Best Public Golf Course 2014

First place: The Indian Canyons Golf Resort

The Indian Canyons Golf Resort is the marriage of a renovated Canyon South course and what was once the private Canyon Country Club near the base of the Indian Canyons in south Palm Springs. In the shadow of the rugged and stunning San Jacinto Mountains, the courses offer different experiences. The North Course is a throwback to 1960s design with slightly rolling fairways and palm trees between mid-century homes. The South Course is a more modern design with no homes in the course and plenty of trees and water. -Larry Bohannan 1097 E. Murray Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, (760) 833-8704,

Second place: Tahquitz Creek Golf Resort 1885 Golf Club Dr., Palm Springs, (760) 328-1005,

Third place: Desert Willow Golf Resort 38-995 Desert Willow Dr., Palm Desert, (760) 346-7060,

-Larry Bohannan

Best Public Park 2014

First place: Palm Desert Civic Center Park In the city of Palm Desert, the Civic Center Park has 70 acres dedicated to outdoor fun. From baseball fields to volleyball courts, and dog parks to skate parks, there are plenty of diversions. The park also has a spectacular collection of public art including the Holocaust Memorial, the Peach Memorial, Desert Dessert and The Dreamer. Fred Waring Dr. and San Pablo Ave., Palm Desert, (760) 568-9697, Second place: Joshua Tree National Park, Joshua Tree Visitor Center: 6554 Park Blvd., Joshua Tree Third place: Ruth Hardy Park, 700 Tamarisk Lane, Palm Springs, (760) 323-8272, -Beth Roessner

Best Tennis Court 2014

First place: Palm Springs Tennis Club

Tucked away along the base of San Jacinto Mountains and just footsteps from the heartbeat of downtown Palm Springs is the Palm Springs Tennis Club on Baristo. The club has been the host of various national championships and is run by Glenn Erickson, a nationally ranked player and former touring professional. The club also offers a match-making service, ensuring guests will have fun and competitive matches. With its secluded setting, the club also offers breathtaking views. And players

have the luxury of walking off the courts and into Spencer’s Restaurant, one of the finest Palm Springs has to offer.701 W Baristo Rd., Palm Springs, (760) 325-1441,

Second place: Indian Wells Tennis Garden 78-200 Miles Ave, Indian Wells, (760) 200-8400,

Third place: Mission Hills Country Club 34-600 Mission Hills Dr., Rancho Mirage, (760) 324-9400,

-Leighton Ginn

Best Hike 2014

First place: Lykken Trail

Named after desert pioneer Carl Lykken, the 9.5-mile trail boasts ancient rock formations, desert vegetation and expansive views of Palm Springs and the surrounding desert. The trail can be broken up into two separate excursions, and with the beautiful views from the top of any one of the peaks, the energy and strength it took to get there is easily forgotten. The trailhead to the South Lykken Trail can be accessed via S. Palm Canyon Dr. on the west side of the road, the North Lykken can be reached via the west end of Ramon Road, Palm Springs.

Second place: Indian Canyons, 38-520 S. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, (760) 323-6018,

Third place: Bump and Grind Trail, Fred Waring Drive and Painters Path, Palm Desert

-Beth Roessner

Best Annual Event 2014

First place: Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival This indie music, hip-hop and EDM festival dominates the annual Pollstar industry awards as best music festival in North America. So it’s only natural that it also would be named the valley’s best annual event. The festival is held on consecutive weekends in mid-April. Empire Polo Club, Indio, Second place: The Kraft Nabisco Championship golf tournament, Mission Hills Country Indian Wells Tennis Garden, 78-200 Miles Ave., Indian Wells, -Bruce Fessier

Best Place to Spot A Celebrity 2014

First place: Palm Springs International Film Festival

There may be more celebrities back stage at Coachella, but they’re certainly easier to spot at the Palm Springs film festival in early January. Just take a seat in the bleachers across from the Palm Springs Convention Center and watch the stars walk the red carpet. A lot of the celebrities actually walk over to the fans and let them take their photographs. -BF (760) 322-2930;

Second place: Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival Empire Polo Club, Indio,

Third place: Downtown Palm Springs,

-Bruce Fessier

Best Reason To Get Dressed Up 2014

First place: McCallum Theatre Annual Gala

Perhaps the most enticing reason to don your finest cocktail frock is that this spectacular event benefits theatre programs including arts education for valley school childrenmore than 400,000 to datethe crowning achievement to an evening filled with fine food at nearby restaurants and musical performances in the McCallum’s 1,127-seat theatre. 73-000 Fred Waring Dr., Palm Desert, (760) 340 2787,

Second place: Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala, (760) 322-2930,

Third place: Fashion Week El Paseo,

-Mary Silverman

Best Charity 2014

First place: Loving All Animals

Dogs and cats, horses, birds, rabbits and more, you name it and this dedicated nonprofit will find any pet a loving home. They accomplish this worthy task by coordinating groups, other non-profits, individuals and veterinarians when the need arises to find a pet a home. The group also runs a foster program that places adoptable pets in temporary homes while they are awaiting permanent placement. 73-550 Alessandro Dr., Palm Desert, (760) 776-9397,

Second place: Desert AIDS Project, 1695 N. Sunrise Way, Palm Springs, (760) 323-2118,

Third place: Palm Springs Animal Shelter, 4575 E. Mesquite Ave., Palm Springs, (760) 416-5718,

-Mary Silverman

Best Hotel Pool Party 2014

First place: Ace Hotel & Swim Club

Only a few them. The Ace itself a stylishly re-imagined Howard Johnson has helped ignite a whole new mojo in south Palm Springs. 701 E. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, (760) 325-9900,

Second place: Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa, 32-250 Bob Hope Dr., Rancho Mirage, (888) 999-1995,

Third place: Riviera Palm Springs, 1600 N. Indian Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, (760) 327-8311,

-Skip Descant

Best Dance Spot 2014

First place: The Nest

This popular restaurant and bar has been a part of the Indian Wells nightlife for 45 years, luring crowds from across the Coachella Valley. With new owners Dodi and Kevin Henry, The Nest was recently remodeled, preserving the cozy and comfortable setting loved by everyone from golfers to hipsters. So come in, try the frog legs and escargot and enjoy the night. The Nest opens at 5 p.m. daily. 75-188 Hwy. 111, Indian Wells, (760) 346-2314,

Second place: Las Casuelas Terraza, 222 S. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, (760) 325-2794,

Third place: Toucan’s Tiki Lounge, 2100 N. Palm Canyon Dr., A100, Palm Springs, (760) 416-7584,

-Skip Descant