UPDATE: Google Maps gets Sunnylands location right — sort of

October 3rd, 2013 | by Blake Herzog | Comments

Walter H. and Leonore Annenberg’s Sunnylands estate in Rancho Mirage. (Richard Lui, The Desert Sun)

Staffers who have been battling with Google to get the behemoth Web search company for weeks to correctly identify the location of Rancho Mirage’s illustrious Sunnylands Visitor Center and Gardens have won a partial victory.

Google’s ubiquitous mapping tool had for weeks been pinning the center next to the pink-hued mansion of the late Walter and Leonore Annenberg, which is open to the public for tours when not being used for meetups of heads of state (President Obama and Chinese Chinese president Xi Jinping met there in June), captains of modern industry and the like.

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The red pin is in the correct spot , at the end of a drive coming in from Bob Hope Drive on the east.  But the actual label for the visitor center, from which tours to the historic mansion depart, is by the mansion itself, which is nestled in the middle of the tree-studded estate and golf course accessible only by staff and chaperoned tours.

This is better than a couple days ago, when the pin was placed over the mansion and labeled “Annenberg golf course.” The only ways to get to that location are from the visitor center and through a gate down on Frank Sinatra Drive, generally locked unless dignitaries are being whisked through.

Sunnylands spokeswoman Mary Perry says the mixup hasn’t created any headaches for the center, with daily numbers up this year over last. And, as she points out, “Bing has it right.” For whatever that’s worth.


But the Annenbergs’ secluded winter home is apparently still hard for mapping sites to find. The one-time king of online mapping, MapQuest, puts the visitor center down at  the intersection of Bob Hope and Frank Sinatra.


And iPhone users are good if they need to get to the visitor center, but could run into some issues if they’re headed to Desert Island Country Club, which is south of Frank Sinatra — but Apple has confused with the historic estate’s footprint.


UPDATE: The pin didn’t stick. Another Google Maps stop late in the afternoon—yes, I really did check–put it back behind Sunnylands’ protective pink walls.

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