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Program #20224RJ
5 Days | 4 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
Elevation 1,250 feet

Itinerary for Feb 17 — Feb 21, 2013

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Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Twenty five acre resort green-landscaped resort on the Sonora Desert at the foot of Camelback Mountain in uptown Scottsdale.

Contact info:
6160 N Scottsdale Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85253 USA
phone: 480-991-1414
web: www.scottsdalecottonwoods.com

Room amenities: 355 sq ft casita, plush top mattresses, separate vanity area, mini refrigerator, coffee and tea station, work desk with wired high speed internet, whitewashed wood beamed ceilings.

Facility amenities: Fitness center, 2 outdoor pools, 2 outdoor whirlpool spas, tennis courts, putting green, shuffleboard, jogging, fitness and nature trails, hammocks, Borgata shopping center steps away from resort.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Seasonal;
Rates vary, winter is peak season.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, February 17 - Registration/Orientation
Afternoon: Program registration to take place between 4:30 - 5:15 pm at the Scottsdale Cottonwoods Resort Lobby. This is a drop in registration and only takes 10 - 15 minutes. Do note that the distance from the lobby to rooms requires a short drive and for people without a vehicle, portage service is offered by the resort.

Dinner: Dinner will be at the Conference Center on site at the Cottonwoods Resort. Entrées will vary nightly and always include a vegetarian option. Entrée examples include chicken w/provincial herbs, stuffed jumbo pasta shells, Creole cornbread catfish fillets; shaved Italian beef w/au jus on sourdough, etc. Entrées come with soup or salad, steamed seasonal veggies, assorted rolls, drink and a light desert.

Evening: Your Program Coordinator will lead Introductions and orientation in the resort meeting room (at the conference center building) following dinner. Get to know your fellow participants and get prepared for the action packed adventure you are about to embark on. Your program coordinator is a seasoned golfer who will review each of the courses you will play so you can properly prepare.

Lodging: Scottsdale Cottonwood Resort & Suites

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Twenty five acre resort green-landscaped resort on the Sonora Desert at the foot of Camelback Mountain in uptown Scottsdale.

Contact info:
6160 N Scottsdale Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85253 USA
phone: 480-991-1414
web: www.scottsdalecottonwoods.com

Room amenities: 355 sq ft casita, plush top mattresses, separate vanity area, mini refrigerator, coffee and tea station, work desk with wired high speed internet, whitewashed wood beamed ceilings.

Facility amenities: Fitness center, 2 outdoor pools, 2 outdoor whirlpool spas, tennis courts, putting green, shuffleboard, jogging, fitness and nature trails, hammocks, Borgata shopping center steps away from resort.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Seasonal;
Rates vary, winter is peak season.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, February 18 - Golf instruction followed by 18 holes at McCormic...
Golf instruction followed by 18 holes at McCormick Ranch Golf Club of Scottsdale.

Note: A morning of lessons and an afternoon of 18 holes of golf makes this our most active day. While golf carts are mandatory for play, it is possible that players will have to keep carts on the cart path (during wet conditions) and thus have to walk up to 2 - 3 miles, on top of the rigors of playing 18 holes. The golf course is largely flat terrain.

Breakfast: Enjoy a continental breakfast buffet at the resort to include on various days: scrambled eggs, croissant sandwich, sliced fruit, whole grain breads, oatmeal, cereals, coffee/tea, juices, etc

Morning: After breakfast we will head over to the Bryan Hepler Golf School. Bryan is an elite golf instructor who specializes in the mental aspect of the game. Brian will give a quick introduction to his teaching philosophy and then players will break up into small groups for instructiuon on the golf aspects of swing basics, the proper grip, putting, chipping, wood play, etc..

Lunch: Lunch will be at the McCormick Ranch Golf Course.

Afternoon: Enjoy 18 holes of Golf at McCormick Ranch Golf Club. The McCormick Ranch Golf Club has two spectacular resort golf courses. These lush, well-manicured, traditional layouts are located amidst gorgeous scenery in the heart of Scottsdale. McCormick Ranch opened in 1972 and has over the years hosted the Arizona Amateur Stroke Play Championship, the Golf for Women National Club Championship, the Arizona Open Professional Golf Tournament, and the National Junior College Golf Championship.

Dinner: Dinner will be at the Conference Center on site at the Cottonwoods Resort.

Evening: Enjoy a fascinating and entertaining program from local golf pro Bobby Eldridge. Bobby has been a PGA certified instructor for 36 years and has a prolific collection of instructional DVD's with sales of over 200,000 copies. Discover Bobby's golf story as he relates the influence of his mother, who was a pioneering female golf pro/instructor of the 1940's, to his pure love of the game.

Lodging: Scottsdale Cottonwood Resort & Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Twenty five acre resort green-landscaped resort on the Sonora Desert at the foot of Camelback Mountain in uptown Scottsdale.

Contact info:
6160 N Scottsdale Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85253 USA
phone: 480-991-1414
web: www.scottsdalecottonwoods.com

Room amenities: 355 sq ft casita, plush top mattresses, separate vanity area, mini refrigerator, coffee and tea station, work desk with wired high speed internet, whitewashed wood beamed ceilings.

