Tennis anyone? I can imagine this phrase coming to the mind of Bob Hing when he and his wife Alice opened the Scottsdale Racquet Club in June of 1971. At the time, it was the first and only private tennis club in the whole city. Today, it is the oldest surviving club under continuous ownership in Scottsdale. Over the years, the Racquet Club has hosted numerous events and tournaments on their eleven lighted courts. Bob and Alice themselves are avid players, as are all seven of their children. In 1999, they decided to take fitness to new heights, and created the Scottsdale Resort and Athletic Club.
The first thing you’ll notice upon arriving to the resort is it’s concentration on fitness and healthy living. Taking advantage of the 300 plus days of sunlight the valley receives, there are many outdoor activities. In addition to the tennis courts, some of the unique amenities offered by the resort include bicycling paths, three swimming pools, pilates, yoga, spinning, personal training, and many spa services. If golf is more your game, preferred tee times and discounted green fees await you at the Silverado Golf Course. You can even come for tennis tournaments including the USTA National Men’s 35 Hardcourts. Tennis lessons and programs are offered year round, and in the summer, there’s a Grand Slam Kid’s Camp. The kids camp teaches children ages 5 to 12 the game of tennis, martial arts, and other games and sports. It’s never too young to learn sportsmanship and be an athlete.
When you’re done working out in the Athletic Club, soothe those sore and tired muscles at the Eurasia Spa. With earth tones and Asian inspired décor, prepare for your brain to take a relaxing adventure along with your body. In fact, every treatment at the spa begins with a Cosanti Bell ritual exclusive to the spa. Bamboo and five treatment rooms named after classic Asian blooms completes the illusion. Hand painted by a Chinese brush artist on textured Magnolia paper, each bloom is featured on the spa doors. These include Wisteria, Lotus, Orchid, Peony, and Azalea. Many treatments are available for men, women and teens including massages, facials, waxing, and Asian soaking tub treatments. Salon services for hair and nails are also offered. If you’d like to take the spa home with you, there’s a boutique where you can purchase candles, tea, and other treats. On the spa’s website, you can buy gift certificates online for those special occasions, or just because.
Now that you’ve worked out and relaxed, you’re bound to have worked up an appetite. Head over to the signature restaurant on site, the OC SEVEN. Remaining family focused even here, the seven in the name comes from the Hing’s seven children. OC is in honor of OC Hing who originally immigrated to the United States in 1912 to raise his family. Open every day except for Monday, both lunch and dinner are served. Special events happen all the time at the restaurant and bar which are open to the public. The fitness theme continues here where many healthy menu options like salads and wraps are available. The southwestern flair of the desert comes to life with dishes like chicken tortilla soup and chicken flautas. There are also Asian inspired dishes such as honey walnut shrimp and pork spring rolls. There’s so much more than just food at OC SEVEN. Stop in Friday and Saturday nights for live entertainment for “dine and dance.” Monthly wine dinners, cooking classes, and culinary seminars, are all some of the fun activities you’ll find at the restaurant.
After such a long, hard day of having fun, you’ll be ready to stretch out on your king bed. Any size room is available from a simple guest room to suites, villas, and the presidential villa. Free high speed internet, 27” TV with DVD players, coffee makers, wet bar, and separate tub are some of the amenities you can expect here. For meetings or events, audio/visual equipment, high-speed wireless internet, cable access and a 10ft. by 8ft. screen are available. The OC SEVEN Restaurant and Bar is available for private parties, and the Outdoor Lawn next to the swimming pools can accommodate up to 400 diners. Weddings are very special here as well with beautiful indoor or outdoor spaces. Come enjoy the magnificent views of Camelback and Mummy Mountain while you swim, play, eat, and socialize at this one of a kind Scottsdale resort.