8620 East Thompson Peak Parkway Scottsdale, AZ 85255 +1 480 502 1800
This first-class championship public course offers a challenging array of holes where even the best can be satisfied. Reportedly the Swinging Bridge and Heaven or Hell on the Talon Course are particularly good, but watch out for the 12th hole, it's said to be the toughest. Rates at Grayhawk Golf Club vary by season, please call to confirm. Shirts with a collar are a must. Amenities at the club include: clubhouse, pro-shop, driving range, putting and chipping greens and golf school. Call ahead to book tee times.
10609 East Sheena Drive Scottsdale, AZ 85255 +1 480 502 8200/+1 480 502 7994
At the foot of the McDowell Mountains lies Scottsdale's McDowell Mountain Golf Club. Formerly known as Sanctuary Golf Course, this course was redesigned by Randy Heckenkemper. Golfing legend Phil Mickelson was present for the inaugural function and also had the privilege of striking the very first tee on the newly opened course.The immaculately maintained luscious greens spread across 7072 yards (5913.09 square meters). Rates are seasonal and range from USD50 to USD11. Golf cart fees are included. Call ahead or check the website to book your tee time.
9375 East Bell Road Scottsdale, AZ 85260 +1 480 585 7465
Featuring NHL-sized ice rinks open to public skating, the Ice Den hosts adult and youth hockey leagues as well as classes on skating. The Coyotes Ice Sports pro shop has a good collection of gear, including helmets, hockey sticks and safety equipment. You can also organize your child's birthday party here. Call or check the website for public skating times.
31313 North 144th Street Scottsdale, AZ 85262 +1 480 471 4635/+1 888 921 0040(Toll Free)
Guides enthrall you with tales of cowboys, soldiers, outlaws and Indians, who roamed these parts not so long ago. Learn about desert plants and animals while experiencing the tranquility of the Sonoran Desert. All rides at Cave Creek Outfitters include round-trip transportation from Scottsdale Resorts. Half-day and full-day rides require a minimum of two people, so call to reserve your ride.
7202 East Cactus Road Northeast of Scottsdale and Cactus Scottsdale, AZ 85254 +1 480 312 7967/+1 480 312 7665
Cactus Park offers an aquatics and fitness center where you'll find everything you need to kick start a healthy regime; from water exercises, specialty classes to public swimming on week-ends. Those who don't want to step into the water can shed their calories at the Cardio Room or Weight Room. Prices vary by program and the staff here will help develop a program that is just right for you. Families can enjoy a fun day out by booking a ramada. Parents can relax in the cool shade while the kids tire themselves out at the playground. The park also includes a sand volleyball court along with one full and two half basketball courts.
15125 North Hayden Road Suite 101, Scottsdale Design Center Scottsdale, AZ 85260 +1 480 998 9790/+1 800 298 2787(Toll Free)
This fine art publisher, distributor and custom framer is the most popular choice of area designers, galleries and art consultants looking for quality pieces. For those wishing for the designer touch to adorn walls this is the ideal place to find works by today's popular artists. You will find an extensive collection of artists and styles. Artists include works by Leland Beaman, Susan Osborne, Marco Galaviz and Erin Lofton. More than 30 artists' work is featured. Check out the Web page for further information.
25000 North Windy Walk Drive Scottsdale, AZ 85255 +1 480 585 4310
This par 72 course was recognized by 'Golf Digest' as one of the best new courses just a year after it opened in 1986. One of only eight facilities to earn the magazine's "Five-Star Facility Award" in North America and ranked number one in Arizona by Golfweek Magazine. Thought to be the best desert course ever designed by the team of Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish, it offers spectacular views from elevated tees. Included in fees is a motorized cart. Reservation for tee-times requires 5-day advance notice. Collared shirt required for play. See website for visitor details.
14605 North Airport Drive Suite 100 Scottsdale, AZ 85260 +1 480 922 8681/+1 800 861 3294
Hold onto your hat and take an exciting tour of Phoenix and the surrounding valley with an experienced pilot from this facility. Chosen by Cessna as an official Pilot Center, the standards here are strict by comparison. Choose a guided tour of the Valley, or charter a flight with certified pilots. If you prefer to fly your own, this company can help you achieve your goals. Beginner through advanced training is available here by special arrangement. If you already fly, look into the aircraft rentals.
15001 North 74th Street Scottsdale, AZ 85260 +1 480 991 3666/+1 800 755 0935
Set sail on your dreams with a flight of fancy. Drift over the Sonoran desert for a new perspective with a company in the business since 1984. Flights depart in the morning and afternoons in the winter and soar over the Scottsdale and Carefree areas. Pastries and a traditional champagne toast are included, as are the famous concluding 'Balloonists Prayer' and a personalized flight certificate. One to two hour flights feature air-to-ground communications. Call to arrange reservations and transportation to the scheduled launch site. See website for tour routes, balloon bios and information on the firm's operations in Colorado.
12621 North Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard Scottsdale, AZ 85259 +1 480 860 2700
Built in the late 1930s, this cluster of buildings is now a National Historic Landmark. Patterned after the flow and feeling of the desert surrounding it, this school was the architect Frank Lloyd Wright's favorite building. The structure today is the main campus of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture and is open for tours. Highlights include Wright's former office, The Garden Room and the Taliesin West pool & fountain. Check website for further details.
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