Category Archives: Golf Courses & Area Resorts

Oh, the Phoenix Open! One of the best events of the entire year.

The 2017 Waste Management Phoenix Open, known as “The Greatest Show on Grass” will return to the TPC Scottsdale from January 30th– February 5th. The Phoenix Open is one of the best-attended golf 140404130939-phil-mickelson-story-toptournaments in the world. This year’s edition of the open will mark the 82nd playing of the event on the PGA Tour, and eighth as the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Spectators from all over the world travel to Scottsdale to catch a slice of the madness that other PGA tournaments never see.

The Phoenix Open has gained legendary status for being one of the most unique stops on the PGA Tour. The world-renowned 16th hole is known for its noise16th-hole, costumes, and party atmosphere. Some players love it, others not so much. But you know who loves everything about it? The fans!


Practice Rounds for PGA TOUR pros only

9:30 a.m. — Monday Pro-Am, TPC Stadium Course


Practice Rounds for PGA TOUR pros only

10:00 a.m. — R.S. Hoyt Jr. Family Foundation Dream Day Activities

  • Motivational Speeches by PGA TOUR Professionals
  • Trick Shot Show
  • Junior Golf Clinic Presented by PING
  • Located on the TPC Champions Course Practice Range 11:00 a.m.

11:00am— Special Olympics Open

Located at the TPC Scottsdale Putting Green, the Special Olympics Open Features Special Olympian athletes, celebrities or sports stars and business leaders from the community. The event is open to all ticket holders and media and lasts about an hour.

2:00 p.m. — PGA TOUR Wives Classic

Located at TPC Scottsdale’s Champions Course, the PGA TOUR Wives Classic features PGA TOUR wives competing in a friendly 9-hole shootout for charity, while their PGA TOUR pro husbands will serve as caddies for the day – carrying golf bags, raking bunkers and tending flags for their wives, all for charity. The event is open to the public.


8:30 a.m. — Annexus Pro-Am, TPC Stadium Course

3:30 p.m. — Phoenix Suns Charities Shot at Glory, TPC Scottsdale 16th hole

3:30 p.m. — Coors Light Birds Nest entertainment tent opens


7:30 a.m. — Waste Management Phoenix Open 1st round

3:30 p.m. — Coors Light Birds Nest entertainment tent opens


7:30 a.m. — Waste Management Phoenix Open 2nd round

3:30 p.m. — Coors Light Birds Nest entertainment tent opens


9:00 a.m. — Waste Management Phoenix Open 3rd round

3:30 p.m. — Coors Light Birds Nest entertainment tent opens


9:00 am — Waste Management Phoenix Open 4th round

Free Admission is available on Monday and Tuesday courtesy of Ford Free Days. Ages 17 and under are admitted free all week when accompanied by an adult. Wednesday through Sunday tickets are $40 which includes general admission. Tickets are available at the gate during Waste Management Phoenix Open week; or in advance at all Ticketmaster ticket centers and online via, or

The Golfers Guide To Fountain Hills

We get it. Some days, you want to challenge your skills.  Others, you just want a nice friendly round and time to enjoy friends.  Fountain Hills offers a wide range for all golfers…and sometimes even on the same course! golfer2

Here are our four favorite public golf courses around Fountain Hills:

  1. SunRidge Canyon:

It might seem intimidating to play a course nicknamed “The Wicked Six.”  In fact, people come from all over the world to enjoy that challenge.  Yet, for those who may not hit as long (or wide!) it’s a fun day on one of the most beautiful tracks in the Southwest.  The course starts at the upper mouth of the namesake canyon, and works its way slyly downhill to the bottom.  Then, it’s time to play the back nine uphill and it’s those last 6 holes that will remind you of its wicked nickname.  Relax, just enjoy the incredible canyon atmosphere and look forward to your stop at the 19th Hole with a presentation style kitchen, great bar and killer outdoor fireplace! The Jim McLean Golf School on premises is idea for “tune-ups.”

