Rebecca and I spent the winter in Palm Springs, CA. Palm Springs is in a “desert” which means it’s sunny so there are “shadows.” It’s called Palm Springs so, you guessed it, there are “palms.” And, like most of the United States, it was once inhabited by “Indians.”

I get it, but does every golf course there have to have “desert,” “shadows,” “palms,” or “Indian” in the name? I’m over 60, I can barely remember my own name. But I’m supposed to remember which desert, shadows, palms, or Indian course I’m playing?

I played 26 different courses while we were there. Of the 26, seventeen (that’s 65%) had either desert, shadows, palms, or Indian in the name. And there were five courses that had two (eg: Indian Palms)!

And speaking of Indian Palms, they have 3 nine-hole courses: the Royal, the Mountain and yup, the Indian. That’s right, there’s an Indian Palms Indian course.

Some of the remaining courses are just as confusing. There’s Mission Hills Country Club, and then there’s another Mission Hills golf complex that’s different from the country club. Between them, they have 5 courses, so that’s five “Mission Hills” golf courses. You’re thinking, yeah, but don’t the individual courses have individual names to differentiate them? That would be smart, but nope. There are literally two Mission Hills Pete Dye courses – and they’re right next to each other, which begs the question – how big was that mission?

Okay, I get it, this is a first-world problem if ever there was one, but it’s MY first world problem. If I ever buy a golf course in Palm Springs, I’m going to name it Tarantula Golf Club. The desert has those, too, you know.