Golf Cart Polo at Empire Polo
At Indio’s 200-acre Empire Polo Club
groups can use the grass polo fields, the
48,000-square-foot Forum space or the
Medjhool Lake venue for events with up to
But the real fun begins when guests get
on the field for a little competition that
takes one of the area’s favorite pastimes—
golf—and mixes it with the facility’s game
of choice to get Golf Cart Polo.
“Golf Cart Polo is fast paced; typically,
Desert Adventures’ Red Jeep
no skills are required,” Smith said. “The
attendees are able to enjoy our beautiful
weather and the videos and photos are
The game has experienced polo play-
ers in the driver’s seat and guests ride
along with a mallet showing off their
skills, all while an announcer gives the
Tours, Palm Desert
Desert Adventures offers outdoor excursions and eco-tours throughout the Greater
Palm Springs region. The company’s Red
Jeep Tours can take groups to Painted Canyon, the Mecca Hills Wilderness Area and
to the San Andres Fault.
“Our most popular teambuilding activity
is our San Andreas Fault Jeep Tour plus
Jeep Riddle Rally & Scavenger Hunt,”
explained Kimberly Nilsson, owner and
operator of Desert Adventures.
The activity entails solving riddles, answering trivia questions, finding scavenger
hunt items and performing a team cheer.
“We can accommodate up to 100 guests
at a time in a single round or 200 guests
doing double rounds where either part of
the activity is done on foot and the other
half in the Jeeps,” Nilsson said.
Another teambuilding activity is the
Desert Olympics. In this competition
teams compete in a series of five-minute
challenges and points are awarded based
on the team’s score on each challenge. The
number of activities can be adjusted based
on the number of teams.
“Many groups choose to add an awards
lunch or dinner to their activity at our Enchanted Desert venue on the San Andreas
Fault,” Nilsson said.
Palm Springs Windmill Tours
Since the 1980s the San Gorgonio Pass
Wind Farm has been greeting many drivers
heading into Palm Springs. Along Highway
10, thousands of windmills fill the slope
of the pass, known as one of the windiest
places in California.
Palm Springs Windmill Tours is the only
windmill farm tour that is endorsed by the
Desert Wind Energy Association. Groups
are able to get an up-close view of the
windmills and get a better understanding
of several forms of sustainable energy:
wind, solar and natural gas.
Private tours can be customized, but
typical tours are two hours and include
walking through the implement yard, looking at some of the historical windmills no
longer in use, visiting solar and natural gas
facilities, and partaking of a treat famous to
the desert community: date shakes.
Latest + Greatest
➜ Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs Hotel
( www.rowanpalmsprings.com) opened
its doors last November with 153 guest
rooms. The hotel features the city’s first
rooftop pool, two restaurants, two bars
and more than 16,000 square feet of
indoor and outdoor function space. The
property is an anchor of the downtown
Palm Springs revitalization project.
➜ Hotel Paseo ( www.hotelpaseo.com) at
press time was expected to open in
March in Palm Desert’s El Paseo shopping district. The 150-room hotel is
part of Marriott’s Autograph Collection.
Amenities will include a restaurant and
bar, AC3, featuring farm-to-table American cuisine. There is also a spa and
event space for up to 300 guests. The
3,200-square-foot ballroom opens onto
the 2,000-square-foot event lawn.
➜ Miramonte Indian Wells Resort & Spa
( www.miramonteresort.com) completed
a property-wide renovation last fall,
marking the end of a multiyear makeover and rebranding project that included joining the Curio Collection by Hilton
in December 2016. The property’s renovation project spanned several phases
beginning with the 215 guest rooms
and suites and outdoor social spaces.
Most recently, the lobby, bar, restaurant,
meeting spaces and award-winning Well
Spa received an overhaul.
➜ SilverRock Resort ( www.silverrock.org)
broke ground last year on a $420 million project in La Quinta. The property
will include a 140-room luxury hotel, a
200-room hotel, a 71,000-square-foot
conference center, a resort village with
residential units and retail space. The
development is expected to be completed in 2019 or 2020.
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