At The Landmark in Scottsdale, golf balls are a unique hazard…
because there are only very few luxury condo units in Scottsdale built directly on a golf course.
And many of them are here at The Landmark, right next to the Westin Kierland Resort.
With almost half of our 98 units overlooking the fairways, we get pinged occasionally.
Usually these unwanted visitors bounce around harmlessly in our parking garage, but…
Sometimes they hit a garage door and leave a dent. (Never on a car, that we know of.)
Unbelievably, they’ve even been known to land on a 6th or 7th story balcony.
(Imagine if the guy who hit a shot like that could keep it straight.)
But such a minor annoyance is a small price to pay for the views, amenities and privacy we enjoy, compliments of our Starwood Four Star resort neighbor.
The Westin Kierland Resort is a AAA Four Diamond Resort with 732 rooms and suites and a 27 hole golf course.
Built in 2001 at a budget of $180 million, at its opening in 2002 — just 2 years before we completed Tower I here at The Landmark — it was the largest resort in the Phoenix metro area, exceeding the 654 room Phoenician opened in 1988 and the 730 room Biltmore opened in 1929.
Of course there are even larger, newer resorts in “the Valley” now,
but we’re still proud to be shoulder-to-shoulder with the Westin Kierland.
It’s just a seven minute walk to the resort, where we have sampled all 3 restaurants (more than once) and the coffee shop, plus the excellent spa. (We like spas.)
Sometimes, when we’re enjoying a sunset moment at the resort,
sitting near the Fire Pit in The Dreamers Canyon on the back patio and listening to the Scottish Piper at sunset,
we can actually see our balcony in the distance.
And every night after dark,
the breeze from the west brings us the scent of wet, green grass from the freshly watered fairways next door.
No big deal?
Maybe not, if you don’t live in the desert.
But for those of us transplants from wetter, greener climates, it instantly evokes memories of other times and places.
Life is good at The Landmark. We feel like we’re a kind of mini-resort next to the main event.
The stray golf balls simply make things more interesting.