Inside the 497 acres of The Park, large homes enjoy ample yards with wide setbacks and kid-friendly neighborhoods are definitely the name of game. In addition, The Park is host to a heart-of-the-community 15-acre city park with playgrounds, lighted softball fields, lighted tennis courts, picnic ramadas and multi-use fields perfect for soccer, football and other sports. Open-to-the-public facilities include a private elementary school, a public school, a luxury life-care retirement community and The Boys & Girls Club of Scottsdale's Thunderbird Branch.
Meanwhile, The Retreat is a guard-gated community featuring miles and miles of trails, community tennis courts and shimmering swimming pools all reserved for the private use of Retreat residents and guests. Casual dining venues include the Quill Creek Café and the pub-atmosphered Phil's Grill, named after perennial PGA leader and ASU grad (he earned a degree in Psychology from the university in 1992) Phil Mickelson. Speaking of golfing greats, The Retreat is host to Grayhawk's two greatly admired 18-hole golf courses, The Talon and The Raptor. Both courses have hosted high-profile PGA events and both have earned well-deserved accolades and awards since their opening in the mid-1990s.
Consistently one of the highest rated daily-fee golf courses in Arizona, the Talon Course was designed by former U.S. Open and PGA Champion David Graham and renowned golf course architect Gary Panks. As the course winds its way across the lush desertscape, golfers are treated to a back-nine view of deep box canyons, statuesque stands of centuries-old saguaros and a wealth of Ironwood, Palo Verde and Mesquite trees. Multi-tiered greens and generous fairways are hallmarks of the Talon Course.
Over at the par-72 Raptor course, we find a sensational Tom Fazio design that stretches 7,135 yards from the back tees as it gently strolls across the panoramic and picturesque landscape familiar to denizens of the Sonoran desert. As with the Talon course, Raptor offers magnificent views of the McDowells as well as towering saguaros and indigenous flora and fauna. The course, no stranger to professional golf events, challenges even the most competitive golfers with strategically placed bunkers, intriguing water hazards and undulating greens.