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JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa

74-855 Country Club Drive · Palm Desert, California 92260 USA

Desert Springs Golf Club

Valley Course

Hole By Hole: Valley Course

Black Tees: Yardage 6,627 / Par 72 / Rating 71.7 / Slope 127

Blue Tees: Yardage 6,323 / Par 72 / Rating 70.3 / Slope 125

White Tees: Yardage 6,023 / Par 72 / Rating 68.9 / Slope 122

Red Tees: Yardage 5,262 / Par 72 / Rating 70.2 / Slope 118

Hole 1

Par 4, Handicap 17

Yardage: Black 388 / Blue 377 / White 365 / Red 307


The journey begins with a blind tee shot to a green set below the landing area. The ideal line to set up your approach shot is the tallest palm tree straight ahead off in the distance. Keep your drive just left of center for a clear shot to the green. You’re then faced with a downhill approach to one of the smallest greens on the course – take one less club and aim for the center.

Hole 10

Par 5, Handicap 10

Yardage: Black 512 / Blue 499 / White 481 / Red 434


It's back-to-back par 5s, and No. 10 will play longer than the yardage on the scorecard as it ascends slightly uphill from tee to green. Check your GPS here, as there's a fairway bunker on the right that is not visible from the tee. Best to keep your drive down the left side of the fairway to set up a clear second shot. The challenge around the green depends on the pin placement, but a back-right pin will require a solidly hit approach.

Hole 2

Par 4, Handicap 13

Yardage: Black 355 / Blue 341 / White 331 / Red 291


This shortish hole calls for a slight fade off the tee to a wide and undulating fairway. There's plenty of landing area on the right so steer clear of the menacing bunker guarding the left side of the fairway. A stray tee shot into the bunker will leave a difficult play to the green, which is slightly elevated and well-protected with a sand trap and two pot bunkers.

Hole 11

Par 4, Handicap 12

Yardage: Black 401 / Blue 380 / White 361 / Red 320


With the Santa Rosa Mountains serving as a backdrop, the 11th hole is one of the prettiest on the course. A variety of trees frame the fairway, and there are two hidden pot bunkers on the left side of the fairway. The picturesque green complex is surrounded by palms and a bunker that wraps around the right side of the green from front to back.

Hole 3

Par 5, Handicap 11

Yardage: Black 508 / Blue 492 / White 473 / Red 418


Let the shaft out and hit it straight away off the tee into the valley below on this challenging par 5. Ideally, it's best to place your drive to the left-center of the fairway to avoid a blind second shot. While the green may be reachable in two for big hitters, it will require all carry as a large bunker protects the front of the narrow green. Be sure to get the ball to the hole on your approach as a swale in the front-right portion of the putting surface creates additional challenge.

Hole 12

Par 3, Handicap 18

Yardage: Black 169 / Blue 154 / White 138 / Red 120


This is the shortest hole on the course, but you don't want get too cute – accuracy is a must hitting into this small green. The hole plays slightly downhill, and there's a large bunker that protects the front-right side of the green.

Hole 4

Par 4, Handicap 1

Yardage: Black 417 / Blue 393 / White 371 / Red 335


The course begins to show its teeth on this dogleg right that features a series of pot bunkers on the left side of the fairway and two large bunkers and a hazard on the right side. Take caution how much of the dogleg you're willing to take on. An accurate approach shot is required to avoid a stand of palms that lie to the left of the green and a deep bunker guarding the right-front portion of the green. Par here is a good score.

Hole 13

Par 4, Handicap 8

Yardage: Black 368 / Blue 354 / White 340 / Red 297


Placement off the tee is key as this hole features a blind tee shot to an uphill landing area and wide fairway. A natural hazard and potential penalty shot await any tee shots hit too far right. Follow the palm trees down the center for the best approach to the green. From the fairway, it’s all downhill to a well-protected green.

