weeks, or even months, we had this new fangled thing called a
'radio' in today might be best described as a 'shill' or 'shark', and were often used as a team member who played with the royals and
other gentlemen in money games. Gambling had become a big part of the game - both on and off the course.)
• The warring and economic troubles of the world now behind us, the interest in golf began to grow again, and grow rapidly.
Instead of hearing results of this new competition mouth to mouth over weeks, or even months, we had this new fangled thing called a
'radio' in most homes to supply us with those up-to-the-minute results. Also, new heroes were born with names like Bobby Jones, Ben
Hogan, Sam Snead and Babe Zaharias (What, a girl on the links?). Then soon along came the other greats, and the interest in
watching and playing the game soared to even greater heights!
1960 thru the 90's - The golden age!
• Golf became a popular pastime and that was aided greatly because you could watch it on that compact little 12" TV screen that
was located right in your living room, and all in a fairly clear black and white broadcast. But then, three other things came on the
scene: The first was a group of golfers with names like Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, Lee Trevino and Jack Nicklaus - golfers who you
could watch and talk about Monday morning over coffee, and who could easily become one's personal favorite or sports hero;
The second thing that greatly changed the golf scene was the improvements in electronic media and those mega-rich sponsors that
came along with it. Those 'big bucks' guys and their marketing experts made the game much less of a sport, and much more of a
happening! Suddenly prize money went from a few thousand dollars weekly to many millions, and quickly turned so many part time
golfers into Rock Stars!
And then the third item that caused so much change in the game was greed - good old American Greed! Larger and larger color TV's
became available and people wanted to see more and more! They not only wanted to watch as much play as they could, but also
wanted to get out on a course and hit the ball around like 'Arnie did', and then sit around a clubhouse and talk about 'their game'. And,
of course, everybody wanted to be a member of a golf club because, hey, it seemed to set them apart socially! So, in reference to
number three or 'greed', suddenly major land developers everywhere smelled money and wanted more of it, so an interesting program
developed over a few short years - "Let's build a nice golf course and surround it with nice homes; We'll sell the homes to those who
want to live on a course, then, as per a contractual agreement, 'give' the course to the homeowners, and move on to our next project".
Sounded good, worked well, however, after a couple of decades of that program, along came a 'glut' of golf courses. And
unfortunately, there were cases where there simply weren't enough members to support them. Bummer! The age old rule of supply
and demand had come home to roost - - -
The 90's and beyond - Here's where we are today...
• Things started to flatten out and were fine for a while, but then the support of the many courses - those already established,
and those newer on the scene - seemed to start having growing pains. Although revenue had been sufficient for the operation of most
courses for years, things began to occur that were possibly unforeseen, or perhaps just ignored. As the 'available memberships' grew
on many courses, 'supply and demand' again took over, and the 'available memberships' become less valuable, and their prices
dropped. And suddenly, those long 'waiting lists to become members', became a thing of the past. Many 'career golf club members'
hung in there, but as age takes it's toll, replacement members became extremely scarce. And, as the competition for those members
heated up, several somewhat 'creative' membership programs were born - some good and some not so good. There are courses who
have failed over the past few years, but this is not a new phenomenon. And, if you look back over twenty years or so, you'll find that
many have not. The extremely high end courses haven't been confronted with many of the same types of challenges that the 'mid' to
'low-range' course have, and seem to have weathered the storm quite nicely. And, most mid-range courses have been able to get by
with different approaches to increasing revenue and controlling their expenses. The question remains; Where will it all stop? Creative
people seem to be quite flexible, and as in most cases, if there's a way to get something done, those involved will find it.
2016 and the future of golf -
• What's my own take on the future of the sport? There are millions playing it and enjoying it daily, and I'd bet that they'll find a
way to continue to play it no matter what changes take place at their home course. I myself used to be a competive player and
enjoyed its individual challenge, but now I realize the benefits of the daily exercise involved with a 4 hour round of golf sure beat
going to the Gym, and are a heck of a lot more fun! Oh, I still play five or so rounds a week and enjoy each game as much as I ever
did, but as to the games' future, you'd best ask Doris Day. (Que sera, sera!)
