Challenging course play tucked in the shadows of the Superstition Mountains characterizes Western Skies Golf Club, earning it the yearly honor of hosting the Gilbert City Championship. Players shepherd their golf balls over the 6,744-yard layout aboard carts equipped with GPS systems, which help them determine exact distances to the greens or how far the flagsticks can be thrown like javelins. Water enters play on five holes, including the 18th, where players must hit over a lake off the tee and avoid a second lake to the right of the green on their approach shot.
A lighted practice facility lets golfers pummel Pinnacle range balls into the night sky at the driving range or shore up short-game finesse at the putting and chipping greens. After a round, practice session, or bout of putter swordplay, players can visit the bar and grill to restore calories lost on the fairways and bunkers while watching 12 HD televisions.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Total length of 6,744 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 70.3 from the back tees * Course slope of 125 from the back tees * Three sets of tees per hole * Scorecard
The East Valley Tribune reviewed Down Under Wines & Bistro. Reviewers are mixed on the service, but praise the wide variety of food and wine. Yelpers give the shop an average of 3.5 stars and 82% of Urbanspooners recommend it.
The certified sommelier at Vine Expressions handpicks three wines each month, from which wine-club members select two for enjoying within the warmly lit bistro. Rotating offerings may include chardonnay, pinot noir, or cabernet sauvignon, which wine lovers sip, sniff, and gargle while lounging at the purple-tinged bar or in cozy leather chairs. Snacks crafted from ingredients culled from the nearby farmers' market complement the reds and whites, and wooden shelves brimming with bottles line the walls alongside works by local artists. Membership also grants access to specialty events such as wine dinners, festivals, and trips to regional grapevines laden with succulent fruit and juicy neighborhood gossip.
MWC Bistro celebrates vineyards across the world with a selection of more than 30 wines sold by the glass. Wine flights give customers a chance to sample vintages from around the world without having to book passage on a hot-air balloon. The menu of libations extends to craft brews that pair well with cheese boards and nuts hand-spiced with a blend of brown sugar and chilies. In fact, everything that exits the kitchen is made from scratch, including the salmon cakes and the bacon-and-squash flatbread flavored with herbs grown in-house. The talented chefs don't rush the art of cooking, giving guests plenty of time to sip their drinks and soak up the harmony of color and texture with the eatery?s abstract paintings and natural stone accent wall. Out on the patio, a string of lights illuminates stone-topped tables and iron chairs softened with decorative cushions.
When your flagship restaurant inhabits a midcentury post office, finding a comparable space for your second location—one that fits squarely within the city’s historical and cultural fabric—is a tall order. Leave it to the masterminds behind Postino Wine Cafe to make it look easy. Postino Central makes its home in the building of Katz's Deli, a former cornerstone of one of Phoenix's oldest neighborhoods. The deli’s bustling counter has given way to an indoor-outdoor bar complete with fire pits and a wine list that’s both unusual and approachable. In the kitchen, chefs craft small plates that brim with local ingredients, including artisanal meats, cheeses, and more than a dozen styles of bruschetta.
Since 1990, the FieldWorks team has been keeping Arizona busy. The company specializes in organizing large-scale events that benefit local nonprofits, such as seasonal obstacle courses and community fairs. But no matter what?it hosts, FieldWorks aims to help local organizations raise money and spread awareness?all while bringing locals together.