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We-Ko-Pa Managing Fort McDowell Adventures

In gearing up for the official rebranding of the Radisson Fort McDowell Resort as the We-Ko-Pa Resort & Conference Center next Wednesday, October 1, the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation has moved their Fort McDowell Adventures operations management under the Resort. This decision was made to provide hotel guests, area visitors and local residents with an even easier way to enjoy an incomparable, rip roarin’ Wild West experience, surrounded by majestic mountains and the scenic Verde River.

“By streamlining operations in this manner, we’re able to provide each of our guests with more personal attention when booking our sensational destinations,” said Ruben Balderas, President of the Fort McDowell Tribal Council. “This was a logical management change. Moreover, through substantive cost and time efficiencies, we can keep pricing lowered while providing an excellent value to our customers – a ‘win-win’ for everyone.”

A popular destination for decades, Fort McDowell Adventures (www.fortmcdowelladventures.com) offers one-of-a-kind experiences in a tranquil and spectacular desert setting that include Horseback Trail Rides, Desert Jeep Tours, Verde River Kayaking, Segway Tours, Desert Belle Riverboat Cruises, First Friday Night Franks and the Yavapai Experience Cultural Tour. Groups of 10 or more can also enjoy two-hour City Slicker Cattle Drives.

Guests can now seamlessly combine business and pleasure by having access to the 25,000 square feet of meeting space at the Wassaja Conference Center at the resort and the vast selection of activities at nearby Fort McDowell Adventures.

“Having the We-Ko-Pa Resort & Conference Center manage day-to-day operations of Fort McDowell Adventures was a strategic business decision that benefits all parties involved,” explained Phil Dorchester, General Manager of the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation. “By keeping everything under the same umbrella, individuals and groups now have one central point of contact to make all their necessary arrangements. It’s a much more efficient way of providing an exceptional guest service experience.”

“Meeting planners are always looking for fun, Southwest-inspired activities that their attendees can enjoy after a long day of meetings or attending a conference,” added Craig Benell, Acting General Manager of the We-Ko-Pa Resort & Conference Center, a AAA Four Diamond Award recipient for the past eight years. “Planning after-hours functions and team-building events is now easier than ever, since they can be booked at the same time as a company’s meeting space, catering menus and audiovisual needs.”

As a result of this central management, local residents or hotel guests planning weddings, birthdays, family reunions, bachelor/bachelorette parties or other special events may receive preferred pricing – enabling them to combine a night or two at the resort with a once-in-a-lifetime Wild West experience. Those interested in making reservations or receiving additional information are encouraged to contact Julie Solliday at (480)789-5534.

In addition to the We-Ko-Pa Resort & Conference Center and Fort McDowell Adventures, destination enterprises owned and operated by the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation include We-Ko-Pa Golf Club, Fort McDowell Casino, Eagle View RV Resort, and Poco Diablo Resort in Sedona.

Troon North Golf Club. Photo: Troon North

Top 5: Public Golf Courses (Fall-Winter 2012)

The Top 5 Public Golf Courses — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Grayhawk Golf Club

8620 E. Thompson Peak Pkwy.,
Scottsdale, AZ 85255
(480) 502-1800
grayhawk.com
Since opening in 1994, Grayhawk has become one of Arizona’s most celebrated daily-fee golf clubs, mostly because of Grayhawk’s two exceptional 18-hole golf courses – Talon and Raptor. Both have hosted high-profile events such as the Frys.com Open (2007-2009).


Talking Stick Golf Club

9888 E. Indian Bend Rd.,
Scottsdale, AZ 85256
(480) 860-2221
talkingstickgolfclub.com
Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, together as a design team, created the magic of Talking Stick. Located on and owned by the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, the north and south courses provide a serene yet challenging day of play.


Golf Club at Eagle Mountain

14915 E. Eagle Mountain Pkwy.,
Fountain Hills, AZ 85268
(866) 863-1234
eaglemtn.com
Located minutes from Scottsdale in the rugged McDowell Mountains of Fountain Hills, the Scott Miller-designed Eagle Mountain Golf Club dramatically weaves its way through shaded box canyons and around majestic mountain peaks unique to this scenic corner of the Sonoran desert.


We-Ko-Pa Golf Club

18200 E. Toh Vee Cir.,
Fort McDowell, AZ 85264
(480) 836-9000
wekopa.com
Featuring views of the Sonoran Desert, We-Ko-Pa consists of the original 18 holes, the Cholla Course, designed by Scott Miller; and a second 18, the Saguaro Course, designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw.


Monument Express at Troon North

10320 E. Dynamite Blvd.,
Scottsdale, AZ 85262
(480) 585-5300
troonnorthgolf.com
Troon North Golf Club has created an executive 9-hole golf course called Monument Express. The course measures to more than 1,500 yards and offers two different par options based on each player’s experience and ability. The course can be played for a very affordable price. It’s great exercise and perfect for beginners, juniors and golfers of all skill levels. Free for kids 15 and under playing with an adult.

Experience AZ Fall-Winter 2012

 

Top 5 Arizona Public Golf Courses (Spring-Summer 2012)

Top 5: Arizona Public Golf Courses (Spring-Summer 2012)

The Top 5 Arizona Public Golf Courses — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Golf Club At Eagle Mountain

14915 E. Eagle Mountain Pkwy.,
Fountain Hills, AZ 85268
866-863-1234
eaglemtn.com
Located minutes from Scottsdale in the rugged McDowell Mountains of Fountain Hills, the Scott Miller-designed Eagle Mountain Golf Club dramatically weaves its way through shaded box canyons and around majestic mountain peaks unique to this scenic corner of the Sonoran desert.


Grayhawk Golf Club

8620 E. Thompson Peak Pkwy.,
Scottsdale, AZ 85255
480-502-1800
grayhawk.com
Since opening in 1994, Grayhawk has become one of Arizona’s most celebrated daily-fee golf clubs, mostly because of Grayhawk’s two exceptional 18-hole golf courses – Talon and Raptor. Both have hosted high-profile events such as the Frys.com Open (2007-2009).


Monument Express At Troon North

10320 E. Dynamite Blvd.,
Scottsdale, AZ 85262
480-585-5300
troonnorthgolf.com
Troon North Golf Club has created an executive 9-hole golf course called Monument Express. The course measures to more than 1,500 yards and offers two different par options based on each player’s experience and ability. The course can be played for a very affordable price. It’s great exercise and perfect for beginners, juniors and golfers of all skill levels. Free for kids 15 and under playing with an adult.


Talking Stick Golf Club

9888 E. Indian Bend Rd.,
Scottsdale, AZ 85256
480-860-2221
talkingstickgolfclub.com
Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, together as a design team, created the magic of Talking Stick. Located on and owned by the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, the north and south courses provide a serene yet challenging day of play.


We-Ko-Pa Golf Club

18200 E. Toh Vee Cir.,
Fort McDowell, AZ 85264
480-836-9000
wekopa.com
Featuring views of the Sonoran Desert, We-Ko-Pa consists of the original 18 holes, the Cholla Course, designed by Scott Miller and a second 18, the Saguaro Course, designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw.

Experience AZ Spring-Summer 2012