One more shot at the book, 'Tommy's Honor'. It's part biography and part history and one great read. And, it give one a first hand look
at life on the British Isles in the mid 1800's. There are few books that I'd recommend to others with such bluster, but this one I've read
Hi Mrs. B
I almost had a head-on collision with a blond woman driving a gray SUV on Mandaville Rd I always drive slow
but this woman was away on my side. Stupid while driving.
Have a good summer.
|Coachella Valley Gem: Cabot’s Pueblo Museum
The idiosyncratic abode, a vision of one man, is a
Desert Hot Springs landmark.
By Alysia Gray Painter
HOUSES OF MEMORY: Modernism Week is the
stylish centerpiece of the desert resorts’ winter season,
a social-strong celebration of mid-century architecture,
and mid-century everything else, that draws fans from
all across the world to Palm Springs. But just a bit north
is a home that was already around when all of those
mid-century abodes, complete with sparkling swimming
pools, sprung up around the Springs. The abode is in a
different Springs — Desert Hot Springs – and it is as
storied as the man who built it: Cabot’s Pueblo
Museum. The sprawling structure, which is listed on the
National Register of Historic Places, was the vision of
Cabot Yerxa, an adventuresome homesteader who
took part in the Alaska Gold Rush before making for the
region now occupied by the desert resorts (with a few
other near-and-far stops along the way). Mr. Yerxa
began to construct his now-famous pueblo in 1941, but
to call the undertaking a multi-year project is to not give
full credit to the many years the building took (the
visionary passed away in 1965, and the pueblo’s site
says he was still working on his dream at the time of his
death at age 81). If tales of buildings that took years to
come together, via one man’s vision, out in the desert,
intrigue you, you’re in luck: The museum offers info-rich
tours for much of the year.
Did you know that this iconic desert landmark,
Waokiye, is the work of artist Peter Toth and came to
Cabot’s Pueblo Museum in 1978? Come visit us today
and learn even more!
EXCEPT FOR SUMMER: It can get a mite toasty in
Desert Hot Springs ’round about July, rumor has it, and
the pueblo is not air-conditioned (though it boasts 150
non-matching windows, all of which were reclaimed by
Mr. Yerxa from various sources). So visiting in the
Springs in the spring is the way to go, before the
museum shutters for the warm months. You’ll walk
through several rooms of the pueblo, though not all, but
the nooks visited will give you a view to life in the home
— there are even a few delightfully incongruous sights,
like a blue mid-century bathtub Mr. Yerxa installed for
his wife. The grounds boast winding paths, artworks,
and desert shrubs like the oh-so-odoriferous creosote
bush, which is the very smell of the desert when it rains.
SO… does Cabot’s Pueblo Museum have anything in
common with the mid-century gems a half hour to the
south, across the 10 Freeway? Well, in spirit, perhaps.
Architecture that lasts does benefit from a visionary
with spirit, a love of location, and can-do on its side.
The desert has had such visionaries in plenitude,
working in multiple building styles, which makes the
area a stand-out, stylistically, on several levels. Plus,
those mountains, sunsets, and the creosote — Palm
Springs to Desert Hot Springs, it is a place brimming
with beauty, even beyond its interesting buildings.
27, 28, 29,
Everything in the Trading Post will be 20%
As a member, you will receive an
additional 10% off for a total of 30%.
Click the link to sign up to become a member
and support Cabot's Pueblo Museum!
Cabot's Pueblo Museum
67616 East Desert View Avenue
Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240
Fall Hours - Tuesday through Sunday 9am - 4pm
Tour Times: 9:30, 10:30, 11:30, 1:30 and 2:30pm
See you at the Pueblo!
For additional details,
please contact our friendly staff at 760-329-7610
|NOTE FROM MRS. B
THIS PRECIOUS PUPPY MAKES ME SO HAPPY WHEN I
LOOK AT IT.
THIS IS GOING TO BE ON MY BLOG FOREVER!
MY NEW MASCOT!
Regarding the RCM
Earlier today I spent a few minutes watching The Desert Sun’s on-line piece about us (BDCC) and the battle over the RCM. The
article is basically an interview with our friend Kent K...
