Spending a few nights in the Coachella Valley, we decided to explore another desert area—the Anza-Borrego desert park.

Heading into the park off the western shore of the Salton Sea, the road takes you through the desert that aficionados love on their off-road vehicles. Once you reach the park, it’s full of ravines and other interesting landscape features.

Borrego Springs, a community of about 3,500, sits at just short of 600 feet elevation above sea level. When it comes to weather, it pretty much matches that of the Coachella Valley. The vistas also are very similar.

We played the tidy 9-hole course at The Springs at Borrego RV Resort. It was in fine condition as you would expect the end of prime season. It features an island green on the 9th hole and measures 3,084 yards from the blues at par 36 and a 111 slope.

Borrego Springs vista

The vistas from the course reminded me of those from many Coachella Valley courses. It would be easy to confuse photos from the two desert courses.

There are a few other courses in Borrego Springs so if your travels take you in that direction, you can get your golfing fix.

At the recommendation of the pro shop, we enjoyed a nice Cobb salad for lunch at Red Octollo, which is located on a side street right off the town’s Christmas circle. A wide range of breakfast entrees were offered—including a few versions of eggs benedicts—as well the usual salads, soup and sandwiches for lunch.

Although it is located about 90 miles southwest of Palm Springs and takes about 90 minutes to drive. Although much of the route is highway, once you leave Highway 86, the road gets very rough and slow for a few miles before improving in San Diego County and the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.

By Tim Hunt


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