By Norah Bradford
The Phoenician Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona today has its roots in a late 1980s venture by Charles Keating, whose vision was to create a luxury resort at the base of Camelback Mountain, l a site that was originally home to one of the first hotels in the area, constructed in the early 1900s. The resort has won numerous awards and in particular high esteem is held for the golf operations, which has been ranked amongst the “Top 75 Golf Resorts in America” by Golf Digest publication. In addition, the Phoenician Golf courses have been named “North America’s Leading Golf Resort” by the World Travel Awards.
The 27-hole Championship golf facilities comprise three, 9-hole courses created by course designers Ted Robinson, Sr. and Arthur Jack Snyder (later reworked by Homer Flint), and managed by Troon Golf. Designer Ted Robinson, Sr.’s work can be evidenced most clearly as the famed “King of waterscapes” in some of the hole designs on the Oasis course. The Canyon course has players traverse the lower level of the mountain, bringing elevation into play. The desert nine plays as a classic Scottsdale experience.
Other interesting features of the golf experience at The Phoenician include bluetooth enabled remote control follow Stewart XIX carts for moving golf clubs about, Callaway rental club availability and 27,000 square feet of practice area. However all this golf can work up an appetite for which Relish Burger Bistro is well placed to serve. A dining destination in its own right, the bistro offers classic American fare with one of the largest collections of Tequila in Arizona. The menu includes a variety of no less than twelve signature gourmet burgers, all also offering a “Knife & Fork” bun-less option, complemented by select garnishes. Try for example, the Cowboy Burger, with grilled Kobe beef, fried onion rings, bacon rashers, jalapeños, sharp cheddar cheese and house-made steak sauce; or the Classic “You-Build-It” Kobe Burger, with a choice of two toppings, from fried egg to chili verde.
All this golfing activity coupled with the gastronomic delights of dining makes the next logical step booking a stay to enjoy a respite from the east coast weather.
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