Battle In the Desert

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APRIL 27 - MAY 4, 2024

The Battle in the Desert is the best damn buddies golf vacation in Palm Springs! Hosted annually for over 20 years at the “Western Home of Golf in America PGA WEST.” This week long buddies golf vacation is organized around two person teams. You’ll play six tournament rounds of best ball golf in the morning and if that’s not enough golf to fill you up you have FREE afternoon replays on any of the five PGA WEST resort courses.

Fun Golf Vacations makes your Palm Springs golf buddy trip experience one you will never forget. So rally the golf crew from your club and come experience what 1,600 other golfers have for the last 20 years.

FAQs

QUESTIONS ANSWERED

Golf Only Package
• Six rounds of two-person best ball golf on six world class courses
• FREE afternoon replays on any of the five PGA WEST courses
• Unlimited use of the range and practice facility
• Golf cart each day
• Daily skills competitions on 6 of the 18 holes
• Overall five day prize purse
• Optional Tuesday afternoon Horse Race Shootout
• Kickoff open bar cocktail party at the Crooked Club’s 19th Hole
• Final nights awards dinner and ceremony

Golf Stay & Play Package
• Six rounds of two-person best ball golf on six world class courses
• Shared seven nights lodging in a 700 square foot two-bedroom one-bathroom condo
• FREE afternoon replayson any of the five PGA WEST courses
• Unlimited use of the range and practice facility
• Golf cart each day
• Daily skills competitions on 6 of the 18 holes
• Overall five day prize purse
• Optional Tuesday afternoon Horse Race Shootout
• Kickoff open bar cocktail party at the Crooked Club’s 19th Hole

Golf Only – $1,395.00 Per Player
Golf Stay & Play Package – $2,095.00 Per Player

Returning player discount applied at checkout.

Group Discounts Available for Groups of 6 or more.
Contact Tournament Host Eric Hoskinson at
eric@fungolfvacations.com for more information.

Indian Palms Intervals is tournament headquarters.  Located at the Indian Palms Country Club & Resort in Indio CA.

Indian Palms Intervals
82954 Stweart Dr
Indio CA 92201

The resort is a short 30 minute drive from the airport and only a short 12 – 20 minute drive to PGA WEST, Indian Wells Golf Resort, & Desert Willow Golf Resort.

Each player(s) will share all the comforts of home at these nicely appointed 700 square foot, 2 bedroom, 1 bath condos, including kitchen and living room area.

If you need some extra practice with the flat stick, make sure to check out the newly designed 2,250 square foot practice putting green outside of your condo.

The Battle in the Desert is open to any golfer’s male or female that loves playing golf, traveling with their friends, and meeting new people through golf!

Each golfer must have an active GHIN or handicap and it must be registered with an established golf club that is recognized by the state golf associations or USGA. If you do not have an active handicap, please contact Tournament Host Eric Hoskinson at eric@fungolfvcaations.com

Sunday Team Mixer
Indian Wells Golf Resort Celebrity Course
Monday
PGA WEST Stadium
Tuesday
PGA WEST Nicklaus Tournament
Wednesday
Indian Wells Country Club Cove Course
Thursday
PGA WEST Mountain Course
Friday
PGA WEST Dunes Course

Format
Two-person best ball or four ball. You and your partner will play your own ball during the entire tournament but take the best gross & net score on each hole for the first four days.  Final day is combined aggregate, with a max score of 8 will be in affect for pace of play. 

Divisions
There will be between 8 – 10 teams per division.  A full field is 40 – 50 teams.  Divisions are set by the average team handicap of player A and Player B.  If there are enough women teams registered there will be a women’s division. Couples can also elect to play in either the men’s division or women’s division.

Men
YoungGunz 18 – 49
HDCP 0 – 10.0
Combo Tees (6,400 yards)
HDCP 10.5 – 18+
White Tees (6,100 yards)
Senior Men 50 – 65
All Handicaps
White Tees (6,100 yards)
Legends 66+
All Handicaps
Gold Tees (5,700 yards)

Women
YoungGalz 18 – 49
HDCP 0 – 10.0
Yellow Tees (5,600 – 5,700 yards)
HDCP 10.5+
Red Tees (5,000 – 5,200 yards)
Senior Women 50+
All Handicaps
Red Tees (5,100 – 5,200 yards)

Huge Prize Purse
Fun Golf Vacations believes that if you WIN a golf tournament that you should be rewarded! So, the top 30% of each flight will be taking home cold hard CASH.