  1. Golf Club at Eagle Mountain:

The Golf Club at Eagle Mountain can be either challenging or golfer friendly. If you like the challenge of fast greens and a true desert atmosphere, you’ll be excited.  Yeteagle-mountain-2, the stadium design of this golf course helps the fairway shots roll toward the middle if you’re not too far in the rough. Eagle Mountain has lots of rolling fairways with up-hill and down-hill trajectories to the greens. And, every fairway on the course offers an incredible view.  This course has character with a unique layout, and is fun to play.

  1. Desert Canyon Golf Club:

Desert Canyon’s setting is stunning, the layout interesting, and provides a challenge for all levels of golfers. With more turf than the other courses, DCGC twists through hills and valleys with mountain views all around.  The view from the elevated tee on the signature “Sweet 16,” (where the sure-fire promise of a hole-in-one may prove a bit fickle) the 10th with a view to Red Mountain, and the 18th with a drive directly toward the Four Peaks are each alone worth the trip.  The staff is friendly and will ensure you have an enjoyable time.  Stop in afterward at the DC Grill, and it’s a perfect day.

  1. We-Ko-Pa Golf Club:

We-Ko-Pa Golf Club is the hallmark of the Fort McDowell Casino Resort, offering two award-winning golf courses that provide different levels of play and different experiences, but in a pristine natural environment rarely seen these days.  We-Ko-Pa is Yavapai for “Four Peaks,” and indeed, the stately mountain casts a long shadow over this2-cholla-lonna-tucker beautiful region, with its breathtaking views of the McDowell Mountains, Red Mountain, and the Superstitions. The Cholla course is a quintessential target style desert golf course.  The Saguaro course was designed as a more traditional style golf course with greens closer to tees.  It is ideal for walking and follows the natural contours of the land.

The Fountain Hills Final 4 Events of 2016

Now that the holiday season is ending, you have one last opportunity to celebrate on New Year’s Eve to say goodbye to the old and ring in the new! We’ve all been there – it’s just days before New Year’s Eve and we haven’t made plans. We want to do
blog-picturesomething memorable, but what ends up happening is not much different than a typical night out. Well, not this year! From multi-course dinners to live bands and black-tie celebrations, we’ve got 4 New Years’ Celebrations that you’ll be talking about well into 2017. Here is the procrastinators’ guide to where to eat, drink, and be merry in Fountain Hills while welcoming in 2017:


The highly versatile Cleveland Breakfast Club is a 4-piece band performing all styles of music with the ultimate tribute to one of the best decades in modern music… the 80’s! Experience non-stop dancing & excitement, or just relax and sing along to all your favorites!

2. New Year’s Eve at GRAPEABLES Wine Bar

Beautiful Event with a view of the Town’s Signature Fountain.  Live music, classic craft beers and outstanding wine offerings in this classic indoor/outdoor setting. Reservations are a necessity.

Tel: (480) 816-5959 ;

3.Parkview Tap House

The Dogg House Band plays rock and roll favorites for the Tap House New Year’s Party. Come early for a stage front seat.

Party time is 7p.m. till 12 a.m.


A special menu is planned for New Year’s Dinner at Copperwynd’s Flourish Restaurant.  Call for details and reservations. (480) 333-1900

13225 N Eagle Ridge Dr., Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

Waste Management Golf Tournament

The wildly popular Waste Management Open Golf Tournament is right around the corner! If you like golf and love to watch the game close up, then this is the premier destination in Scottsdale for you!


The Tournament starts Monday January 27th and concludes on Sunday February 2nd. It is a fantastic week of Amateur, Celebrity and Pro golf. The 16th Hole is still the most notorious in the sport for the best fans out there, but there are plenty of more reserved and traditional spots on the course.

The event does not end after the golf finishes as there is the Birds Nest that keeps the party going late in to the night. Some of the top musical artists from across several genres play at this venue. The entrance fee is separate from the golf, but well worth seeing if you love live music.

The golf has a general admission of $30 and those tickets are available online at Ticketmaster. The Birds Nest tickets are also available at Ticketmaster.

