Getting To Know: Arizona Biltmore Golf Club
An Insightful Interview With Justin Creighton, Head Golf Professional at Arizona Biltmore Golf Club
By Brian Weis
Whether you have played a course 20+ times a year or looking to play the course for the first time, insights from an insider can help enhance your golf experience. Below is an interview with Justin Creighton who shares some valuable tidbits about the course, memorable holes and must eats and treats at the 19th.
Give Our Readers An Overview of the Golf Course/Property
Opening in 1929, the Arizona Biltmore Golf Club is one of Phoenix's most historic and legendary golf course properties. Nestled in the foothills of Piestewa Peak and just minutes from downtown Phoenix, the Arizona Biltmore's two storied courses, the Adobe and the Links, offer a variety of challenges for golfers of all skill levels. While the Adobe course features a traditional parkland style layout, the Links course balances a mix of desert golf, rolling fairways and five lakes. Both offer tremendous views of mountains and downtown Phoenix, which have attracted U.S. presidents, celebrities, distinguished travelers and millions more.
If Someone Was Looking To Golf In The Area, Why Should They Play Your Course?
Prestige, proximity and playability! The aura of the Biltmore property provides the perfect ambiance for a golfer looking for something unique in the Valley. Located in the heart of Phoenix, the Arizona Biltmore Golf Club is next to the notable Arizona Biltmore Resort and Hotel and just minutes away from destination restaurants, shopping and sporting arenas. Combine that with the option to play two championship courses, the possibilities are endless for locals and visitors alike.
What Tips or Local Knowledge Would You Provide To Help Them Score Better At Your Course?
At the Arizona Biltmore, keeping the ball in play is more important than distance. The greens are small, so keeping the ball in play is key to a good score.
Recent Awards or What You Are Most Proud About The Course?
Every U.S. president in office beginning with Herbert Hoover in 1932 has visited the Arizona Biltmore. There is a history hallway in the hotel picturing each of them at the course. Certainly, we're proud to offer excellent conditions year-round and wall-to-wall grass, which is a unique feature among desert golf properties.
What Is The Signature, Most Talked About, or Most Photographed Hole?
The most talked about hole on our property is the 15th hole on the Links Course. The 183-yard, par 3 hole features a dramatically elevated tee box that looks onto a beautiful green below and offers 360 degree views of the entire Valley. The Links 15 is an exciting challenge given the drop in elevation that will reward a good shot and punish a poor one.
What Is Your Favorite Hole? Any Tips to Play It?
My personal favorite is the 17th hole on the Links Course. If you play from the back tees, you have to hit the ball on top because everything slants down. The fairway slopes left, making this difficult and giving you less green to work with if you hit down in the bottom.
Must Have Dish or Drink after the round at the 19th Hole?
The Adobe Restaurant at the Arizona Biltmore Golf Club recently introduced a brand new, golfer-inspired menu and an upgraded patio with outstanding golf course views. The new menu features a variety of tasty options, but the must-have dish is the Phoenix-famous Biltmore Dog, which is a loaded Vienna beef hot dog with onions, relish, mustard, ketchup and giardiniera (an Italian relish). Few golfers come to the Biltmore without ordering one at the hot dog stand or in the restaurant after their round.
Who Holds Course Record and What Was Their Score?
Two-time PGA champion George Keyes holds the record. He scored a 59 on the Adobe course in 1966.
Arizona Biltmore Golf Club
2400 E. Missouri Ave.
Phoenix, AZ, 85016
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Written By: Brian Weis
Brian Weis is the Publisher of GolfTrips.com, a network of golf travel and directory sites including GolfWisconsin.com, GolfMichigan.com, ArizonaGolfer.com, GolfAlabama.com, etc. Professionally, Brian is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA), International Network of Golf (ING), Golf Travel Writers of America (GTWA), International Golf Travel Writers Association (IGTWA) and The Society of Hickory Golfers (SoHG). In 2016, Brian won The Shaheen Cup, an award given to a golf travel writer by his peers.
All of his life, Brian has been around the game of golf. As a youngster, Brian competed at all levels in junior and high school golf. Brian had a zero chance for a college golf scholarship, so he worked on the grounds crew at West Bend Country Club to pay for his University of Wisconsin education. In his adult years, his passion for the game collided with his entrepreneurial spirit and in 2004 launched GolfWisconsin.com. In 2007, the idea for a network of local golf directory sites formed and GolfTrips.com was born. Today, the network consists of a site in all 50 states supported by national sites like GolfTrips.com, GolfGuide.com and GolfPackages.com. It is an understatement to say, Brian is passionate about promoting golf and golf travel on a local, regional, national and international level.
On the golf course, Brian is known as a fierce weekend warrior that fluctuates between a 5-9 handicap. With a soft fade, known as "The Weis Slice", and booming 300+ drives, he can blast it out of bounds with the best of them.
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