The Wigwam Golf Resort & Spa

A Luxurious Authentic Arizona™ Resort with Southwestern Charm

Wigwam Golf Resort & Spa in Litchfield Park, ArizonaBeautiful star-filled nights. Warm days, basking poolside. Romantic dinners. Spectacular sunsets. And, a luxurious oversized casita with outstanding amenities. These are just a few of the charms awaiting guests at the legendary Wigwam Golf Resort & Spa in Litchfield Park, Arizona.

Since 1929, the legendary Wigwam Golf Resort & Spa, nestled on 75 acres of pristine landscape, has been providing the highest quality accommodations, activities, cuisine and service. Just 25 minutes from Sky Harbor Airport and the cultural attractions of downtown Phoenix, the Wigwam’s unique, garden-like setting seems a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. It offers a relaxed, intimate atmosphere where guests can shed their cares and rediscover the romance in their lives.

Here, guests will find acres of lush green lawns, fragrant flower gardens and shady citrus groves surrounding The Wigwam’s quaint village of guest casitas. The 331 private casitas are ideal for both romantic getaways and extended vacations, featuring large comfortable beds, oversized baths, walk-in closets and tasteful, distressed wood furnishings that accentuate the resort’s elegant southwestern ambiance. 

Each casita also features a secluded patio or balcony where guests can enjoy a cup of coffee in the morning, or a spectacular Arizona sunset in the evening.

The Wigwam Golf Resort & Spa, Guestroom


Exceptional golf has long been a hallmark of The Wigwam experience. In fact, shortly after the resort was opened as a haven for world-weary corporate executives back in 1929, its founders constructed a nine-hole golf course on the grounds. The course wasn’t much by modern standards, but it did start one of the most enduring traditions in southwestern hospitality – establishing The Wigwam among Arizona’s first and finest golf resorts.

Steeped in tradition, the Wigwam’s three 18-hole championship golf courses offer a diversity that cannot be matched by any other Arizona resort. Here, the golf enthusiast has their pick of not just one or two courses, but three 18-hole courses — 54 holes of championship golf including two courses designed by the legendary Robert Trent Jones, Sr. And, in true Wigwam style, each course —The Gold, The Blue and The Red — offers a unique challenge that adds spice and variety to one’s stay at this timeless and relaxing retreat.

Golf at the Wigwam is a truly classic experience. This Arizona treasure was established in the 1930s, a time when golf courses did not get built through dense housing developments, and certainly not with tight, target fairways. At the Wigwam, the golf courses have remained at the top of the list. This jewel of the desert is among the Southwest’s last remaining golf resorts built for a pure golf experience. Canals, streams and lakes cascade through the journey. The shadows cast on greens and bunkers are from majestic parkland trees, not multi-story resort buildings.

The Wigwam philosophy speaks golf at every turn — after all, isn’t this the purpose of a golf resort? Golf is different here. One gets the feeling that this is what Arizona golf was meant to be.

The Gold Course — Arizona’s Monster

The Wigwam’s Gold Golf CourseThe Wigwam was given new life by Robert Trent Jones, Sr., America’s most famous golf course architect, in the 1960s. Jones created only four golf courses in Arizona. The Gold and Blue Courses are quintessential examples of his style of heroic shot-making and, as he put it so well, courses with “Easy bogies and hard pars.”

At more than 7,400 yards and par-72, The Gold Course anchors the Wigwam golf trio. The waiting list for tee times speaks for itself. One cannot say they have “played golf at the Wigwam” until attempting to tame what has become affectionately called, “Arizona’s Monster.”

Jones created The Gold Course to rival the famous South Course at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio. The Wigwam’s Gold, a long and winding layout, was his West Coast version of the relentless South Course at Firestone. Among the highlights are the 645-yard 4th Hole, a par-5 that requires strength and patience. The 8th is a long par-4 to a green perched above an ominous canal. But it is the finish — that stretch from the 16th home — that will test the nerves of any golfer. The 16th is a par-3 over water to a split-level green, the 17th is a par-4 to a narrow green across a pond, and the 18th is among the toughest finishing holes in all of Arizona. At the 18th the golfer faces a diagonal tee shot across water, followed by an approach to a green sitting right on the edge of a canal. Great golf holes allow the golfer to choose the degree of risk. It is no wonder that the 18th maintains a reputation of being brutal and unforgiving, for the golfer must make do or die decisions at every turn.

The Blue Course — A Tricky Challenge

Among Robert Trent Jones’ contributions to the world of golf was the concept of the “signature course.” His work at The Blue Course was a testament to the ability of a great designer to create courses with such different character.