What upset me was the lack of any attempt to portray the other side of the argument. But then, that’s The Desert Sun. As I mused
about the piece, I got to thinking about something Kent said and which I have heard expressed elsewhere. That is that they
(CPOOBD) don’t feel that they should be subsidizing the Club. They have made that point in several ways but it always says that
they simply don’t think that the non-golfing residents should subsidize the fat cats that own the Golf Club. Almost sounds like a liberal
position, doesn’t it?
But as I thought about it, it occurred to me: “Who is subsidizing who?”
Now it is a given that country club community properties command higher prices than similar properties in gated, non-golf course
communities. There are several reasons for this but they are not relevant at this point. So why would non golfers pay a premium to
live in a country club environment and not become even a social member of the club? If the added value of country club properties is
the result of the golf club, are the non-members not being subsidized by the club members? If this is so, and it appears to be, would
switching to a 100% membership plan not simply be getting everyone to pay their fair share of the increased valuations? Even if a
resident chooses to not participate in the club, it would seem that being a member is just holding up ones end of the deal. The more I
listen to their arguments, the more I realize how narrow minded and self centered they really are. They can deny it all they want, but
in the end, it really is about the $50.00 per month. Pure and simple. Anyway, that’s how I see it and I’m as guilty as everyone else
who is not a member.
|This is a conversation that Jack and I had on another site. I had simply asked him to show me documentation of how the
BDSA board has spent $100K plus on the RCM...oh, and I also said they were a vocal minority.
Jack Podsedly from Bermuda Golf Club Estates
If you think you have a big majority, then your husband who is on the BDSA board needs to get the vote out. It has been 6 months
since YOU said that the vote was coming out!!! I disagree about the idea that the forced membership to the CC is good for the
residents. I thought it would be great for the 160 equity members. Get all the money from the rest of the people living here and still
have a private club. I have talked to equity members and they must realize this is not pennies from heaven. There will be 1200 new
FAMILIES not people competing for the same tables in the dining room and bar. One equity member said I will just have to make a
reservation. Make a reservation to sit at the bar??? I asked the president of the CC the same question and he said that "the CC
would work it out" There is not enough parking at times already .
Then we have the ADA situation. IF it passes it will be a situation that NOBODY will want. Donna, maybe you could explain something
If all of the money is going to the CC why is OUR BDSA spending all of this money to make the deal? Over 100K and counting---
Donna Hubenthal from Bermuda Golf Club Estates
Jack, until this deal is voted on yes, or no - nothing is going on.
Insofar as the CC&R's go - BDSA needs to have that approved by the community. They only made a recommendation. Again, I will
say - the community will have the final word.
If it doesn't pass - and the CC&R's don't get changed - the community will not ever get an opportunity to purchase the club through
BDSA. Unless you and your friends want to purchase it with your dollars.I know there are plenty of people who are not members at
the club that could afford to do just that.
My being your council representative has NOTHING to do with this matter. You should know. You and your friends have tried to get
me kicked off numerous times.
I am allowed to have a life, a personal choice. If I did something that would not be good for the entire community then you would have
Can you please tell all of us here on this site - why you think BDSA has spent $100K plus?
I need facts, not just unfounded comments by Kent and you.
Jack Podsedly from Bermuda Golf Club Estates
Donna, you are skirting the question. The BDSA at this time does not have the AUTHORITY to negotiate a contract with the CC. It is
very clear in the CC&R's. That is a FACT, you have it. I will get the documentation on the amount that has been spent. Being a
council rep does matter in this instance, you are promoting an illegal venture. If you think the BDSA has the authority to negotiate and
even worse spend a huge amount of money let me know. So far the board has done all the negotiations in secret, not including the
members of the HOA
Donna Hubenthal from Bermuda Golf Club Estates
Jack. Not so!
Just because you say it is illegal, doesn't make it so.
You and yours didn't even know 'what was what' until someone mentioned a $50 assessment. Then you all came out of the woodwork.
Remember...there are many of us who disagree with your comments...just show us your documentation where you can prove that
BDSA has spent $100K plus.
