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Talking Stick Resort: The Perfect Golf Destination

Talking Stick Resort, Golf Club collateral April/ 2014 Images of the Talking Stick Resort, Golf Club, as seen in Scottsdale during the month of April, 2014. Credit: John

Hitting a hole in one feels just as good as scoring the perfect golf resort destination. Talking Stick Resort, located in the magical Sonoran Desert surrounded by Arizona’s stunning beauty, is home to two of Scottsdale’s best championship golf courses. The AAA Four Diamond Rated Resort also includes an array of amenities, non-stop entertainment, luxury hotel accommodations and an award-winning golf club right outside its doors.

Complete with two championship golf resorts

Talking Stick Golf Club features two highly-acclaimed championship golf courses, the O’odham Course and the Piipaash Course. Named after the two tribes in the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community, each course represents two distinct backgrounds and cultures. Open to the public, each course was skillfully designed to portray golf in a traditional sense, which quietly merges with its tranquil desert surroundings.

A pristine course designed with artistry

Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw are the two designers behind the championship golf courses. The designers have a shared philosophy that traditional, strategic golf is the most rewarding and the creation of courses that present this concept with great artistry is the ultimate goal. Talking Stick Golf Club’s O’odham Course, with its broad, angular holes, rewards thoughtful play through the rise of its many options according to one’s level of skill.

Its low profile, slightly crowned greens and close-cropped approaches encourage running as well as aerial assaults. The Piipaash Course, with its tree lined fairways and raised greens defended at the sides offers a more straightforward style of play. It presents its challenge and strategy in an open and clear-cut fashion.

Talking Stick Resort a favorite amongst golfers

Talking Stick Resort offers golf lovers from around the world a place to stay, play and have fun while enjoying Arizona’s rays of sunshine making it the perfect golf destination. Guests can take advantage of the resort’s stay-and-play golf packages for those who seek memorable getaway packages. The Par Fore course package includes a night in one of the resort’s distinctive rooms plus one round of golf per person. The Fairway to Heaven package includes hotel room, a spa treatment and a round of golf for each night stay

After a full round of golf, guests can retreat to one of the resort’s 496-rooms full of luxurious amenities. Six types of rooms fill the hotel, including two and three bay suites, signature king and double beds as well as executive king beds overlooking stunning views of Camelback Mountain – including private outdoor patio space. Guests rooms feature contemporary-modern furniture, spacious bathrooms and floor-to-ceiling windows.

Complete with entertainment at every turn

The resort has a lively atmosphere with live music, shows, gaming, restaurants, lounges and more. Players who work up an appetite on the greens are only steps away from restaurants ranging from quick bites to fine dining. Among the impressive list of various dining options is the  award-winning fine dining destination located on the 15th floor, Orange Sky. Orange Sky is known for its breathtaking views of Arizona’s signature orange sunsets and its delectable dishes perfectly paired with fine wine to enhance the entrée of choice. Whether you want a fast, casual or more intimate private dining experience, Talking Stick Resort has everything and more under one roof.

Talking Stick Resort event gaining traction

Talking Stick Resort is also introducing its latest event, the Talking Stick Resort Amateur Golf Championship. Slated for January, the event marks the property’s first foray into amateur golf. The Championship is designed to give players a near-PGA experience; it will feature 36-holes at the award-winning Talking Stick Golf Course along with special events for participants.

The tournament, which runs Jan. 24-26, is open to players with an established handicap as scoring for the event will follow the stroke play tournament format with players designated to one of six flights. Following each day of play will be exclusive events and offerings such as a digital long drive competition sponsored by Taylor Made, a Sun Watchers Kickoff party, daily breakfasts and lunch and more. Players may begin signing up for the event beginning November 1 at

When not hitting the links, guests of Talking Stick Resort can experience a whole world of gaming on its main floor with more than 700 multi-denominational slot machines and table games. The property also features many more amenities, where players have the opportunity to indulge in its world-class spa, train in the state-of-the-art fitness center, or compete in the famed ARENA Poker Room. To level up the experience, the property is home to one of Scottsdale’s favorite nightclubs on its 14th floor. Degree 270 has a spacious dance floor overlooking breathtaking views of the Valley, with favorite local DJs performing live weekend nights.

In case work meets play, the resort offers an array of exquisite indoor and outdoor meeting space.  Spanning over 113,000 square feet with state-of-the-art A/V capabilities, the property has innovative meeting rooms that can accommodate for a more intimate group setting to a large conference with up to 2,000 guests with rooms that allow flexible configuration to ensure every event desire is met. Inside or out, memorable experiences are created at Talking Stick Resort.

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