A bit of Desert history about Desert Air and the Springs Golf Club.
Today I want to talk about another interesting piece of Desert history. I’ve been coming to the desert only since the 1990s. My husband and I bought our first condo out here in Palm Springs in 1995. I know a lot about mid-century Desert history and the country clubs, but I‘ve become a lot more interested in the history around us. I’m lucky to be a long-time friend of Doug Hart. He was the pro at the Springs Country Club for 44 years, having only recently retired, and the amount of Desert history in his head is amazing. I always learn something when we went out to dinner, and this week, I learned about the Desert Air in Rancho Mirage.
You can watch the full video above or skip to each section using the timestamps provided:
0:00 — How I came across this history
0:41 — The Desert Air and where it was located
0:57 — The history of the airstrip
1:29 — How Doug ended up working at the Springs Golf Club
2:11 — The first invitational golf tournament was at the Springs
2:46 — Wrapping up
You can click here to learn more about Desert Air and see some fascinating pictures. As I run across more Desert history, I’ll send it your way. Until then, stay cool, and feel free to call or email me if you have any questions.