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January 02, 2010

R.I.P. Palm Springs Country Club

It's kinda sad when a golf course with some history, like Palm Springs Country Club, in Coachella Valley becomes a vacant piece of desert wasteland. Just look at it now, pathetic:

President Dwight Eisenhower and Rat Pack member Frank Sinatra used to play at Palm Springs Country Club. But the course closed on President's Day in 2007 for good.

A developer planned to build 450 homes on the site, but he died. And now the course is nothing more than dirt with remnants of a playground for the rich and famous. It must suck living in the gated community next door and looking out at what once was a beautiful golf course.

But the people of Palm Springs aren't alone... No Three Putts was once within months of living next to a golf course that went bankrupt (although I didn't know it at the time) too. A bit of background...

In 2001, right before my second son was born, my wife and I put our house on the market so we could move nearer my office. At the time we were living in Wellington, Florida on the 11th hole of Binks Forest Golf Club.

A Carolina style golf course, with almost no palm trees - unusual for Palm Beach County and southern Florida in general.

Well, just 2 months after we moved, Binks Forest Golf Course went bankrupt, closed down and home values plummeted. It looked like a cow pasture for many years.

Luckily, Binks Forest finally reopened a couple of years ago. I haven't made it back out there to play a round yet, but I will.

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