My Kind of Summer Bargain


The 5-Star Phoenican resort is one of the best in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area, and its 27-hole course is pretty good too. This summer it's also pretty cheap, at least if you like cocktails!

Posting this to let my friends–in Arizona and far beyond–know about The “Round on Us,” program (get the double entendre?), a collaboration between Starwood hotels, which has several Phoenix area golf properties, and liquor giant Diageo, which among other things, owns Guinness brewing.

The always manicured course at the Westin Kierland is no slouch either, a very solid round - especially at these prices!

Here’s the deal: buy a 750 ml or larger bottle of Crown Royal, Johnnie Walker, Don Julio Tequila, or Ketel One Vodka (hey, you were going to anyway), at your local grocery or liquor store, and get “Two for One” golf at the participating courses, meaning one player pays, one goes for free. This is not a short term offer: it runs the whole summer, until September 30. Just bring the receipt and you get one round free with a regular priced one, bearing in mind that in summer in Phoenix “regular” price is about a third of what it is in peak season already.  Presumably if you are friends, you will split the savings – and the cocktails. Considering a bottle of Ketel One is like twenty bucks, and you get to keep it, that makes for really cheap golf.

It’s even cheaper when you consider the quality of the courses, which are:

Kierland Golf Club: Really solid, Troon Golf operated upscale resort facility.

The Phoenician Golf Club: An underrated and surprisingly good 27-hole course, with three distinct feels (desert, lake, canyon), located at one of the top luxury resorts in this country, as strictly five star experience.

Whirlwind Golf Courses (at Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa): Two very impressive desert courses, Devil’s Claw and Cattail, both managed by Troon and designed by Gary Panks, who is really good at the genre and did the very highly rated Twin Warriors course in New Mexico.

In other words, these are no unknown munies, they are real top flight Valley of the Sun courses, and the booze is not exactly call brand either.

Hey, if you miss the chance to take advantage of this bargain, but still crave golf in the arizona sun, consider heading up the road for some Tucson golf, where there are usually deals to be had.

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