Whether your idea of the perfect vacation involves 18 holes of golf, a few sets on a world-class tennis court, or soothing yoga sessions in an idyllic setting, La Quinta Resort and Club near Palm Springs stands ready to accommodate.
If you’re a golfer — no matter what your age or skill level, La Quinta Resort, a member of Waldorf Astoria Hotels and Resorts, represents 90 holes of sheer bliss.The luxury resort makes its home in Southern California’s Coachella Valley where the sun (nearly) always shines, all but guaranteeing guests perfect weather for tee times year-round.
Nestled in a breathtaking cradle of blue skies and sprawling valley and dramatic mountain vistas — particularly on the back nine —the La Quinta Resort Mountain Course designed by Pete Dye presents a series of18 daring holes punctuated by pot bunkers and rock formations. The spread hugs the red-rocked Santa Rosa Mountain range; take a moment to savor the spectacular view from the elevated tee box on the 16th hole. Another Dye creation, the par-72 La Quinta Resort Dunes Course, boasts a classic Scottish flavor for golfers who prefer more traditional terrain. Gently rolling hills and precisely manicured fairways flanked by palm trees define this long-on-length range.
Dye has also left his mark at La Quinta with the TPC Stadium Course at PGA WEST, home of the CareerBuilder Challenge and a popular destination for touring pros. (The course earns its name thanks to Dye’s clever incorporation of sculpted seating into the natural topography.) Populated with undulating landscapes, picturesque peninsulas and deep bunkers, each of the 18 holes offers its own personality and features to keep players captivated throughout an entire morning or afternoon. A bit of trivia: Lee Trevino made history here during a 1987 skins game when he sunk a spectacular hole-in-one on the 17th hole, aptly nicknamed “Alcatraz” for its green surrounded by water.
Jack Nicklaus is no stranger to La Quinta, contributing to the cause with his namesake Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course at PGA WEST. The legend hasn’t held anything back here, throwing down the gauntlet to intrepid players with elevated greens and fairways, a desert layout and long hits from the tee. Not to be outdone, the Audubon-certified Greg Norman Course at PGA WEST, anchored on a prehistoric ocean bed 40 feet below sea level, exudes a rugged Down Under vibe, brimming with wildflowers, native grasses, mirror-like lakes and other stunning natural elements.
Elsewhere on the expansive La Quinta Resort property, guests are welcome to make use of resort’s 41 sparkling pools; rent a bike to explore the area on two wheels, or sign up for lessons and classes led by U.S. Professional Tennis Association-certified trainers at the La Quinta Resort Tennis Club.
Yoga, Pilates, Zumba, Body Sculpt and water fitness classes are also yours for the taking, in addition to a workout facility stocked with an inventory of weight-training equipment and state-of-the-art cardio machines.
Wind down a day full of activity with a pampering spa treatment followed by a family-friendly “dive-in movie” screening at the resort’s main pool on weekends between Memorial Day and Labor Day — the perfect way to cap off an unforgettable stay. Don’t forget the popcorn.
For more information about La Quinta Resort & Club, go to laquintaresort.com.
--Amy Lynch for La Quinta Resort & Club