Hole 5

Par 4, Handicap 7

Yardage: Black 390 / Blue 380 / White 366 / Red 330


Don't be lured by the picturesque lake lining the left side of the fairway where a bunker lined with railroad ties running along a portion of the lake should be avoided at all costs. Right of center is the play off the tee. The approach shot plays slightly uphill to a heavily undulating green encircled by four pot bunkers. Best to keep the ball below the hole on your approach. And don't forget to soak in the cascading waterfalls as you move on to the 6th tee.

Hole 14

Par 4, Handicap 2

Yardage: Black 415 / Blue 390 / White 365 / Red 319


This stunningly picturesque hole features multiple cascading waterfalls and a lake that wraps around the fairway. Play safe and steer clear of the water. There's also palm trees, boulder formations, rock outcroppings, and three white-sand fairway bunkers that add to the beauty and contrast of the hole, the most difficult on the back nine. Be sure to hit enough club into this green that features a false front.

Hole 6

Par 3, Handicap 3

Yardage: Black 222 / Blue 203 / White 183 / Red 156


The first par 3 on the course is also the lengthiest and features a large lake in front of the tee. But have no fear. There is plenty of landing area short of the green – just be sure to avoid the large bunker on the left as well as the stand of palms on both sides of the fairly large green. With bunkers strategically placed behind the putting surface, short of the green is better than long.

Hole 15

Par 3, Handicap 4

Yardage: Black 221 / Blue 194 / White 174 / Red 142


The par 3s on the Valley course will test you and No. 15 is another lengthy one, but it plays slightly downhill. A large, deep bunker guards the front-right portion of the green so if you can't fly it all the way there, be sure to stay a little to the left.

Hole 7

Par 4, Handicap 15

Yardage: Black 320 / Blue 300 / White 286 / Red 236


You can leave your driver in the bag on this short but demanding par 4 with a lake running down the right side of the fairway and a large bunker lined with railroad ties. Club selection and distance control are key on your approach as the lake extends the length of the fairway with a rock wall protecting the two-tiered green, which slopes severely from back to front and ends abruptly where the rock wall meets the lake.

Hole 16

Par 4, Handicap 14

Yardage: Black 316 / Blue 301 / White 288 / Red 232


Leave your driver in the bag on this short par 4 as a tee shot hit too well will wind up in the lake down the right side that protects the green. Club selection is key on your approach that is all carry over the water to an island green guarded by a large pot bunker on the left and behind the green.

Hole 8

Par 3, Handicap 9

Yardage: Black 185 / Blue 170 / White 154 / Red 130


Water is a factor on the fourth consecutive hole that plays about a half club longer due to the fact that it's all carry over a lake and large, steeply sloped bunker in front of the green. A little long here is better than a little short, so be sure to hit enough club.

Hole 17

Par 5, Handicap 16

Yardage: Black 494 / Blue 485 / White 475 / Red 437


A wide-open fairway allows golfers the opportunity to let out the shaft for a chance to reach the green in two. Just be sure to avoid the kidney-shaped bunker on the left and you’ll be in good position to set up a birdie. There's a steep drop off in the middle of the fairway about 200 yards out that will leave you an elevated look at the green. The hole gets tricky around the green as it is protected with some of the deepest bunkers on the course, including a heart-shaped pot bunker in back.

Hole 9

Par 5, Handicap 5

Yardage: Black 543 / Blue 521 / White 501 / Red 443


The outward nine concludes with a lengthy par 5 that doglegs slightly to the left and a fairway with severe sloping and undulation. Keep it down the middle to avoid the strategically placed bunkers set in the landing area on both sides of the fairway. Avoid the group of pine trees on the left that can make for a difficult second shot. Two bunkers on either side of the fairway lie in wait approximately 50 yards in front of the green, so take this into consideration when setting up your approach shot.

Hole 18

Par 4, Handicap 6

Yardage: Black 403 / Blue 389 / White 371 / Red 315


The tee shot plays into the breeze to a plateau fairway on this challenging and beautiful finishing hole. The fairway is wide open so feel free to let it fly off the tee. There's a slight dogleg to the left to a well-protected green with a lake in the front and bunkers on both sides of the severely sloping green. It's one of the most scenic and challenging holes on the course and a great way to wrap up your round.

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