Palm Springs is synonymous with golf, and the Mission Hills Resort, with its two outstanding championship courses, is undoubtedly at the forefront of the area's golfing options.
The Gary Player Signature Course, described by GOLF Magazine as "the best golf course in the Palm Springs area", is a real treat. The testing Bermuda greens demand extra attention, with the grass' grain an added complication, and are connected by rolling, perfectly manicured fairways. Streams, lakes and waterfalls are among the features that add challenge, as well as beautifying the landscape around this California gem.
Pete Dye is renowned worldwide for creating truly spectacular courses, and his project at Mission Hills is no exception. While it is not long, at 6,706 yards, the Dye course is typical of its designer, challenging the avid golfer with hidden pin placements, carries over water, and devilish pot bunkers. With four sets of tees, the course remains playable for players of all abilities, and is a real highlight of a golfing escape to Palm Springs.If you like relaxing resort golf with a challenging edge, the Mission Hills Resort is the one for you.
Set in the heart of the stunning 360-acre Rancho Mirage estate, the hotel at Mission Hills is a charming and luxurious base for a fantastic golf and leisure holiday.
The hotel exudes the quality that is synonymous with the highly regarded Westin resorts, and offers its guests spacious and well appointed rooms and suites. Standard features include satellite television, high speed internet access, direct dial telephone, Westin's trademark Heavenly Bed, a deluxe bathroom, and the finest bedding and linen.
Architecturally, the hotel is built in a Spanish-Moorish style, and overlooks the resort's championship courses. With the awe-inspiring mountains rising in the background, there are few more beautiful places to enjoy a memorable golf holiday in California.The Westin complex at Mission Hills has plenty to keep the kids occupied, while the older generations are sure to enjoy the delightful Spa, whose range of indulgent treatments comes highly recommended. Of the three outdoor swimming pools, Las Brisas, with its 60-foot water slide, is the most entertaining. The well-equipped fitness centre has everything required to guarantee a truly invigorating work-out.
Amidst the Spanish-Moorish architecture, the dining options are superb - head to Bella Vista for fantastic views and equally stunning mountain views.
During the day and the early evening, the poolside grills at La Paloma or Las Hadas are ideal for a relaxing cocktail and a bite to eat.
The Agua Caliente Casino is just a mile from the hotel's doorstep.