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32 JAN/FEB 2018 G O L F & T R A V E L PLAY HAWK'S LANDING AT BLUE SKIES Imagine, if you will, a golf course where you could play 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, or 18 holes … then make the trip to Hawk's Landing at Blue Skies and see how close your imagination is to reality. With pace of play one of the biggest issues in growing the game of golf, Hawk's Landing has actually put into practice an idea most have only considered to this point: route a golf course that gives players the option of playing something other than nine or 18 holes. The current owners of the course took over the bones of an old country club, and massaged it into a course with four three-hole loops and a full-sized driving range, allowing players to basically play as many holes as they want - or don't want. 55100 Martinez Trl. Yucca Valley, CA 92284 760-365-0033 GET OUT: PAPPY & HARRIET'S PIONEERTOWN PALACE A real testimony to the beauty of taking in live music at Pappy & Harriet's Pioneertown Palace in Pioneertown (named after the Sons of the Pioneers), just north of Yucca Valley, is that many of the top shows coming up in the next couple of months are sold out. It's an authentic roadhouse and former biker bar set in a town which consists mostly of the bar, a handful of ranchettes, and Main St., an old yet well-preserved movie and TV set from the 40s and 50s. Leon Russell, Sir Paul McCartney, and Robert Plant are among the legends that have performed at Pappy & Harriet's. The roadhouse also presents an Open Mike Night nearly every Monday, and the Sunday Band performs, appropriately, every Sunday. By the way - out in back of the roadhouse, they've got some bungalows - actually, it's a handful of spartan hotel rooms at the Pioneertown Motel, a great place to go down slow after a live show. 53688 Pioneertown Rd. Pioneertown, CA 92268 (760) 365-5956 Deserts REGIONS GET OUT: KIA CLASSIC (LPGA TOUR) On the pillars that secure the gate at Bonita Golf Course is a sign that The Kia Classic has become one of the top stops on the LPGA tour for two - no, make it three - very big reasons. One is the setting, at the Four Seasons Aviara in sensational Carlsbad. Two is the golf course, an Arnold Palmer design which always seems to produce a worthy cham- pion. Three, it's the last event on the LPGA Tour schedule before the tour's first major, the ANA Inspiration, conducted the following week in Rancho Mirage. That means it's the last chance for pros who aren't already qualified to sneak into the ANA field in the nick of time. For more information, including tickets, visit Aviara Golf Club 7447 Batiquitos Dr. Carlsbad, CA 92011 (760) 603-6900 STAY: HOTEL DEL CORONADO If you made a list of the 10 Grand Dames of the United States' hotel industry, the Hotel Del Coronado would have to be included. Built in 1888 to be "the talk of the Western World," "the Del" occupies a spot on Coronado Island just off the coast from San Diego, which means one thing right away - the views of the city will be second-to-none. The hotel is a character in and of itself, with its trademark red roof, wood construction, and assorted tales of hauntings. And while the hotel has been updated to include all the amenities one might desire in the early part of the 21st century, it's the hotel's charm and amazing public spaces (the Rotunda or Lobby, the Crown Room, the Ballroom, etc.), along with its top-class beach, that help visitors justify the room rate. 1500 Orange Ave. Coronado, CA 92118 (619) 435-6611 (619) 435-6611 San Diego County REGIONS

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