Westin Kierland Golf Club's trio of nine-hole courses allow golfers to mix and match, creating a different experience each time they hit the links. The par-36 courses measure about 3,500 yards apiece from the back tees, allowing golfers to get in a solid day of play or quarterbacks to get in an entire season's worth of passing in one afternoon. The toughest 18-hole combination pairs the Mesquite and Ironwood courses, which together net a 73.1 rating and 127 slope. Aside from games, golfers can sign up for lessons and clinics under PGA instructor Pete Treyve and his staff or grab a bite at the on-site restaurants, Edie's Rangehouse and Brittlebush Bar & Grill.
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.
A native of the Sonoran Desert, the brittlebush looks like a humble, gray-leafed scrub for most of the year. In late winter and early spring, however, it blossoms with bright yellow petals that evoke its cousin, the sunflower. It's a local treasure that changes with the seasons?much like the foods at Brittlebush Bar & Grill, located on Kierland Resort.
The chefs here draw from locally-sourced ingredients, pushing the bounds of gastropub creativity with each new recipe. Dishes such as salmon sliders and scotch onion soup?made with single malt scotch whiskey?match well with the drink list, which includes a nice selection of locally crafted beers on tap. The eatery's decor is likewise warm and welcoming, combining copper accessories and exposed wood beams with views of the beautifully landscaped golf course and herds of wild golf carts.
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.
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.
Agave, The Arizona Spa has a location made for relaxation. Its massage tables, pedicure chairs, and private treatment rooms take up residence inside The Westin Kierland?a resort surrounded by pools, a golf course, and a sweeping mountain range in the distance. Walking through the resort doors and down its hallways takes visitors past an ever-changing collection of commissioned artwork, photographs, and other decor inspired by Arizona, all of which sets the perfect mood for the spa's services.
The team here administers more than a dozen kinds of massage, each of which take a different approach to treating pain and other chronic issues, such as really wanting a massage. Other treatments, including craniosacral energy therapy or acupuncture, find inspiration in Eastern healing techniques. The spa also houses the WestinWORKOUT fitness studio, where visitors exercise using cardio and strength-training equipment and trainers lead yoga classes and boot camps.