If you wish to forfeit your CASH for a Visa GC to keep your amateur status, please let the tournament organizers know before the start of the tournament.

Overall Five Day Payout Based on 10 Team Divisions
1st Place $1,000.00
2nd Place $600.00
3rd Place $400.00

Optional Side Cash Honey Pots
There is also an optional daily and five day overall cash honey pot payout. This is an additional cash buy in per player. The cost is $200.00 for the week.

Payouts are based on 10 team divisions and all teams participating.

Daily Prize Payouts
1st Place $225.00
2nd Place $150.00
3rd Place $125.00
Total Daily Prize Purse $500.00

Overall Five Day Payouts
1st Place $750.00
2nd Place $450.00
3rd Place $350.00
Total Five Day Prize Purse $1,500.00

Optional Daily Canadian Skins Game
There are also an optional daily cash skins game for all you birdie hunters. This is an additional cash buy in per player. The cost is $100.00 for the week. With a full field there will be $2,000.00 per day for skins. 

Daily On Course Skills Competitions
There are daily closest to the pins and GIR contest during the tournament. Some are by flight, and some are the entire field. Please check your morning rules sheet for contest holes. There will be $3K in on course skills competitions given away over the course of three days.

Below are some of the prizes available to the winners

Frontside KP by Flight $50.00
Backside KP by Flight $50.00
Inside 10′ $100.00 Per Day (Rollover if no winner)
Inside 5′ $200.00 Per Day (Rollover if no winner)
GIR Custom Drone Picture
GIR Custom Drone Picture

Early arrival or late departure
Based upon availability, it is usually possible to come a few days early or stay a few days later. It is always easier to stay later than come in earlier. The extra cost is $175 per condo per night.

Guests at no extra cost.
Spouses or significant others can come at essentially no additional cost. There is no increase to the cost of accommodations. The only drawback for two couples staying in one condo is that there is only one bathroom for the two bedrooms.

Separate condo
One team can request a separate condo for each player. The cost is an additional $500 per player.

Quad Occupancy
If you’re really looking to save 4 players can share a condo. There are two twins, a pull out bed and the queen. Two players would register with the golf life package and the other two players would register golf essentials.  That would bring the price down to $1,750 per player. 

Airfare
Each player is responsible for their own airfare and car rentals which are quite reasonable at this time if the year. Players can fly into either the Palm Springs Airport or the Ontario Airport.
The drive from the Palm Springs Airport is approximately 30 minutes to the condos. The drive from the Ontario Airport is approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.
LAX is an alternative but the drive is about two and one half hours.

Car Rentals
I have found Costco Travel has some of the best rental rates, so if you’re a member go through Costco Travel to book your car rental. Turo.com is another great alternative. You can select pretty much any vehicle that you’ve ever wanted to drive. Think of AirBnB for cars.

Payment –
We accept all major forms of payment, Venmo, PayPal, Check, Zelle and all major credit cards. Due to the rise in merchant card fees, there is an online convenience fee for using your credit card. If you wish to skip those fees you can pay via Check, PayPal, Venmo or Zelle.

If paying with Check, PayPal, Venmo or Zelle, please submit payment within two weeks of registering. If you do not submit payment within two weeks you’ll receive an email notification for a reminder, after another week of nonpayment you’ll be removed from the list of registered players.

Deposit –
You may select to pay just the deposit of $350.00 to secure your spot for the tournament. Final payment will be automatically deducted from the same CC on 3.15.2024. You’ll receive a receipt via email. If you wish to use a different card, please contact eric@fungolfvacations.com to make arrangements.

Refunds –
If you need to cancel, below is the cancelation schedule and accompanying processing fee.

• From the date of registration and within the first 4 weeks full refund
• After the fourth week there is a $200 processing fee for all refunds
• If you register within four weeks of the tournament date and need to cancel its non-refundable.

Raincheck Policy, if you can’t make the tournament for unforeseen circumstances but would like to roll over your deposit or entry fee to a future tournament or date that is an option. Email eric@fungolfvacations.com for details.

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