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In a place where olive and cypress trees dot verdant rolling hills, you arrive at a wrought-iron gate forged with grape clusters. Wall fountains release a continuous flow of water into giant urns below. A stone clock tower chimes the hour. Beyond a rose-covered espalier, a halo of mist envelops a massive stone fountain framed at the end of the walkway. A hint of garlic wafts through the air, and juicy golden-yellow kumquats ripen on trees that line a quiet piazza.

It certainly looks and feels like a picturesque Italian hill town, but it’s not. You’ve just entered Toscana Country Club, an unrivaled private equity club and luxury home community in the idyllic Southern California desert. Clearly one of Toscana Country Club’s greatest assets is its prime location in Indian Wells, considered to be one of the most desirable zip codes in the nation. Secluded and peaceful, the club is only minutes away from premier dining, shopping, theater, medical facilities, and many other attractions. The community boasts panoramic mountain views and, since Toscana is not situated directly against the mountains, affords abundant sunshine during the day and unparalleled desert sky views at night.

We encourage you to browse through our blog to learn more about Toscana and see below for more information on our authors:

Bill HarmonBill Harmon

Bill comes from a family of golfers. His father was the late Claude Harmon and all three of his brothers, Butch, Craig and the late Dick Harmon have all been actively involved in the golf business, and have all been recognized as top instructors in the world. Bill was most recently the Director of Instruction at Carnegie Abbey in Rhode Island. In 2007, Bill was asked, and accepted an invitation by the famed Winged Foot Golf Club, to give instruction during the summer months. Bill's father, Claude, was the longtime Head Golf Professional at Winged Foot, as well as a past Masters Champion. Bill has also worked at Bighorn Golf Club, The Vintage Club and Newport Country Club. He hails the title of one of the Top 50 Golf Digest Instructors, and can be seen from time to time on The Golf Channel.

Eric WadlundEric Wadlund

Eric joined Toscana in 2014 after his six years as Executive Chef and Director of Operations at Spencer’s Restaurant in Palm Springs, CA. His goal is to ensure that Members and their guests have an inspired and enjoyable dining experience. Eric was just four when he whipped up his first culinary delight: doughnuts, at his father’s bakery. At the age of 18, he began his formal training, serving as apprentice at the highly acclaimed Madison Club in Wisconsin. After Madison, Eric worked under James Beard Award winning Chef Buben in Washington's prestigious Occidental Restaurant. Eric’s passion led him to work in some of America’s finest four star restaurants including Azur by Le Bernardin, The Occidental, The Rattlesnake and Terra Cotta. He has had the honor of cooking at the James Beard House three times. Eric and his family live in La Quinta and have called the desert their home since 2002. He and his family enjoy traveling and golf.

Jennifer Di FrancescoJennifer Di Francesco

Jennifer brings more than twenty years of experience to the spa industry. Licensed in Massage Therapy, Esthetics, and a certified Pilates instructor, Jennifer has spent her career perfecting the art of spa at top resorts in California. Jennifer was a post graduate trainer for the International Dermal Institute and a spa trainer for Kerstin Florian Skin Care. In 2005, she became a member of ISPA's Education Committee and was a speaker on behalf of the organization in 2006, where she created presentations on spa management, resource partner relations and spa retail. Since then, Jennifer has worked as the Director of Spa Operations for The Well, at the Miramonte Resort. There she played an integral role in the opening of the spa and helped receive numerous awards such as "#1 Resort Spa in North America" by Condé Nast Traveler Magazine. Jennifer enjoys remaining active in promoting health and wellness in the desert community writing a regular health column for Desert Health newsletter.

Nigel O'RourkeNigel O'Rourke

Nigel joined Toscana in 2014 from the Olympic Club in San Francisco. Prior to his tenure at The Olympic Club, he was Director of Tennis at the David Lloyd Clubs in London, England, Sugarbush in Vermont, and Wood Valley Racquet Club in Kansas. Born in London and raised in Toronto, Nigel attended Wichita State University on an athletic scholarship where he studied Business Management. Nigel played on the ATP Tour in the early 80s and was a member of the Canadian Davis Cup squad in ‘81-82. He also served on the USTA 10&U and Adult League Committees and was a member of the USTA NorCal Coaches Commission. Nigel has more than 30 years of experience in the tennis and leisure industry. He is certified by the USPTA and USPTR as an Elite Professional and is a USA High Performance Coach. Nigel still competes regularly, and has represented Canada at the World Team Championships. Away from the tennis court, Nigel is an avid sportsman and enjoys cycling, skiing, swimming, and fitness training.

Rick SallRick Sall

Rick is originally from Ohio where he graduated from Ohio State University with a Bachelor's of Science in National Resources Administration and a second Bachelor's of Science in Turfgrass Management and Science. Rick moved to the Desert in 1995 and was the Golf Course Superintendent at Tamarisk Country Club for thirteen years prior to coming to Sunrise Company in 2002. Rick and his wife Mariann, have two children. In his free time, Rick enjoys boating, snow skiing and golf.