Fountain Hills & Fort McDowell

The Best of the Southwest

Fountain Hills & Fort McDowellWhoever famously described golf as “a good walk spoiled” never got a chance to experience the beautiful Fountain Hills – Fort McDowell area and some of the Southwest’s most unspoiled vistas. Too bad. The good news is that for golfers today, Fountain Hills and Fort McDowell let you experience the best of the Southwest. Blessed by spectacular mountain views on every side, this oasis features fascinating history, arts, and culture. Crest the mountain pass leaving behind the hustle and bustle of Scottsdale and the rest of the Valley, and you are in another world, but one that is less than 30 minutes from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport.

Once in Fountain Hills, the dilemma is choosing where you will tee off first. Not just one or two courses, but five outstanding public courses are within minutes of each other. Fountain Hills and the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation are home to the highest concentration of world-class golf in all of Arizona. While you are deciding, visit the world’s tallest fountain. At its full height of 560 feet this Fountain Hills landmark is taller than the Washington Monument. The Fountain is not all that will have you looking up while you are here. Fountain Hills’ surprisingly eclectic public art includes more than 60 pieces from free-form sculptures to larger than life bronze castings.

In addition to golf, the natural terrain of the Sonoran Desert brings you a wide range of outdoor activities. Take a nature walk that’s guided by Yavapai tribal members as part of The Yavapai Experience, where you will learn about desert plants, then try traditional Yavapai foods. You can also gain a greater understanding of this regions heritage, as well as discover local archeological finds, at the L. Alan Cruikshank River of Time Museum. And when you are ready to return to the present, you can shop for everything from Southwest-inspired clothing and fi ne jewelry including Four Peaks Amethyst, to artwork and collectibles.

With so much to appeal to golfers and nongolfers alike, Fountain Hills - Fort McDowell is a place you’ll recognize right away in the saying “Come for a day; stay for a lifetime.”

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