Golf...what is there about the facination of wacking the daylights out of a poor defensless little white (mostly) ball, only to get into a motor driven cart to chase it down and wack it again until you finally deposit it in a 4 inch hole in the ground?
Must do something as people are spending thousands of dollars to perform the act.
In Palm Desert there seems to be a golf course on ever corner that wasn't taken up by a restaurant or jewelry store.
Equipment: Hmmm...a number of "clubs" of varying pitch and shape to provide more or less "loft" to the helpless ball when hit.
Shoes with "cleats" to ensure you can walk on grass without slipping.
Powered cart to transport you from where you hit the ball to where it lands next.
There is a nice public golf course/driving range connected to the College of the Desert. The site has a golf course, driving range, golf institute, pro shop, and a golf museum.
Equipment: Bring your clubs or rent some (I don't have any anymore).
This is one of the two areas in the US that has world class polo (the other is Palm Beach, Florida). You can go to the Eldorado Polo Club in Indio and see a polo match on most days with the better contests on weekends. On Sunday, if you want to sit in the clubhouse of the main field, there is a $20 charge. All other fields and none clubhouse seating is free. We sat right next to the field on a small seating area for a match on Sunday. It is a very exciting and fast sport. Unbelievable riders and horses. Just ask someone about the rules (the basics are simple). They also have announcers, even on the secondary fields. Call before you go to find out schedule of matches.
Equipment: Comfortable clothes and hat because you may be sitting in sun.
There are scores of great golf courses in this area. I don't play but I know the one where we were staying (Marriott's Shadow Ridge) was beautiful.