For more information on both venues please visit

Come Try “Year-round Resort Living in Fountain Hills” with a Summer “Stay-cation”

Part II of a 2 part article originally posted June 19, 2013

CopperWynd Resort

CopperWynd Resort

If Spa indulgence and quiet spaces are more your style, the world-class Copperwynd Resort and Spa is the closest you can come to living in your own private resort retreat in Fountain Hills.  Often featured among world class boutique hotels by Conde Nast and Lonely Planet, its Scottsdale Resort Spa Club is affordable for area residents ($50 per month for one of many key services, and discounts on other spa services).  Club members have the use of the pool, gym, steam room and hot tubs on the day of service. Summer Spa and Stay packages start at $129, and change frequently throughout the summer.

Scottsdale Spa at CopperWynd-One of the Valley's Finest!

Scottsdale Spa at CopperWynd-One of the Valley’s Finest!

But sipping an excellent wine on the balcony at Alchemy or Barista can be addictive…You are lulled by the quiet of the hills, and soothed by the 100 mile view of range after range of mountains.  As you look across the hills toward Goldfield Ranch and the Verde River, you can see that just about everyone in Fountain Hills enjoys this kind of Resort serenity in their own back yard. 

Once you give the Sonoran Desert lifestyle a try for a few days, you’re likely to long for our peacefulness and convenience when you return to the hustle of your “other life.” The Fountain Hills  Post Office,  Grocery Stores (3), Hardware Stores, Target, Ross, Tire Stores (4), Gym (6), Coffee and Wine Shops, Restaurants, Boutiques, Salons and Restaurants…are all less than 15 minutes from your door, and parking is never a problem.

Impressive_ArchitectureFrom your Fountain Hills home or elegant condo, you can be at your Saguaro Lake boat slip in 25 minutes or at the cool pines of Payson before your coffee is cold. Sedona is less than 3 hours, unless you stop for a wine tour on the way!

Sky Harbor is a short 25 minutes down the Beeline Highway, and the Shea Corridor/101 Loop  puts Scottsdale, North Phoenix, Tempe, Mesa and Chandler within reach  in less time than most central Phoenix or North Scottsdale locations.

Sample the good life in Fountain Hills with a luxury summer getaway. Check for great getaway rates, then call Sonoran Lifestyle Real Estate at 480-816-5557 to tour a fabulous selection of resort-style homes to dream about.

Try Out Fountain Hills Resort Living with a Glorious Summer “Stay-cation”

Spas, great golf and world class resorts are yours at bargain prices!

(Part I)

Arizona Golf Courses are the Cream of the Crop!Life in Fountain Hills offers the beauty and seclusion of the Sonoran Desert foothills linked to the assets of America’s 9th largest metropolitan area.  Less than 30 minutes from Sky Harbor International Airport, Fountain Hills is convenient to the famous Scottsdale area shopping and entertainment venues, the Mayo Clinic and the Barrow Institute, with no local traffic congestion or noise in an affordable resort-style setting.  Summer is the perfect time to “try Fountain Hills on for size.”  Many area homes are selling in less than 60 days but Fountain Hills remains one of the Southwest’s best luxury values, as resort-style pools and outdoor living spaces frame the thousand stunning views in Fountain Hills.

Enjoy cooler mornings and evenings poolside or on the links while taking advantage of “Stay-cation” pricing at some of our finest Resorts and Golf destinations. It’s the closest thing to enjoying the “Ahhhhh” of resort living in these pristine desert highlands.

Air Conditioned Hospitality...Ahhhh!Summer Golf at its finest on a dozen scenic locations in Fountain Hills area.   WeKoPa at Fort McDowell Resort has twice been named “One of the 10 Best public Courses in the Country.”  Summer rates are in the $50 range (more than 65% less than high season), but the scenery and wildlife remains 100% georgeous!

The Fort McDowell Radisson Resort offers complementary shuttle service to the course and is steps away from the Casino.  Special “Bed and Breakfast” packages start at $129 per couple, and offers even deeper discounts for golf.  The $89 summer special includes a $10 Casino credit.

