About the Courses
Designed by acclaimed architect Ted Robinson Sr., the Palm and Valley courses have stood at the apex of golf in the Coachella Valley since they were built in the mid-1980s. And, they've been attracting celebrities and golf enthusiasts to the Palm Springs area ever since.
Robinson Sr., renowned as the "King of Waterscapes," incorporated 35 acres of sparkling streams, lakes and cascading waterfalls throughout the courses to create one of the most picturesque settings in the Coachella Valley with a distinct tropical oasis feel.
Adding to the visual mastery of Robinson's work, greenside and fairway bunkers lined with railroad ties adjoin several of the water hazards – with breathtaking views of the towering Santa Rosa Mountains providing a majestic backdrop. Additional hallmarks of the two layouts include undulating fairways, multi-tiered greens, and white-sand bunkers.
With four sets of tees, both award-winning courses were designed to be accessible for the beginning golfer while presenting plenty of challenge for the experienced player. Each live up to their Palm and Valley namesakes.
The Palm & Valley Courses
The Palm Course, a 6,761-yard, par 72 from the back tees, is characterized by its signature palm trees that line the fairways and adorn the greens. The layout also incorporates mogul-like mounding that comes into play on several holes.
The Valley Course, a par-72 layout that plays 6,627 yards from the back tees, is punctuated with rolling fairways and several steep hillsides where shots are played into low-lying areas surrounded by mounding.
Strategically placed sand traps call for accuracy off the tee on both courses, while subtly breaking, multi-tiered greens require your attention over every putt.
Look & Feel
Both the Palm and Valley courses underwent a major renovation that was completed in 2010 to update and refresh both layouts to the original philosophy of Ted Robinson Sr.
Enter Ted Robinson Jr., who was tasked with renovating the property. Robinson Jr. and his team worked within the foundational philosophy his father originally envisioned while updating the courses' ability to test and reward golfers of all skill levels.
Using the surrounding land and significant shifts of elevation, the Palm and Valley courses now bring back the integral challenges of the original layouts.
New bunkers were added while others were reshaped and moved closer to the landing areas in the fairways, putting a premium on accuracy from the tee.
In addition, all of the teeing areas were leveled and resurfaced. Tif-Eagle turf was used for the greens to provide consistent, top-quality conditions.
While each course offers its own unique experience, they are by design interchangeable – golfers can play either layout during their stay without feeling one is superior to the other.
As an added bonus, both the Palm and Valley courses have been certified by the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary for enhancing wildlife habitat and protecting natural resources with several wildlife habitats throughout the courses.
With so much to offer beginning, intermediate and advanced golfers alike, it's no wonder the golf courses at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa continue to be a major attraction in the Coachella Valley.