Have a nice day
Jack Podsedly from Bermuda Golf Club Estates
As you can see it is very hard to have a rational conversation with Donna. I am not doing this for amusement. I would like others in
other areas with no skin in the game comment. Would it be OK for your HOA to put a bowling alley, movie theater or something
without the community input. All HOA's have governing documents. Would it be OK if your HOA decided to annex an adjoining
community that is failing without consulting with the members? I would like your input please. I will get the numbers. It is difficult
because everything is posted in generalities not a specific reason for the expenditure. We could get canceled checks and even a
cashiers check made by Robt Nelson. Another weird thing about 65K was given to a person that did not have a business license OR
address! He picked the checks up at the guard shack-- PLEASE GIVE ME YOUR INPUT--WE ARE IN A MESS
Donna Hubenthal from Bermuda Golf Club Estates
Jack the more you say...the more you reveal yourself. Of course, I have cut and pasted your comments to give to my husband and the
I will post your comments and their answer to your latest post on my blog.
Now why did I know that you could not come up with any documents to support your comments?
Let's let the others decide for themselves.
Just vote YES or NO
Addendum from BDSA Board: What? What? What? We have no clue what he is trying to say!
All things being considered, with nearly all main stream media sources (including newspapers) counting on and striving to feature current hot topic; and
controversy to get ratings; and the attention of readers to attract advertisers...controversy sells! That being said, I thought the article published in the Desert
Sun put forth in a decent attempt to present the arguments on both sides of this issue..
I may consider sending a letter to the editor to further explain the logic and reality that many recent home buyers like my wife and I, specifically chose buying
a house here (although not on the course) in BDCC. We purchased here because it offered the nicest and best house value per square foot with lowest
HOA fees over any other Coachella Valley gated private golf course country club anchored community in the Valley. Without the private golf course, we
would not have purchased in BDCC.
In our opinion, converting any private exclusive golf club into a public course would completely defeat the purpose of living in an exclusive private gated
community. For reasons that I cannot grasp, or logically comprehend...some of the homeowners who oppose the significantly discounted $50/month offer
of social membership (with a current market value of $125/month) as a property owner benefit to all BDCC property owners; are blindly rejecting the reality
that the entire robust vibrancy of the Coachella Valley economy is centered around the draw and appeal of it's many private golf course communities. Many
command home purchases in the multi millions of dollars. To deny it is merely deceiving oneself of reality!
Developers may have overbuilt too many golf courses across the country the last 12 years in an attempt to cash on the great popular demand. The
marketability of the sport of private golf attracts, and is enjoyed by millions of successful high income home buyers; which unlike the dissenters of our club's
offer, do not grasp the reality that exclusivity has it's privileges and benefits. However, rest assured, the worldwide sport of golf that commands
international prime time television viewing by many millions of people across the globe will never die... and will always be in demand!
I am certain people aren't choosing the Coachella Valley for second homes and retirement homes because of our 120 degree summers and windy sand
storms. No, I'm thinking it's our beautiful multi million dollar golf based resorts and golf country club gated home communities that are driving that bus! I
predict that if the handful of BDCC residents quoted in the Desert Sun article as stating that golf is dead than Coachella Valley would die right alongside of
it, the good news is I believe differently golf is here to stay!
In fact, maybe I just wrote the article!
Edward Testo, ASA
|Confidence is Silent
Insecurities are Loud!
|COACHELLA VALLEY -
Memorial Day observances are planned around the Coachella Valley on Monday.
The lineup: -- Rep. Raul Ruiz, D-Palm Desert, will attend a wreath-laying ceremony at 9 a.m. at Coachella Valley Cemetery, 82925
52nd Ave. in Coachella.
-- The city of Indian Wells will hold a Memorial Day ceremony at 9 a.m. at the Indian Wells Golf Resort's pavilion, 44-500 Indian Wells
Lane. Army Col. Richard Jennings, a three-war veteran, will speak.
-- The Desert Veterans' Memorial Association and Palm Springs Cemetery District will hold a Memorial Day service at 9 a.m. at
Desert Memorial Park Cemetery, 31-705 Da Vall Drive in Cathedral City. Col. David Eskelund, commanding officer of the Marine
Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, will speak.
-- Ruiz will speak at a Memorial Day ceremony at 10:30 a.m. at Forest Lawn cemetery, 69855 E. Ramon Road in Cathedral City.
