Manly Things To Do This Summer 7

A guide to some of Paradise Valley’s most manly places


On The Green

The Phoenician Golf Course

Imagine teeing-off on a green flawlessly contoured out of the beauty of the Sonoran Desert. Surrounded by rugged desert terrain set off by pristine landscaping and breath taking vistas, The Phoenician’s 27-hole championship golf course delivers just that. Inspired by the spirit of adventure, their three diverse nine-hole courses provide challenge and fun for golfers of every level. Located on the southern slope of Camelback Mountain, Canyon Nine Course offers lush landscaping and stunning views, while the Desert Nine Course is renowned for its unique layout with dramatic elevation change, and the famed Oasis Nine Course offers Arizona’s only sand-island green. Always innovative and expanding, The Phoenician Golf Course has also recently introduced Stewart XIX Follow Carts for those looking to get a bit of extra exercise while playing, as well as new golf carts outfitted with GPS.

The Arizona Biltmore Golf Club

Nestled in the foothills of Piestewa Peak, the Arizona Biltmore Golf Club is one of the Valley’s most historic and storied golf courses. Opening its doors in 1929, the Golf Club has hosted a number of notable figures over the years, including former presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton, as well as “Resident Rocker” and Golf Club member Alice Cooper. Ideal for golfers at all skill levels, the Biltmore’s two hallmark courses offer a wide variety of terrain and challenge. A true parkland course, the legendary Adobe Course was conceived out of the vision of chewing gum magnate William Wrigley Jr. in 1928, and has been a favorite ever since. The Links Course offers a combination desert terrain and pristine fairways, and is also home to the famous 15th hole—a 183-yard, par 3 hole with a dramatically elevated tee box and sweeping 360-degree vistas of the entire Valley.

Best BBQ

BLT Steak at the JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort & Spa

A wonderfully conceived modern American Steakhouse, BLT Steak combines cozy French bistro ambiance with classic fare and signature dishes sure to tempt any palate. BLT Steak’s carefully curated menu focuses on the finest selections of Certified Black Angus and USDA Prime cuts of beef, along with sumptuous American Wagyu, all naturally aged for tenderness and flavor and complemented by sauces such as peppercorn, horseradish and béarnaise for a kick. The restaurant also plates prime fillets of fresh fish that come in satisfying steakhouse-sized portions. This top culinary spot also features weekly blackboard specials highlighting regional flavors and prepared with herbs from the restaurant’s on-site garden.

El Chorro

Originally built as the Judson School for Girls in 1934, and converted into a restaurant in 1952, El Chorro has been a longstanding Paradise Valley staple for generations. Famous for its stunning views of the Camelback Mountains, historic charm and rustic cuisine, Valley residents and visitors alike flock to El Chorro for a taste of its masterfully rendered menu of satisfying barbeque favorites. Tempt your taste buds with the melt-in-your-mouth Braised Beef Short Ribs or cowboy-style Angus Burger—remember to also ask for El Chorro’s famous sticky buns—alongside other innovative dishes. Pair these with one of El Chorro’s signature cocktails—or learn how to make them yourself during their 2015 Cocktail Classes—for a satisfying finish. From its rustic-lodge charm to its mouthwatering barbeque dishes, El Chorro offers the best of an authentic Arizona dining experience.

Local Brews

O.H.S.O. Brewery

New to the Paradise Valley brew scene is O.H.S.O. Brewery, serving up house-made beers, creative cocktails and classic eats with a modern twist. With 36 draft beers on tap, 18 of which are local, wine by the glass and a selection of perfectly honed cocktails, O.H.S.O. proves to be an ideal spot to relax an enjoy the evening. The brewery’s impressive bar also houses over 35 different whiskeys and scotches, and their Moscow Mule—made in-house by slow juicing all the ginger to give it an extra tang instead of using ginger beer—rivals the best in town. Perfectly complementing these tempting brews and cocktails are O.H.S.O’s innovative menu selections, including the AZ Burger topped with jalapeno cream cheese, poblano cream sauce and crisp onion strings, and their must-try Brisket + Mac for a true taste of the Southwest. And don’t shy away from bringing your dog to O.H.S.O., the brewery is extremely dog-friendly with their open patio and custom made dog treats.

Bad Water Brewing

On a quiet avenue in Old Town Scottsdale, somewhere between a microbrewery and a macrobrewery, lies Bad Water Brewing. This innovative brewhouse offers a rich and refreshing craft beer experience featuring bespoke brews that fit into a largely untapped niche, or putting a modern spin on a classic trend. Either way, this progressive taproom with its ever-evolving selection of beers pours some of the house-made brews—along with both local and non-local drafts— found in the Valley. Launching their first beer in 2012, Bad Water Brewing came from humble beginning, but has now gained an impressive repertoire and following, adding much more to their beer list, while still continuing to let the old brewing traditions of the past influence their signature Southwest style—a true Bad Water heritage in the making.

Catch the Game

Relish Burger Bistro at The Phoenician

Whether watching the big game on one Relish Burger Bistro’s nine flat-screen TVs or following a casual game of golf from the patio, this casual eatery perched upon the upper-level of the golf clubhouse provides the perfect place to catch all the sports action. To get ready for the big game, try refueling with some of Relish’s modern all-American favorites, such as the massive Cowboy Burger topped with beer-battered onion rings, bacon, pickled jalapenos and house-made steak sauce. Or, snack on barbeque chicken nachos, signature wings and fried pickles with warm pretzel bread while watching all the action for uninterrupted viewing. To create the ultimate game-day experience, sip on one of the restaurant’s premium beers or curated cocktails—it houses one of the largest tequila collections in Arizona—while watching and you’ll feel like you are at the stadium without ever leaving your chair.

Tempting Trails

Piestewa Peak/Dreamy Draw

Replete with diverse desert scapes, breathtaking views and secluded valleys, the hiking trails at Piestewa Peak/Dreamy Draw bring out the best of the Sonoran Desert. While hiking, take some time to look around for unique flora and wildlife to make the most of your desert experience. Try spotting on of the many cactus varieties alongside the trails, such as the towering saguaro, barrel and prickly pear, as well as the abundance of trees and colorful shrubbery dotting the landscape; or admire some of the many animal species that call Piestewa Peak home. As the summer months in Arizona are extremely hot, enjoy the hiking experience at Piestewa Peak as early as possible for cooler temperatures, and make sure to start slowly while adjusting your body to hiking in the heat to avoid heat exhustion. In all ways, the trails at Piestewa Peak/Dreamy Draw are in perfect harmony with desert and create an unforgettable hiking experience.