Southwest Inn at Eagle Mountain Golf Club

Southwest Inn at Eagle Mountain Golf Club

Not a morning person? Rates as low as $67 at the Inn at Eagle Mountain let you savor the cools summer mornings and evenings from the veranda of your private Casita overlooking the Eagle Mountain Golf Course and the Valley below. Summer Golf on this stunning course can be scheduled for $45 per round, with “Stay and Play” packages starting at $109.

Special deals at fountain Hills resorts change daily, so try your favorite bargain booking site like for summer specials.  Then contact us at: to arrange a complementary tour of the resort-quality homes available in the greater Fountain Hills area.

Mother’s Day is Sunday May 12th! Celebrate in “The Hills”

Celebrate Mother’s Day in Fountain Hills
Mother’s Day is a very special event in many families, and Fountain Hills offers a wide variety of options. A for those who are fortunate enough to have three and four generations gathered together, there are ducks to feed, playgrounds, easy access for all levels of mobility, and of course, the ever-splendid “Fountain” to enjoy.

Commemerative Towers in the Fountain Park

Commemerative Towers in the Fountain Park

The commemorative towers placed on the west end of the Fountain Park walking path by the donors to the Greening of Downtown project offer an opportunity to commemorate Mothers, Fathers, and other loved ones.  From grandkids, to treasured pets, to Mothers, Grandmothers and Grandpas, the personalized “Leaf” plaques provide an opportunity to show let your Mom know that you that you think about her every day.  Order your plaque today at:

For large groups who want a Mother’s Day Picnic in the park, the Ramadas can be reserved ahead of time by contacting the Parks and Recreation department at (480) 816-5100.  No reservation?  No problem.  Picnic anywhere around the 1.25 mile walking path surrounding Town Lake. Thirty five acres of grassy hills invite you to spread a blanket on sunny knolls or under the shady trees…by the splash park, playground, or a comfy bench with a Fountain view, whatever suits Mom’s fancy.

If dining out is your way to show Mom that you appreciate her, Fountain Hills has lots of opportunities from casual diner fare to elegant Country Clubs.

Copperwynd's Alchemy

Copperwynd’s Alchemy

Diner’s Choice Winner for “Best Ambience and Romantic” and “Scenic View” by Open Table, Copperwynd’s Alchemy restaurant is spectacular any time of the year, but outdoor dining with a 75 mile view is at its peak in early May.  Seating is limited, as diners savor the setting, and special event days fill up fast! 480.333.1880

Eagle Mountain Golf Club is a bit more casual, and is family-friendly to boot.  Overlooking the Valley of the Sun, From Mesa to Glendale, this venue offers a wide variety of brunch or menu offerings, and has one of the best family photo venues in Fountain Hills.  (866) 863-1234 for reservations or to book a round of golf for Mom’s special day.

CopperWynd Resort Hosts “Jazz In the Hills”

Armand Boatman Trio at CopperWynd Resort, Friday, February 1, 2013

A variety of jazz styles and artists visit Jazz in the Hills

A variety of jazz styles and artists visit Jazz in the Hills

Fountain Hills is blessed with an enterprising group of Jazz enthusiasts, known as “Jazz In the Hills” whose mission is to promote the art of improvisational jazz music.  You can enjoy that music each week at local hot spots, including CopperWynd Resort and SunRidge Canyon Golf Club.

Jazz in the Hills is committed to preserving and sustaining the improvisational art form of jazz. To preserve the music, they present weekly concerts featuring musicians who have mastered the art of improvisation. They sustain the art form through education in schools and during concerts. Stories behind the music make it memorable and meaningful.

This week’s concert features trumpeter, Fred Forney with the Armand Boatman Trio. The concert is presented at $10.00 per person for general admission; $9.00 per person for members. Come and enjoy the wonderful music and incomparable views from the summit overlooking Fountain Hills at CopperWynd Resort

Alchemy Restaurant at Copperwynd offers the best Jazz Patio in the Valley!

Alchemy Restaurant at Copperwynd offers the best Jazz Patio in the Valley!

