The 2021 ANA Inspiration is back in Rancho Mirage April 1 – 4 as the first Major of the year. Even though COVID prohibits spectators on the course, it’s possible to catch every moment of play and share the excitement with other golf fans. Rancho Mirage restaurants and bars will be tuned into the coverage from the first tee to Poppie’s Pond.
Where to watch
If you don’t get Sky Sports or The Golf Channel at home, head to one of these establishments to catch the action. In addition, you’ll find an array of tasty appetizers, award-winning micro-brews, and your favorite cocktails at these locations:
360 Sports: See defending champion Mirim Lee up on the big screen and take advantage of Happy Hour specials during every day of play 4 – 6 p.m. There’s more than 1,200 square feet of live sports action here, and you can find draft beers on tap as well as local craft brews.
Babe’s Bar-B-Que & Brewhouse: Grab an award-winning beer and some hot wings inside or out on the patio. The tournament will be on the televisions. Consider staying a while and dig into a hearty lunch of homemade tamales or a smokehouse sandwich with sides.
Burgers & Beer: There are more than 20 television screens where you can watch your favorite players on the course. Local golfers know this is a place to grab a great 100% Angus burger and your favorite brew.
Dringk Eatery + Bar: Find space on the patio or inside where service is now open at 25% capacity. Nine large-screens are available for your viewing pleasure and Happy Hour, daily 5 – 7 p.m., offers great drink specials.
R Bar: Sip on handcrafted cocktails and enjoy pizza or burgers while you watch the tournament on one of many flat screen TVs.
Yard House: Serving up snacks, appetizers, steaks, pizzas and even vegan options for golf fans who can watch play on 25 TVs. Take advantage of Happy Hour specials 3 – 6 p.m. Monday – Friday.
Shabu Shabu Zen owner Miho Suma has a special tie with the tournament sponsor, ANA Airlines. As a former flight attendant, she says during her time with the airline she learned from their customer service of Japanese hospitality culture known as “omotenashi.” It is something she now brings to her Rancho Mirage restaurant. As quoted in R/M Magazine, her restaurant has become a hot spot for players, coaches and caddies. “I always look forward to the staff and players coming back, especially (2016 ANA champ) Lydia Ko, who is a big fan of Shabu Shabu Zen and now my very good friend.”
In addition to this hot pot stop, there are a lot of dishes to consider while also keeping par with the tournament. If you love the lingo, enjoy some of the following:
Fried Egg: When your ball ends up in a bunker, it’s sometimes called a fried egg. Why not start your ANA days with a good breakfast at The Sandbox Kitchen? Get a fried egg on a delicious sandwich, or grab a breakfast taco, or eggs Benedict. Consider stocking up for lunchtime viewing at home by picking up a sandwich or salad, too.
Slice: While it’s possibly one of the most well-known golf terms about a player’s swing, it also describes a great piece of pizza. Get your favorite at The Slice N.Y. Style Pizzeria Ristorante.
Hook: That’s what you call a golfer’s ball that travels from right to left in an exaggerated path. It’s also the thing that catches a fish. Haus of Poké serves up some great seafood, including yellowfin, salmon, shrimp, and he’e (octopus). Create your bowl and be back in front of the screen by the final round.
Texas Wedge: This golf term describes using a putter off the green. But if “Texas” gets you thinking about barbeque, Dickey’s Barbecue Pit makes for a great lunch stop. Thinking “wedge” instead? Then try the baby wedge salad at bluEmber with Point Reyes blue cheese, Pecanwood smoked bacon, tomato, spiced pecans and Green Goddess dressing.
Birdie: Yes, Mirim Lee claimed victory last year by edging out Nelly Korda and Brooke Henderson with a birdie on the first play-off hole. But when you’re talking birdie in the dining world, Wally’s Desert Turtle has one of the best: free range natural half chicken with sauteed wild mushrooms, braised carrots, scalloped potatoes with apple cider demi-glace. Come after a day’s play of one of the rounds and enjoy this dish for dinner.
Hungry for more? Got a taste for tacos, pasta, steak, or sushi? Find more Rancho Mirage restaurants. Remember, even though some COVID restrictions have been lifted, masks are required at many dine-in locations. Plus, curbside pick up and carryout are still available, too!