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Eagle Falls golf course keeps green fees low

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INDIO, Calif. – While some economists may proclaim the end of the recession is upon us, most people are still watching their pennies.

Willie Maples, director of golf at the acclaimed Eagle Falls Golf Course at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, understands money management is an important issue for everyone, yet he also knows that all work and no play, especially no golf, can make a person feel unbalanced.

Maples and Fantasy Springs management will keep Eagle Falls green fees at their reduced rates for the 2009 – 2010 season, as they did in 2008 – 2009. Monday through Thursday, golfers can play 18 holes at Eagle Falls for $75. Friday through Sunday and on holidays, the green fees are $95. After April 2010, the rates dip down even more – $65 Monday through Thursday, $75 Friday through Sunday and on holidays. After 1 p.m., the rates are $50 and $60 respectively. The rates drop again in the summer. To make a tee time or for more information, call (760) 238-5633 or visit the course’s Web site.

Clive Clark’s Eagle Falls course was completed in 2007 as part of the Fantasy Springs’ multi-million dollar expansion and was named a top new course of 2008 by Golfweek magazine. Players are treated to unique scenic splendor throughout the terrain which is surrounded by the San Jacinto and Chocolate mountain ranges. Visual elements on the course include the 44-foot waterfall on the 18th hole, complex, rolling hills, and one hole as an almost exact replica of the “Postage Stamp” 8th hole at the famous Royal Troon Golf Course in Scotland.

Eagle Falls features an unlikely setting – the desert. The course is 6,715 yards with wide fairways, but mounds, pot bunkers and water hazards can make scoring difficult.

“You might need to belong to a high-end private club to experience a course like Eagle Falls,” Maples said. “When you’re here, you feel like your miles away from anywhere, even though it’s only a few minutes from the highway.” The course is quiet and tranquil, as intended by its architect. Native birds and plants are in abundance.

Fantasy Springs and Eagle Falls is also the new host of the Frank Sinatra Celebrity Invitational, taking place Feb. 18 – 20, 2010. Now in its 21st year, the event known as “Frank’s Little Party in the Desert,” is expected to grow at Fantasy Springs and bring in more proceeds for the Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center. Celebrities participating include the Smothers Brothers, Dick Van Dyke, Joe Mantenga, Kevin Sorbo, John Callahan and more.

The three-day charity event draws participants and spectators from across the United States and includes separate functions on and off the course. Guests can mix and mingle with celebrities at the Pairings Party and Silent Auction, get a look at the latest fashions and jewelry at the Friday afternoon fashion show, enjoy an intimate concert by country stars The Gatlin Brothers, or take in the black-tie awards gala with the Smothers Brothers as the night’s entertainment.

Fantasy Springs Resort Casino has received 25 “Best of Gaming” awards from Casino Player magazine. Offering 2,000 of the hottest slots, world-class table games, entertainment, hotel, dining and golf at Eagle Falls, Fantasy Springs stands to meet and exceed the needs of its guests and the community. Fantasy Springs is located right off Interstate 10 only minutes from Palm Springs and the Palm Springs International Airport. Fantasy Springs is a privately operated business of the Cabazon Band of Mission Indians.