Water, water everywhere: Desert Springs Resort's Valley Course in Palm Desert, California

PALM DESERT, Calif. -- Long a haven for everyone from Hollywood types to golfers on the go, the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort in Palm Desert, Calif., is a relaxing spot where guests enjoy frosty margaritas, hanging by the pool and listening to live music.

That is, of course, when they are not on one of Desert Springs' two stellar golf courses.

Surrounded by the Santa Rosa Mountains, Desert Springs Resort's Valley Course -- one of two Ted Robinson designs -- runs 6,627 yards with a slope of 127, with fairways molded to funnel even some sub-par shot back to more playable lies.

A bit quieter and playing a little more friendly than its sister

Palm Course, Valley meanders along the outskirts of the resort property. Considered the less challenging of the two, the course offers a stunning landscape covered with swaying palms and blue lagoons (between the two courses, there are more than 35 acres of water features).

Valley also features player-friendly fairways that beginners will enjoy. That doesn't mean it is a push-over. Far from it, the golf course offers a fair amount of challenges.

Apr 10, 2012

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Oleg Volovik


Born and raised in the former Soviet Union, photographer Oleg Volovik moved to the United States in 1992 and now lives with his wife and two children in Los Angeles. He joined the TravelGolf editorial team in 2010. Originally graduated with a Masters Degree in Civil Engineering he continued to dedicate his time and energy to his passion for visual arts and photography. Oleg has extensive experience in fine arts, fashion, event, architecture and journalistic photography. His work has been exhibited in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Moscow, where he also taught a master class, sponsored by Hewlett-Packard, in April 2007. He may be a novice golfer, but Oleg always wears a white leather glove during photo sessions. "Golf photography is my own 'game' with the beauty of nature and human creativity."