Northern California Wine Dinner

Arizona Golf Resort was privileged to host our second wine dinner, this time with a feature region of Northern California.  For a sold-out crowd, our executive chef, Jay Culp prepared five exquisite courses, each paired with a unique wine.

Our guests enjoyed a chilled seafood platter, lobster salad, pork New York steak, beef wellington, and banana crème brûlée.  The food was amazing!  However, the highlight of the night was enjoying the wonderful wine that accompanied each course.

Everyone had a wonderful time is and is looking forward to our next wine dinner, which will be on Friday, June 25 at 6:00 pm and will feature Italian wines and cuisine.  We hope to see you there!

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Arizona Golf Resort History

The Arizona Golf Resort & Conference Center has a long and interesting history and has been in existence long before Phoenix was the city that it is today.  It  was purchased by the Tidan Group of Companies in April, 2007.

Prior to the purchase, the Resort was privately owned by Jack Lake.  Mr. Lake was involved in the operation and development of the property since the 1960’s.  There was nothing much out in this area except the Resort, then known as “Golden Hills Country Club” and Leisure World across the street. Power Road was called Bush Highway and Southern Avenue was not paved to the east.  There were no freeways and few traffic lights.  The name of the property was changed to Arizona Golf Resort & Conference Center in the early 80’s.

In the early 1960’s only the Golf Course, 200’s series of guest rooms and the Clubhouse existed. The Resort catered to many winter visitors who often stayed several months and returned each year to enjoy the sun and play golf. General Motors Proving Ground and Williams Air Force Base were major clients. There was little in the way of shopping and very few restaurants.

Additional accommodations were added in the late 60’s, 70’s and 80’s with the newest suites, known as the 700’s,  opening in January 1996 in time to accommodate Super Bowl guests.

In 1978 the Resort was purchased by Mr. Lake who saw a great opportunity and potential. Over the years additional accommodations have been added making a total of 187, over half of which are suites. Upgrades and improvements to the golf course and Resort facilities have been ongoing through the years including major refurbishing of all the accommodations in 2004.

The East Conference Center was built in 1986 followed by a total renovation of the Clubhouse in 1987. At that time the entire interior and exterior of the building was remodeled including all public areas and offices.  It soon became evident that there was need for additional meeting space. In 2002 the West Conference Center was built. This was a bold move as the Country was suffering from the aftermath of 9/11. Mr. Lake decided to go ahead with the construction and the new meeting and event space was well utilized from the day it opened in November of 2002.

The Resort has enjoyed a high volume of repeat business for many years largely due to the uniqueness of the property plus the great service and a friendly staff that treats guests in a gracious and welcoming manner.

The Arizona Golf Resort stands on 150 acres including the 18 hole, Par 72 Championship Golf Course with driving range and full practice facilities.  Irrigation for the golf course comes from three lakes that are fed by the Resorts deep water wells.

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Mother’s Day

We hope everyone had an enjoyable Mother’s Day and we certainly did here at the resort. Our restaurant, Annabelle’s was packed with families here to show their appreciation toward their mothers and celebrate this wonderful day.  Brunch was delicious, with a spread that would rival any restaurant in town.  From the carving station, to the dessert buffet, to the chocolate fountain, no one was going home hungry.

Holidays are always such a joyous time at Arizona Golf Resort and we hope you will decide to spend your next one with us.  We have something special planned for Father’s Day.  The resort will be featuring a steak dinner to honor our fathers.  In addition, all fathers will receive a coupon for a $5 Arizona Golf Resort hat.  Show your father how much you care with a relaxing afternoon filled with steak and good company.  See you on Father’s Day!

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Juniors Program

We are really excited about our Juniors program that we are relaunching this year.  We are looking forward to a great summer full of golf for our Juniors ages 6 – 17.  There is a full schedule of classes available for beginners, intermediate, and advanced players.  The summer is capped of with a tournament and pool party.

All participants will receive an Arizona Golf Resort hat and golf towel.  Classes will be taught by our head golf professional, Mike Mooney PGA and participants will receive group instruction and as much individual attention as possible.  To sign up for our Juniors program, call our Pro Shop at 480-832-1661.  Click here to view our Juniors Program Flier.  We hope to see you on the green this summer!

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Pacific Northwest Wine Dinner

Last Friday we kicked off an exciting new series of events at the resort.  We will be having a five-course wine dinner on the last Friday of ever month (with the exception of when holidays fall on that day or weekend, like our wine dinner this month, which will take place on Friday, May 21 instead of Friday May 28 for Memorial Day).  Each dinner has a feature region where all of the wines come from, which also inspires the menu, created and prepared by our executive chef, Jeff Adams.

For this dinner, with the Pacific Northwest as his inspiration, he crafted a masterfully executed menu featuring:

  • Imported & Domestic Cheese and Fruit platter & Hummus & Grilled Vegetable Platter
  • Pan-Seared Sea Scallop
  • Skin-on French Breast of Chicken
  • Slow Braised Veal Shank Cannelloni
  • Sweet Ricotta and Mascarpone Tartlet

It was a wonderful evening and all of our guest really enjoyed themselves.  We were able to get a few pictures of the event which are at the bottom of this post.  You will notice that our chef came out to explain each of the courses as well as the wine pairings he made.  If you are interested in attending our next wine dinner on May 21 with a feature region of Northern California (facebook event:, please call the resort to make a reservation.  We look forward to seeing you at our next wine dinner!

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Our New Blog

We are very excited to announce the creation of a blog for the Arizona Golf Resort.  We will be using this blog to highlight upcoming events at the resort, talk about past events and showcase pictures, give updates on what is happening at the resort and much more.  Look to this blog as a news source about all things Arizona Golf Resort.

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