“A strange and wonderful ride through the communities surrounding the Salton Sea…
It probably wouldn’t have helped to wash my balls.
The ball cleaner was lying in the dirt and disintegrating before our very eyes. It might have been years since it held water or had enough bristles to thoroughly scrub a Titleist 2. It did serve some function, though. It indicated that we were standing at or near the location of the first tee of the West Shores Golf Club, an abandoned course near Desert Shores on the Salton Sea.
The strongest clue was the red-rimmed concrete slab where the mobile home/clubhouse once stood. Presumably, this was where one signed in, paid a fee, and talked over wind and greens conditions with the resident pro before challenging the nine-hole, par 3 course. By all indications, it was daunting. The gentleman idling with a tall boy outside Lorenzo’s Gas Station and Mini Mart in Desert Shores reckoned that the last time there was any grass on the course would have been about 2010 or 2011. And that grass was confined to the tees and the putting greens. In between was only sand and scrub.
Not much has changed. Except that neither a single blade of grass nor any other trace of the golf course has survived…”