Want a real treat?  Call CopperWynd’s Alchemy Restaurant to reserve a table for  the dinner service, one of the Valley’s best locations where the spectacular 50-mile view is every bit as stunning as the culinary choices.

Come early between 5:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. for special drink and food prices. Drinks, starters and small plates and meals from the full dinner menu are also available before and during the concert. The music begins at 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Seating is limited. Tickets are available now at

Jazz is a musical art form originating in the USA around 100 years ago. Jazz is unique from other music because it is based on the practice of improvisation; spontaneously creating melodies based on the underlying harmonic structures of the tune. Many of the popular musical forms of today are based on the rhythmic and harmonic structures of jazz.

The majority of the musicians who perform at Jazz in the Hills concerts are teachers at the College level. In their day job they teach students how to play the instruments in solo and ensemble settings and to understand the history and theory of jazz music. They promote the mastery of the techniques, patterns and music theory that create the sounds of jazz. Most importantly, these musicians can and do perform this improvisational musical style professionally where and when they have the opportunity. Performances are as essential to learning music as hearing a spoken language is essential to learning the language. Reading about art or language or music does little to give it meaning. It is essential to provide an outlet for live performance of the art.

Jazz in the Hills provides a unique outlet for performance of traditional jazz. While pop music venues are common, the number of Jazz venues is rapidly diminishing. Our mission to preserve jazz means teaching and demonstrating the skills required for improvised jazz music. Our mission to sustain jazz means bringing this music in the form of workshops to younger students (K-12) who would be unlikely to ever be exposed to the music.

Through these two interwoven methods of public performance and teaching we will create an environment where the original musical art form can be presented and heard, taught and learned, preserved and sustained.

Boomers Want More than Sunshine to Make a Move

Part III of a 3-part story about the Baby Boomer Seniors.

Today’s post-50’s are looking for specific lifestyle amenities in their ideal retirement spot. In addition to low local taxes, affordable recreation and community size, Boomers polled in a recent study by the Consumer Federation of the Southeast indicated a number of more specific preferences that make Fountain Hills a top contender as a perfect retirement location.    Continued from Part I, September 9, 2012  and  Part II, October 10, 2012

7.  Arts and Culture

First Love is part of the extensive Fountain Hills public art collection, featuring over 100 works.

Within 5 minutes of cruising downtown Fountain Hills, visitors have a sense that Art is a big deal in Fountain Hills.  Our public art collection approaching 100 pieces of sentinel public art is stunning by any standards. A small public art levy commits a percent of the funds received for commercial building permits to fund the on-going display of public art.  Placed throughout the central downtown and Town Lake area, the variety of western and contemporary art is a joy to stroll through or enjoy on an escorted tour.

8.  Elder Care Services

Fountain View Village offers continuing care for Fountain Hills’ residents or their family members

Fountain View Village is a senior living community in Fountain Hills Arizona that provides independent living, assisted living, memory support, and skilled nursing.  Located in the center of town, the elegant facility provides transportation for residents, dining, recreation and a wide range of resort-quality amenities.  Looking for a more personal approach?  Fountain Hills has a variety of in-home senior care services, from daily support help to 24 hour care professionals.

Valley Jazz Favorite Margo Reed entertains residents at Fountain View Village

The Area Agency on Aging “Meals on Wheels” and “Give a Lift” programs use the Senior Center as its hub, providing care and rewarding volunteering opportunities for volunteers and recipients alike.

The Town has no fewer than six gyms, and Anytime Fitness is home to the “Silver Sneakers” program for residents with one of the AARP PPO or HMO Medicare plans.

