The Chandler, Ariz. club revitalized its restaurant, which opens onto a spacious outdoor sitting area and is now called Tillo’s Kitchen+Patio. More upgrades and renovations, planned for this summer, will update the expansive banquet and meeting facilities known as the Overlook Pavilion.
Ocotillo Golf Club in Chandler, Ariz. has placed a new emphasis on neighborhood hospitality, including a refresh of its restaurant and patio dining areas. By doing so, this club has fine-tuned its reputation as a welcoming gathering place for residents and golfers.
Arcis Golf, which purchased the facility in 2021 and has since been operating the golf course, recently upgraded and assumed management of the culinary operations. Club + Resort Business reported in 2017 that a group led by Phil Mickelson purchased the property.
The revitalized, inviting restaurant, which opens onto a spacious outdoor sitting area, is now called Tillo’s Kitchen+Patio and serves breakfast and lunch. Initially, dinner will be available on Friday and Saturday evenings, but soon open on other days as well.
Tillo’s Kitchen+Patio is styled after a hip gastro pub, set off by a spacious outdoor patio showcasing the Sonoran desertscape. The pet- and family-friendly patio is roomy and comfortable, with multiple fire pits, soft-seating areas, rocking chairs, and large communal tables. Live entertainment will be featured on a frequent basis.
Among the culinary highlights are the Korean shrimp appetizer (crispy shrimp tossed in house Bulgogi Sauce with fried arbol chilies and fresh lime wedges), the French Dip Burger (signature beef patty topped with roast beef and dipped in house made au jus, topped with sauteed mushrooms, caramelized onions, Swiss cheese, and horseradish cream sauce), and pan-seared salmon with a creamy herb polenta and grilled broccolini.
Open all day the restaurant will be the center of dining activity in the community. In the morning, the Starbucks coffee program will bring strong aromas and draw coffee enthusiasts and golfers. Breakfasts include sweet and savory items including egg dishes, nutrient rich bars, and parfaits.
Throughout the day and evening, the menu will allow guests to satisfy cravings with the signature Crushburger menu and a selection of freshly tossed salads and bowls, handcrafted sandwiches, sharable items, fish, and steaks.
The beverage program will revolve around craft cocktails and selection of tequilas and mezcals. An array of local beers on tap (Four Peaks, Huss Brewing, and PHX Beer Co.) and by the bottle will complement the offering. Innovative mixologists have developed an entirely new menu with soon-to-be-favorites: Los Cabos Martini (a tequila base, with Cointreau and juices for a smooth finish), Par-Tini, Maricopa Mulligan, and the Water Hazard (rum, lime juice, and club soda).
“We have strategically invested in the greater Phoenix market and at Ocotillo, have focused on providing exceptional culinary options, special events programming, and golf for our customers and the surrounding area,” said Blake Walker, Arcis Golf’s Founder and CEO. “Arcis is committed to providing the finest lifestyle experiences and amenities in the communities we serve.”
Paul Nash, Regional Vice President-Operations, said the renovation was inspired by Ocotillo’s patrons, who wanted to pair their active lifestyle with a local gathering place. “We listened to our customers and these significant improvements will make the clubhouse the go-to destination of the surrounding neighborhood for our guests to eat, drink, and entertain.”
Ocotillo Golf Club has an abundance of lakes, waterfalls, palm trees, and stonework integrated into its clubhouse architecture and throughout the property. These natural features provide stunning backdrops for special events including bar and bat mitzvahs, graduation parties, quinceañera, holiday gatherings, and weddings for which Ocotillo is known.
Two outdoor wedding ceremony sites – The Grove (Upper Ceremony Lawn) and Lakeside Palms (Lower Ceremony Lawn) are among the draws for wedding couples.
Ocotillo Golf Club’s seasoned staff encourages customers to shape their own events, using preferred vendors of their choosing. This team is well versed in serving a wide variety of ethnic and cultural celebrations from around the world.
More upgrades and renovations, planned for this summer, will update the expansive banquet and meeting facilities known as the Overlook Pavilion. Convenient to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, Ocotillo has an ideal location for meetings, with boardroom and audio-visual services available.
Along with its exemplary hospitality offerings, Ocotillo boasts 27 holes of golf (Oasis, Valley, Sky) designed by Ted Robinson, Sr.
Dallas-based Arcis Golf owns and operates 15 properties in Arizona. Arcis has invested more than $100 million in upgrades, amenities, personnel, training, and systems to make golf and the club lifestyle more accessible at its collection of municipal, daily-fee, private, and resort clubs.