New Valley golf course to reopen at JW Marriott Desert Springs in California
Ted Robinson designed a lot of terrific courses in the U.S., and one of them just got an update and freshening. The Valley Course at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa in the Coachella Valley of California will reopen at the end of next month, following a $1.5 million renovation that included new greens, bunkers and tees.
The work is part of an overall $25 million renovation to the Palm Desert resort, which is celebrating its silver anniversary this year.
The greens were grassed with Tif-Eagle to create a “tour-like” putting experience. The tees were all leveled and resurfaced. And the bunkers and surrounds also were reshaped, creating “magnetic bunkers,” designed to catch poorly struck shots. Additionally, many of the fairway bunkers have been moved closer to the center of the fairway to narrow the landing areas, demanding accuracy from tee to green. Several new bunkers have also been added to help define the holes and make them a bit more challenging.
Best of all, perhaps, is that Ted Robinson’s son, Ted Jr., oversaw much of the work, just as he did on the resort’s celebrated Palm Course, which underwent an extensive facelift and reopened a year ago.
“We are excited to introduce the all-new Palm and Valley courses to our valued guests,” said John Faulk, director of golf at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa. “We are confident that the updated courses, restored in the spirit of Robinson’s father’s original design, will continue to offer guests an unrivaled golf experience.”
Featuring sweeping views of the towering Santa Rosa Mountains, the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa’s Palm and Valley courses integrate more than 35 acres of sparkling streams, lagoons, and waterfalls, offering a picturesque setting for group or individual play.
The resort’s renovation also included a refresh of its 884 guestrooms and suites; the addition of Rockwood Grill & Blue Star Lounge and Fisherman’s Landing as its latest dining options; and the opening of new retail outlets including Sunnyland Chocolate Factory, Desert Shades, and Wallet World.
For more information, you can check out www.desertspringsresort.com.
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