9.  Affordable Housing

Affordable townhomes and duplexes in the Town Center of Fountain Hills, AZ start in the mid $100’s

Fountain Hills has also earned a top accolade from the magazine, Business Week. In its February 2009 edition, the magazine named Fountain Hills the “Best Affordable Suburb” in all of Arizona. They evaluated suburbs on a variety of factors but weighted affordability most heavily. They also considered lifestyle (short commutes, clean air, low crime, good weather, and green space), the quality of schools, and the strength of the local economy. None of the places evaluated had populations of more than 60,000 or less than 5,000. Only one suburb per state was selected. (Source: )

Fountain Hills occupies a unique position in the greater Phoenix area market. Well-built homes, condos, apartments and Gemini homes, (no home in the entire Town was built before 1970), offer stunning mountain views from nearly every part in the Town.  Efficient condos or Gemini homes, with pools, meeting facilities, and in some cases, tennis, shuffleboard and grassy areas for pets start in the $90’s.  Upscale gated condominium range from $275,000 to the mid $400’s, with a wide range of amenities.

Beautiful mountain-view homes are the hallmark of Fountain Hills, many starting in the high $300’s.

Free-standing homes offer the biggest range of options, ranging from fixer-uppers in the low $200’s to homes with large lots, refreshing pools and 180 degree views for under $500,000.  There are several  lovely communities focused on golf and/or tennis that occupy select locations.  Names like SunRidge Canyon Golf Club, CopperWynd, Eagle Mountain Golf Club, Desert Canyon Golf Club and We-Ko-Pa Golf Club at the Fort McDowell Raddisson Resort and Casino conjure images of pristine desert golf for enthusiasts and hackers alike.   Many of the homes  in these communities offer sweeping views up to 100 miles and provide an luxury unparalleled for the price in the entire Greater Phoenix/Scottsdale area.

10.  Lifelong learning

Just as Fountain Hills is a community of volunteers, it is also a community that nurtures an environment of learning and exploration.  The Town underwrites a significant Senior Center with dozens of affordable options from exercise to political debate, crafts, to nationally recognized senior-net classes for computer relevancy.  Yoga, stretching, tai chi, language classes, painting and drawing, fishing, woodworking, knitting, quilting…all for a $10.00 per year membership fee. (Class supplies may be extra).

The River of Time Museum sponsors a series of rollicking dinner meetings where the history of the area is brought to life by a series of entertaining historians.  One of the 2011 highlights was a talk by one of America’s three remaining Navajo “Code-talkers” from World War II.  One of this season’s dinners will include a talk on the “Harvey Girls” at the world-famous La Posada Hotel in Winslow, AZ.

McDowell Mountain Regional Park, which borders Fountain Hills on the North has an on-going program of nature walks where their entertaining rangers educate visitors about the amazing assortment of unusual plants and animals that call the Sonoran Desert home.

Fountain Lake in Fountain Hills Town Center is the centerpiece of activity for all ages.

The Town of Fountain Hills Parks and Recreation department offers year-round classes in three categories:

  • Lifetime learning
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Health and Wellness

In 2006, Fountain Hills was named by Phoenix Magazine as the best place to live in the Valley of the Sun and was cited as “a welcome oasis on the outskirts of a metropolis.” The magazine measured the quality of life in 22 Valley communities, including the statistical analysis of each community’s population, income, home price, crime rate, miles to Sky Harbor Airport, and square feet of retail.

The low density, cooler and cleaner air quality, 75 mile views, amenities and welcoming community spirit make Fountain Hills the best value and the best quality of life in all of Arizona.

Let Sonoran Lifestyle Real Estate be your guide in Fountain Hills.  For more information about this world-class community, its beautiful vistas, vibrant Town Center, lovely neighborhoods and fantastic real estate values, go to   Check out the area relocation guide at  where you’ll  find links to 150 area recreation, sports, entertainment and cultural attractions.   In Fountain Hills, be sure to stop by the Sonoran Lifestyle visitor center on the Avenue of the Fountains, only ½ block from the World Famous Fountain, or call 480-816-5557.

