FALL AND HOLIDAY GOLF NEWS FROM SCOTTSDALE
All the latest news and information from the “World’s Finest Golf Destination”
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (Oct. 27, 2017) – As the weather begins its slow but steady turn towards milder temperatures in Scottsdale, the area’s top golf facilities are upping the ante once again in the “World’s Finest Golf Destination.” Here’s a taste of what golf travelers will enjoy this fall and winter in Scottsdale:
NEW & IMPROVED
Though it officially opened last year, the reinvented Short Course at the area’s newest resort property, Mountain Shadows, is one of Scottsdale’s hottest golf experiences. Named “Renovation of the Year” by “Golf Inc. Magazine,” this excellent 18-hole, par-3 course pays homage to the original Mountain Shadows course, which was quite popular with Hollywood celebrities and socialites visiting Scottsdale in the 1960s and 1970s. With challenging greens, rugged slopes, distinctive holes and beautiful views of Camelback Mountain, the Short Course is a must-play for visitors.
Additionally, one of Scottsdale’s most iconic layouts, the Monument Course at Troon North Golf Club, completed its own renovation project in October. Crews restored Monument’s green complexes to their original size, shape and contours using GPS coordinates from Tom Weiskopf’s original design. In addition, greens were resurfaced with A4 bent grass, and collars with TifGrand semi-dwarf Bermuda grass. Bunkers also have been rebuilt with new liners, new Pioneer sand and enhanced drainage.
Other recent improvements in Scottsdale include enhancements at SunRidge Canyon Golf Club, where crews removed several bunkers, widened fairways and expanded the green on the challenging par-3 eighth hole, leading to better playability throughout the golf course. Rancho Manana Golf Club enhanced its bunkers, adding 125 tons of new sand, and has added a fleet of 80 new, energy-saving E-Z-GO golf cars with lithium batteries. The new cars use less energy and are 200 pounds lighter than a conventional car, diminishing their impact upon the turf grass and making for better playing conditions.
Away from the courses, many properties have improved over the summer, as well. The Boulders Resort & Spa has enhanced its clubhouse facilities offering a luxurious new golf shop, members lounges, event space and restaurants, including the new Grill Kitchen & Bar. This sophisticated yet casual dining experience combines “American-classic” cuisine with an outstanding wine list and polished service. Favorites include hickory-smoked prime rib, exceptional seafood and fresh salads, as well as inventive dishes such as Cubano sliders and the restaurant’s signature Divot Nachos.
Fairmont Scottsdale Princess refreshed its 69 Fairmont Gold Junior Suites with new Southwest chic furnishings which give the rooms a modern and warm feel. Nestled in a secluded enclave of the resort, the rooms are popular with golf travelers as many overlook the TPC Scottsdale Stadium Course and offer private check-in, a dedicated concierge and an exclusive lounge serving breakfast and afternoon hors d’oeuvres daily.
Finally, coming January 2018, The Phoenician Golf Course will be completely redesigned, under the direction of Architect Phil Smith, who has designed courses with such legendary names as Jack Nicklaus and Tom Weiskopf. The 10-month project will see The Phoenician golf course go from 27 to 18 holes with an emphasis placed on maximizing the opportunities the unique setting provides for creating one of the Valley’s best golf experiences. Look for the all new Phoenician golf course to open fall of 2018.
SCOTTSDALE GOLF WEEK
In its second year, Scottsdale Golf Week will take place January 8-14, 2018, and will provide the traveling golfer special pricing, offers and vacation packages at dozens of Scottsdale golf courses, resorts and attractions.
“With golf being an integral part of Scottsdale’s identity, our goal is to put all that Scottsdale offers as a golf destination on display for our guests to enjoy during Scottsdale Golf Week” said Caroline Stoeckel, vice president of marketing for Experience Scottsdale, a major sponsor of Scottsdale Golf Week.
Additionally, the week will include a variety of golf-themed special events, a sweepstakes, unique dining and shopping opportunities and enticing stay-and-play opportunities at Scottsdale resorts. During last year’s inaugural Scottsdale Golf Week event, Experience Scottsdale golf members saw an increase in rounds of nearly 15 percent over the same week the previous year.
FAT TIRE FUN AT WESTIN KIERLAND
The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa – home of Segway golf vehicles, golf bikes and GolfBoards – has added yet another innovative way to get from tee to green on its 27-holes of golf: Kierland TurfRiders.
The lightweight, battery-powered, two-wheeled scooters come equipped with a rack to carry golf bag and large tires which create no damage on the fairways. The scooters are capable of speeds of up to 24 mph; however, the 18-mph setting is recommended for golf course use.
“The scooters provide a fun, exhilarating golf experience that most golfers have never tried before and continue our tradition of creating a unique golf experience,” said Nancy Dickens, director of golf at Westin Kierland Golf Club.
WHO’S YOUR CADDIE
Four Troon Golf-managed clubs in Scottsdale now offer guests the opportunity to play with caddies: The Boulders Resort & Spa, The Phoenician Golf Club, The Westin Kierland Golf Club and Troon North Golf Club.
“If you’ve ever played with a caddie, you know how much more enjoyable it makes a round of golf,” said Mike Ryan, Troon Golf division president. “The new caddie service at these four Scottsdale properties not only elevates the golf experience, but also greatly enhances Scottsdale as a golf destination.”
Guests who opt to use the caddie service may choose to have a single forecaddie for their group, a single-bag carry caddie, or a double-bag carry caddie (available only at Boulders, The Phoenician or Westin Kierland). Caddie services at the properties range from $30 per player for a forecaddie up to $100 per player for a single-bag carry caddie. The recommended gratuity is $20 and up per player for a forecaddie, and $30 and up per player for a walking caddie.
BOCCIERI GOLF PARTNERS WITH CALLAWAY
Boccieri Golf, one of Scottsdale’s premier golf research and performance facilities – and the exclusive Arizona home of the robotic swing trainer – has earned designation as an official Callaway Fitting Center, providing players with the full line of Callaway golf equipment, including the new EPIC driver.
“The Callaway Fitting Center designation is a natural progression for us,” said Tim Greenwell, Boccieri Golf president. “Using our robotic swing training system, our instructors can help players build consistent golf swings, and then custom fit them with the proper Callaway equipment.”
Boccieri trainers employ a proprietary 10-point fitting system as well as a database of more than 1,000 golf shaft profiles to perfectly fit players and improve performance, consistency and scoring.
To learn more about what makes Scottsdale the “World’s Finest Golf Destination,” visit www.ExperienceScottsdaleGolf.com.
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Laura McMurchie, Vice President of Communications
Jerry Rose, Communication Links On Behalf of Experience Scottsdale