The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess in Arizona is a Southwestern golf resort treasure

By Travel ArticlesFebruary 16, 2012, 5:00 am

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Joe Ogilvie admits he's not 'a spa guy.'

But like anybody who visits the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess resort, Ogilvie, a PGA Tour pro born in Ohio, was no match for the intoxicating allure of its Willow Stream Spa.

'I spent eight hours a day there last December,' Ogilvie admitted, almost sheepishly, talking to a private party enjoying the resort during the 2012 Waste Management Phoenix Open.

PGA Tour pros live a pretty pampered life, following the sun from one fabulous resort destination to the next. If the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess can impress Ogilvie, it can certainly do the same for any guest. The staff will make sure of it.

'It isn't the brick and mortar that make this resort. It is the staff, all 900 of them,' General Manager Jack Miller told guests at the party. 'Our saying is, 'The answer is yes. What is the question?''

Fairmont Scottsdale Princess: The resort

This resort opened in 1987 and has earned AAA Five Diamond status every year since 1990. It sprawls out across 450 acres of Sonoran Desert.

First-timers will no doubt get lost in its mazes of outdoor courtyards, walking trails and fishing ponds. Exploring is all part of the experience. From the soft pink hues of the buildings to the landscaping of cacti, this place feels more like an extension of the desert than an intrusion. 'This is Scottsdale's most distinct Southwestern resort,' Miller said. 'There aren't many of them in the valley.'

The 649-room resort is home to 25 suites (two presidential), 66 Fairmont Gold rooms and 125 casitas, with luxury and spacious comforts. There are four heated outdoor pools, including the Sonoran Splash with two 200-foot waterslides, and a tennis center, home to seven lighted courts and a 6,300-seat stadium.

The 53,000-square-foot, $20-million Palomino Conference Center is on track to open Oct. 11, 2012, bringing the resort's meeting space to 150,000 square feet, the largest in the entire Fairmont chain.

The competition for the best restaurant on property remains fierce. Bourbon Steak by Michael Mina, a modern American steakhouse, serves great cuts of beef, chicken and fish. La Hacienda is Richard Sandoval's tribute to classic Mexican cuisine. The resort's Tequila Goddess, Danielle Griffin, learned about tequila by studying in Mexico, not the old-fashioned way you and I did ... downing a bottle one crazy night in college. Griffin is just the seventh expert in the United States to be certified by Mexico's Tequila Regulatory Council. Tequila tastings, hosted on weekends by Griffin, introduces the resort's 110 different varieties from 36 different labels.

For more drinks and socializing, the Stone Rose Lounge heats up at night with outdoor fire pits and cozy couches to sink into. It's a cool place to hang out after a day in the sun.

Willow Stream Spa

The Willow Stream Spa rates as one of the most celebrated under the Fairmont umbrella. It was inspired by a hidden oasis deep in the Grand Canyon called Havasupai, known for its gorgeous natural waterfalls.

The three levels of the spa are linked by its own waterfall. Disappearing under cascading water in the outdoor pool is recommended after a massage.

Leave more time to unplug by hanging out at the private rooftop pool and using the spoils of the saunas, eucalyptus inhalation rooms, and hot and cold plunge pools in the men's and women's lounges. A fitness center and salon complete this first-class facility.

Fairmont Scottsdale: The golf

The host hotel of several recent Waste Management Phoenix Opens, the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess straddles the fairways of the Stadium Course at the TPC Scottsdale.

Staying at the resort would make for a perfect tournament weekend. There is no need to fight the crowds and traffic of golf's grandest party. Just park the car at the resort and shuttle to the course, or walk through the special entrance behind the casitas near the fifth tee.

The Stadium Course, a Jay Morrish-Tom Weiskopf design that opened in 1986, won't wow players with sweeping views, but its mounding and tough green surrounds demand full attention anyway. The meat of the golf course starts at No. 15 and finishes strong with the famous par-3 at No. 16 and the drivable par-4 17th.

The Champions Course -- the old Desert course was redesigned by Randy Heckenkemper in 2007 -- delivers golf that is more walkable and more affordable with the same slick greens.

Most of us don't play the game like Ogilvie or other PGA Tour pros, but a stay-and-play at this dreamy resort affords us a window into their world for a day or two.

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Woods, McIlroy in Sunday super group in finale

By Mercer BaggsSeptember 23, 2018, 12:12 am

ATLANTA – Rory McIlroy has made known his disdain for “super groups” in early tournament rounds.

Well, he’s now got one on Sunday at the Tour Championship. And it doesn’t get more super than this.

McIlroy will play alongside Tiger Woods in the final pairing, in the final round at East Lake Golf Club. Woods leads McIlroy – and Justin Rose – by three shots.

Projected FedExCup standings

Full-field scores from the Tour Championship

Tour Championship: Articles, photos and videos

“All I can do is worry about myself,” McIlroy said. “It doesn't matter who it is I'm playing with. It's obviously exciting for the golf tournament. It's exciting for golf, in general, that he's up there. But for me, all I can do is concentrate on myself. The game is hard enough without having to – without looking at other people. Go out there, take care of my business, and hopefully that's good enough.”

This is the fifth time that McIlroy and Woods have been grouped this year. They were alongside one another in the first two rounds of the Genesis Open and the first two rounds of the PGA Championship.

In the four previous rounds, McIlroy finished better twice, Woods once, and they tied once.