-- The Palm Springs Air Museum will hold its annual Memorial Day Flower Drop, releasing 3,000 carnations from a vintage World War
II-era airplane. There will be plane rides and other activities, and Ruiz will attend. The flower drop is at 1 p.m. at the museum, 745 N.
Gene Autry Trail in Palm Springs.
Additionally, starting at 7 a.m. and continuing through the end of the week, Augustine Casino in Coachella will offer free breakfast,
lunch or dinner for veterans.
The Living Desert in Palm Desert will offer half off admission on Monday for active duty and retired service members with
identification, along with up to six people in their immediate family. General admission is regularly $17.25 for adults and $8.75 for
ages 12 to 3; children under 3 are free.
|NOTE FROM MR. AND MRS. B
MEMORIAL DAY IS A VERY SPECIAL TIME FOR ALL OF US. I DOUBT THERE ARE MANY IN THIS COMMUNITY THAT
HAVE NOT LOST SOME ONE. I KNOW THERE ARE MANY THAT SERVED FOR OUR FREEDOM AND I SALUTE ALL OF
YOU AND THANK YOU FOR GIVING US THIS SPECIAL DAY TO CELEBRATE. FOR THOSE WHO CANNOT BE WITH US.
MAY GOD BE WITH YOU!
Quite some time ago you posted on your blog what
households can collect for use at the Living Desert, and I now
do not have that info. I am saving toilet roll and kitchen paper
tubes, and also dryer lint, but I know there is much more. Can
you please forward me that list.
Oh Janice, you are so adorable.
That was such a long time ago. Do you want me to come
and get it?
I will have to check and see if I can get that info again.
Donna Nelson aka Mrs. B
Hi Mrs. B
Adorable ? That's not what my husband would say ! Thanks
for offering to pick up, but it would be an opportunity for me to
go to the zoo. The last time I was there was to take some
overseas visitors, and one got sick half way through and we
had to come home. This time I can go by myself and take as
much time as I want.
Thank you for responding,
Have great time. When you check in at Admissions, just
let them know you have donations. They will tell you
where to go.
|Adult Volunteer Program
Adult Volunteers will fulfill a variety of roles throughout the
park, such as working in the Petting Kraal, the Discovery
Center, as a tour guide in our Tennity Wildlife Hospital,
helping with our train exhibit, or the retail nursery, just to
name a few.
Volunteers are trained to interact in many ways with our
guests, young and old. Interpreting our animals, plants, and
interactive carts are some of the ways volunteers educate
guests about our fascinating desert. The volunteers’ role is to
educate our guests, leading to an appreciation of deserts,
with hopes of preserving it for future generations. Our
volunteers are the primary link between our guests and the
Active Volunteers enjoy a number of benefits, including
discounts in our retail venues, volunteer trips and hiking
opportunities, tuition discounts for Living Desert University
courses, continuing education and behind-the-scenes
updates, access to Docent Library, annual volunteer party,
and other social activities.
All Volunteers must have an active membership at The Living
Desert. Click here for a Membership Application.
If you are interested in becoming a General Volunteer at The
Living Desert, you must first complete a Volunteer Application
to apply for volunteer service. All new volunteers must attend
a one-time, 2-hour orientation followed by a one-on-one
interview with the FOLD (Friends of The Living Desert)
Volunteer Program Manager to discuss potential
assignments. Orientation sessions are held 5 times per year.
If accepted, all volunteers generally commit to assisting one 3-
4 hour shift per week on a regular basis.
Monday, June 13
Time: 9 am to 11 pm
Place: Hoover Auditorium, Education Center
For specific questions or to sign up for an Orientation, please
call our Volunteer Office at 760-346-5694, ext. 2503 or send
an e-mail to email@example.com.
