Marriott’s Desert Springs

The Ultimate California Desert Retreat

In a magical setting of date palms, snow-dusted mountain peaks and warm, caressing sunshine awaits a desert resort unlike any other.

From the moment you enter the grounds, crossing the palm tree-lined boulevard, passing lakes and lagoons sparkling in the sunlight, you realize this will be an experience to be savored. Everywhere, perfectly manicured grounds delight the senses.


Surrounded by thirty-six holes of championship golf verdantly spread along the floor of Southern California’s Coachella Valley, Marriott’s Desert Springs Resort & Spa is a tropical desert oasis offering life’s finest pleasures. Flamingos, swans and tropical birds grace acres of lushly planted English gardens, meandering waterways and tranquil lagoons.


Arriving at the resort, with its massive atrium lobby complete with cascading waterfalls and an indoor lake, guests can board a gondola-style boat for a relaxing cruise along the property's wandering canals.


The resort’s luxurious guestrooms and well appointed suites are surrounded by swimming pools, tennis courts, two golf courses and the distinctive Spa at Desert Springs, which encompasses 30,000 square-feet of fitness and body therapy facilities. For pure pleasure, nothing surpasses the rejuvenating qualities of a languid day at the Spa. Therapeutic thermal baths, herbal wraps and mud body masques refresh the mind and soothe the soul. Guests from around the world travel to Marriott’s Desert Springs for its facial and body treatments, many of which draw from the natural healing elements of the desert.


Wrapped around the perimeter of the hotel are two Ted Robinson designed championship golf courses. Both the Palms Course and the Valley course are truly visual feasts. Each features an abundance of the magnificent waterfalls, pristine lakes and sparkling streams, flowers and palms for which this award-winning architect, is known. A day on either the Palms Course or the Valley Course is both an adventure and a shot making challenge.


Ted Robinson’s designs incorporate more than thirty-five acres of lagoons, streams and waterfalls that criss-cross Marriott’s Desert Springs Resort & Spa, creating a memorable series of hazards and rewards. On the Palms Course nine of the eighteen holes have water coming into play. The seventeenth hole is a 160 yard par 3 with an island green. The Valley Course offers eight holes with water features including another island green on the 316 yard, par 4, sixteenth hole. The sixth hole on the Valley Course features a 222 yard par 3 with water on both sides to the green. Anything short, left or right of the green, is sure to be wet.


More than a million cubic yards of desert sand were molded and shaped into the hills and valleys that create the Palms Course and the Valley Course. Both offer multiple tee boxes, strategic bunkering and split-level or island greens. Players of the Valley Course and Palms Course are treated to imposing views of the rugged San Jacinto Mountains and Santa Rosa Mountains as they rise dramatically from the desert floor.


Each of the 36 holes that comprise the Marriott’s Desert Springs golf experience offers a unique challenge. The Palms Course features gently rolling terrain, lots of water, and close-up views of the sprawling resort. On the Valley Course, the eighteenth hole is considered by many to be the best finishing hole in the Coachella Valley. A semi-elevated tee box transitions to a two-tiered fairway, guarded by bunkers on both sides. To finish this 403 yard, par 4, players must hit over water to the three-tiered green, guarded in front by a lake and a beautiful, but challenging, series of waterfalls.


The Seventeenth hole on the Palms Course is one of the more photogenic holes at the resort. The green of this remarkable par 3 is surrounded by water on all sides and is accessible only by footbridge. The fun begins when the successful golfer carries the ball directly over cascading waterfalls onto the island, nearly 160 yards from the tee.


For days that are just too busy for a full round of golf, or to hone your putting skills before or after a round, Ted Robinson designed The Greens, America’s first 18-hole putting course, a concept since immolated by a host of others.


A visit to Marriott’s Desert Springs Resort & Spa is refreshment for the spirit and an adventure for the soul, in the heart of thriving Palm Desert. Its scenic splendor and impeccable service will leave you longing to return to this desert oasis.

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