Ricky on Playing, Eating and Staying in Phoenix

On a recent trip to Phoenix we had the chance to stay at the Fairmont Scottsdale- formerly and still sometimes known as the Fairmont Princess. The Hotel wants to identify itself with the Fairmont Brand more than Princess. It is a great, large desert resort. I stayed in the concierge level rooms with breakfast daily and a wine reception in the afternoon and it was very special. The only bad news is Sally was not traveling with me so I had a fabulous room, sitting porch, 2 flat screen TVs, a huge bathroom and the wonderful grounds for tennis and golf to enjoy by myself.

The TPC Scottsdale golf course is adjacent to the Fairmont, but I had the chance to play the Legend Trail Golf Course just North of the best course in the desert -Troon North. I played Troon North years ago with my son Richard and in 6 or 8 trips back to Phoenix have never matched Troon North for the desert golf experience. This trip was business and we played on the afternoon we arrived. It was in great shape, and I had a great hotdog prepared with diced tomatoes, onions and chili, I suppose Southwestern style. Don’t know for sure but it was good. Hope you have a clean golf towel as you will need it to clean up from eating the dog. The golf course was a good one but not if you can’t hit a driver where you intend. For NC folks somewhat like Tobacco Road and Mike Stranz target golf. Not quite that bad but the desert eats golf balls like sharks eat chum. My game was chum!

Unfortunately the Fairmont steakhouse “Bourbon Steak,” was a disappointment. The steak was expensive and ordinary. There are too many great restaurants in Scottsdale/Phoenix area to waste a meal on this one. For a better meal, try Z’tejas.

On previous trips to the Phoenix/Scottsdale area I have stayed at Copperwynd Resort/ Fountain Hill and cannot wait to go back. It sits on a desert peak with great views of the fountain in Fountain Hills (yes they have a big fountain), golf courses and magnificent desert landscapes with beautiful mountain backdrops! Typically the desert is warm in the day time and cool at night. Anytime other than the dead of summer it would be very nice for a romantic weekend getaway or a small executive level meeting. They have great food, great service and really neat rooms. Sally and I rented bikes and rode around the desert, which I would highly recommend.

If you have any questions about your planning an upcoming trip to the Phoenix/Scottsdale area or other golfing destinations, please don’t hesitate to contact me at 336-499-6727 or ricky.shore@aladdintravel.com.

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