Four (plus MORE) deals for a Scottsdale summer getaway…
By Chris Duthie
Cooler temperatures and seasonal monsoon rains are blissful signals that Colorado’s oppressively hot summer is quickly coming to an end. Despite the heat, I’ve begun thinking about ways to extend my warm-weather recreation as well as take full advantage of any golf specials that are becoming a wallet-pleasing phenom in August and September.
One summer destination that many avid golfers often overlook is Scottsdale. No question, Arizona is still in the throes of searing temperatures, but we all know the forecast: A much milder autumn is approaching, which means that, as temperatures drop, prices to stay at and play Scottsdale’s legendary golf properties will soon escalate.
Time is of the essence. Here is a four-point sampling of the amazing values still being offered:
1) OB Sports, which manages public golf courses throughout the West, has launched a new membership card program that offers 50-percent-off tee times plus a host of other attractive benefits. Prices for the OB Sports Card membership vary (from $99-$149, depending on the facility), and it’s valid from Sept. 1, 2018, through Dec. 31, 2019. OB manages eight courses in or near Scottsdale, including Eagle Mountain and Longbow. For details, go online to OBSports.com.
2) At the ultra-luxe Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, guests are now enjoying the property’s sumptuous Labor Day Dreamcation (through Sept. 3, 2018) that is celebrating the end of summer with special “bon voyage” offerings, including nightly torch lightings, lei making, tropical poolside happy hours, vow renewals, fireworks and more. Pair the festivities with the Princess’ lusciously attractive Best Summer Ever package, which includes special pricing on accommodations and golf at the adjacent 36-hole TPC Scottsdale.
3) Sequestered on Scottsdale’s higher grounds is newly renovated The Boulders Resort & Spa, which is tempting summer vacationers with moonlight bicycling, stargazing, paddleboard yoga and 36-holes of top-ranked Sonoran Desert golf (a summer weekend tee time is currently $65). Even better are The Boulders’ seasonal packages, which are listing rooms for as low as $129 a night — more than 70-percent below winter and spring rates. For additional incentives and details, go online to TheBoulders.com.
4) Even more summer deals await at various other properties, including the Bespoke Inn, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hotel Valley Ho, Inn at Eagle Mountain, The Phoenician, Royal Palms Resort and Spa, Sanctuary Camelback Mountain and Talking Stick Resort.
Scottsdale is a 13-hour drive south of Denver via interstates 25 and 40, and it’s a two-hour flight from DIA to Phoenix Sky Harbor International. But don’t delay: The majority of these specially priced offerings are valid only through early September. For more about vacationing in Scottsdale, go online to ExperienceScottsdale.com.
Chris Duthie is a Durango-based contributor to Colorado AvidGolfer.
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