Valley at Marriott's Desert Springs Resort

4.1307000000 4.1 stars from 5 (566)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6679 yards
  • Slope: 124
  • Rating: 72.1

Address Course Location

  • 74-855 Country Club Dr, Palm Desert, California 92260, Riverside County
  • (760) 341-1756, (760) 341-2211
  • (760) 341-1828, (760) 341-1872
  • www.desertspringsresort.com

Key Info

Year built: 1986
Architect(s): Ted Robinson, Sr.
Type: Resort
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - included in green fees
Clubs: Yes
GPS: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Proper golf attire.
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed

Rating Snapshot

Average Rating 4.1 stars from 5
Overall Condition: 4.3 stars from 5
Value: 4.1 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.3 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.3 stars from 5
Food & Beverage: 4.0 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.1 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 566 Reviews
5 stars:
227
4 stars:
242
3 stars:
55
2 stars:
28
1 stars:
14

recommend this course

486 out of 560 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is at a resort convenient to the city near local attractions   Great for a weekend splurge advanced golfers entertaining clients   Challenges include water hazards bunkers undulating greens   Great for drinks 19th hole scenic views patio dining  

Reviews


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"Excellent course, excellent staff equals excellent golf experience!"


markab's avatar
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Once a week
Handicap: 10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/06/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Disregard any negative review for this course! Played the Valley course and it was in fantastic condition. From tee to green absolutely terrific, from the lush fairways to the true rolling greens to the amazing views of the mountains. The staff was very nice and helpfull. Do not listen to the bad reviews about having to carry your clubs up steps or not to helpfull staff. Just drop your clubs at the club drop and the staff takes care of the rest taking them down to the course level and returning them to drop area following your round. Will be making this course a regular stop on my visits to the desert in the future. Had an amazing day of golf!!


18 Hole Pace of Play: 4 hrs

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty: Moderate


I recommend this course


"Good Resort Course"


naxel's avatar
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Once a week
Handicap: 10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 9/26/2014
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Reviewed on

Enjoyed our round of golf on this beautifully landscaped course. The staff was friendly. Our only complaint was that at 3:30 p.m. there was no one to take our clubs up the hill to the bag drop area.


18 Hole Pace of Play: 4 hrs

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty: Moderate


I recommend this course


"Very nice course layout"


u811643612's avatar
Skill: Beginner
Plays: Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/20/2014
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Reviewed on

Very fun course, has a few tricky holes. Luckily it was only about 102 degrees when we played. Greens are a bit sandy but for the summer vey we'll kept course


18 Hole Pace of Play: 4 hrs

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Overall Condition: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Course is in Great condition, enjoyable and challenging"


csandau's avatar
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/19/2014
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Excellent course, good staff service, will play this course again. Scenic and enjoyable.


18 Hole Pace of Play: <3 1/2 hrs

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Overall Condition: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Good course.. Very different.."


CMPANTIN's avatar
Age: 35-44
Gender: Male
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Once a month
Handicap: 15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/18/2014
First time playing Verified Purchaser

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This is. Great course to play.. It's a course that makes you think not just hit and go. But plan it out. Probably a lot better shape in the winter time.


18 Hole Pace of Play: <3 1/2 hrs

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Overall Condition: Good


I recommend this course


"A Summer Steal in the Desert"


u000007094090's avatar
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Once a week
Handicap: 10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/16/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Average weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

My wife and I had a great time playing the Valley Course on the Desert Springs Resort property. We stayed at the hotel, and played at 7:00 AM to avoid the heat. The weather was fine until we finished hole #14 at about 10:00 AM, and it started to really heat up outside. There was plenty of water to drink all around the course, so it didn't get too uncomfortable. As far as the course itself, it is in excellent shape, especially for a desert course in the summer. Everything is green and well maintained. I am a 13 handicap, and my wife is a beginner, but we both had a great time and we finished our round in 3 hours 40 minutes. We only saw 3 other groups on the course all day, and the staff was very friendly and they let the two of us go out on our own. Doug the starter will give you every hint you need to know about the course, and let me tell you his advice alone probably shaved 3 strokes off my score. We highly recommend this course, especially in the summer when the rates are low.


Player Tip: Play one club less on your approach shots, as the greens and fairways are hard, especially in the summer.

18 Hole Pace of Play: 4 hrs

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Overall Condition: Good

Course Difficulty: Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Summer desert golf"


u00000990733's avatar
Age: 65+
Gender: Male
Skill: Advanced
Plays: Few times a week
Handicap: 15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/15/2014
Previously played Paired up at course Used cart Played 18 holes Average weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

It's July in the desert so it was triple digits but course conditions are outstanding and pace of play great--- three hour rounds. And the prices are unbeatable. Beats playing in mor comfortable weather and five hour rounds and high green fees.


18 Hole Pace of Play: <3 1/2 hrs

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Overall Condition: Excellent

Course Difficulty: Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great course all around!"



5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/13/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I have played both the Palms and Valley courses on several occasions. I live up in the high desert, and this is pretty much my "go to" golf course when I come down the hill to play. Summers are great to play because the course was basically empty on a Sunday morning. I play with my wife who's a beginner (but getting better every day!), and it's nice to not have anyone to our front or back during play. I always see the beverage cart during play several times. A swim in the hotel pool after a hot day of golf...heaven!


