Jul 3, 200610:41 AMThe Life
Four quick Thunderbird facts
Jul 3, 2006 - 10:41 AM1. The Thunderbird is a Native American spirit of thunder, lightning, and rain.
2. Coachella Valley's first 18-hole golf course was the Thunderbird Country Club, which opened in 1951.
3. Ford Motors decided to adopt the club's name and logo for its new sports car in 1954.
4. The electric golf cart was invented for club members by assistant pro Eddie Susalla. At first, the cart could be used only with a doctor's permit.