Arizona Fairway Sunrises in SunRidge Canyon Golf Club of Fountain Hills

Stunning 3 Bedroom Fairway Home at 15569 E. Cactus Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268 Now Available for $465,000

Enjoy Sunny Mornings on the Fairway at 15549 Cactus Drive, Fountain Hills in SunRidge Canyon

Enjoy your Arizona mornings in this beautiful luxury home on SunRidge Canyon Golf Course in Fountain Hills, built by Geoffrey H. Edmunds Homes.    An elegant home of 2524 sq. ft., with 2 bedrooms plus a den/office/3rd bedroom option, the floor plan of this casual Southwestern, built in 1999, is spacious and open with typical Edmunds volume, drama and oversized windows for lots of light.

A well-appointed kitchen features a granite island with seating, updated appliances, lots of warm cabinetry, a sunny breakfast nook and great room convenience.  There is enough room in the living areas to accommodate a large TV grouping around an entertainment center with its gas fireplace, formal dining and even a full-sized pool table or additional seating area.  There is also a beautifully decorated powder bath for additional convenience.

There are two full master suites for gracious entertaining of guests and family.  The main master suite offers a large walk-in closet with well-planned closeting;  a large walk-in shower plus and garden tub.  Decorating throughout the home is perfectly executed with warm Southwestern copper tones, beautiful stonework and accents, Saltillo tiled floors, custom lighting and high quality window coverings.

In the back yard, a pebble finish pool with water heater is gas heated and has therapy jets at the bench;  the landscape was updated with new irrigation system in 2011, and the pool equipment is nearly all new.  There is a security system and new soft water system as well.

SunRidge Canyon Golf Club is public, and its 6,823-yard, par-71, Keith Foster-designed golf course unfolds around the rugged ridges and lush canyons unique to the McDowell Mountains that divide Fountain Hills from Scottsdale, Arizona.  The 18,000-square-foot SunRidge Canyon Golf Club’s clubhouse is the ideal place to begin and end your adventures. The Spanish hacienda-style clubhouse provides an awe-inspiring setting for post-golf beverages as well as weddings, receptions, awards banquets or any other type of special event. There is also a full-service golf shop, men’s and women’s locker facilities, and a conference room.

There are 789 homes scattered among 850 acres in SunRidge Canyon, located along the meandering fairways and often elevated nicely above the course to facilitate panoramic views. Homes in the community were developed between 1996 and 2005, and range from extravagant custom homes to small luxury villas—a perfect selection for empty nesters, retirees or families looking for a friendly neighborhood environment. Prices in the community range from the high $200’s to over $1 million. There are two gated communities among the 15 individual neighborhoods. The McDowell Sonoran Preserve winds in and around the western portions of SunRidge Canyon, with the pristine McDowell Mountains providing a stunning backdrop for many of the homes.

Fountain Hills tops the list for the fantastic lifestyle it offers to empty nesters, retirees and families alike.  Located minutes from Scottsdale on the western slope of the McDowell Mountains, the community is surrounded by long-range mountain views, natural desert arroyos and a village atmosphere featuring the World Famous Fountain.  One of the most celebrated communities in Maricopa County, the “world-class community with the hometown charm” is highly acclaimed by many prestigious organizations, including:

  • “Arizona’s Most Affordable Suburb” by Business Week Magazine: February, 2009
  • Fourth Most Affordable U.S. Suburb” by Business Week Magazine: February, 2009
  • “Top 100 Best Places to Retire” US News and World Report, 2008
  • “One of US Top Places to Retire” CNN/Money Magazine, 2005 and 2008
  • Named in the book “50 Fabulous Places to Raise a Family”: 2006 by Kathleen Shaputis
  • “#1 Place to Live in the Valley” by Phoenix Magazine: May, 2006
  • “Top 10 Best Places in US to Raise a Family” Parenting Magazine, 1997

The home at 15549 E. Cactus Drive, is now available for $465,000.  To see a virtual tour of the home go to  To learn more about the home or about Fountain Hills “The World Class Community With Hometown Charm”, contact Dori Wittrig, President of Sonoran Lifestyle Real Estate at 602-558-5901, or check out the company’s website at  There, you’ll find a Relocation Guide for Fountain Hills and Scottsdale, along with suggestions for 150 historical, cultural, sports, outdoor and dining venues to enjoy the area’s lifestyle, complete with live links or simply go to