Facility amenities: Fitness center, 2 outdoor pools, 2 outdoor whirlpool spas, tennis courts, putting green, shuffleboard, jogging, fitness and nature trails, hammocks, Borgata shopping center steps away from resort.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Seasonal;
Rates vary, winter is peak season.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, February 19 - PING Factory tour and 18 holes of golf at Mountai...
Note: Players can choose to walk or use carts for play today, While the course is only 2700 yards in length, there is some rolling terrain. Players who choose to walk must maintain the pace of those who drive.

Breakfast: Enjoy a continental breakfast buffet at the resort.

Morning: Take a field trip to the Ping Golf Factory. This is a fascinating excursion where you will visit an actual manufactoring site, not a demo, or "store" front. Begin with the history of this family run business and then launch into the physics of golf club design, proper fitting, learn why the newer designed clubs will enhance the sweet spot and shave strokes off of your game, and tour the factory where all the action is taking place.

Lunch: Lunch at the Mountain Shadows Golf Club.

Afternoon: Enjoy 18 holes of golf at the Mountain Shadows Golf Club. Mountain Shadows Golf Club, nestled in the foothills of Camelback Mountain, is one of the most scenic golf courses in the state. This par 56, 3,081-yard Executive course, which seemingly plays directly into Camelback Mountain, is lined with both oleanders and palm trees to guide you through each shot. The well manicured fairways and greens in combination with the scenic value of this course makes it one of the top executive golf courses in the Western United States.

Dinner: Tonight's dinner is left open for participants to experience one of the many adjacent restaurants and culinary delights to be found in the "Bogata of Scottsdale"

Evening: Enjoy a free evening to rest up after our busy day. It is typical that we will return from our round of golf around 5:30 PM.

Lodging: Scottsdale Cottonwood Resort & Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Twenty five acre resort green-landscaped resort on the Sonora Desert at the foot of Camelback Mountain in uptown Scottsdale.

Contact info:
6160 N Scottsdale Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85253 USA
phone: 480-991-1414
web: www.scottsdalecottonwoods.com

Room amenities: 355 sq ft casita, plush top mattresses, separate vanity area, mini refrigerator, coffee and tea station, work desk with wired high speed internet, whitewashed wood beamed ceilings.

Facility amenities: Fitness center, 2 outdoor pools, 2 outdoor whirlpool spas, tennis courts, putting green, shuffleboard, jogging, fitness and nature trails, hammocks, Borgata shopping center steps away from resort.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Seasonal;
Rates vary, winter is peak season.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, February 20 - Desert Ecology talk and 18 holes of golf at Mount...
Desert Ecology talk and 18 holes of golf at Mountain Shadows Golf Course.

Note: While golf carts are mandatory for play, it is possible that players will have to keep carts on the cart path and thus have to walk up to 2 - 3 miles, on top of the rigors of playing 18 holes. The golf course is largely flat terrain.

Breakfast: Enjoy a continental breakfast buffet at the resort.

Morning: Stay on site at the Cottonwoods Resort for a presentation on the amazing adaptive means of survival employed by the flora and fauna of Arizona's great deserts. "Demystifying Deserts" will give participants a whole new level of appreciation for what can appear at first glance as a god forsaken country.

Lunch: Lunch will be at the StarFire Golf Club.

Afternoon: Enjoy 18 holes of Golf at the Starfire Golf Club. Starfire is recognized today as the oldest and most historic golf club in Scottsdale, AZ. A traditional style layout with spectacular views of the McDowell Mountains, while meandering through some of the oldest Eucalyptus and Pines in Scottsdale. There are over 535 accessible shade trees for your enjoyment. This Arnold Palmer designed layout has a friendly yet challenging layout which means players will spend their time making pars instead of looking for their balls. Superb year-round course conditions, coupled with impeccable customer service create a memorable and historic golf experience.

Dinner: Dinner will be at the Conference Center on site at the Cottonwoods Resort.

Evening: Enjoy a golf discussion from PGA golf pro Mike Barnett. Mike is a life member of the PGA of America and charter member of the Montana Golf Hall of Fame having won 11 Montana state championships. Mike will discuss some golf fundamentals and their individual application. He will also share insights into making it on the pro tour where he spent years on various global professional tours as well as the PGA Tour Qualifying School, prior to becoming a full-time instructor.

Lodging: Scottsdale Cottonwood Resort & Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Five: Thursday, February 21 - Guided visit of Taliesin West.
Note: 1.5 hour field trip requires walking of less than one mile but standing for most the time while moving from room to room.

Breakfast: Enjoy a breakfast buffet at the resort.

Morning: We will top off our week with a visit to Frank Lloyd Wrights former winter home, Taliesin West. Experience firsthand Wright’s brilliant ability to integrate indoor and outdoor spaces. Visit the Cabaret Theater, Music Pavilion, Kiva and Frank Lloyd Wright’s private office—all linked by dramatic terraces, gardens and walkways overlooking the rugged Sonoran Desert and valley below. Knowledgeable and experienced guides explain how the site relates to the desert and provide a general overview of Wright’s philosophies and theories of design.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Scottsdale, AZ
Heard MuseumExplore the museum’s rich history as one of the Phoenix area’s first cultural attractions, and see how the museum has grown to be one of the world’s finest destinations for learning about American Indian arts and cultures.
For additional information, visit: www.heard.org

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.
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