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The Phoenician, Scottsdale, Arizona
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The Phoenician Scottsdale

Scottsdale, Arizona



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  • 2-Ball Rating "My friends and I booked a trip in November for arrival January 23rd – 26th, 2020. We expressed numerous times to the staff at the Phoenician that this was a double birthday trip as well as a tennis trip. A week prior to the trip, I called and booked 3 tennis classes, Friday the Live-ball class at 10:00, and Saturday two classes, the Stroke of the Day and the Live-ball class. I asked to book the Mixed Doubles Social class as well on Friday evening but was told that they have never even had that class. I then asked about reserving the tennis courts for 2 hours each day (we had two rooms and you are given an hour for each room included in your daily resort fee) but was told that they hardly ever book up and we could get a court whenever we wanted it for. On Friday morning, I received a “text” from the tennis instructor, Ivan Rodriguez, and he apologized but there was a resort wide tennis tournament that weekend and we would not be having any classes. REALLY? As this was a planned tennis trip from the beginning. We flew in from Fayetteville, AR to play tennis this weekend. I then tried calling Ivan and he did not answer my call. I texted for him to call me but never heard from him. We then went to the tennis facility to speak to Ivan in person. He said that he would try and do his best to work something out for us. About 2 hours later, I received a text from Ivan offering lunch at the Phoenician Tavern comped and he would have us a court from 3:00-4:00 and a lesson comped on him from 4:00-5:00. That was great news, at least we got 2 of the 3 hours of tennis that we planned to play.. We left at 5 with Ivan telling us that he would comp any tennis for the rest of our trip and would get with us later. I texted him again Saturday morning at 8 to ask about getting a court for us to play on. 3 hours later, I texted him again, as he had not responded. He then texted back and offered us 1 hour at a neighboring tennis court later that afternoon "if" we had transportation. We declined as we did not have transportation and the time he was offering did not work for us as in the 3 hours it took for him to respond, we made other plans. We NEVER heard back from Ivan again. We did not get any tennis time in on Saturday or Sunday! As we were eating at the Tavern, which overlooks the golf course, my friends and I wondered, what would happen if we had been 4 men that booked a golf trip here? And, a week ahead, we booked our tee time for 10:00 on Friday, and again on Saturday. However, the golf pro “texted” us an hour before our tee time to advise that there was a resort wide golf tournament and we would be unable to get on the golf course the entire length of our visit. Do you think that would ever happen? NO, I do not believe it would. I have been home now for 2 days and I am still APPALLED that we spent so much money for a tennis trip where the tennis was pretty much non-existent. I would not recommend staying at this place at all!!!!! We should have had everything we wanted comped and offered a free stay on another weekend where we could have played tennis."—M.K., Int., January 2020
  • 4½-Ball Rating "Outstanding tennis facility and excellent level of private instruction by Ivan and his team. This is definitely a 5-star resort with lots of activities beyond tennis which is ideal if you are traveling with non-tennis obsessed family members. What that does mean though is that it may not always be easy to find other guests to play with at your level. At least that was the case for me during my stay. With just a bit more effort (e.g. acquire a couple of ball machines, organize a tennis concierge service) I think the Phoenician has the potential to be a top tennis resort destination."—E.S., Int., November 2019
  • 3½-Ball Rating "This is a beautiful and well-run resort, but there is very limited tennis available. Great facility, but it was virtually empty every day I was there."—K.W., Adv., April 2012
  • 3-Ball Rating "What was once an exceptional tennis program is all but gone. A beautiful, luxury resort with a beautifully equipped tennis facility. Unfortunately, for the serious tennis player, it pretty much ends there. When I last stayed at the Phoenician 3 years ago, there was an vibrant tennis program; a head pro, 3 other teaching pros, lots of players and a variety of lessons and hitting clinics. Now there is one decent pro, but no other clinics to speak of.
    The head pro was on extended medical leave, which possibly explains why little to nothing was going on in terms of clinics. Even over the busy Christmas season, there were only a handful of players around. If you are looking for a luxury golf resort, the Phoenician is an excellent choice. For tennis, look eleswhere. This resort has no business being listed anymore as a top 75 tennis resort; bronze or otherwise.  "
    —P.R., Adv. Int., January 2011
  • 3-Ball Rating "This is one of the most beautiful resort settings I have seen. A wonderful tennis garden, with Camelback Mountain in the background. Its breathtaking The resort itself is very comfortable with plenty of room and privacy. While tennis was likely a prominant feature in the resorts past, golf appears to be the main draw these days.
    If you are a group of friends looking for a great high quality place to meet and play for a few days you will likely have no difficulty with booking a court and playing for several hours at a time. In my case, I played with a friend who was staying at the same hotel while on business in the area. On the two days we played in the morning and evening.
    I arranged 1 hour lessons for the two other days that he could not play as there was not other tennis option. A very good college level player is doing the lessons and it was wonderful to hit with someone of this level but was very pricy at $100 per hour when I compare other resorts.
    During the week, There were very few people actually playing with the exception of the odd foursome traveling on business together. ."
    —A.B., Adv., November 2010
  • 2½-Ball Rating "This resort is beautiful but the tennis is almost nonexistent. The courts are empty and there is no program as far as I am concerned. To rate this as anything more than beautiful courts is misleading. The worst tennis I have experienced at a very expensive cost. I can't figure out how this resort ever made the top 100. Our vacation was booked based on this resort being on your list and I just wonder the last time someone from your list took a clinic there. Courts are beautiful if you have your own partner to hit with."—J.W., Int., November 2009

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The Phoenician Scottsdale
6000 E. Camelback Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85251