Hot Clubs: Golfing in Death Valley

Ready for the Spring Fling, golfers? How about June's Heat Stroke?

Furnace Creek

CAN TEMPERATURES... already be pushing up in the desert? If it is springtime, the answer is a resounding you betcha. Even the Sierra getting an early April snow dump, and breezy winds are cooling the coast, the desert starts to feel the soft side of a sizzle, especially around high noon. This means many things -- pool time, bike time, horseback riding time -- but it definitely means golf, especially around Death Valley. Oh, didn't know the lowest and driest spot in all of North America came with a few places to putt? Indeed it does, and, yep, golfing is good pretty all year long. But the tourney come in the spring and summer, along with the rising Fahrenheit, which a number of golf aficionados find just fine. Want to jump into the competition? Or just find a great golf package, the better to swing on your own? Then check out...

SPRING FLING: It's the first of a trio of on-the-greens competition, and it is on the weekend before Easter. That's April 11 through 13, so maybe -- maybe? -- you'll catch a few Death Valley wildflowers on your trip in. Prefer things toastier? The famous Heatstroke swings in June, when temps are well into the three digits. And the Fall Kick-Off is in early October. Fall is the best time, for all pursuits, in the D.V. Right?

STAY & PLAY: If you'd rather not pull your bag into competition, you can still reserve a golf package at Furnace Creek. Upshot? A night at the Inn at Furnace Creek or Furnace Creek Ranch, a day of unlimited play, and other golfian goodies. And one bonus, if you don't mind the intense sun? Prices drop in the summertime. Truly, how many courses can say that? For the details on playing one of the world's most unusual golf courses, play through now.

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