Conde Nast Golf Poll: Hard to go wrong at a JW Marriott resort
Five golf resorts in the JW Marriott Resort Portfolio have been acknowledged in the 16th Annual Conde Nast Traveler Golf Poll. The wining resorts include the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Phoenix, the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa in Palm Desert, Calif., the JW Marriott Ihilani Resort & Spa in Oahu, Hawaii, the JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes in Orlando, Fla., and the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa in Tucson.
I’ve been to every one of these and can tell you this is no surprise. All of them, and a few more JW Marriott resorts for that matter, are great places to stay, play golf, dine and get a spa treatment.
Here’s a quick rundown of the five. Use code “GOF” on the various Web sites to book packages, except at Star Pass:
• JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa (Phoenix) offers two championship golf courses at the Wildfire Golf Club, where the recent Kia Classic on the LPGA Tour was played. Starting at $229, guests can enjoy the Unlimited Golf Experience with on the Wildfire’s Palmer Course or Faldo Course, a GPS-fitted golf cart, unlimited use of practice facilities, advanced tee times, golf bag storage and 20 percent discount at the golf, spa and tennis retail shops.
• JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa (Palm Desert, Calif.) has two Ted Robinson golf courses and an 18-hole putting course. Linksmen can take advantage of the golf facilities with the Unlimited Golf Package for Two with starting at $159 which includes unlimited golf daily.
• JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes (Orlando) features a really good Greg Norman-designed golf course. The property’s golf package includes one round of golf on the par-72 course starting at $259.
• JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa (Tucson) features a 27-hole Arnold Palmer Signature golf facility. Guests can book the Unlimited Golf in Tucson package starting at $259 which includes a $50 nightly resort credit, unlimited golf at Starr Pass Tucson Golf Club and parking with the code ZJ4.
The 2012 Golf Poll results were derived from Conde Nast Traveler’s 2011 Reader’s Choice Survey. Golf resorts were rated on course design and access, golf staff and services, rooms, service, food/dining, location, overall design and activities/facilities. All results are currently listed in the April issue.
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