Millions of people worldwide enjoy horseracing, but very few of them actually have the speed, strength, and endurance required to win a race against a horse. Leave horseplay to the professionals with today’s Groupon to Turf Paradise. Choose from the following options:
- For $20, you get a VIP admission and dining package for two (a $50 total value). The package includes:
- Two seated admissions to the Turf Club (a $9 value each)
- One $25 food and beverage voucher
- One racing program (a $2 value)
One $5 gift shop voucher<p>
- For $40, you get a VIP admission and dining package for four (an $100 total value). The package includes:
- Four seated admissions to the Turf Club (a $9 value each)
- One $50 food and beverage voucher
- Two racing programs (a $2 value each)
One $10 gift shop voucher<p>
- For $60, you get a VIP admission and dining package for six (a $150 total value). The package includes:
- Six seated admissions to the Turf Club (a $9 value each)
- One $75 food and beverage voucher
- Three racing programs (a $2 value each)
- One $15 gift shop voucher<p>
Celebrating its 56th year, Turf Paradise honors the sport of kings with spectating, dining, and wagering at its 1,400-acre racetrack, home to 2,200 horses that race live five days a week on a course that sprawls before a mountainous backdrop. VIP admission escorts ticketholders to the Turf Club on the third floor. Ensconced in mahogany and marble, the Turf Club boasts numerous TV screens that capture photo finishes and windows that stream panoramic views of the racetrack and the oversize Kentucky Derby hats worn by mountainside lizards.
After perusing the racing program and assessing the track, take odds on a full bar and a menu that barrels over appetites with shrimp cocktails ($11.95), new york strip steaks ($14.95), and hot sandwiches such as a Rueben on rye ($9.95). Before the last echoes of galloping hooves clang across the grandstand, guests can mark the occasion at the gift shop with a keepsake hat, toy, book, or T-shirt that’s far cheerier than a model horse papier-mâchéd from shreds of losing wager slips. The Turf Club does require country-club-casual attire, which consists of collared shirts, an absence of denim, and an electric golf cart.
Before professional football, baseball, or basketball had even arrived in Arizona, Turf Paradise was thrilling crowds with horseracing. The state's first professional sports franchise, Turf Paradise opened its gates on January 7, 1956—just two years after businessman Walter Cluer had purchased 1,400 acres of barren desert to build the facility. Since Cluer, only a handful of owners have presided over Turf Paradise, and each has left their mark. For instance, in 2003, owner Jerry Simms built a state-of-the-art equine pool where horses can train or relax during a rousing game of equine Marco Polo. But horses aren't the only ones who have enjoyed improvements over the years. For its visitors, Turf Paradise boasts several dining areas and a grandstand, and at both of its entrances, the facility greets guests with stunning 90-foot marquees.
Turf Paradise Marketplace
1501 W Bell Rd.
Phoenix, Arizona 85023