JW Marriott's Desert Springs Resort - Palms golf course - no. 3
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JW Marriott's Desert Springs Resort - Palms golf course - no. 3
Water, sand and plenty of green grass are the elements on the Palms Course at JW Marriott's Desert Springs Resort in Palm Desert, Calif. Mike Bailey/GolfAdvisor
JW Marriott's Desert Springs Resort - Palms G.C. - no. 1
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JW Marriott's Desert Springs Resort - Palms G.C. - no. 1
JW Marriott's Desert Springs Resort's Palms Course opens with a forgiving, 528-yard par 4. Mike Bailey/GolfAdvisor
JW Marriott's Desert Springs Resort - Palms golf course - no. 4
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JW Marriott's Desert Springs Resort - Palms golf course - no. 4
The short, par-4 fourth hole on the Palms Course at JW Marriott's Desert Springs Resort provides a birdie opportunity. Mike Bailey/GolfAdvisor
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JW Marriott's Desert Springs Resort - Palms golf course - no. 6
The par-4 sixth hole on the Palms Course at JW Marriott's Desert Springs Resort is short, but water in front and right of the green makes it tricky. Mike Bailey/GolfAdvisor
JW Marriott's Desert Springs Resort - Palms golf course - no. 7
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JW Marriott's Desert Springs Resort - Palms golf course - no. 7
At 575 yards, the par-5 seventh is the longest hole on JW Marriott's Desert Springs Resort's Palms golf course. Mike Bailey/GolfAdvisor
JW Marriott's Desert Springs Resort - Palms golf course - no. 13
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JW Marriott's Desert Springs Resort - Palms golf course - no. 13
At 529 yards, the par-5 13th on the Palms Course at JW Marriott's Desert Springs Resort is a birdie opportunity. Mike Bailey/GolfAdvisor
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JW Marriott's Desert Springs Resort - Palms golf course - no. 15
The 373-yard, par-4 15th eases you into the finishing stretch on JW Marriott's Desert Springs Resort's Palms Course. Mike Bailey/GolfAdvisor
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JW Marriott's Desert Springs Resort - Palms golf course - no. 16
With water down the right side off the tee and on the approach, the par-4 16th is one of the more difficult holes on JW Marriott's Desert Springs Resort's Palms golf course. Mike Bailey/GolfAdvisor
JW Marriott's Desert Springs Resort - Palms golf course - no. 17
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JW Marriott's Desert Springs Resort - Palms golf course - no. 17
The par-3 17th is the signature hole on the Palms Course at JW Marriott's Desert Springs Resort. Mike Bailey/GolfAdvisor
JW Marriott's Desert Springs Resort - Palms GC - no. 18
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JW Marriott's Desert Springs Resort - Palms GC - no. 18
The par-4 finishing hole on the Palms golf course at JW Marriott's Desert Springs Resort is a dogleg left with water in play. Mike Bailey/GolfAdvisor
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An oasis of golf awaits on the Palms Course at JW Marriott's Desert Springs Resort in Palm Desert, California

PALM DESERT, Calif. -- With plenty of water, bunkers and gorgeous mountain scenery, the Palms Course at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa is an enjoyable test of golf.

One of two golf courses at the resort designed by Ted Robinson, the par-72, 6,627-yard layout is highlighted by the elaborate, par-3 17th hole, which features a large water hazard adorned by flowers. With four sets of tees and generous fairways, the course is enjoyable by most every level, although water does come into play on several approaches.

Mike Bailey is a senior staff writer based in Houston. Focusing primarily on golf in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America with an occasional trip to Europe and beyond, he contributes course reviews, travel stories and features as well as the occasional equipment review. An award-winning writer and past president of Texas Golf Writers Association, he has more than 25 years in the golf industry. Before accepting his current position in 2008, he was on staff at PGA Magazine, The Golfweek Group and AvidGolfer Magazine. Follow Mike on Twitter at @MikeBaileyGA and Instagram at @MikeStefanBailey.
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