By Roger Cox, Editor
Set on 360 acres in the residential community of Rancho Mirage, the Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort and Spa has 512 rooms and suites in more than a dozen clusters to either side of the main Spanish-Moorish hotel and on or near the Pete Dye golf course. The spacious lobby (with extensive meeting space to either side) flows through to a sprawling Las Brisas swimming pool that features a 60-foot waterslide. There are two smaller pools to the right and left amid the lodging clusters. There are four lighted tennis courts supplemented by 12 pickleball courts. These are located in one corner of the property, roughly 100 yards from the lobby and directly adjacent to the Spa (guests not wanting to walk can catch a shuttle from the bell stand at the hotel). One is a sunken stadium with grassy terraces to either side. Like the resort itself, the courts are landscaped with oleander, hibiscus, and sentinels of palm trees.
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Pete Kelly oversees the tennis program. A former tour player—his doubles partner was John Austin—he went on to a coaching career, helping promising juniors and other tour players. He's available for private tennis or pickleball lessons by appointment. Otherwise he runs one-hour clinics on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday mornings and special programs during the BNP Paribas tournament.
Courts & Fees. There are four hard courts, one a slightly sunken stadium, and a dozen new pickleball courts, all lighted for night play. The adjacent pro shop, which carries tennis accessories as well as rental and demo racquets and offers on-site restringing. Court Fees: $20/court-hour for either tennis or pickleball.
Spa & Fitness
Golf Courses. Pete Dye designed the 18-hole golf course..
Spa and Fitness Center. The 14,000-square-foot Spa at Mission Hills, which is as noted next to the tennis courts, offers treatments inspired by the East and Native American cultures. There is a separate Westin Wellness Fitness Centre in the main building next to Coffee-ology. It has an array of cardio equipment and Cybex stations, as well as free weights, Pilates equipment, Peloton bikes, and fitness classes.
There are a variety of programs for children, including Westin Kid's Club, a Little Links Miniature Golf Course, and Resort Animals feedings during the week supplemented by a movie night under the stars on the weekends.
A necklace of two-story buff-stucco buildings have been strung out to either side of the main hotel and its conference center. All the rooms have full-width patios or balconies, tile baths, and coffeemakers with Starbucks coffee.
There are four places to dine, chief among them Pinzimini, which has views of the mountains and of the Las Brisas pool and the golf course to go with its Mediterranean-influenced menu.
The Westin Rancho Mirage Golf Resort & Spa
71-333 Dinah Shore Drive
Seasons. Year-round but most comfortable from late October to May.
General Tourist Information. Visit the Visit Palm Springs website.