Maryland-based Marriott International Inc. and CNL HospitalityCorp. will build the 950-room resort in the master plannedcommunity of Desert Ridge in north Phoenix, near the border of theupscale suburb of Scottsdale.

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"The addition of Desert Ridge continues our long-standingcommitment to the Valley," said company Chairman J.W. Marriott in areleased statement.

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On the drawing boards for more than two years, the Desert RidgeResort & Spa will be the largest in the state, surpassing the730-room Arizona Biltmore.

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Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, scheduled for opening by November2002, will include a five-story hotel building, a 28,000-sf spa, afull range of restaurants, eight tennis courts and an 18-hole golfcourse design by Nick Faldo. An 18-hole Arnold Palmer-designedcourse already exists on the site.

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The resort will have a contemporary Southwestern design. DesertRidge Resort & Spa is being designed by San Francisco-basedarchitect Mark Hornberger, who designed the Hyatt Regency inScottsdale.

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The resort will be built east of Tatum Boulevard near DeerValley Road, just south of the existing Wildfire golf course.

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