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Rancho Mirage Lifestyle

Rancho Mirage is well known as one of the most picturesque and serene places to live or visit, and is the center piece of the beautiful Southern California desert valley. Residents and guests have no shortage of sports and recreation to enjoy any time of year.

World Class Golf

The reputation as “Playground of Presidents” is well-earned, as many Commanders in Chief have teed up here, from Eisenhower to Obama and those in between. The iconic Tamarisk Country Club debuted in 1952, with Ben Hogan as their golf pro. In fact, Rancho Mirage literally started as a Country Club. As interest and population grew, so did the city. From professional golfers to Hollywood elite to the novice, it’s truly memorable to hit the links on one of these extraordinary public or private landmark courses.

Public Golf Courses

Rancho Mirage Country Club
38500 Bob Hope Dr.
(760) 324-4711

Rancho Las Palmas Golf Course
42000 Bob Hope Dr.
(760) 862-4551

Westin Mission Hills-Pete Dye Resort Course
71333 Dinah Shore Dr.
(760) 328-3198

Westin Mission Hills North-Gary Player Signature Course
70705 Ramon Rd.
(760) 770-2908

2016 ANA Inspiration

The best female golfers in the world will once again compete for the first major championship of the golf season at the 2016 ANA Inspiration, March 28 to April 3, at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage. Past champions Lexi Thompson, Morgan Pressel, Inbee Park, Stacy Lewis and Yani Tseng are expected to return alongside LPGA stars Lydia Ko, Michelle Wie, Paula Creamer and many more.

Last year, American Brittany Lincicome made the iconic leap into Poppie’s Pond for the second time in her career after eagling the final hole of regulation to tie Lewis and force a playoff. Lincicome, known on Tour as “Bam Bam” due to her penchant for the long ball, captured her second major championship by defeating Lewis on the third playoff hole.

For the 45th consecutive season, The Dinah Shore Tournament Course at Mission Hills Country Club will provide the backdrop for the ANA Inspiration. Past champions at Mission Hills include the most familiar names in LPGA history including Annika Sorenstam, Karrie Webb, Lorena Ochoa, Juli Inkster and Amy Alcott, who instituted the leap into Poppie’s Pond following her second of three victories at the tournament in 1988.

Tournament sponsor All Nippon Airways (ANA) – the largest airline in Japan by revenues and passenger numbers – made its successful debut in 2014. Previously known as the Kraft Nabisco Championship, the tournament was founded in 1972 by David Foster and Dinah Shore and earned the designation as a major championship in 1983.

For more information on tickets and activities at the ANA Inspiration, please visit www.ANAInspiration.com or call 760-324-4546. On social media, go to https://www.facebook.com/ANAinspiration, www.twitter.com/ANAinspiration or @ANAinspiration on Instagram.

Hiking Trails

Whether you enjoy a physical challenge or just looking for peace and calm, there are trails for every age and ability. Your options may feature picnic areas, incredible views of the desert landscape, or for the more adventurous, a panoramic view of the mountains. Trails in Rancho Mirage can be enjoyed on foot, bicycle or horseback. Check the listings for details. Bring the family, and don’t forget comfortable shoes and plenty of water. And keep your eyes open, you may get a glimpse of an elusive Bighorn Sheep.

Bighorn Overlook Trail
Frank Sinatra Drive/Highway 111 – Behind City Hall
• Difficulty – Easy

The trail is less than one-quarter mile in length with several switchbacks. At the top awaits a picnic shelter and an incredible panoramic view.

Trailhead parking is NOT permitted on Frank Sinatra Drive. Parking is available in the upper parking lot of City Hall.

Butler-Abrams Trail
DaVall and Frank Sinatra Drive
• Difficulty – Easy
• Bikes Allowed

Access to the Butler-Abrams Trail is from Michael S. Wolfson Park. An asphalt trail parallels the Whitewater Wash dipping down into and out of the Wash. The trail becomes divided into two trails: one for pedestrians and one for horse-back riding. The trail connects Frank Sinatra Drive and Country Club Drive (one block north of Highway 111). Fabulous views of the mountains and a golf course are abundant on this quiet route.

Chuckwalla Trail
Frank Sinatra Drive near Highway 111
• Difficulty – Moderate

This section of trail branches off of the Road Runner Trail and loops toward Cathedral City and back around the Mirada Villas ending across from the entrance to The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage hotel on the east side of Frank Sinatra Drive.

Trailhead parking is NOT permitted on Frank Sinatra Drive. Parking is available in the upper parking lot of City Hall.

Clancy Lane Trail
Clancy Lane between Rancho Manana and the Monterey Gate
• Difficulty – Easy to Moderate
• Bikes Allowed

This trail begins on Clancy Lane between Rancho Manana and the Monterey Gate. It continues under Bob Hope Drive down into and crossing the Whitewater Wash to Whitewater Park, following the edge of the wash.

Jack Rabbit Trail
Frank Sinatra Drive and Highway 111
• Difficulty – Moderate

This trail begins on the east end of the Cancer Survivors Park and goes up into the foothills behind the park towards the Bighorn Overlook. The trail passes the overlook and continues down and parallel to Frank Sinatra Drive. It ends at Frank Sinatra Drive where it merges with the Road Runner Trail and continues up to The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage, located near the Mirada.

Trailhead parking is NOT permitted on Frank Sinatra Drive. Parking is available in the upper parking lot of City Hall.

Road Runner Trail
Frank Sinatra Drive near Highway 111
• Difficulty – Easy to Moderate

Begins just past the grassy area in front of the Mirada fountain that is located at the bottom of Frank Sinatra Drive near Highway 111. It moves off the street through a group of palm trees and continues parallel to the road. The trail crosses Frank Sinatra below The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage and continues south to the hotel entrance driveway.

Trailhead parking is NOT permitted on Frank Sinatra Drive. Parking is available in the upper parking lot of City Hall.

Tennis Anyone?

This is a tennis player’s dream. Rancho Mirage can boast about some courts and events that are recognized by USTA, WTA and ATP. Any skill level can find a court, and even lessons by professional instructors. Singles or doubles will find invigorating play on clay, grass or hard courts for fitness challenge or just recreation. Tennis is definitely a part of the healthy lifestyle you’ll enjoy in Rancho Mirage. Come give it a swing.

Public Tennis Courts

Rancho Mirage Country Club
38500 Bob Hope Dr.
(760) 324-4711

Rancho Las Palmas Tennis Courts
41000 Bob Hope Dr.
(760) 568-2727

Westin Mission Hills
71333 Dinah Shore Dr.
(760) 328-5955

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