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The JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa in Palm Desert, Calif. is one of the top resorts on the west coast, and it's also a lot of fun. While visitors are encouraged to venture out into the greater Palm Springs area, you could just park yourself at the JW Marriott, which pretty much has everything covered. Mike Bailey offers up 10 things he really likes about the JW Marriott.
The Palm Course at JW Marriott Desert Springs in Palm Desert, Calif., was designed by Ted Robinson Sr. in the mid-1980s and touched up by Ted Robinson Jr. in the spring of 2011. Upgrades included new tees, bunkers with crushed marble sand and greens that are now all up to USGA specifications. The Palm has water on 12 holes, so keep plenty of golf balls around.
The cathedral clubhouse at The Classic Club in Palm Desert, California serves as the symbol of just how classy clubs must be to thrive in the Coachella Valley. Troon Golf runs a first-class operation, and the 7,332-yard Arnold Palmer design provides a first-class test with water coming into play on 12 holes. Course conditions are good enough to still host the pros, as the semi-private club did during the Bob Hope Classic from 2006-08.
With plenty of water, bunkers and gorgeous mountain scenery, the Palms Course at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa is an enjoyable test of golf. One of two golf courses at the resort designed by Ted Robinson, and with four sets of tees and generous fairways, the Palm is enjoyable by most every level, although water does come into play on several approaches.
Picking up where the old Bob Hope Classic left off, the Patrick Warburton Celebrity Golf for Kids Tournament drew more than 50 celebrities to Palm Desert, Calif. in early March to raise money for St. Jude Children's Hospital. The lineup includes celebrities from film, TV and sports. The golf was played at the Classic Club and the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa's Palm Course. The festivities also included a songwriters night, jam session and gala.
The 7,056-yard Firecliff Course at Desert Willow Golf Resort in Palm Desert, Calif. lays claim as one of the best tests of golf in the Coachella Valley. The Firecliff Course features more carries and visual intimidation off the tee, more sand and larger waste areas, harsher green sites and longer par 4s than its sister Mountain View Course. Firecliff's designers essentially supersized all the dramatic elements that make scorecard combustion harder to contain.
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