Tuesday, September 11, 2012

JW Marriott Reopens After $1.5 Million Facelift

Just in time for peak golfing season in the Coachella Valley, JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa (www.desertspringsresort.com) announces it will reopen its acclaimed Ted Robinson-designed Valley golf course at the end of October, following an exciting $1.5 million renovation which began in May. The unveiling of the new Valley course – joining the resort’s celebrated Palm course which underwent an extensive facelift and reopened in October 2011 – completes the resort’s all-encompassing $25 million dollar renovation and rounds out its 2012 silver anniversary.

The Palm and Valley courses were designed by acclaimed architect Ted Robinson, "King of Waterscapes," and have made Desert Springs the premier California golf resort that it is today. The resort worked with Robinson’s son to bring back many of the details from his father’s original design and updated the Palm and Valley courses to include all-new USGA specification green complexes, bunkers, and tees that bring a distinctive new look to the two exceptional 18-hole championship courses.

Set among rolling greens and lush fairways with sweeping views of the towering Santa Rosa mountains, 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. Spectacular mountain vistas from The Valley and The Palm are as distracting as the courses are challenging. The grounds are maintained by a 28-person crew and feature a state-of-the-art irrigation system that utilizes recycled water whenever possible.

 PRESS RELEASE

PALM DESERT, CA –– Just in time for peak golfing season in the Coachella Valley, JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa (www.desertspringsresort.com) announces it will reopen its acclaimed Ted Robinson-designed Valley golf course at the end of October, following an exciting $1.5 million renovation which began in May. The unveiling of the new Valley course – joining the resort’s celebrated Palm course which underwent an extensive facelift and reopened in October 2011 – completes the resort’s all-encompassing $25 million dollar renovation and rounds out its 2012 silver anniversary.
Both the Palm and Valley courses were designed by acclaimed architect Ted Robinson, "King of Waterscapes," and have made Desert Springs the premier California golf resort that it is today. The resort worked with Robinson’s son to bring back many of the details from his father’s original design and updated the Palm and Valley courses to include all-new USGA specification green complexes, bunkers, and tees that bring a distinctive new look to the two exceptional 18-hole championship courses. Details of the renovation are as follows:
  • Greens: The courses’ greens will now feature USGA specification tiff-eagle grass to create a tour quality putting surface.
  • Tees: All tees have all been laser-leveled and re-grassed, creating a perfectly balanced tee box for improved ball striking.
  • Bunkers: The bunkers and surrounding areas have been re-shaped to create “magnetic bunkers” which will cause the ball to find the bunker if not struck properly.  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.
“We are excited to introduce the all-new Palm and Valley courses to our valued guests,” said John Faulk, Director of Golf at 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.”
Set among rolling greens and lush fairways with sweeping views of the towering Santa Rosa mountains, 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.  Spectacular mountain vistas from The Valley and The Palm are as distracting as the courses are challenging. The grounds are maintained by a 28-person crew and feature a state-of-the-art irrigation system that utilizes recycled water whenever possible.
In addition to the updates to its Valley and Palm courses, the resort’s $25 million renovation 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.

About JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa
JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa, located in the heart of California’s Coachella Valley and framed by three majestic mountain ranges, is a sprawling oasis offering a remarkable contrast to the stark beauty of the desert. The AAA Four-Diamond property opened in February 1987 and is one of the largest resort and convention complexes in the southwestern United States. The resort’s recently refreshed 884 guest rooms and suites are located in wings surrounding swimming pools, lakes, verdant fairways, lush gardens and manicured lawns. Guest rooms are spacious and include separate tubs and showers, iHome audio systems, and private balconies. Featured dining options include Mikado Japanese Steakhouse, The Lobby Bar, and Oasis Bar & Grille, with new additions, Fisherman’s Landing and Rockwood Grill & Blue Star Lounge. The resort boasts an award-winning 32,000-square-foot-spa and recreation facilities that include two recently-renovated Ted Robinson championship golf courses, an 18-hole putting course, 20 tennis courts, basketball courts, lawn croquet and biking.www.desertspringsresort.com

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