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Terry & Dave Taylor

Borrego Springs Golf | The Palms at Indian Head

Borrego Springs, California: It was only dreams of apple pie that could get me out of bed, into my NIKE's and out the door to get in my 10,000 steps. Though it was icy and snowy at home, we enjoyed a beautiful morning here - clear skies and no wind. I brought my camera along on the walk to snap photos of the campground. DT went for a long run in the sun. This RV Park has a championship Par 35 nine hole golf course. I suppose they will add another nine when they expand, but for now, we are very impressed with The Springs at Borrego, staff and facilities.

The Springs at Borrego Golf Course
The first hole

The Springs at Borrego RV Resort swimming pool
A view of the pool

The Springs at Borrego RV Resort and Golf Course
A very pretty golf course

Ah... and then the pie! Jane Stern was right, but only because she has never tried my apple pie. The filling was simply perfect, but it wasn't a butter crust. The crust was incredibly flaky, yet it just isn't the same made with that yucky shortening. Ban shortening, people!

Apple Pie from the Julian Pie Company
Doesn't that look good enough to eat?

After our pie breakfast, we drove into the post office to ship orders and deposit our bottles, cans and newspaper at the local Kiwanis Club Recycling Center located in the parking lot of the supermarket. Bumper sticker in town: Experience Global Warming: Visit Borrego Springs. Next on our agenda was nine holes of golf!

The Springs at Borrego Golf Course
DT tees off at The Springs at Borrego Golf Course

As we began playing, it became windy. By the time we were on the third hole, it was difficult to stand, our hats kept blowing off our heads and the sand was getting in our teeth and eyes. By the fourth hole, it was down-right dangerous to breathe and by the fifth hole, I was attacked by tumbleweeds and could not see to the flag. I walked back (more like flew back) to the motorhome! (Of course, DT kept playing one more hole and they did give us a wind-check at the club house for another round at no charge.)

The Springs at Borrego Golf Course
The 5th hole - what happened to the sun?

The campground was a hive of activity. It looked like the opening scene in The Wizard of Oz - everyone scurrying to put items away, it's a twister, bringing-in awnings, strapping-down folding chairs and taking the dog for a quick potty walk before hunkering-down for the duration. Our motorhome was a mess - my beautiful bicycle had fallen over and had crashed in the sand! Our chairs were blown every which way. I had to bring in the window awnings and tuck the chairs away before climbing inside to safety. There is a coating of sandy dust on everything - including our computer equipment. DT was back quick enough too - it just isn't fun playing golf in a sandy wind storm.

There was nothing to do but eat another piece of pie.

The wind calmed a bit - just enough that we crawled our way down to the mineral spa for a soak before going out to dinner and back in time to The Palms at Indian Head. The hotel was built in 1947 and was once the weekend playhouse of Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe, Cary Grant and Bing Crosby. Later the hotel fell into disrepair, due to a fire and neglect. The property became a Nudist Colony and then a camp for delinquent boys before being purchased in 1993 by David Leibert and Cindy Wood. They have since hired a local chef and have turned the dining room of the 12-room hotel into the showcase of Borrego Springs - The Krazy Coyote Restaurant. Our meals were outstanding, the wait staff was pleasant and the mood in the dining room was inviting. I kept expecting Frank Sinatra to walk around the corner in a white dinner jacket. But, alas, no such luck.

The Krazy Coyote Restaurant 
Texas Rib Eye Steak, topped with sautéed onions, mushrooms & garlic,
finished with a delicious demi-glace sauce - served with mushroom risotto

Krazy Coyote Restaurant - Palms Hotel, Borrego Springs
Caesar Salad

The bar at the Krazy Coyote | Borrego Springs
The bar at the Krazy Coyote

RV Park: The Springs at Borrego - RV Resort and Golf Course

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