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Springs Like Effect! Homeowners Association Meeting Turns Into "Something Resembling A WWE Wrestling Brawl" 

Tamara Stone in the Desert Sun reports what few juicy details she could get anyone to admit to in the homeowners meeting gone bad at Rancho Mirage's The Springs Country Club.

According to Riverside County Sheriff’s Deputy Myling Bordeau, at about 4 p.m., deputies responded to numerous calls regarding a fight at The Springs’ clubhouse at 75 Columbia Drive.

The brouhaha erupted after the results of the board member election were announced, Bordeau said.

“Some people were upset that a certain person won and began yelling at him and pushing him,” Bordeau said.

The yelling and pushing quickly escalated to chair throwing, fist fighting and tackling.

Democracy in action!

A club security guard pulled his gun during the chaos, but held it at his side, Bordeau said.

Wait, they have an armed guard at a club in the desert? Oy.

While more than a dozen residents confirmed the incident, all were tight-lipped about commenting on exactly what happened.

“The less we talk about it, the more it is forgotten,” said resident Denver Ginsey.


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Reader Comments (19)

The cop's name is Myling Bordeau? Sounds like a cheap wine served in a bottle with a metal cap.
02.21.2013 | Unregistered CommenterSteve Elling
The Springs is best known for all the Ted Robinson designed water scapes. Apparently all those falls and streams haven't done much to release tension among the members and residents.
02.21.2013 | Unregistered CommenterLynn S.
@Steve Elling

Metal caps are the in thing. Far better than cork which is being phased out by most vintners.
02.21.2013 | Unregistered CommenterStanley Thompson
"Wait, they have an armed guard at a club in the desert? Oy."

made my day
02.21.2013 | Unregistered CommenterBlue Canyon
I like this part better: The attorneys are already on it! lol

"RANCHO MIRAGE — The attorney for the man who had a seizure during a fight Sunday at The Springs Country Club called the incident a “gay-bashing hate crime and mob attack” in a statement released Wednesday to The Desert Sun.

“It defies our sensibilities that in this day and age there could be committed this ... attack,” wrote Palm Desert attorney Mark J. McGowan, who was contacted by the victim’s partner after the fight."
02.21.2013 | Unregistered CommenterBobby D
Dang. I wish I had been there. After all, there's nothing better than a gang of leather-skinned geezers pushing 80 suddenly finding their blood pressure boiling over at the site of something happening that they don't agree with. (Wasn't there also a riot following the Presidential election?) Let's face it: once you've been retired for 20 years and your wallet is as tall as one of those phony waterfalls, you just LIVE for moments of excitement like this. I hear the sales of pacemakers just skyrocketed the next day.

Next up: a Battle Royal over whether rakes go IN or OUTSIDE of bunkers.
02.21.2013 | Unregistered CommenterBenSeattle
Wasn't there a Seinfeld episode something like this?
02.21.2013 | Unregistered CommenterBobby D
@Ben: You mean in the ground with a little foot release lever. The rake handles get too hot down there.

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“The Springs is a long-lasting, solid, old country club,” Rothstein added.

Compared to what, Trump National?
02.21.2013 | Unregistered CommenterNRH
Sounds like Dr. Beeper had to throw down!
02.21.2013 | Unregistered CommenterCOB
What about the "club security guard pulled his gun during the chaos, but held it at his side" it means that he didn't participate in any kind.
I guess he couldn't, as was holding the gun
02.21.2013 | Unregistered CommenterFila golf
This just proves the case for easing the gun control laws. If there had only been a "good guy" citizen packing heat the whole thing could have been avoided. Or if everyone had been packing.
02.21.2013 | Unregistered Commenterol Harv
'Hey you...pick up that blood'
02.21.2013 | Unregistered Commenterjohnnnycz
Hey You! Pick up that blood!!
02.21.2013 | Unregistered Commenterjohnnnycz

WAAAY off topic here, but you mentioned the passage of natural corks from use. One of my friends is a chemical engineer working for a company that develops synthetic corks for wine companies. For chemical engineering, it's as fascinating as it gets. :)

just an fyi on wine.
have a great day, all.
02.21.2013 | Unregistered CommenterPete the Luddite
I've seen The Springs as being credited to Desmond Muirhead...though with water coming into play on 11 holes, it is certainly a Ted Robinson style design.
02.21.2013 | Unregistered CommenterUbb
From another article - it WAS tough on the old geezers....

"Two people were taken to the hospital, one who complained of pain and another who had a seizure."
02.21.2013 | Unregistered CommenterMarge Geneverra
Too many little blue pills in the desert.
02.21.2013 | Unregistered CommenterPasaplayer
Whats that sign say?
02.21.2013 | Unregistered Commenternon profit winner

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