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La Quinta Resort & Club

When it opened in 1926, this colonial-style Spanish oasis about twenty miles outside Palm Springs quickly became the favorite retreat of the Hollywood set. It’s been popular ever since. La Quinta, California; 800-598-3828, laquintaresort.com; rooms from $259.

The Golf Guests at La Quinta enjoy access to five superb eighteens, including the resort’s Pete Dye-designed Dunes and Mountain courses ($125-$200). The other, equally strong options are the three layouts at nearby PGA West: Dye’s formidable TPC Stadium course, the Jack Nicklaus Tournament course and the Greg Norman course ($180-$200).

The Spa Spa La Quinta entices with alfresco massages, garden baths and four outdoor "celestial showers." Treat yourself to a champagne facial. And there’s no excuse for sore muscles here, given the options of a treatment called Golflexology and a special PGA West golf massage. Relax afterward in the private Sanctuary Courtyard, where the fireplace blazes on cool evenings.

The Dining At the Spa Bistro, you can have a casual meal between treatments while dressed in a robe. California cooking meets French cuisine at the elegant Azur, in what was the resort’s original lobby, and the new Twenty 6 serves contemporary American fare.

Westin La Cantera Resort

Colonial Texas architecture defines the look and feel of this Hill Country resort sitting high on a ridge just twenty minutes from the bustle of downtown San Antonio. San Antonio, Texas; 210-558-6500, westinlacantera.com; rooms from $219.

The Golf The resort boasts thirty-six holes, at its Resort and Palmer courses ($125-$140). The former, designed by Jay Morrish and Tom Weiskopf, hosts the PGA Tour’s Valero Texas Open. It features impressive elevation shifts, including an eighty-foot drop from the tee of the short par-four seventh. The Palmer is considered harder, owing to blind shots and uneven lies.

The Spa The Castle Rock Health Club opens onto La Cantera’s lagoon-style Lost Quarry pools. The serene setting encompasses treatment rooms offering a full array of spa services as well as a fitness area with cardio and weight rooms. Popular treatments among golfers include the hot-stone and sports massages. The offerings are scheduled to be expanded this spring.

The Dining Save at least one night to dine at Francesca’s, the resort’s premier restaurant. Its Southwestern-themed menu offers several selections designated as healthful, such as the wild salmon with Oaxacan chiles and preserved lemon.


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