By Judith Salkin

Throughout the year, the City of La Quinta offers its residents and neighbors a number of fun and interesting things to do.

Fritz Burns Pool will open on June 16 for families to enjoy the water. There are also hiking and biking trails to explore, city organized sports and the Summer Golf Tour that plays at the best courses in the valley.

A full list of city sponsored activities is available on the website at here are some highlights of what La Quinta has to offer.


Summer Golf Tour: One of the summer’s most popular events for valley golfers. Choose to play at any or all of the 13 courses on the tour and at the end celebrate at the end of season luncheon. Players do not have to be LQ residents to be a part a part of the tour.

Registration is $69 per player, plus greens fees (listed below) are required for each round of golf. Guests are welcome and can play for a fee of $15 in addition to the greens fees.

Golfers have the choice of playing in single or team divisions.

All play begins at 7:30 a.m. and the end of tour banquet is at noon Aug. 23 at Desert Willow Golf Resort in Palm Desert is included with registration or is $25 for guests.

May 31 Escena Golf Club $50
June 7 Golf Club of Terra Lago, South $40
June 14 Indian Canyons, South $45
June 21 Tahquitz Creek, Resort $35
June 28 Heritage Palms Golf Club $30
July 5 Indian Wells Golf Resort, Players $50
July 12 Marriott’s Shadow Ridge $50
July 19 Desert Falls Country Club $30
July 26 Classic Club at Palm Desert $50
Aug. 2 Indian Springs Golf Club $30
Aug. 9 Westin Mission Hills, Gary Player $45
Aug.16 Indian Wells Country Club, Cove $50
Aug. 23 Desert Willow, Fire Cliff $40

Fritz Burns Pool:
The pool opens June 16 for summer. For pool schedule and fees, contact the Family YMCA of the Desert at (760) 341-3622 or
Fritz Burns Pool Park is at Avenida Bermudas and Avenue 52. Information: (760) 771-4347.

A 10-punch summer pass is for recreational swimming is $15 for residents or $17 for non-residents, 15 or younger; $25 and $27 for 16 and older. The YMCA yearly fee is also waived for LQ residents.


Swim lessons 9:45-11 a.m., 5-6 p.m.   Monday-Thursday

Recreational swim Noon-4 p.m.   Monday-Thursday, Saturday

Lap swim 7:30-9:30 a.m., 6:30-7:30 p.m.   Monday-Thursday

Splash Ball Team Noon-1 p.m., begins June 7   Saturday

Water Aerobics 8-8:45 a.m., begins June 9   Tuesday/Thursday
6:30-7:15 p.m.   Monday/Wednesday

Superhero Summer Movies:
July and August are filled with family movie fun with screenings at Fritz Burns Pool. The gates open at 7 p.m. and screenings will start at around 8 p.m., or later, depending on when the sun sets that day. Watch these recent big screen hits on a 20-foot inflatable screen. Upcoming films include “Captain America – First Avenger,” July 11; “The Avengers,” July 25; “Man of Steel,” Aug. 6; and “The Amazing Spiderman,” Aug. 22. Activities are planned for each movie night and there is swimming, too. And it’s $1!

Everyone is encouraged to check the City of La Quinta’s Facebook page at or the website at or call the Community Services Department at (760) 777-7090 for more information.