18 Hole Pace of Play: <3 1/2 hrs

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Overall Condition: Excellent

Course Difficulty: Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"The course is in sad shape"


u000003840574's avatar
Skill: Advanced
Plays: Few times a week
Handicap: 5-9

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/08/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Average weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I have played this course many times but when I called to make reservations I was told that the course was in great shape but they had aerated the greens two weeks ago but they were back in shape.
Quite the contrary the greens were terrible, lacking water and sand and they were not even close to being playable. We made 2 putt automatics. The fairways were overgrown and the maintenance staff was mowing down 8 inch fairway and footlong rough. The clippings and cuttings were left in piles to the point where you couldn't find your ball.
This was the worst experience I have ever had at this course and will probably never go back and never recommend to anyone else. The management should be ashamed at the conditions. Also there were no marshals on the course and we were backed up 3 on a tee because some group ahead was 4 holes behind. I know it is summer and play at a reduced rate burt nothing will bring me back to this course again. Terrible experience and no one cares.


18 Hole Pace of Play: >5 hrs

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Poor

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Overall Condition: Poor

Course Difficulty: Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"course conditions are getting rough"


dave130's avatar
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Once a week
Handicap: 10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/07/2014
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Fair weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

First time on playing the Valley course, preferred the Palm last week, as it was more interesting. Played as a quick threesome, and we did skip a hole to play through a pretty slow foursome ahead. Very accomodating starter, able to shoot out early. The fairways are really pretty rough, need some water. Greens are NOT predictable, as they were just sanded. Had to rouse some help from inside to get our clubs picked up from the bag drop. Not a very interesting course. A few lovely holes, but not enough to make an effort to drive in the future from our place in La Quinta.


18 Hole Pace of Play: <3 1/2 hrs

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Overall Condition: Average

Course Difficulty: Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


"JW Marriott Desert Springs Palms Course"


deansv's avatar
Skill: Advanced
Plays: Once a week
Handicap: 5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/04/2014
Previously played Used cart Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Good condition, esp. considering 100+ temps. Fun and pleasant layout.


18 Hole Pace of Play: 4 1/4 hrs

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Overall Condition: Good


I recommend this course


"Great layout, wide fairways with undulation."


gergolf1's avatar
Skill: Beginner
Plays: Once a week
Handicap: 15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/03/2014
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Fairways and greens are in great shape despite the heat . Holes were creative and challenging, with enough water to test your accuracy with the irons. The scenery and picturesque holes can be distracting.


18 Hole Pace of Play: <3 1/2 hrs

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Overall Condition: Excellent

Course Difficulty: Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Beautiful facility, greens punched!"


u000001360546's avatar
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/30/2014
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This place is beautiful and has great views of the surrounding mountains, to bad they don't tell you on line or on the phone that the greens were recently punched and sanded, kinda of a drag to find out from the starter.


18 Hole Pace of Play: 4 hrs

Course Conditions: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Overall Condition: Good


I recommend this course


"Course has great undulation of fairways"


DESERTDUFFER's avatar
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Age: 65+
Gender: Male
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Few times a week
Handicap: 15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/29/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Fair weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

You have to think it thru and not power thru this course. We had a foursome and rate of play was 4 hours. Greens were good, fairways were in excellent shape. This course is such a joy to play.


Player Tip: Water hazards were indeed hazards. The course was a joy to play.

18 Hole Pace of Play: 4 hrs

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Overall Condition: Excellent

Course Difficulty: Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Desert Gem"


drenchel's avatar
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Twice a year
Handicap: 10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/28/2014
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played this course with my FIL on Saturday 6/28. Teed off at 6:15 AM and finished in great pace of a little over 4 hours. Nice manicured fairways, a little bumpy greens from previous week's seeding but was in great shape. Used to be an avid golfer before having kids and this is only my second round of the year.

Course played pretty fast, wide and forgiving fairways. Pretty enjoyable course. Playing the Valley course next week!


18 Hole Pace of Play: 4 1/4 hrs

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Overall Condition: Excellent

Course Difficulty: Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



"Great round."


m3lorimer's avatar
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Once a month
Handicap: 10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/28/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

Played in the early morning and the conditions were great. Course conditions are excellent and rate is good in the summer.
Greens were punched but not bad rolls.


18 Hole Pace of Play: 4 hrs

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Overall Condition: Excellent

Course Difficulty: Moderate


I recommend this course


"Outstanding resort course"


sartost's avatar
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Few times a week
Handicap: 15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/27/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Average weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course is interesting, the greens are in outstanding condition.


18 Hole Pace of Play: <3 1/2 hrs

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Overall Condition: Excellent

Course Difficulty: Moderate


I recommend this course


"Palms course"


sistac69's avatar
Skill: Advanced
Plays: Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/23/2014
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Reviewed on

The course was in great shape. The fairways were lush and rough manageable.
The greens were fast and firm. Temperature was 105 and the greens were not crispy. Nice job Marriot . Let's hope they are the same in August.


18 Hole Pace of Play: 4 hrs

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Overall Condition: Good


I recommend this course


"Beautiful"


u000005143648's avatar
Age: 55-64
Gender: Male
Skill: Advanced
Plays: Once a week
Handicap: 10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/22/2014
First time playing

Reviewed on

Played from back tees course was challenging. Greens were quick. Both days mini tourneys going on and it backed up on certain tees. Second day got out on back nine it was good. 105 degrees about our limit!


18 Hole Pace of Play: 4 hrs

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Overall Condition: Good


I recommend this course