Golf News for Friday, June 13, 2008 | Travel

Biltmore Resort offers Stogies and Stick Foursome Mancation

PHOENIX, Ariz. -­ The Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa is planning the ultimate getaway for the guys ­ the "Stogies & Sticks Foursome Mancation" that is a long weekend of lighting up fine cigars, sipping premium bourbon, dining on delectable American Lodge Cuisine and teeing off on two of Phoenix's best golf courses.

The three-night/four-day vacation package for four will be offered Oct. 16-19, 2008. It kicks off at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 16 with a uniquely crafted 'Bourbon & Cigar Dinner' in the resort's signature restaurant, Wright's at The Biltmore. It combines a gourmet menu with both pre-dinner and after-dinner cigar smoking and bourbon on the restaurant's beautiful patio and lawn. An array of top-brand cigars will be offered and selections from the Jim Beam Small Batch Bourbon Collection will be poured. The menu will feature Wright's signature American Lodge Cuisine with it bold flavors, rich texture profiles, elegant but simplistic presentations and highest-quality ingredients from American boutique farms and dairies. (Log on to arizonabiltmore.com and click Podcasts to hear David Haddad of Fumar Cigars and David Mays, the "Whiskey Professor," discuss bourbon, cigars and specialty dinners at Wrights.)

Friday and Saturday will be golf days on the Arizona Biltmore's two outstanding courses. The guys will play 18-hole Adobe one day and 18-hole Links the next. Among Arizona's oldest, the stately and grand Adobe course recently underwent a major renovation to restore original features such as wide-open views and rugged bunkers while incorporating modern updates. Links is one of the more challenging courses in the Phoenix area with a celebrated layout of rolling fairways lined with luscious pines and well-bunkered greens.

The Stogies & Sticks Foursome Mancation package includes accommodations for three nights, the Bourbon & Cigar Dinner, two rounds of golf, and breakfast daily. The cost is $450 per person, double occupancy, per night.

To make it three days of golf ­ and a total of 54 holes over the long weekend, the guys can add an instructional option to their Mancation: the Hilton Golf Academy. The full day includes a group lesson for the foursome from 9:00 am to noon, lunch, 18 holes of golf at nearby Pointe Golf Club on Lookout Mountain at the Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort, transfers to/from the golf club, Hilton Golf Academy bag tag and Hilton Golf Experience Instructional Manual. The optional Hilton Golf Academy is $300 per person.

For more information and reservations on the Stogies & Sticks Foursome Mancation, please call 800-950-0086.

The Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa is nestled on 39 acres at the foot of Phoenix Mountain Preserve. The legendary "Jewel of the Desert" remains one of the world's most recognized resorts for its distinctive architecture inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright, luxurious facilities, and storied history as a playground of the rich and famous. Facilities include 739 guest accommodations; eight swimming pools; seven tennis courts; full-service spa, salon, and fitness center; two 18-hole championship golf courses; signature American Lodge Cuisine in Wright's at The Biltmore; traditional favorites and Southwestern fare at the Biltmore Grill & Patio; and casual poolside dining with a swim-up bar at the Cabana Club. The Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa is managed by Hilton Hotels and is a member of Hilton's exclusive Waldorf=Astoria Collection(R).

Media Contact:
Marian Gerlich/Ed Placidi, P&G Communications
818-786-8687, pgworld@aol.com

Julia Thorn, Director of Marketing Communications
Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa
602-954-2535, JuliaT@arizonabiltmore.com