With over 200 courses and 12 million rounds of golf played
each year, Scottsdale is a real hot spot for golf. Here are
four of the best resorts to stay and play.
The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
Golf: Fairmont guests have playing privileges at
the TPC Stadium Course (home to the wildly popular FBR Open)
and the TPC Desert Course. Added bonus: One of the few resorts
in the country that has a golf concierge.
The Rooms: More than 650 guestrooms including
125 casitas with optional butler service, villa suites with
golf course views and private courtyards, Center Master suites
each featuring separate parlor areas for entertaining, and
22 Choya suites perfect for honeymooners.
Best Suite: Described as "southwestern
luxury," the Presidential Suites have wood burning fireplaces,
large parlors, staffed kitchens, oversized bedrooms, separate
dressing areas and golf course views.
Extra Touches: Escape to the Rooftop Mesa
swimming pool and kick back in one of the private cabanas
(adults only, please), take an evening stroll through the
atrium or get doused at the Waterfall Treatment area. Added
Bonus: Live like a king and hire your own personal resort
Resort Style: Spanish Colonial Hacienda style
(terracotta, open plazas, courtyards and water fountains).
Five pools dot the massive, 450-acre property that always
remains peaceful and quiet even at maximum capacity.
The Buzz: Classic Scottsdale with a modern
twist—a perfect Sonoran oasis with a quiet elegance.
If that doesn’t sell you, perhaps this will—past
guests include Arnold Palmer, Tiger Woods, Peter Fonda, Andy
Roddick, Andre Agassi, Gene Hackman, and Jerry Seinfeld. www.fairmont.com
JW Marriott Desert Ridge
Golf: Old meets new at the Desert Ridge. The Wildfire
Golf Club features an Arnold Palmer Signature Course and the
new Nick Faldo Championship Course.
The Rooms: The 950 guestrooms (including
81 suites) have won the AAA Four Diamond Award. Each quarters
has a balcony or patio overlooking wildflower gardens, swimming
pools, lakes and golf course or mountain views. In addition,
there are four hospitality suites, 37 luxury suites and 37
Best Suite: The four Presidential Suites
feature impressive art collections, plasma televisions, Bose
Sound systems, balconies and domed foyers with Italian marble
Extra Touches: While the spa facilities are
first-rate, budding naturalists and desert dwellers can also
enjoy the several trails located on the resort property, including
the Desert Botanical Garden featuring 20,000 plants and cacti.
Added Bonus: The resort offers desert Hummer tours.
Resort Style: Opened in 2002, the JW Marriott
Desert Ridge Resort & Spa is one of the largest resorts
in Scottsdale. The main building and the 28,000-square-foot
European-style spa were built by Hornberger and Wortsell and
interior design by The Barry Design Group.
The Buzz: Acres of turquoise swimming pools,
shimmering waterways and gorgeous views of fiery Arizona sunsets
promise to relax and rejuvenate even the most tense and tired.
Golf: Combining playability with aesthetic beauty,
the golf facility consists of three 9-hole courses, each named
for its surrounding landscape—Canyon, Desert and Oasis.
The Rooms: The main resort building offers
468 guestrooms. A short stroll from the lobby are 119 luxury
casitas overlooking Necklace Lake. The Canyon Building—a
boutique resort within a resort—features 60 guestrooms
and suites and serves as an elegant retreat for special gatherings.
Best Suite: Four Presidential Suites feature
panoramic views of the mountains and desert, outdoor patios,
Steinway baby grands, fitness workout rooms, fresh flowers
daily, four Plasma televisions, two fireplaces and steam rooms.
Added Bonus: An extra $1000 gets you a personal butler.
Extra Touches: The resort flies in Belgian
chocolates three times a week. All rooms feature imported
Irish linen, rich Berber carpeting and oversized bathrooms
with Italian marble. Six restaurants and one of the country’s
larger wine cellars. Added Bonus: Mother-of-pearl swimming
pool, multi-million dollar art collection.
Resort Style: A masterpiece of nature, architecture
and art. Hotel architects Killingsworth, Stricker, Lindgren
& Wilson and interior designer Paula Fox have created
an environment of timeless elegance and European flair.
The Buzz: People marvel at the integration
of the elements—art, food and design. Bottom line: The
resort, a Starwood Luxury Collection property, is in a class
by itself. www.thephoenician.com.
Four Seasons Resort
Golf: The two 18-hole championship courses—The
Monument and The Pinnacle —are
considered among the finest desert courses ever built. Course
attractions include breathtaking views of balancing rocks,
cinder cones, towering saguaros, abundant wildlife and distant
mountain peaks. Added bonus: Fitness and sport trainers are
on hand to help improve your swing, endurance, flexibility
The Rooms: There are 188 luxuriously appointed
guestrooms, 25 casitas and 22 suites (most have private plunge
pools, outdoor gardens and kiva fireplaces)
Best Suite: A private, 3000-square foot Presidential
Suite has four fireplaces and backs up to a desert preserve
on the north edge of the property with spectacular views of
Extra Touches: A separate spa cuisine menu
for the health conscious, chilled towels and cold bottled
water at the ready for hikers and runners returning from desert
outings, and exclusive spa body treatments based on Native
Resort Style: Blends flawlessly into the
surrounding desert flora with a Pueblo-style motif and warm
wood trim. The exterior was designed by Hill Glazier Architects,
with the interior created by Wilson & Associates.
The Buzz: High-end New Age vibe with five-star
service in a mellow, relaxed setting. Want to enjoy the finest
service in Scottsdale? This is your place. www.fourseasons.com