At one of the best resorts in Scottsdale comes a golf experience unlike any other. The Westin Kierland Resort and Spa is home to three beautiful golf courses named after the surrounding desert. No expense has been spared, and no detail overlooked at the Kierland Golf Club allowing you to have the most unique golf experience in the state. What’s more is the family friendly atmosphere on the courses. Everyone age five and up is welcome to learn, play, eat, shop, and have fun at the greens.
Each of the three courses at the Kierland Golf Club Scottsdale are comprised of nine holes of challenging and enjoyable golf. If you’re wanting a full course of 18, the courses are easily combined with each other. The longest course is the 3,539 yard par 36 Ironwood. Ironwood has manicured fairways and TifEagle greens, and can be combined with the Acacia course. The Acacia is 3,435 yards and features a picturesque view of the resort on the 9th hole. The Mesquite course is 3,478 yards and can be combined with either of the other two courses. The Mesquite is just south of the resort and the most challenging course with undulating TifEagle greens. All three courses feature green fairways with desert grasses, changing elevations, more than 300 bunkers along with dry desert washes, desert trees and lakes. The courses are all thoughtfully designed by Scott Miller, formerly a senior designer for Jack Nicklaus.
The 300 plus days of sun a year make golfing in the valley a joy. The problem with that is it can also make it very hot. With temperatures exceeding 100 degrees Fahrenheit during the summer, it’s nice to have something to cool you down. The Kierland Golf Club has thoughtfully created canopied air conditioned outdoor driving ranges. This is one of the few courses in the country featuring climate controlled golf. This continues onto the courses with air cooled misters in the golf carts. If you’d like to try a non traditional mode of transportation on the green, try the Segways. The Segways are equipped to hold your drinks and snacks as well as your clubs. This is a very green choice as the devices are much quieter than the golf carts and run on emission-free battery power. If you realize you forgot anything when arriving, or just didn’t want to lug it all with you, everything from clubs, to shoes is available to rent for the day, and comes with a sleeve of golf balls.
The Kierland really brings out the Scot in Scottsdale. You might feel as if you’ve been transported to the craggy highlands with the Scottish Golf Experience. Genuine kilts and socks are available for rent so you can golf the Scottish way. When booking this adventure, you’ll have a special beverage cart serving Johnnie Walker Blue, Gold, and Green so that you can toast the experience with the perfect Scotch. You might even see Scotty running around. He’s the Scottish Terrier that serves as the maSCOT for the course. At the end of each day, you’ll hear the resorts professional Scottish bagpiper playing the pipes to call you in from the greens. You may just like this so much that you’ll want to join the Tartan Club. The club includes many benefits such as guest passes, personalized locker and bag storage, a one hour golf lesson and fitting, discounts at the golf shop, and more.
You can make sure to perfect your game while you’re there with proFIT and Fore-max. ProFIT was once only available to touring golf professionals, now, it’s here for you. ProFIT analysis uses launch monitors and high-speed cameras to help determine the best grip, ball, and shaft for your game. Fore-Max is a training system designed to help you increase stamina and driving distance. So much more than just golf instruction, it’s also a fitness program. Fitness director Steve Heller, and Class A PGA Members Mike LaBauve, and Sandy LaBauve get you in tip top shape so you’re able to take on any opponent.
If you have youngsters that are interested in following in your footsteps, there are programs to teach them the game, and help them hone their skills at golf. Check the website for spring and summer camps available to kids ages 5 and up. During the spring, juniors can learn golf play, etiquette, and swing for ages 6-14 in the after school program. For the youngest players, there’s Starting New At Golf (SNAG.) SNAG utilizes bright colors, prizes and learning aides to make learning the game fun and engaging, while still containing all the basic elements of the game. It falls somewhere in between miniature, and regulation golf.
What goes better with a great game than great food? If you’re looking for a quick pick me up at the turn or you’re in between games, Edie’s Rangehouse is there to serve you quickly. Both indoor and outdoor seating are available as well as a variety of food and drinks. From sandwiches to breakfast, snacks and liquor, Edie’s has it all. Of course, the real star here is Brittlebush Bar and Grill. Brittlebush got it’s name from a desert plant that blooms in the spring with tons of little yellow flowers. Step inside for gastropub fare with a Scottish influence. Whether you’d like to sit indoors, or out on the patio, the food and service is fantastic. The golf themed menu is creatively broken up into sections start out with a selection from the Driving Range like orange bbq wings or Par 3 deviled eggs. Move onto the Fairways and Greens for a nice selection of salads, and then Birdies for your main course. There’s the signature Brittlebush Burger, and sliders made of everything from Kobe beef to lobster. If you’re ready for a meal, the Aces and Eagles is for you. You’ll find everything from Fish and Chips to Turkey Flatbread. Mulligans (or sides) consist of regular and sweet potato fries, fruit, onion rings and more. Beer, wine, scotch, and cocktails are served as well as a whole host of non alcoholic drinks including espresso.
There’s so much the golf club has to offer, you’ll need to visit the site to see it all. It’s there that you can sign up for emails, view current specials and packages, and even book tee times. Groups and weddings are always welcome on the beautiful grounds. For the whole family from your five year old, up to your grandfather, it’s bound to become a family tradition.
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