Why Bridge Players move to the Coachella Valley
The Coachella Valley which comprises the communities of Palm Desert, Palm Springs, Indio, La Quinta, Thousand Palms, Indian Wells, Rancho Mirage, Bermuda Dunes and Cathedral City among others is a very active and thriving bridge community. With the constant influx of retirees, the number of bridge players in the area continues to increase.
Duncan Bridge Center
Palm Desert is home to Duncan Bridge Center, arguably one of the premier bridge facilities in the country. The dedicated bridge center is run by the non-profit Coachella Valley Bridge Foundation and all income from activities at the center are returned to the community through their bridge offerings. ACBL Sanctioned duplicate bridge games are held afternoons daily with complement games on some mornings and evenings. The games are flighted so that less experienced players can choose to play with those of the same caliber while the open games are available to all. The center has ample parking and sufficient space to have upwards of 300 players at any given time.
Duncan Bridge Center offers regular lesson programs from Beginner through Intermediate up to Advanced and has hosted seminars put on by such well known bridge personalities as Larry Cohen, Eddie Kantar and Audrey Grant.
ACBL Unit 533
Palm Desert ACBL Unit 533 has over 1000 members and is proud to be the home of five ACBL Grand Life Masters. The valley boasts over 19,000 tables of sanctioned bridge played every year with about half of them played at Duncan Bridge Center.
In addition to Duncan Bridge Center, there are ACBL sanctioned games played at various Senior Centers throughout the Coachella Valley. Many of the country clubs and gated communities also offer bridge in a more social setting as part of their organized activities.
Buying a Home
Most homes in the main areas of the Coachella Valley are within a half hour drive of Duncan Bridge Center. If you want to be closer, the communities of Palm Desert and Thousand Palms are the best locations in which to buy a home with Rancho Mirage and La Quinta homes also providing quick access to the primary bridge facility.
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