The Ultimate Guide to Planning a Golf Getaway in Arizona

Sarah Marcucci

Posted on August 22 2019

The Ultimate Guide to Planning a Golf Getaway in Arizona

While most of the US is facing the onset of Fall & the dread of harsh winters, Arizonians are anticipating nice temps, sun rays, and the peak of golf season! As an Arizona based company, our team knows the “Grand Canyon State” is the place to be for Fall and winter golf. Whether you’re lucky enough to be a local golfer or planning a trip to our state we’ve got your ultimate guide to golf, accommodations, and restaurants  in Arizona.

Where to Play

With so many great resorts around the state, you really can’t go wrong.  But, we do have a few favs for you to consider:

  • Whirlwind Golf Course- Devil’s Claw Course & Cattail Course
  • Troon North
  • Grayhawk
  • TPC Scottsdale
  • Talking Stick
  • TPC Stadium Course
  • Gainey Ranch Golf Club
  • Talking Stick Golf Club
  • The Short Course at Mountain Shadows
  • Phoenician Golf Club
  • TPC Scottsdale Champions Course
  • The Westin Kierland Golf Club

Where to Stay

Beautiful properties surrounded by golf, mountains, and more are ubiquitous in Arizona. Where will you choose for your perfect getaway? Check out these fine venues:

Golf on property:

Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess is a top-rated resort, home to one of the most recognizable golf courses in Arizona, TPC Scottsdale, host of the Waste Management Phoenix Open. The AAA Five-Diamond resort delivers the ultimate desert oasis. Visit their site.

Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch

Staff pick for spa & pools! The Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch is the perfect getaway for families looking to explore Arizona and also spend some time on the course. This beautiful resort is complete with 10 pools, 20 fountains, 45 water spills, and a signature “sand” beach. The property even has a waterslide! Home to the award-winning Gainey Ranch Golf Club, the Hyatt Regency is a great home base for an Arizona golfing vacation. Not to mention the amazing Spa Avania, perfect for relaxing after a day of golfing. Visit their site.

Talking Stick Resort

Talking Stick Resort features 36-holes at the well-known Talking Stick Resort Golf Club, but there’s so much more to this 240,000 square foot property. Like an award-winning restaurant, a casino with 800 slots and the state’s largest poker room, and even pool parties during the summer! This resort has it all for golfers who are looking to spend time on the course & some time hittin’ the casino and surrounding attractions.  Visit their site.

Mountain Shadows

Mountain Shadows is a recently re-envisioned boutique resort set in Paradise Valley, ten minutes from Old Town Scottsdale. This resort is home to the seasonal cuisine at Hearth ‘61, aerial yoga, cocktails while lounging poolside, and 18 holes of par-3 golf at The Short Course. Mountain Shadows is perfect for those looking for a balance of relaxation & activity as well as a close proximity to nightlife and shopping. Visit their site.

Boulders Resort & Spa Scottsdale, Curio Collection by Hilton

The Boulders Resort & Spa Scottsdale features two championship golf courses, 8 tennis courts, 6 restaurants, a marketplace of unique boutiques and art galleries, and a full service rejuvenating spa. This property has 160 luxurious Casitas and 61 Villas/Haciendas, all built to match the unparalleled natural beauty. Visit their site.

The Phoenician

The Phoenician is a resort that demonstrates luxury and personalized experiences. The recently refurbished main lobby, Thirsty Camel Lounge, Afternoon Tea Room, retail space, and pool complex provide guests with several options for activities throughout their stay. In 2018, a new three-story Phoenician Spa, featuring a rooftop pool and Drybar; was introduced. The Phoenician Athletic club is equipped with tennis, pickle-ball, and half-court basketball. And finally, The Phoenician recently debuted a completely redesigned and rerouted 18-hole golf course. This amazing property is perfect for those wanting to explore Scottsdale's luxury in all aspects of their stay. Visit their site.

Scottsdale Marriott at McDowell Mountains

Located in North Scottsdale, the Scottsdale Marriott at McDowell Mountains is home to the TPC Scottsdale Champions Golf Course. The hotel offers an outdoor pool and hot tub year round as well as delicious eats at the AGAVE Southwest Bar & Grill. Visit their site.

Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North

The Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North is located adjacent to the renowned courses at Troon North Golf Club designed by Weiskopf & Morrish. The Four Seasons offers 210 guest rooms including 22 suites, all arranged in one-and two-story territorial-style buildings.  This property offers views of Pinnacle Peak and the Valley below. Visit their site.

The Westin Kierland Resort and Spa

Staff pick for nearby shopping! The Westin Kierland Resort and Spa has a little something for everyone! With 10 dining venues onsite, full-service salon and spa, and Adventure Water park equipped with a water slide, lazy river, and FlowRider board-sport simulator. In addition to these amenities the Westin Kierland Resort and Spa features 27 holes and a first-of-its-kind fleet of GolfBoards and golf bikes. The Westin Kierland Resort and Spa is also about a 10-minute walk from Kierland Commons home to fine dining & shopping. Visit their site.

Golf near property:

Royal Palms Resort and Spa

The Royal Palms Resort and Spa is well-known and respected for their standard of luxury and beauty. The Royal Palms delivers beautiful views paired with Spanish architecture, award-winning dining, and other amazing amenities. This is the perfect resort for a romantic getaway with the option to golf nearby at other properties. Visit their site.