“It's going to be fun. We haven't done that much of late, because I've not been there,” Woods said. “He has been there, and he's won a bunch of tournaments. So it's nice for us to go back out and play against one another, be in the mix.”

We know Woods will be wearing his traditional red in the final round. As for McIlroy?

"I think I'll wear red," McIlroy joke. "No, geez, I've regretted wearing black out here today. It was hot."

They go out at 2:05 p.m. ET.

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Stricker, Jobe share lead in Sioux Falls

By Associated PressSeptember 22, 2018, 11:57 pm

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Steve Stricker and Brandt Jobe topped the Sanford International leaderboard again Saturday after another cool and breezy day in the inaugural PGA Tour Champions event.

After matching Jerry Smith and David McKenzie with first-round 7-under 63s, Striker and Jobe each shot 67 to get to 10-under 130 at Minnehaha Country Club.

''It was a challenge out there today,'' Stricker said. ''It was gusty, the wind came out of the south, where we played yesterday it was out of the north, so it was a totally different golf course.''

Jobe made an 18-foot birdie putt on the par-4 18th, and Stricker missed a 6-footer to leave them tied.

Full-field scores from the Sanford International

''It's pretty straightforward off the tee and the greens are what make it difficult at times and you've just got to be in the right spot to have good birdie putts at it,'' Stricker said. ''If not, then you've got to play pretty defensive at times. ... It's a simple game plan, but try to stay out of trouble and keep trying to put pressure on everybody.''

Stricker won in Arizona and Mississippi in consecutive starts in May for his first senior victories. Next week in France, he will be one of U.S. Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk's assistants.

Jobe birdied four of the last five holes. He won last year in Iowa for his lone senior title

''I think we kind of got used to what the wind was,'' Jobe said. ''Of course, there's some scoring holes on the back. The front played very difficult. It was just kind of try not to screw up for a while there.''

Smith was a stroke back after a 68.

Scott McCarron also had a 68 to get to 8 under. Woody Austin was 7 under after a 64.

McKenzie had a 77 to drop into a tie for 43rd at even par.

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Final-round tee times: Tiger, Rory in last pairing

By Golf Channel DigitalSeptember 22, 2018, 11:40 pm

It's Tiger Woods. It's Rory McIlroy. It's the final pairing in the final round of the Tour Championship.

Here's a look at tee times for Sunday at East Lake Golf Club.

(All times ET)

11:45AM: Patrick Reed (+8), Phil Mickelson (+11)

11:55AM: Keegan Bradley (+5), Bubba Watson (+5)

12:05PM: Brooks Koepka (+4), Francesco Molinari (+4)

12:15PM: Kevin Na (+2), Patrick Cantlay (+2)

12:25PM: Bryson DeChambeau (+2), Cameron Smith (+2)

12:35PM: Jason Day (E), Rickie Fowler (E)

12:45PM: Marc Leishman (E), Patton Kizzire (E)

12:55PM: Tommy Fleetwood (-2), Hideki Matsuyama (-1)

1:05PM: Justin Thomas (-4), Webb Simpson (-3)

1:15PM: Gary Woodland (-4), Xander Schauffele (-4)

1:25PM: Aaron Wise (-4), Dustin Johnson (-4)

1:35PM: Tony Finau (-5), Billy Horschel (-5)

1:45PM: Jon Rahm (-6), Paul Casey (-5)

1:55PM: Justin Rose (-9), Kyle Stanley (-6)

2:05PM: Tiger Woods (-12), Rory McIlroy (-9)

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FedExCup projections through Rd. 3 of the Tour Championship

By Golf Channel DigitalSeptember 22, 2018, 11:26 pm

Justin Rose remains the man to beat for the FedExCup title. Though he trails Tiger Woods by three shots through three rounds of the Tour Championship, he's still the projected winner of the $10 million bonus.

Woods can still win the cup if he wins the Tour Championship and Rose finishes in a three-way tie for fifth or worse. He also needs Bryson DeChambeau [currently T-21] to finish in a two-way tie for 15th or worse and Tony Finau [T-6] to finish in a two-way tie for third or worse.

Here are the FedExCup projections with 18 holes to play at East Lake Golf Club.

FedExCup Rank PLAYER NAME FedExCup Points
1 2 Justin Rose 2780
2 20 Tiger Woods 2219
3 1 Bryson DeChambeau 2160
4 3 Tony Finau 1887
5 4 Dustin Johnson 1576
6 5 Justin Thomas 1560
7 17 Rory McIlroy 1252
8 6 Keegan Bradley 1247
9 7 Brooks Koepka 1099
10 9 Billy Horschel 1007
11 8 Bubba Watson 927
12 24 Jon Rahm 660
13 25 Kyle Stanley 651
14 10 Cameron Smith 640
15 11 Webb Simpson 612
16 12 Jason Day 560
17 18 Xander Schauffele 531
18 26 Paul Casey 518
19 13 Francesco Molinari 491
20 21 Aaron Wise 486
21 16 Patrick Cantlay 453
22 19 Tommy Fleetwood 451
23 14 Phil Mickelson 448
24 15 Patrick Reed 432
25 28 Gary Woodland 413
26 23 Rickie Fowler 374
27 27 Hideki Matsuyama 354
27 22 Kevin Na 354
29 29 Marc Leishman 316
30 30 Patton Kizzire 307