Turfunderground’s tour of the Palm Springs

Eric von Hofen at LaQuinta Resort in Southern California
Heading to the the Palm Springs area this winter for some sun, relaxation, golf and great food?   You can experience some of the best in the desert if you follow my list.  Palm Springs has a population of over 47,000 people and it is the first city you hit when you enter the desert from Los Angeles on I-10.  Los Angeles is 111 miles away from Palm Springs.  Temperatures range as high as 105 degrees in the summer months. The winters are mild and produce night time lows in the 40’s and day time highs in the 70’s.  The Palm Springs area has over 125 private and public golf courses and even more places to eat.  After living in this area and enjoying the many restaurants it has to offer, I have made it easy for you by coming up with my “top five places to eat” list.
TurfUnderground’s Top Five List for the Palm Springs area:
1. La Quinta Cliff House
2. Adobe Grill at the 1926 La Quinta Club and Resort
3.LG’s Steak House
4.Devane’s Old Town
5.Pacifica Seafood Restaurant

Enjoy and let me know if you check them out. Come back soon and see Turfunderground’s Top Five list of Public Golf Courses in this area.
Eric von hofen and Palm Spring windmills

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Turfunderground plays ball at the Ohio State vs Michigan game


Welcome back to Turfunderground and the 19th hole. I made a trip home to Ohio State to see the last football game of the year between Ohio State and Michigan. It was an important game for the state of Ohio, and for my family as well. My grandfather, Paul Matus #10, played on the 1942 National Championship team for Coach Paul Brown. The team and Coach Brown were honored on the field during the first time out in the first quarter. This 1942 team was Ohio State’s first National Championship football team. Shortly after the last game, many players headed into World War II. To this day, there are only about 10 or 12 members of the 1942 team left. My grandfather is one of them. He was a National Champion, a pilot and a prisoner of war all within about 14 months.

Coach Tressel said, “We’re looking forward to the fact that we’re honoring that 1942 team, which one could argue that that’s when a great part of our tradition began in Ohio State football.” Coach Tressel believes that honoring the 1942 team will make the Ohio State/Michigan game just a little bit more special. “I think when you mention that football team and what they mean to our program and what they meant to our country, it just adds a little bit more.”

This high quality HD video below takes you to the last football game of the year between Ohio State and Michigan. In the video, I show you the traffic getting into the stadium, the pep rally with the band, kick off, touchdowns, Brutus acting up, and a very special tribute to Coach Paul Brown, his 1942 National Championship team and my grandfather. It was a great day and I enjoyed every minute with him. It did not hurt that the Buckeyes won big 37 to 7. This is a great video if you are an OSU fan. Michigan fans, not so much. Enjoy…

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Turfunderground takes you to see The Wall-Roger Waters


After 30 years for first playing The Wall, Roger Waters brings the show to South Florida. Even if you are not a Pink Floyd fan, you would be after you saw this show. Roger plays the entire album cover to cover. He starts the concert with In the Flesh and a huge fireworks display with a plane that flies over the crowd and crashes into the stage. Check out my video below showing the opening.

During the entire show, Roger’s team builds the 35 foot wall that is completed by the intermission. After that the flying pig comes out over the crowd for two songs. The video clips and light show was a one of a kind. The place went crazy when Another brick in wall was played. The entire building shook. The final cut of the show the Wall comes down. If you have never seen Roger perform you should see this concert. Also you should see Roger hit a golf ball. He is a big time golfer and loves to play in the Hamptons during the summer months.

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Turfundergound Tour De France

Eric von Hofen takes you through the CDG airport in Paris, The Metro, The Tower and some of his favorite places to eat. Paris is a perfect place to use as hub while traveling to other places in Europe. Air France, Easy Jet, AirEurope, AIr Berlin, Czech Air all fly thru CDG and Orly so you can get anywhere you need to. There are some great golf courses located about 20 minutes outside of Paris. Full blown country club style. Next time in Paris, get a car and drive out to check them out.

