The Luxury The 15-story Talking Stick Resorts 497 rooms and suites overlook sparse mountain-and-desert landscapes and verdant golf courses. The Scottsdale, Arizona, retreat opened in April and has seven restaurants, four lounges, and a 240,000-square-foot casino. Guests can visit the two courses at sister property Talking Stick Golf Club, designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw. Golfers may select tee times at the grassy, links-style North course or the traditional, tree-lined fairways of the South course.
The Value The Par Fore the Course package (offered through March) includes deluxe accommodations. Prices start at $299/night ($100 off standard rates) and cover a round of golf at Talking Sticks two courses. Readers will also receive a $50 resort credit.
The Catch Only one guest can redeem the round of golf; winter greens fees start at $80.
The Details 866-877-9897 (mention Smart Luxury Travel); talkingstickresort.com
From the Winter 2010/2011 issue of Smart Luxury Travel magazine by ShermansTravel.com.
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