If you haven’t played the Dwight D. Eisenhower or Babe Didrickson Zaharias courses at the Pacific Palms Resort in the past three years, you’ll likely be doing double takes when you next check in at the golf shop.
The “Ike” and “Babe” recently underwent extensive renovations, including new white marble sand in bunkers and reconstructed greens, but what will startle returning visitors most is the overall complex. What used to be known as the Industry Hills Sheraton Resort and Conference Center in the City of Industry has been transformed into a delightful resort complex called the Pacific Palms Resort. Majestic Realty Co. invested $60 million in capital improvements at the 650-acre hotel-and-golf property, making the facilities as top-notch as the golf courses.
Gone are any traces of the aging appearance of the conference center, restaurant and locker room facilities. Along with its new name, Pacific Palms has a glamorous lobby, furnishings and accommodations reflecting a nouveau California/tropical flair, conference rooms with high-tech audio and visual equipment, Wi-Fi in public areas, a new spa facility, new and renovated restaurants, remodeled locker rooms and fitness center, and a refurbished driving range and short-game area.
Lush decor extends to the surroundings, with tropical gardens defining outdoor gathering areas such as The Oasis pool/sauna, the wedding gazebo overlooking the valley, the expansive dining patio of the RED Restaurant & Bar, and Celebration Lake, with an island patio featuring a large stone fire pit.
Pacific Palms quickly earned a four-star rating and has become a fast favorite of meeting planners, families and groups, in addition to attracting couples in search of a romantic getaway. With that in mind, try this itinerary for a weekend with your sweetie (I did):
Toast your round over “Pacific fusion” cuisine at Cima, where breakfast, lunch and dinner — and a fantastic weekend buffet — are served. And, indoor and outdoor dining areas offer wonderful views of the valley.
After completing the round, enjoy some al fresco dining at St. Andrews or the bar/patio area of RED restaurant, where golf tournaments and other sporting events can be viewed on any of several flat-screen TVs.
Spend a blissful afternoon at The Spa at Pacific Palms, which offers a vast menu of therapeutic massage treatments and separate whirlpool, steam room and bath facilities for women and men.
For dinner, indulge in creative gourmet cuisine at RED, which serves trendy treats such as mini Kobe burgers, calamari stir fry, blackened lobster tacos, and “lambsicles” (mini chops with heirloom tomato and leikiki salsa), along with traditional upscale fare such as Oysters Rockefeller and prime rib.
The newly opened white-tablecloth restaurant has a young hipster vibe in the bar, while large booths in the dining room offer a more intimate dining experience.
Repeat the weekend procedure as needed to alleviate the weekday grind. With great golf, gourmet dining and luxury accommodations and amenities — all at a central location convenient to most areas of the Southland — Pacific Palms Conference Resort is sure to make getting away a habit. SG
For more information, call (800) 524-4557 or visit pacificpalmsresort.com.