Hotel Valley Ho

Staff Pick for Nightlife! Hotel Valley Ho is an icon in historic Old Town Scottsdale. This contemporary  boutique hotel is extremely close to the nightlife of Old Town Scottsdale and not far from several of Arizona’s top golf courses.  This hotel is perfect for a golfer looking for a mix of golf & day/nightlife in Scottsdale historic district! Visit their site.

The Scott Resort & Spa

The Scott Resort & Spa recently underwent a $15 million reinvention and has been turning heads ever since. This beautiful boutique hotel is located in the heart of downtown Scottsdale and features two pools (one sand bottom), a full-service spa, and on-site dining that will “wow”! Visit their site.

Where to Eat

And for the true gastronome? Well, Arizona has you covered! Satisfy those tastebuds with these epicurean delights.

The Mission

The Mission restaurant serves modern latin cuisine in a breathtaking setting. Serving up delicious cocktails, plates to share, tacos, and entrees at 2 locations (Old Town and Kierland), The Mission is the perfect modern + elegant spot for an evening out.

Don’t Miss: Table-side Guacamole, Pork Shoulder Tacos

The Montauk

Located in Old Town Scottsdale, The Montauk is a trendy spot for drinks + dinner! Serving eclectic American & New England fare offered in a beach-inspired venue, The Montauk is sure to be a hit. The Montauk offers brunch, lunch, dinner and even a special late night menu.

Don’t Miss: Watermelon Mule, Fish Tacos

Sushi Roku

Located in Old Town Scottsdale at the beautiful W Hotel, Sushi Roku serves a variety of sushi, sashimi, and many other dishes. Sushi Roku is a pioneer of contemporary sushi and offering a bold and diverse menu.

Don’t Miss: White Lotus Roll, Prime Ribeye Steak “Japonais”

North Italia

North Italia is a contemporary, casual Italian spot part of the Fox Concept Restaurants conglomerate. With two locations around town (Arcadia and Kierland), North is the perfect spot for lunch or dinner. Serving up fresh ingredients, inventive pairings and delicious drinks, North Italia will be a restaurant to remember.

Don’t Miss: Tuscan Kale Salad, Bolognese (House Specialty)

The Henry

The Henry is another restaurant in the Fox Concept restaurants group that boasts delicious eats, drinks, and an unbeatable ambiance and setting. Stop by for brunch, lunch, or dinner and enjoy The Henry.

Don’t Miss:  Short Rib Potstickers, White Truffle Parmesan Fries, Black Kale & Pink Lady Apple salad

Andreoli Italian Grocer

Andreoli Italian Grocer is a casual and laid back spot to eat some amazing Italian food. The casual setting serves lunch and dinner and doubles as a grocery for specialty Italian food & wine. The menu always serves sandwiches, antipasto, and salads along with around 15 different daily specials, ranging from pasta to seafood. Don’t forget to try a dessert from the bakery case-- you won’t regret it!

Don't miss: A cannoli, speciality pastas

O.H.S.O. Brewery

O.H.S.O. is a restaurant, local nano-brewery, distillery, and dog-friendly spot! O.H.S.O. has 4 locations and is sure to be a fun, laid back, delicious meal & drinks! Serving brunch, lunch, and dinner, O.H.S.O. is a fun way to hang out, drink & eat with your golf buddies, families, or friends!

Don’t miss:  Green Chile Pork, Brewer’s Grilled Cheese

Pitch Pizzeria

This modern pizzeria features more than just your average pizza pie… Indulge in delicious pizza creations, entrees, pastas, burgers and more. With an extensive cocktail & wine list AND 10+ variations of moscow mules, Pitch is the perfect place to sip, socialize, and get some awesome eats! Pitch Pizzeria displays contemporary, beautiful design and is great for large groups! YUM!

Don’t miss:  Tiger’s Blood Moscow Mule, House-made Pappardelle, Bianco Verde Pizza

What to Do

When you’re not on the course, Arizona offers many other exciting options! Take a hike, go shopping, or head to Old Town Scottsdale for a fun night out. Whether you’re looking for some family fun or a little nightlife, you’ll definitely find it here!

Spend the day hiking

Our favorite spots are Camelback Mountain, South Mountain Trails like Fat Man’s Pass & Telegraph Pass, & Pinnacle Peak! Check out more hikes here.

Go shopping

We love Scottsdale Fashion Square & Kierland Commons/Scottsdale Quarter.

Hit the town with AZ nightlife

Try heading to Old Town Scottsdale for club-like bars with music, drinks + fun.

Head over to the Desert Botanical Garden

Where you'll see thousands of species of cacti, trees and flowers from around the world.

Have a blast at TopGolf

Enjoy a day off the course, but still golfing at TopGolf.

Day Trip to Sedona

Get in the car and head up to Sedona for some cooler temps, red rocks, and beautiful hikes.

Explore the Phoenix Zoo

Located on 125 acres of land in the Papago Park area the phoenix zoo is a unique & fun place to spend the day.

There’s nothing quite like spending a Fall or winter day amidst the Sonoran Desert landscape!  Pack your bags (and clubs) to start your ultimate Arizona vacay!


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