By Rick Zurak

If you’re considering a vacation to Phoenix to play golf, and looking for a complete resort to stay-and-play, look no further than the brand new We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort.

We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort bills itself as “Arizona’s ultimate golf experience” and, after a wonderful and relaxing five-day stay, I will attest that is right on the money. In addition, the affordable golf packages available will add more enjoyment to your visit to the “Grand Canyon State.

“We’ve got two terrific golf courses that are always in fantastic shape,” said Matt Barr, General Manager at We-Ko-Pa for the past 13 years. “We have a great resort, casino and a whole lot of fun to offer our guests.”

Located in Fort McDowell, just 20 miles from the Phoenix airport, We-Ko-Pa not only has two award-winning golf courses, but there’s a new 246-room hotel, spa, sports bar featuring a monster screen divided into every game you’ll ever want to watch, and of course, a sports book to wager to your heart’s desire.

Since Arizona climate provides over 300 days of sunshine, We-Ko-Pa offers two swimming pools with hot tubs. Luxury dining, casual dining, a piano bar, wine cellar, live entertainment and even a cowboy experience featuring horseback riding is another attractive option.

The first-floor casino features high-end slot machines, tabletop gaming including a 10-table poker room and a state-of-the-art Bingo hall.

We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort amenities include a new, 167,000-square-foot gaming facility , specialty high-end dining, a sports bar with entertainment stage and other best-in-class amenities in the “Valley of the Sun.”

Having said all that, the marque attraction for me visiting We-Ko-Pa is for the golf.

“We have two distinct golf courses,” said Barr. “Two different designers. You get different views of the mountains from each golf course and its quintessential Arizona golf. We have a terrific staff that has been here for a while and we have guests that return here year-after-year because it’s a great atmosphere, a terrific value and a fun place to be.” More