Over the course of a professional golf career dating back to 1990, PGA Teaching Professional Ken Carpenter has developed a talent for helping students of all stripes, from beginners to tour players on both the Nationwide and LPGA Tours. Today, Ken applies his teaching skills at Westin Kierland Golf Club, tweaking swings to address unnecessary backswing hitches and under-rotating hip turns that might be sacrificing distance off the tee or Olympic pommel-horse dismounts. Ken can incorporate video technology into the lessons to break down swing mechanics in order to play back in slow motion or pause to illustrate how much a divot resembles a silhouette of Rory McIlroy.
Manned by a diverse and experienced dive staff, The Scuba Shop hosts scuba classes for all skill levels in a 10,000-square-foot facility that boasts an indoor training pool kept heated to a cozy 90 degrees year-round. There, unseasoned and uncertified divers practice essential skills in a controlled environment before moving into the unpredictable motions of open water or an aboveground pool being carried away by giant ants. In addition to its vast array of training opportunities, The Scuba Shop sells high-quality equipment that divers can use on personal expeditions or on trips the shop organizes to exotic diving destinations.
Taking its name from the Spanish word for desire, deseo presents a modern, upscale interpretation of New World cooking. The menu combines traditional Latin and South American flavors with contemporary sensibilities, leading to creations such as lobster ceviche with chives and garlic chips, beef tenderloin with a horseradish-tinged chimichurri sauce, and feta-stuffed empanadas with a butternut and apple coulis. deseo accompanies these meals with South American wines from a list that earned an Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator.
The restaurant's dining room similarly balances rustic roots and modern inclinations. Gleaming sconces and square-shaped chandeliers cast a gentle glow across the space's warm wood accents and sunset-orange walls. To add even more vibrant color, deseo showcases the works of Cuban-born artist Nelson Garcia-Miranda. A political refugee with a deep passion for Latino culture, Garcia-Miranda often paints live at deseo's Muddle Bar—a show more entertaining than Picasso's standup routine.
With a stay at The Westin Kierland Resort and Spa, you'll be centrally located in Scottsdale, convenient to Kierland Commons and Tournament Players Club. This 4-star resort is within close proximity of Tournament Players Club and Westworld of Scottsdale.
Make yourself at home in one of the 735 air-conditioned rooms featuring minibars. Your room comes with a pillowtop bed. Rooms have private balconies. Bathrooms have makeup/shaving mirrors and designer toiletries.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Pamper yourself with a visit to the spa, which offers massages, body treatments, and facials. While the golfer in the family is out on the course, you can enjoy above-par recreational amenities such as a golf course and a health club. Additional amenities include wireless Internet access (surcharge), a concierge desk, and supervised childcare/activities.
Enjoy a meal at a restaurant or in a coffee shop/café. Or stay in and take advantage of the resort's 24-hour room service. Relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge or a poolside bar.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include high-speed (wired) Internet access (surcharge), a business center, and limo/town car service. Event facilities at this resort consist of a conference center, conference/meeting rooms, and small meeting rooms. A roundtrip airport shuttle is provided for a surcharge, and free parking is available onsite.
Six regions?Speyside, Islay, Highland, Islands, Lowland, and Campbeltown?are responsible for all the scotch distilled in Scotland. Located at The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, The Scotch Library shelves single malts and blends from all six. In fact, the tasting room?s selection of more than 160 labels?including Johnnie Walker and Glenlivet?hail from almost half of Scotland?s distilleries. Served in 2-ounce pours, the scotches themselves run the gamut from 10 to more than 50 years old. To help navigate the choices, Scotch Library Ambassadors dispense tidbits such as which scotches have fruity notes and which turn into scotch tape if you freeze them.
Michael of ACE Photography focuses on keeping quality high and fees low, allowing everyone to document their special moments with crisp, professionally shot photos. He specializes in weddings, crafting customizable packages, and also arranges glamour shoots and family portrait sessions.