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CopperWynd Resort and Club

Fountain Hills, Arizona

By Roger Cox, Editor

Copperwynd Resort and Club, Fountain Valley, AZ
©Roger Cox

Small tennis resorts with big tennis pretensions are rare. CopperWynd is a notable exception. Although it has only 32 rooms, it compliments those nine courts ably managed by Cliff Drysdale Tennis. Players looking for intimacy and active programing can find both in an extraordinary desert setting northeast of Phoenix.

Overview

The drive to CopperWynd took me into unfamiliar territory, past the entrance to Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West and up into the residential foothills northeast of Phoenix. The resort trails along the ridgetop on the boundary between Scottsdale and Fountain Hills. That elevated setting affords every one of its 32 rooms and luxury villas with a stunning view east across the desert at the stacked Superstition Mountains. Check-in formalities take place in the open lobby of the clubhouse, which has a fireplace and comfortable sofas and chairs. A wall of windows facing east frames views of desert foothills with their sentinels of saguaro cactus and of the distant Superstition Mountains.

The small footprint puts everything close at hand. The hotel rooms—in two, two-story white stucco buildings—cling to the ridge on one side of the lobby and restaurant and have been designed so that every one of them with that same panoramic view across the desert at the distant mountains. The terraced courts and villas trail along the ridge in the opposite direction. In between there is a free-form pool, a lap pool, a Jacuzzi, an intimate spa, and an expansive fitness center.

Tennis Features

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Copperwynd Resort and Club, Fountain Valley, AZ
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Tennis central at CopperWynd is a small pro shop and gift boutique at the eastern end of the clubhouse. Immediately outside is a covered terrace with views across the terraced court complex. Beverages are as close as the Pavilion Bar and Grille at the main swimming pool immediately adjacent.

Tennis Staff. May 2015 brought a change to the management of the tennis complex when Cliff Drysdale Tennis took charge of the nine-court complex. They brought in Nick Heron to direct the programs. Originally from Australia, where he played junior tennis, he first came to the U.S. to work for the John Newcombe Tennis Ranch. He later joined the Drysdale group, first at the Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne and later as part of their touring team.
Tennis Programs. Given its active local membership, CopperWynd has a roster of weekly programs—including junior clinics— designed to meet their needs while still ensuring that guests have ample opportunity to take part. But beyond that what the the Drysdale Tennis team brings to the resort, apart from high-quality instruction, is a concerted effort to lure singles, couples, and groups with adult tennis camps that combine lodging and other amenities with group clinics, private lessons, unlimited court time, and access to member round robins. They really want CopperWynd to be seen as a destination for avid players, and go all out to provide the best possible tennis experience to everyone who visits.
Courts & Fees. There are nine hard courts. The main exhibition court, partly enclosed in adobe-colored walls, stands alone in a landscape or trees and flowers adjacent to the swimming pool. The rest are terraced into the ridge line below the pro shop. All have angled corners and desert landscaping of acacia and flowering shrubs. Court fees: Free to guests on tennis packages.

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Other Recreation

Golf Courses. CopperWynd has no golf course of its own but does offer playing privileges as several nearby courses, including the Sunridge Canyon Golf Course visible in the valley immediately below.

Spa & Fitness Center. The fitness center at CopperWynd is remarkably well equipped, especially for a resort this size. It has roughly 20 pieces of cardiovascular facing six TVs and windows out onto the foliage surrounding the swimming pool. Behind them are another 20 or so Cybex stations along with free weights and dumbbells. There's an extensive menu of weekly classes, including aerobics, yoga, and spinning. The fitness center connects seamlessly to an intimate spa whose body and skin treatments include Blue Sage and Arnica Deep Tissue Massage to soothe a tennis player's aching, fatigued muscles.

Lodging

There is much to like about the 32 spacious inn rooms at CopperWynd: broad terraces with desert vistas, gas-log fireplaces, and a generous bath with room for both a soaking tub and separate shower. They're supplemented by several, equally elegant 3-bedroom villas available for rent on a short-term basis.

Restaurants

The signature restaurant, Flourish, serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner from its location just off the lobby of the clubhouse. A wall of windows along one side 180-degree frames views of the desert mountains and can be rolled back in clement weather to let in the desert air. The menu of locally-sourced produce changes, sometime daily, to reflect the best of what is currently available. And during the day, snacks and beverages are also available from the poolside Pavilion Bar and Grille.

See Also

If you're looking for other small resorts with spas, also check out:

Rates and Reservations

CopperWynd Resort and Club

The resort has 32 mountainside guest rooms, all with private balconies with mountain views, imported handcrafted furnishings, and gas-log fireplaces as well as three three-bedroom villas with fully equipped kitchens.

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CopperWynd Resort and Club
13225 N. Eagle Ridge Drive
Fountain Hills, AZ 85268
480-333-1842
Web Link: CopperWynd Resort and Club

Cliff Drysdale Tennis Camps at CopperWynd Resort

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Travel Essentials

Season. Year-round.

Travel Instructions. From Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, take the Red Mountain Freeway (202) East to the 101 Freeway. Take the 101 Freeway North to Shea Boulevard. Turn right (east) on Shea Blvd, travel approximately 8.8 miles to Palisades Blvd. Turn left (north) on Palisades Blvd, then left (west) on Eagle Ridge Drive, and continue to the top of the mountain. The entrance to the resort is on the right.

General Tourist Information. Visit the Fountain Hills Chamber of Commerce website.

While In Fountain Hills
  • Hike McDowell Mountain Regional Park: More than 50 miles of hiking and multi-use trails lace this 21,099-acre desert park visitors share with deer, javelina, birdlife, coyotes, and saguaro cactus. Spectacular views afforded on treks up to 3,000-foot peaks
  • Visit Taliesin West: Open for guided tours, this National Historic Landmark was the architect Frank Lloyd Wright's winter home and studio.
  • Check out The Fountain at Fountain Hills: the white plume rises to 330 feet (to 560 on special occasions) on a like in the middle of town. Several restaurants have terraces viewing the spectacle, including the popular Euro Pizza Cafe.
  • Take a cruise on Saguaro Lake. The Desert Belle loops around the shore three times a day, explaining the geology, wildlife, and desert foliage by day, while offering sunset cruises with music in the evening.

©2017 Roger Cox

Ratings

(29 Reviewers)
Tennis Overall
4½-Ball Rating Instruction
4-Ball Rating Tennis Complex
4½-Ball Rating Lodging
4-Ball Rating Spa & Fitness
4-Ball Rating Dollar Value
4½-Ball Rating Kids' Programs
2-Ball Rating Solo Travelers
4½-Ball Rating
Tennis Staff
4½-Ball Rating Game Matching
3½-Ball Rating Junior Tennis
4-Ball Rating Cuisine
3½-Ball Rating Other Recreation
3½-Ball Rating Setting
4-Ball Rating Romance
4½-Ball Rating


Cliff Drysdale Tennis Camps at CopperWynd Resort Ratings
( 11 Reviewers)
Tennis Overall
4½-Ball Rating Instruction
4-Ball Rating Dollar Value
4½-Ball Rating
Tennis Staff
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©2017 Roger Cox