Phoenix at Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass
Bird Golf is proud to be the official golf school of the magnificent Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass.
Wild Horse Pass has already taken its place as one of the finest golf resort destinations in the Southwest. Wild Horse Pass is nestled between the Sierra Estrella and South Mountains and is an easy 15 minute drive from Phoenix airport. The rugged, awe-inspiring vistas surround our students, and give them the perfect venue for their school. With every conceivable amenity, Wild Horse has something for everybody. The perfect Arizona resort setting. For a review from a recent golf school student, click here.
Your golf school in Phoenix includes the following astounding accommodations, perfect for a desert vacation or weekend getaway. Visit our rates page for more info:
- Unlimited practice and play at the amazing course at Whirlwind.
- Player evaluation.
- “Clear Key” analysis.
- Lunch with your PGA professional each day.
- The ultimate golf learning experience®, with 18, 24, or 30 hours instruction with your Bird Golf Academy Professional.
- All taxes are included.
The resort has already been the recipient of several awards. Recognized by the Zagat survey 2005, as one of America’s Best Resorts and featured in Travel and Leisure magazine (January 2005) as one of the world’s most enriching, culturally authentic resorts, Wild Horse is not just another resort; but an experience. There are five restaurants on property led by the highly acclaimed Kai Restaurant which features a menu rich in creativity, history and Native American culture. James Beard Award-winning Chef Janos Wilder is consulting chef for Kai and is renowned for creating unique and indigenous menu experiences.
In 2016, Kai was honored for the ninth consecutive year time by Forbes Travel Guide (formerly Mobil Travel Guide) as the only restaurant in Arizona to receive their ultimate designation; the Five-Star Award. Kai continues to enjoys an accolade that no other restaurant in Arizona can. To fully appreciate this you should know, that Kai is one of only 26 Five-Star restaurants in all of North America. Additionally, AAA recently announced their list of 2016 Five-Diamond Award winners, and Kai was the only Arizona restaurant to receive that most sought-after accolade (also for the ninth consecutive year). Kai is a “must visit” for your Arizona golf school vacation.
The Aji Spa and Salon creates a sanctuary and has a myriad of treatments (Aji is the Pima word for Sanctuary). There are 17 custom designed treatment rooms, a full service salon, private swimming pool and Watsu pool. In 2009, Aji was bestowed Mobil’s (now Forbes) coveted 4 Diamond award, making it one of only 90, 40 Diamond Spas in the USA. Aji is highly recommended for our students to unwind after a great day of learning at their Arizona golf schools or for non-golfing spouses to enjoy while their partner is honing new skills. For the nature lover, the Resort also features several miles of unencumbered trails that meander through the property. There is nowhere in all the Southwest that offers the authentic Southwest, quite like Wild Horse Pass.
Our students delight in the beautifully appointed rooms that feature Pima and Maricopa furnishings and accessories. Guest rooms feature bath suites with separate tub and shower. Enjoy panoramic views including the Sierra Estrella and South Mountain Ranges, the Gila River and the two championship golf courses from your private patio or balcony. You may even see the wild horses roaming across the desert.
Wild Horse is also home to the Koli Equestrian Center. Enjoy one thousand acres of riding trails that showcase the magnificent Sonoran desert or take in a Western themed event. The waterways that meander throughout the resort allow our students to even take a ferry ride through much of the beautiful landscape.
The Golf Courses
The highlight for our golf students, however, is at the incredible Whirlwind Golf Club. This 36 hole masterpiece was designed by Gary Panks and is the perfect venue for Arizona golf. Voted by Golf magazine, as one of the Top 25 “New courses in the US”, in 2004, Whirlwind was home to the PGA Nationwide Tour Gila River Classic.
Our Phoenix golf school students are treated to the impeccable service and amenities that are the hallmark of Troon Golf®. In fact, Whirlwind was Troon Golf’s “Facility of the Year” (out of 200 courses worldwide) in both 2004 and 2011 making it the only facility to have won Troon’s most prestigious award twice. Whirlwind is one of the most highly regarded facilities in all of the Southwest. Our students enjoy immaculate, private, range facilities, practice greens and the two championship courses: Cattail and Devil’s Claw.
Cattail and Devil’s Claw are desert golf at its very finest. Cattail which can be played from 7,218 from the back tees will test the most advanced golfers but with five sets of tee boxes is also very playable for novices, as well. Devil’s Claw wends its way around the main resort (be sure to take in some the incredible vistas as you play) and from its back tees plays to 7,029 yards but features some terrific risk/reward holes that are sure to make your round one to remember.
In 2009, at our ninth annual Invitational Pro-Am, Bird Golf and Wild Horse Pass created a very special tradition: “The Golf Walk of Honor”. The Walk of Honor celebrates the careers of people who have dedicated their lives to golf and have distinguished themselves in doing so. For more information about the Walk of Honor please click here.
For the fifth consecutive year, the editors of Golf World magazine has honored the golf shop, as one of the “100 Best Golf Shops” in the country. Bird Golf students enjoy a varied selection of all the latest golf clothing and also receive a special discount on any purchases. Sivlik Grill, the restaurant at Whirlwind offers a delectable array of Southwestern cuisine and is open for lunch and dinner. Our students can often be found sitting on the terrace after their golf instruction and watching the sunset ease its way behind the mountains. There is no more perfect venue for your Arizona golf school.
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