SCOTTSDALE, AZ – Sure, summers are hot in Scottsdale. But that’s no reason to stay inside, especially if you’re an avid golfer. That’s because Scottsdale’s courses slash rates by as much as 60 percent off peak season, which means you can play the “World’s Finest Golf Destination” at rock-bottom prices. The key to success is to play early, wear sunblock, drink lots of water and spend the rest of the day lounging poolside or enjoying of Scottsdale’s myriad indoor attractions. So, where should you tee off this summer? Here’s a sampling of our favorites.
To keep things cool, elevation matters, especially in the mornings and evenings. The Boulders, one of Scottsdale’s most iconic retreats, sits at just over 2,500 feet, making morning and evening temperatures dramatically cooler. Plus, the exceptional views and famed rock formations add an element of natural beauty and drama that cannot be beaten. Take advantage of The Boulders’ Two by Fore Summer package, featuring nightly accommodations in a recently remodeled casita, one round of golf per adult, per night with the option of same-day replay on either of The Boulders’ two golf courses, a 20 percent discount on all spa services, and complimentary access to and fitness classes at The Spa at Boulders. The Two by Fore Summer package starts at $209 per night with a two-night minimum stay.
Introduce your kiddo to your favorite sport with Fairmont Scottsdale Princess’ Sunset Loop package, which includes overnight accommodations for one adult and one child and complimentary golf on a five-hole loop on the TPC Scottsdale’s Stadium Course. Don’t have golf gear? No problem – the package includes a sleeve of golf balls and complimentary rental clubs. And when you’re not on the course, you and your little one can enjoy Fairmont’s family friendly summer amenities, including fishing in a stocked pond, barreling down a 200-foot waterslide at the Sonoran Splash pool, and experiencing the Trailblazers Family Adventure Center. Rates start at $129 per night.
Show off your skills on the course and in the pool with The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa’s Smash & Splash package. The package includes one round of golf at Kierland Golf Club, where you’ll be treated to an air-conditioned golf cart when you’re not chipping, putting and driving. After you wrap up your round, dive into the property’s Adventure Pool complex, home of the resort’s premier pool, lazy river and waterslide. Stay and play for the day for $59 per adult and $39 per child. Extend the fun with room rates starting at $149 per night.
For golfers who like to split their time between family and the course, Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North is the ticket. Swing away at Four Season’s neighboring Troon North Golf Club with rates starting at $59 while the rest of your crew enjoys the resort. Keep your better half happy with an impromptu spa treatment while the buckaroos swim, play ping pong, learn about the natural environment, and decorate cookies in the Kids For All Seasons club. Summer room rates start at $179 per night.
For golfers who simply cannot get enough of the game they love, The Phoenician is offering its Unlimited Scottsdale Golf package this summer with rates starting as low as $279 per night, double occupancy. Package includes AAA Five Diamond accommodations and unlimited golf for each guest, based on availability and after the completion of the first round. Tee times can be booked 30 days in advance.
Just down the street, the beautiful JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort & Spa’s Unlimited Golf package features a casita guest room, complimentary breakfast each morning, unlimited golf at Camelback Golf Club and 20 percent off purchases in the resort’s golf, spa, tennis and retail shops. Rates start as low as $229 per night.
Take a break from the midday sun while also continuing to fine-tune your game at Boccieri Golf, featuring one of only 15 Robo Golf Pros in the world. This state-of-the-art robotic trainer assists you in perfecting you swings by demonstrating the perfect swing planes for your body type and physical abilities. The motion is repeated until the new, more effective swing in engrained into your game. Also within the 9,000-square-foot performance center, you can access the latest technologies in golf, including Trackman, K-Vest and the SAMM Balance Lab, all of which will make you a well-oiled machine when facing off against your buddies on the course.
You can’t perform at your best if you don’t have the correct equipment. As the largest independent custom club fitting company in the world, Scottsdale-based Cool Clubs understands that. Pick out top brand equipment that helps you further your game at one of two locations in Scottsdale.
Take your new golf techniques and equipment for a test drive at TopGolf Riverwalk on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. Rent a bay in the morning, mid-day or evening under misters and face off against friends while aiming at targets for points. And when you’re not swinging, enjoy TopGolf’s robust array of snacks, beers and indoor entertainment, such as pool.
To learn what makes Scottsdale the “World’s Finest Golf Destination,” visit www.ExperienceScottsdaleGolf.com.