Our group was comprised of two adult couples who traveled to Arizona for a golf weekend.
Weather: Traveled the last weekend in September, so the weather was still hot, around 95 – 100 degrees, and the evenings were beautiful at about 85 degrees.
Location: The resort is situated southeast of downtown Phoenix. While it was a short drive from the airport, you definitely knew you were in the middle of the city and highway traffic noise was a constant in the background and was a little distracting.
Resort: The resort is huge, and includes a conference center and a large water park. It’s obvious that it’s an older resort and in some places they are struggling to keep it up nicely. At the time we were there, the water park was already on reduced weekend hours, so because our tee times were in the early afternoon, we didn’t have a chance to visit the waterpark, but we strolled by it in the evenings and it looked very fun. Other than the waterpark, there are a few small pools scattered throughout the resort, a couple of which are adult only and are very quiet and laid back. The Camelback building seemed where the resort lodged most of the families with children, and we saw only adults in the Mountainside building where we were located.
Rooms: Our room, overlooking the center lagoon and #1 tee, was very lovely. The bed was divine, and there was a nice sitting room with business desk. No robes, which would have been nice for sitting out on the balcony.
Dining: We had breakfast every morning on the patio of the Lobby Grill, which was shaded and warm, but perfect for relaxing over a cup of coffee. On Saturday and Sunday, they feature a buffet with good variety and lots of fresh fruit. Our first night, we visited the Rustler’s Roost, which is a loud western themed steak restaurant up on a hill overlooking the resort. Unfortunately, their deck, which overlooks the city, was reserved for a private party, but we were able to find a quiet corner against the windows. The steaks were very good, and they finish off dinner with a tub of cotton candy. Just check in at the front desk of the resort and they will have a car take you up the hill to the restaurant. The second night, we visited Aunt Chilada’s, a Mexican restaurant within walking distance, and had a very nice dinner on the patio.
Golf: We purchased a golf package that included a round of golf, rental clubs, and a $25/per room credit per day directly from the resort. The golf course was a bit brown (but it was September), and because they were hosting tournaments both Friday and Saturday, our tee times were early afternoon so it was pretty warm. The sun was already beginning to dip by the time we finished up around 5:30pm, which was nice. We really enjoyed some of the unique tee boxes, obstacles and desert landscapes. The rental clubs had definitely seen better days, and if you get a women’s set, be sure to ask for a pitching wedge because they don’t seem to think women use them.
Customer Service: With only one exception, that being the coffee shop in the Lobby where the baristas were surly and unfriendly, all of our service was excellent at the resort and the restaurants.
Overall, we have a wonderful, relaxing weekend. Arizona Grand is a lovely resort with an old-school feel to it.
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Thank you for your great review! I am happy to see that you enjoyed some great dining experiences and had fun on the golf course. It sounds like you visited us right before we closed for over-seeding, which might explain the browning grass. I hope to welcome you back to our classic resort for years to come.
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