The JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa, a large, bustling luxury retreat known for its first-rate service and wealth of amenities, is home to two golf courses designed by the late Ted Robinson, Sr. in the mid-1980s and updated by his son, Ted Robinson, Jr., in 2011. Both layouts represent some of the elder Robinson's best work. While the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort Valley Course may not be quite as pretty or popular as its adjacent sister course at the resort, it certainly has its adherents. Skilled players tend to gravitate to the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort Valley Course. Decorative elements and water hazards from the designer known as the King of Waterscapes are a little less prevalent on the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort Valley Course, though water ups the drama with some forced carries. Overall, golfers will find a more challenging layout that meanders around the resort villas on rolling, up-and-down terrain. The hills and mounds, while they are more gentle than severe, may nonetheless result in a few blind or semi-blind shots from the fairways or just off them. Canted lies and stances are common. Wind is also often a factor on this rather exposed layout. The JW Marriott Desert Springs Valley Course presents a challenge that shotmakers relish. You ll also likely find somewhat quicker greens on this course. Since the JW Marriott Desert Springs Valley Course entertains less play than its sister course, it is generally in slightly better condition. Pace of play also tends to be quicker here. In short, the JW Marriott Desert Springs Valley Course contrasts with its sister course. For anyone looking for a more challenging or a quicker-paced game, it is the layout of choice at the stunning JW Marriott Desert Spring Resort property.