We continued our Arizona portion of the adventure in Phoenix where my Dad and Stepmom were visiting from Canada for the week. We arrived on January 13th and bunked in with them at The Retreat at the Raven until the 19th.
A beautiful pool/hot tub area and 24-hour gym made it a great place to relax, and also get in some much needed workouts!
Our first night there my Dad treated us to a hockey game where we saw the Coyotes take on the San Jose Sharks. We went down to the rink early to beat traffic and were blown away with the pre-game dining and adult beverage options right outside the rink. Really cool pre-game atmosphere!
As we’re highly motivated by food, the next day was mostly centered around finding great grub, and that we did. We found Joe’s Farm Grill which has been featured on the show Diner’s, Drive-ins and Dives. It’s a unique place that is literally a miniature farm in the middle of Phoenix. They produce much of their own food and source the rest of it locally. We were uber impressed!
On Thursday we hit up the Barrett-Jackson car auction in Scottsdale, which was a huge highlight for my Dad being the big car enthusiast of the bunch. It was cool to share the experience with him, and it’s impressive to see even if you aren’t that into cars. It’s common for cars to be auctioned for six-figures, and sometimes even seven.
On Friday we played golf at The Raven Golf Club. We were impressed to find out that, despite not knowing how to spell my name, they made me their “Fan of the Day”. This included free golf, free lunch, a sleeve of balls and half price lunch for my guests.
My Dad, despite not having played a round of golf in almost 7 years, had a good day and flirted with breaking 100.
The 16th tee shot at The Raven:
We even escaped the city within the city and did some touring around South Mountain park and the parents got to see their first saguaro cactus up close and personal.
On our way out of town we hit up Quintero Golf Club which was another treat of a golf course. Very challenging, scenic and in perfect condition, there wasn’t much to complain about at all. A big thanks to their head of operations, Mike Poe, for having us out. I’ll have a full review of the course up soon.
The par 3 9th hole:
All in all, our Phoenix experience was a blast. It’s a pretty cool city where it would be impossible to do everything in a week, but we tried our best while still leaving some time to chill by the pool.
We’re back in Palm Desert now after making another three night pit stop in Lake Havasu (details later) after departing Phoenix.
We’ll be doing a lot of golfing here in Palm Desert, and also watching some great golf on Friday at the PGA Tour’s Humana Challenge. Should be another great time!
Till next time!
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