First and foremost a big congratulations to Bubba and Angie Watson for a great win in San Diego. With Jimmy coming from the Nationwide Tour, it’s great seeing other Nationwide grads doing well. Torrey Pines is always a course that challenges Jimmy a bit, so despite a bit of a rough Sunday, I am proud of him for playing so well.
This week we are in Scottsdale for one of the rowdiest tournaments of the year, the Waste Management Open at TPC Scottsdale. For those all the folks out there in places like Buffalo, NY, who have never had a chance to experience this tournament, it truly is the “greatest show on grass”.
Scottsdale is a golfers paradise with over 150 public and private courses in the area to choose from and average sunny days are well over the 300 mark. When one comes to Scottsdale and especially the Waste Management Open, prepare for a lot of pomp and circumstance that goes along with the event. In one day driving around here, I see more vanity license plates then I do in a year in Texas and THAT my friends, is Scottsdale in a nutshell.
There are tons of good restaurants in the area; depending on what part of Scottsdale you are located. I am going to give you two good recommendations this week that are in different parts of the city.
If you are in North Scottsdale, a short jaunt up Hayden Road is the Spotted Donkey Cantina in Cave Creek, a trendy restaurant with great southwestern cuisine and hip atmosphere, including wonderful patio dining when the weather is good. (Hence my 300 days of sun reference above.) The Spotted Donkey is known for using locally sourced ingredients, including Hatch Green Chilies, in dishes like their decadent Arizona Mac n’ Cheese. (8220 North Hayden Road 480.922.1400)
Another fun restaurant in Old Town Scottsdale is Bandera. Known for their rotisserie, Bandera is a southwestern-meets-bbq in an upscale setting. The restaurant gets busy after work hours end and tables are limited, so patrons are known to wait it out, drink in hand. (3821 N Scottsdale Rd (480) 994-3524)
One can’t go wrong with either restaurant but both are on the smaller side and local favorites so reservations are strongly advised.
Taking full advantage of the sun, especially when temperatures are at a premium during the winter months, I am going to suggest you and your wallet head to Kierland Commons. A fun center with a “main street” kind of feel, Kierland Commons is perfect for an afternoon of shopping combined with lunch or dinner. With a wide variety to choose from, Kierland is a nice alternative to the average mall.
Centrally located in Scottsdale is the Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch. This great property is 27 acres of pool, spa, golf and luxury linen goodness. The Hyatt is perfect for a romantic getaway or for families traveling with children as it has plenty to keep everyone occupied. There is a 1.5-acre water park and Camp Hyatt Kachina to keep little kids happy, as well as the Spa Avania and a top rated golf course to keep big kids happy.
Be forewarned, the Hyatt room rates are not for the faint of heart during peak winter months. Booking a trip during the summer months will save you over half. For rates, drool worthy pictures and more information check out http://scottsdale.hyatt.com/hyatt/hotels/.
I hope I’ve given you some useful information for planning a trip to Scottsdale. Of course, I am completely biased and think the best week to come is during the Waste Management Open. It truly is a spectacle that should not be missed!