The Valley of the Sun shines bright as winter descends.
Perennially ranked the Phoenix/Scottsdale area’s best course by Golfweek, We-Ko-Pa Golf Club’s walkable Saguaro layout bears the minmalist signature of
Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw. The older Scott Miller-designed Cholla layout serves up challenging target-style desert golf. Both afford rounds uninterrupted by real estate or roads and known for views of the mountain called “We-Ko-Pa” by the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, owner and operator the course. wekopa.com
WINES AND WAGERS
A year ago, We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort debuted with a stunning 167,000-square-foot upscale gaming facility. Some of the best bets there are the wood-fired steaks and spectacular seafood at Ember, We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort’s fine-dining experience. Ember recently became one of only 19 restaurants out of 9,000 in Arizona to achieve Wine Spectator’s “Best of Award of Excellence.” Ember’s wine program covers 17 countries, 517 wines by the bottle and 26 by the glass. wekopacasinoresort.com
We-Ko-Pa’s unique clubhouse draws inspiration from the natural surroundings and Yavapi culture. A canyon-like breezeway splits the structure—half golf shop, half grille—and leads to a outdoor patio, while elements like fire, wood beams and stacked stone suggest Yavapai heritage. wekopa.com/clubhouse
Just west of We-Ko-Pa lies Fountain Hills, which takes its name from a concrete water lily sculpture in the man-made lake of Fountain Park. The fountain started spouting its 330-foot-high plume for 15 minutes on the hour in 1970, and on certain holidays, the water climbs to 560 feet. Avoid windy days when it’s shut down. fh.az.gov
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These articles were also featured in the Fall 2021 Issue of Colorado AvidGolfer.