Golf put in perspective at Sheraton Wild Horse Pass
Golf can take on a different meaning at Whirlwind Golf Club in Chandler, Ariz., given the reverence the people who live and work at the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa have for the land here.
Early on, we got an appreciation for the history of the Pima and Maricopa people who have been here for generations from Ginger Sunbird Martin. Martin, the cultural concierge here at Wild Horse Pass, took us on a tour of the place. She pointed out that her people have been here at the Gila Indian River Community for 2,300 years, and that when it came time to select a hospitality company, Sheraton was the only one that would agree to breaking its own rules to accommodate the traditions and wishes of the elders.
The hotel is literally a museum to the Indian nation here. (We were informed by the way, that using the word “Indian” as an adjective is acceptable, but not as a noun.) Throughout the property there are replicas of ancient shrines, examples of artwork, and architectural designs – such as doors that face the east or the circular configuration of the lobby and atrium – that fall in line with traditions.
As for the golf, there are 36 holes at Whirlwind Golf Club ? Cattail and The Devil’s Claw, which are named for indigenous plants on the property. Both courses, which are run by Troon Golf, are highly playable and enjoyable resort courses.
It was easy to stay calm.
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