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The best hotels for golf holidays in Phoenix & Scottsdale, Arizona.

About the towns of Phoenix & Scottsdale

The twin metropoli that are Phoenix and Scottsdale merge seemingly seamlessly into each other, surrounded by desert, in the middle of nowhere.  Initially a little daunting, one quickly finds ones bearings thanks to the American grid system and its logical numbering of roads, so navigation is quite easy.

The new parts of town are based on the American assumption that everyone drives everywhere, so amenities are fairly well spread out; however, there are many resort hotels where it's not really even necessary to leave the premises during your stay!

Having spent some time investigating all the options; we feel that there are two outstanding parts of town and would recommend staying in either Kierland or Scottsdale Old Town, depending on your preferred pace of holiday.

Kierland Commons

The Westin Kierland Resort and Spa sits just across the street from the Kierland Commons Mall area - a superb open air shopping, dining and supping village.  This means that you can walk from your hotel to a huge range of shops, cafés, bars and all sorts of restaurants (plus a few late night establishments) all with the ease and convenience of being able to stroll back to your hotel whenever you like: all very civilised.

Kierland Commons
Scottsdale - Old Town

Old Town Scottsdale

Old Town Scottsdale is cowboy country.  Great fun if you are looking for somewhere with a more relaxed atmosphere and a much younger, more bohemian crowd.  The shops are single storey, selling Indian handicrafts, cowboy hats, desert souvenirs and the like; the town's dinky museum retells much of the short history of the region.
The Old Town sits just on the southern edge of Scottsdale, so the high rise hotels and glitzy shopping malls of central Scottsdale are not far away, in fact you could walk to "Fashion Square" (arguably the centre of Scottsdale) - if you like.

The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa
The Westin Kierland*****

Like a ship in the desert, the Westin Kierland Resort and Spa seems in many ways like an elegant cruise liner moored in the middle of the Arizona desert - complete with its own 27 hole golf complex in tow!

There are 735 rooms in the hotel, plus 63 suites and 32 apartment style "Casita" rooms - all of which feature Westin's unique "Heavenly Beds"; most rooms also have a private balcony or terrace.

The number of people staying at the Westin Kierland is never a problem as the organisation and service is so good.  The array of facilities is also impressive - 8 separate bars and restaurants - all with their own styles; coffee and ice-cream parlours; huge water-park complete with several pools including a flowing riverway and water slide.  For intense relaxation there is the fully equipped Agave Spa with saunas and various sports massages, beauty therapists and other treatments.

The golf complex has 27 outstanding holes, a huge Clubhouse and golf academy.  Buggies are compulsory here (air conditioned ones are available) plus there are the unique individual Segways that are ridden standing-up; there is a full training course on these before you are let loose!

 

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Breakfast now included every morning!

 

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Every third of fourth night free (depending on season).

Westin Kierland - One of the hotel's pools
Westin Kierland GC
Westin Kierland - A standard double bedroom
Westin Kierland - One of the Westin Kierland's many restaurants
Kierland's "Segways"
Central pool and reception
A typical Suite living room
Hyatt House - Suites

In the middle of Old Town Scottsdale, the Suites at the Hyatt House offer well appointed, well priced accommodation just a short stroll from the main drag and all the evening action.  The Old Town is quite lively in the evening (aided by it's proximity to Arizona University no doubt) but the Hyatt House Suites are suitably distanced to ensure a peaceful night's sleep.

Condominium style suites surround a central reception and pool and although you have the wherewithal to self cater, there is a complimentary breakfast buffet each morning, for a stress free start to your day!

The Hyatt House offers spacious one or two bedroomed suites.  In addition to dedicated en-suite bedrooms, they all have a living/dining area with sofa-bed, a fully-equipped kitchen and a little outdoor area.  Catering for yourself is made easy with a grocery delivery service; you could even rustle-up your own barbecue (unlike the UK, the sunshine is pretty reliable in the Sonoran Desert!).

In the evening there are numerous restaurants and swing-door saloons just a swagger away in the Old Town and plenty of other options too if you are prepared to saddle-up your posse and make tracks for the new town. (That's enough cowboy references - Ed).

 

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Hot breakfast buffet every morning!

 

 

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Free beer, wine and snacks during the 'Hospitality Hour' every weekday afternoon!!!

 

Two-bedroom Suite
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