The Blue has been described as tricky and subtle. Playing to a length just over 6,000 yards, but a par of 70, the test can be a bit deceiving. Here is a creative course. One full of decisions and thought provoking strategy. The hallmark of Jones’ design can be found in the array of deep and perilous bunkers, ponds and dog-leg fairways.

The Blue Course is a course full of contradictions. Take for example the opening holes — a par-5, par-3, par-5, par-3 and yet another par-5. It is a roller-coaster of golf holes, each one offering a different obstacle and challenge.

Perhaps most photographed is the Blue’s 15th hole, a short 140-yard par-3 to an island green. More than one match will be won or lost at this “simple little hole.” Among the finishing holes is the

17th, a par-3 to a green built as a mirror image of the famous 16th at Augusta where Jones’ remodeling work has endured as one of the most famous holes in all of golf.

The Red Course — A Solid Test

The Red Course was created by Red Lawrence, the golf course architect responsible for Arizona’s first desert golf course. His work at the Wigwam is a complement to The Gold and Blue Courses. With a length in between its two siblings, The Red plays alongside and over streams and ponds. Set among a forest of pines and eucalyptus, the golfer is transported through exclusive estates, which are part of the Wigwam’s rich neighborhood.

Practice. Practice. Practice.

Among the most exciting additions to the Wigwam in recent years has been the creation of a new state-of-the-art practice range and “The Village Green,” a two-acre putting green and garden, which may be enjoyed by guests throughout the day and evenings. Rolling putting surfaces meander though giant saguaro cactus, flowers and Sonoran desert landscape. Sophisticated lighting and surround sound makes for a perfect setting to sip on a drink and take in the day or starlit night. It is the ultimate in putting greens.

For anyone who’s been to the famous Himalayas putting green at St. Andrews, Scotland, the Wigwam’s “Village Green” is best described as the American version — a special setting and a remarkable way to spend some time relaxing.

The new practice facility is among the largest in Arizona with two full-size tees, target greens and three separate greens for putting, chipping and pitching. 

The Jim McLean Golf School

Acclaimed golf instructor Jim McLean brings his signature 8-Step Swing teaching system and his top rated school to The Wigwam Golf Resort & Spa.

The school is integrated into The Wigwam’s state-of-the-art practice facilities, and offers McLean’s renowned golf training in both private lessons and group clinics.

Few instructors in the game today are as acclaimed as Jim McLean, who has a regular instruction program on The Golf Channel and contributes to many of the top golf publications, is regarded one of the PGA’s Top 3 National Teachers.

Overseeing instruction at The Wigwam location is Jason Carbone, who began working with Jim McLean in 1998, and has since worked his way to becoming one of the top instructors in the country. He was recently named as one of the Top 100 Teachers in America by GOLF Magazine, one of the Top 20 under 40 by Golf Digest, and was named the #1 instructor in Ohio by Golf Digest from 2003 to 2006. 

Awards

Since the multi-million dollar renovation in 2005, The Wigwam has received numerous awards for the quality of the golf courses and amenities.  In the April 2006 issue of Golf, Inc. magazine, the courses received the “Renovation of the Year” award.

And in the September 2006 issue of Travel + Leisure Golf, The Wigwam received four #1 and eight total top three rankings in the “World’s Best Golf Resorts” reader survey. The Wigwam was named Best Golf Resort in the Southwest for Buddy Trips and Family Trips, was listed as the Most Underrated Resort in the Southwest, and The Blue and The Gold courses were named two of the Most Underrated Courses in the Southwest (#1 and #2, respectively). The resort and amenities also landed in the top three for Best Resort Course (#2), Best Restaurants (#2) and Best Spa/Gym (#3).

Originally built in 1918 as a retreat for visiting executives from the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, The Wigwam Golf Resort & Spa opened to the public in 1929 and retains its historic charm.  Guests today will experience the Rebirth of a Legend with more than $20 million in additions and renovations throughout the resort in the last three years. Today, the resort is owned by Kabuto Arizona Properties, Inc., and is operated by Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide as part of The Luxury Collection.

The casita-style resort features 331 spacious accommodations from guestrooms to luxury suites spread across a residential-style campus; world-class leisure pastimes including two incredible pools and nine-lighted tennis courts;  the luxurious Red Door Spa- a two-story spa facility that encompasses 26,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor treatment areas; Authentic Arizona™ cuisine including the AAA Four Diamond-rated Arizona Kitchen; more than 38,000 square feet of sophisticated meeting and convention facilities and of course, award-winning service. Wigwam Golf Resort & Spa is located 25 minutes west of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix’s burgeoning West Valley.

For reservations and more information, call 800-327-0396 or visit http://www.wigwamresort.com/.

 

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