Judd Spicer

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Judd Spicer is an award-winning, veteran freelance writer hailing from St. Paul, Minn. After 12 years of covering MLB, NBA, NCAA and the active golf landscape of the Twin Cities, he relocated to the Palm Spring, Calif. region to further pursue his golf work and Champions Tour dream. Sporting measured distance off the tee, Spicer refers to his pitching wedge as his "magic wand." Follow Judd on Twitter at @juddspicer .

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It's not as well known as Riviera Maya or Cabo Del Sol, but Mazatlan has a trio of great value resort golf courses and a laid back ocean vibe.
Located 30 minutes from the heart of Mazatlan's tourist activity Estrella Del Mar Golf & Beach Resort is a Robert Trent Jones Jr. course that makes for the destination's top tee time.
For some variation in your Palm Springs itinerary, blow on over 10 miles to Desert Dunes Golf Club, a re-polished gem that's finding new life in recent years.
A match of classic, SoCal cool and contemporary resort amenities make for a choice stay-and-play at the Rancho Bernardo Inn in San Diego.
Set amid southern California's placid Temecula Valley wine country, the 27 holes at the Temecula Creek Inn offer a vintage diversity to all golfers. And it's just a three-minute wooded walk from your bed to the first tee.
The prettier of Primm Valley Golf Club's dual Tom Fazio designs, the Lakes Course proves an engaging round that will test the irons throughout, and it proves a worthy stop for all comers. It's also a bargain. "If you took this course and put it right in Vegas ... they could charge five times as much for the greens fees," one local golfer said.
Bermuda -- long lauded for its pink sand beaches and beatific, crystalline blue waters -- boasts the world's most courses per square mile. Don't be fooled by the island's diminutive size, it has a wealth of golf culture.
Amid the lake-laden, tree-lined "God's Country" that is northern Minnesota, Golden Eagle Golf Club soars under the radar. Co-designed by former NHL player Bruce McIntosh, it's a true player's course worthy of your time.
From Mammoth Lakes to Big Bear, here are three popular California ski destinations that further serve as choice golf courses come the warmer seasons.
Home to nearly 125 golf courses, there are no shortage of choice public plays in the Palm Springs area. Whether you're a snowbird escaping winter, or a deal-seeker aiming for value amid the summer sizzle, here are five prime tracks for your desert tee sheet.
Located in California's Central Coast, Paso Robles has rolling vineyards, craft dining and a buzzing wine scene that gains national clout on a yearly basis. And the golf proves equally delectable.
There are seven casino options across the Coachella Valley, but only Fantasy Springs Resort Casino has golf on site, which makes it a favorite stay-and-play option for golfers.
The dual-ownership grounds of PGA West and La Quinta Resort & Club offer up a desert experience full of pleasure. Combining five public golf courses with a full menu of accommodation and amenity options, "The Western Home of Golf in America" is an oasis for visitors to Palm Springs and the surrounding area, Judd Spicer writes.
Palm Springs is one of 10 municipalities that encompass the golf-rich Coachella Valley. Home to nearly 125 golf courses, this area of California presents no shortage of stellar public plays. Judd Spicer offers up a city-by-city breakdown of the Coachella Valley's golf courses for golfers of all levels.
To place tee into turf at Indian Palms C.C. is to dig into some serious golf history. Founded in the late 1940s, the original nine-hole grounds served as the first public golf course in the Coachella Valley. Since course overhauls in 2003 and ownership changes in 2012, the unique status of Indian Palms remains well intact. While many of the desert's august, resort-style courses serve as oft-benign play days in contrast with the area's modern long and strong tracks -- Indian Palms is no pushover. The three nine-hole courses each sport their own distance, nuance and challenge.
The Golf Club at Rancho California opened in the early 1970s and has been regularly played by local legend at PGA Tour golfer Rickie Fowler. While the club has changed ownership more than Fowler alters color preferences, the Robert Trent Jones Sr.-designed course appears ready to return to its heyday as a one-time host of many high-profile events, Judd Spicer writes from Murrieta, Calif.
Home to nearly 125 golf courses, Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley offer no shortage of options for players seeking variety in setting and challenge. If you have the legs for seven consecutive days of golf, Judd Spicer has the perfect golf-vacation itinerary for you.
For desert guests: Prepping for a Coachella Valley golf getaway is akin to an American historian taking a trip to Philadelphia, a foodie traveling to New York or a gambler rolling into Las Vegas. Palm Springs is the proverbial kid in a confectionery for golfers, and the options for diverse play are limitless. As are the choices for accommodation to complement your rounds. From Indian Wells to La Quinta Resort, here are four top options for area resorts with exceptional "play and stay" facilities that are certain to ensure your travel meets high expectations.
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