The annual Career Builder Challenge arrives in the Coachella Valley January 18, 2017. The event pairs 156 PGA TOUR pros with a different amateur partner each day on different courses for three days. On Sunday the 22nd, the low 70 professionals and ties play the final round of the 72-hole PGA TOUR tournament at The Stadium Course at PGA WEST.
The event is based in La Quinta California, which is just a short drive from the heart of the valley, Palm Springs. There's so much to see and do it's worth booking a night here and exploring some of the city and taking in a few of the many sights.
Start your visit off with a stroll down Palm Canyon Drive. Loaded with shops and restaurants, and chic places to grab a drink you can stroll the strip easily and dip in and out of places along the way. Start in the north near Tachevah Drive, and head south. There's plenty to see all along the road, but you'll get the most bang for your walking buck as far south as Camino Parocela. It's a great way to get to know Palm Springs busiest and most entertaining area.
If you plan your walk during the day, you can stop in at the stunning Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Centre.
Inside you'll find an ever-changing array of architecture and design-related exhibits, but the building itself is also a sight to see. It's a former mid-century modern bank.
A couple other stops you can make for fun selfies are to view the statues of iconic comedienne and actress Lucille Ball and former mayor and showman Sonny Bono.
Sonny Bono's likeness is located in front of shops (Ruby's Diner) on the east side of Palm Canyon Drive between Taquitz Canyon Way and Arenas Rd. It's often a popular central meeting spot for visitors and locals alike. half a block north of Cher's former husband, is the statue of Lucille Ball. on the northeast corner of Palm Canyon Drive and Taquitz Canyon Way you'll find Lucy grinning on a park bench. There's room beside her to sit down and join her for a photo.
Here for the golf? Hit the links yourself
There are several beautiful public golf courses in Palm Springs. If you're feeling inspired by the pro-am out in La Quinta, why not rent some clubs and try your skills?
Taquitz Creek Golf Resort (P: 760-328-1005, 1885 Golf Club Drive, Palm Springs, CA, 92264), Indian Canyons Golf Resort (P: 760-833-8700, 1097 East Murray Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA, 92264), Escena Golf Club (P: 760-778-2737, 1100 Clubhouse View, Palm Springs, CA, 92262), Mesquite Golf & Country Club (P: 760-323-9377, 2700 E. Mesquite Avenue, Palm Springs, CA, 92264) are great courses to pick from.
Since the Career Builder Challenge starts on Wednesday, you have a chance to visit the weekly Villagefest street market. The Thursday night street fair features arts, crafts, food, and entertainment courtesy of over 180 vendors. A stretch of Palm Canyon Drive is closed to traffic just for the event.
You can of course also visit Palm Springs' most iconic sight, the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, a massive rotating tram car that rises to the peak of Mount San Jacinto 10,834 feet above the valley floor.
Whether you drive over for an afternoon, spend a night or even a few days, there's plenty to see and do in Palm Springs.