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The Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, Fl


The amazing Biltmore hotel was built in 1925 and includes an 18 hole Donald Ross course. The hotel has withstood the test of time and is a true gem of South Florida. The Hotel is located 6 miles from the airport and 5 miles from downtown Miami. The course has a great layout with plenty of water and tropical landscape. The pool is the largest in the state of Florida and is a sight to see. The Spa has been redesigned and provides a first class experience. This place is prefect for a winter getaway. Check out my video to see just how beautiful it is.

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TurfUnderground’s tour of New York City

If you are heading to New York City this fall I suggest stopping by any of these on the list and you won’t be let down. NYC has so many places to eat and drink that you could go out to eat every meal every day for seven years and you will not eat at the same place twice. I have made it easy for you and knocked it down the following list.

TurfUnderground’s Top Five List for New York City

1. STK in the meat packing district.
2. Hudson Cafeteria and Hotel
3. Pastis
4. 21 Club
5. Peter Luger

That should take care of you while you are there so you won’t starve to death. Enjoy and let me know if you check them out.

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Eric at the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart, Germany


Another great video for The 19th Hole. Everyone loves a fast car, but to see so many classic Porsches in one location it’s hard to handle. The Porsche Museum in Stuttgart, Germany has over 80 cars in it from race cars to prototypes to current day releases. The museum is loaded with bits of history about the famous car marker and his family. The displays are works of art and the cars are spotless. Christophorus Restaurant is located in the lower level and the gift store is only steps away. I advise you to take a tour of the factory located two blocks away. Check with them thru your local Porsche dealer or car Club. Reservations can be tough and are made sometimes a year in advance. If you have Porsche this helps with getting in. Enjoy the video.

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The Eagles Concert in Miami

Just another night in South Florida. I was at The Eagles concert and I just happened to bump into Mr. Nick Price enjoying the show. He said he loved the Eagles and they were putting on a hell of a performance. Nick knows everything about putting on a show for the PGA TOUR and now the Champions Tour. Nick is was great to see you and I wish you well in the upcoming season.

The concert was great. All the boys were there playing their hearts out. Glenn Fry, Don Henley, Tim Schmit and Joe Walsh who stole the show. Each of them played their hit songs from over the years. The show started at 8:15 pm and ended at 11:42 pm. They took a 20 minute break and that was it. Well worth the money. You name it and they played it.

I ran some video so you could see the Band. Enjoy. These guys are true legends and professionals.

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Surfing in the English Garten Munich, Germany

This is great for the 19th Hole. I have been to this spot many times in the English Garten in Munich, Germany. I have always seen at least 5 to 7 surfers hanging catching the waves of the river. Water is always cold. I have never seen any one get hurt or drink a beer while they have been surfing. Crazy. Check it out.

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Nice Guy Johnny


I saw this Edward Burns movie at the Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival and I loved it. Burns crafted his most comical film to date with the sweet, often surprising charmer, NICE GUY JOHNNY. I won’t ruin it for you and give you every detail but here is a quick overview. Johnny is a sports-talk jock on a small west coast am radio station and loves his fiance Claire. She wants him start making some real money and uses her families connections in NY to get him an job interview. He flies back to NY and meets up with his Uncle Terry(Burns) and all hell breaks loose. Terry wants Johnny to live on the edge and play the field. Terry sets up a meeting with some girls(Brooke) in the Hamptons and Johnny does not go for it. He hates his uncle and wants nothing to do with him or his lifestyle. He wants to leave and go back to the city. He loves his Claire and that is it. Turns out Claire is a pain in his ass but he still walks the straight line. Even after spending some time with Brooke in the Hamptons he is true to his Claire. Johnny now starts a tug of war with himself over what he should do with is life. The movie goes on like this until the end. This is where I stop, all I will say is that Johnny comes out on top. Great writing and camera work. The best part is that it was made for $25,000 like Burns other 1995 movie Brothers McMullen that won the best movie at Sundance that year. The movie comes out on DVD, itunes, Netflix and VOD October 26. Check it out you will like it. Here is the trailer Ed and Aaron put together for the movie.

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