• Enjoy people and interacting with others
• Be willing to complete training and demonstrate
comprehension of information and techniques
• Have an established interest in nature, or the willingness to
• Have an open mind that is ready to learn and experience
• Be willing to represent The Living Desert in a friendly and
• Be able to communicate clearly and calmly
• Be able to model respect for the animals and the desert
• Be responsible, committed, punctual, flexible and neat in
• Have free time to devote to the job
• Complete and submit the Volunteer Application
• Pay a background check and materials fee
• Pass a standard background check
• Be a member of The Living Desert
• Complete all required training for assigned duties
• Purchase volunteer shirt
For specific questions, please call our Volunteer Office at
760-346-5694, ext. 2503 or send an email to
|Benefits of Membership to The Living Desert!
Become an annual member today and enjoy free daytime admission to
The Living Desert for a full year, with many additional benefits. PLUS
your membership supports The Living Desert’s mission of desert
conversation through preservation, education and appreciation by
providing a reliable source of income that helps us give our animals
and gardens the best possible care. Annual member benefits include
Unlimited FREE daytime admission for 12 Full months.
7a.m. Member ONLY hiking & walking. Enjoy a walk around the park or
hike the Wilderness Trails.
Free one-time use guest passes (2 or more depending on your
membership level to use for friends & family).
Reduced prices — Purchase additional guest passes at a discounted
10% discount at the Gift Shop, Kumbu Kumbu Market, Garden Shop,
Café and Grill.
foxpaws, member magazine filled with animal facts, programming
schedules and special events.
Discounts on programs, classes, trips, events, travel and volunteer
Invitations to “Members Only” events.
Free or reduced admission to more than 150 Zoos, Aquariums,
Gardens & Arboretum.
Use your Admission Ticket towards a 1 YEAR MEMBERSHIP!
BECOME A MEMBER TODAY!
Membership for 12 Full Months
Free Admission for Adults,Free Admission for Children under age 18,
Free One-Time-Use Guest Passes,Free Carousel Tickets,Free Shuttle
Tickets,Invitation to VIP Events,Recognition on Grounds,One Annual
VIP Tour,Tax Deductible Amount
Make The Living Desert a daily part of your vacation fun this June 1st
to September 30th with a summer membership! Summer hours and
memberships offer a great opportunity for visitors to take advantage of
the extra hour in the early morning when wildlife is most active. Before
the heat of the day, many animals can be seen stretching, eating, and
playing in the cooler morning temps.
Summer member benefits include the following:
FREE daytime admission for June, July, August & September
Purchase Guest Passes at a discounted rate
7a.m. Member ONLY early park entry
10% discount at the Gift Shop, Garden Shop, Café and Grill
Discounts on programs and classes
Visit other zoos, aquariums, and gardens at a free or reduced
admission. Click HERE for full list of Zoos and Aquariums who
participate in the AZA Reciprocity Program.
Summer Membership Pricing
Dual (2 Adults Only) $40.00
Family Pass (2 Adults & 4 Kids) $75.00
There are three easy ways you can join:
For fastest service, join now on-line!
Stop by the Membership window located at the front gate
Give us a call in the Membership Office at 760.346.5694 x 2133
If purchasing online, you may pick up your membership card on your
first visit to The Living Desert at the admissions window.
|June 21, 2016
9:00am - 12:00pm
It’s the longest day of the year – the perfect date to celebrate the
longest (tallest) species at The Living Desert.
World Giraffe Day
Tuesday, June 21st
9:00am – 12:00pm
Giraffe Feedings Giraffe Adopt, Arts & Crafts, Giraffe Education,
Keeper Chats, and More!
Wear Giraffe print and receive 1/2 off general admission!
World Giraffe Day was started by the Giraffe Conservation Foundation
to raise support for conservation.
Click HERE to learn more about the world wide celebration of World
|YOUR FREE AD HERE
Thanks for always being here for the
Community. We appreciate everything you have
done and continue to do.
Diane and Don Stewart
Have you noticed that the people with the signs have awful yards. No grass, just weeds!
The signs are really looking sad - the wind has been blowing them and I see chunks out of some of them, disgraceful that these
individuals care so little for the community.
No wonder they don't want to upgrade our community - they could care less. Ron Stancik
Yes, I agree the signs are ugly and some should be repaired or taken down. However, I have seen some lovely homes
with nice yards that do have signs.
|Hi Guys, We have to get together and have a drink.....Bob, I read your comments in the paper yesterday and
agree.....too many stupid people....hang in...I'm a supporter!