Much of the allure of a great golf getaway is having everything you need at your fingertips, and JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa in Palm Desert boasts all of the necessary ingredients. With 36 holes of Ted Robinson Championship-designed golf that is on par with anything in the Coachella Valley, an energetic pool complex that you might find on the Las Vegas strip, and world-class dining and entertainment located on the resort grounds, vacationers aren’t left wanting for much — except perhaps a few more days on the premises.
Even with amenities like poolside food and beverage service, at the heart of the resort are the picturesque Palm and Valley golf courses. Both 18-hole courses are open to the public and feature state-of-the-art technology from tee to green with GPS-equipped golf carts.
The Palm Course, currently undergoing a $1.5 million renovation and scheduled to reopen at the end of October, is the original course on the property. The picturesque layout along the resort’s waterways will have USGA-spec greens. “Ted Robinson Jr. is bringing back some of his father’s original design, redoing all 18 greens, bunkers, and tee boxes,” says Drew Hudgens, head golf professional at the resort. “Water comes into play on nine holes on the Palm Course, especially the last four holes. The 17th hole is the signature hole. It’s an island par-3 that plays anywhere from 120 to 165 yards.”
Rated one of the Best New Golf Courses by Golf Digest, the Valley Course features elevation changes and tiered greens that will challenge your shot-making skills. “You’ll be aiming at plateaus and trying to leave yourself the right lie and distance to the hole,” Hudgens advises. The postcard hole on the Valley Course is No. 16, a par-4 with an island green. “It’s not the longest hole. It only plays about 316 yards from the back,” he explains. “So most of the time, you hit a 4-iron or 5-wood off the tee; but it’s an elevated island green, so it can be tough.”
Both courses deliver spectacular views of the San Jacinto and Santa Rosa mountains, and the resort makes it easy for families to tee it up as well; kids 15 and younger golf for free after 3 p.m. with a paid adult. In addition, the resort’s par-54 course — The Greens — offers 18 holes of putter-only play. “It’s one of the first of its kind anywhere, with watering and bunkering,” says Hudgens, “and it’s for people of all ages.”
74855 Country club Drive, Palm Desert, California 92260