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Feb. 26th, 2010

Family Vacations at Marriott's Shadow Ridge in Palm Desert

Got Golf Game?
Golf aficionados will love Marriott's Shadow Ridge Golf Club, the first Nick Faldo-designed championship 18-hole golf course in the U.S., and the Faldo Golf Institute where owners and guests can receive comprehensive instruction for all skill levels. Peppered with lakes and sand lots interspersed amongst well-maintained greens, the impressive course was voted the best course in the Coachella Valley two years in a row by Desert Golf magazine, as well as 2010's 41st best resort course by Golf World magazine.

The course also boasts an expansive pro shop with all the latest equipment and golf apparel for men and women. There is also a putting green and sizable driving range for practice. With Palm Desert known to have at least 350 days of sun each year, there is plenty of time to work on that golf swing while admiring the beauty of the Santa Rosa Mountains in the distance.

Good Mood Food
Open daily for lunch and dinner and located in Marriott's Shadow Ridge Golf Clubhouse, Nick Faldo's Bar and Grill offers gourmet delights in a casual and lighthearted country club atmosphere that is, of course, kid-friendly. In fact, books and games are provided upon arrival to keep the little ones occupied until the meal arrives. The seasonal dinner menu has something for everyone, offering various cuts of steak, lamb, chicken, seafood, and pasta selections.

My party started with the Shrimp Cocktail ($11), which was very fresh and the shrimp well-cleaned, and the flavor-packed Scallops Rockefeller ($12) attractively plated in the shell — a dish I thoroughly enjoyed and highly recommend. We then enjoyed a large Caesar Salad ($13) before moving on to our entrees: Rosemary Marinated Rack of Lamb ($33) in a mushroom demi-glace and with a mint jelly accompaniment, and tender Braised Short Ribs ($20), both served with mashed potatoes and vegetables, and Fresh Grilled Cedar Plank Salmon ($23) topped with a fabulous mustard caper aioli sauce and served with rice and vegetables. The portions were generous and cooked to perfection. Fresh, flaky French bread is also provided at the onset — so delicious it can become a meal in itself. Rivaling the fantastic food is the service, with the hostess, wait and support staff and management checking in often to ensure guests are thoroughly enjoying their experience.

Nick's offers a number of specials, including twilight dinner selections that include an entrée, side salad and a sorbet dessert for $17.95, Happy Hours and a Prime Rib dinner. The restaurant often hosts wine tasting events, which include light hors d'oeuvres paired with various wines for $25 per person.

Other dining options on the property are poolside: Snake Bites Bar & Grill, perfect for quick meals and lighter fare such as deli sandwiches, salads, snacks and beverages, and Chuckwalla Pool Bar & Grill offering a range of entrees, pizzas, grilled selections and sandwiches along with a wide selection of cocktails. Also on site is the Marketplace convenience store and deli, which offers groceries, Starbucks coffee, continental breakfast, gift items, and a variety of sundries.

Award-Winning Timeshare Ownership
Options for visiting Marriott's Shadow Ridge include staying as a guest by renting with a nightly rate via or awards redemption option, or as a timeshare owner. The vacation timeshare ownership is in the form of a deeded property purchase for one or more weeks within a floating time system so that trips can be planned throughout the year. Owners have the ability to rent out their villas when not in use.

More Information
Located just ten minutes from Palm Springs International Airport and a quick two-hour drive from Los Angeles (two-and-a-half hours from San Diego), Marriott's Shadow Ridge is located at 9003 Shadow Ridge Road, Palm Desert, California 92211. It's important to note that pets are not allowed on the property except for service animals for guests with disabilities. All facilities are handicap accessible.

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- Merilee Kern
JustLuxé.com's "The Luxe List" Executive Review Editor

The Luxe List product, service and travel review editor Merilee Kern scours the luxury marketplace for new and captivating "musts." Submissions are accepted via e-mail at View all of Merilee's Luxe List articles from here (scroll to page bottom).
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