As part of the Wickenburg, Ariz. resort and golf club’s three-year plan to upgrade facilities for guests, eight Event Lawn Casitas have been entirely rebuilt and remodeled with all new interiors, expanded patios, new patio furniture, surrounding landscaping, new linens, and soft furnishings. By mid-winter, the golf clubhouse will also be fully renovated with a state-of-the-art kitchen, an expanded indoor and outdoor casual dining area, and a new higher-end dining restaurant called “19.”
After two busy off-seasons of refurbishments and improvements by its new owners, Rancho de los Caballeros Resort & Golf Club in Wickenburg, Ariz., is set to open its gates for a historic 75th Anniversary Season on Oct. 1. The resort also has a new management team and a new Executive Chef.
Rancho de los Caballeros is ready to welcome back guests with all freshly remodeled suites, a renovated and redecorated main lodge dining room, new corral facilities, and a fully updated menu of activities and amenities across the resort.
When a trio of long-time ranch guest families purchased Rancho de los Caballeros (“Los Cab”) from decedents of the ranch’s three founding families in 2021, they seized on the opportunity to elevate the accommodations and experiences at the ranch, while vowing to preserve the much-loved traditions and charm that has made it a family-vacation favorite since 1948.
“Los Cab has been a beloved gathering spot for generations of families for decades and we are delighted to have the opportunity to even further elevate our guests’ experience with all of our new facilities and activities,” said Sandy Cutler, who along with his wife, Sally and two other families, purchased the ranch last year. “Los Cab is a place where great memories are created.”
With its extensive children’s program, Los Caballeros has long been a favorite destination for families. In the early 1950’s youngsters would gather to break open piñatas of horses. Today, the Los Cab Kids’ Club includes riding, roping, archery and other ranch lessons for kids of all ages.
As part of their three-year plan to upgrade facilities for guests of all ages, eight Event Lawn Casitas have been entirely rebuilt and remodeled with all new interiors, expanded patios, new patio furniture, surrounding landscaping, new linens, and soft furnishings.
Twelve luxurious Maricopa Suites were completely remodeled (including new doors and windows, rugs, and decor); two of these suites boast new ADA bathrooms.
In addition, every room on the property has been refreshed with new furnishings, painting, lighting, bedding and mattresses.
Accommodation upgrades will continue into 2024 when 20 new Four-Bedroom Family Suites and four new romantic “Couples Casitas” will be available adjacent to a new pool complex. The new complex will feature two new 25-meter swimming pools: one a zero-entry pool for families and young children; the second a lap pool and quiet pool for adults only, along with lounge seating, cabanas and food & beverage options.
The dining facilities at the ranch have also received a facelift. New Executive Chef Jason Ellis (who took over dining operations at the ranch in 2021) oversaw a complete down-to-the-studs renovation of the Main Lodge kitchen, which is now equipped with state-of-the-art equipment. The refreshed dining room features new tables and upholstered chairs for guests to relax in while enjoying sophisticated dishes from Ellis’ menu such as Niman Ranch Filet Mignon or Seared Hokkaido Scallops.
Over the summer, a new chef’s garden was also planted, and the option for “Dining in the Chef’s Garden” is now available to guests.
While dining options continue to evolve, traditional cowboy cookouts (the place where wranglers and guests gather around a campfire for food, song and stories under the stars) at the ranch will always be a mainstay.
Rancho de Los Caballeros is best known for horseback riding and the numerous outdoor activities available across its sprawling 18,000 acres. The new owners have spared no expense in this regard. Along with new saddles, tack, and hay wagons (improving comfort for riders and horses), the main corrals have been rebuilt; riding trails have been rerouted for additional guest safety; team penning, and wrangler rodeo activities have been reactivated, and overnight corrals have been added for guests to board their own horses on the property while traveling.
New ride packages are also being offered this season, including private picnic rides, wine & cheese rides, and a romantic proposal package, where a wrangler will take you on a private 2-hour ride into through the scenic Sonoran Desert to Proposal Point, where you’ll find a beautiful arrangement of flowers, wine, champagne, and strawberries to share before you pop the question.
In the summer of 2021, the trap and skeet shooting program was improved with the addition of all-new skeet machines and a five-station sporting clay course. An archery range was added for guests of all ages, and four new pickleball courts with tournament level nets were installed.
This year, returning guests and golf enthusiasts will be pleased to find updated equipment, new facilities, and extensive improvements to the ranch’s acclaimed 18-hole golf course, including new carts and tee markers, new course bathrooms, and more than 80 new trees and bushes enhancing play between holes.
By mid-winter, the golf clubhouse will also be fully renovated with a state-of-the-art kitchen, an expanded indoor and outdoor casual dining area, and a new higher-end dining restaurant called “19,” which will feature a wine cellar. The first nine holes of Los Caballeros Golf Club opened in 1980, with the second nine holes opening for play in late 1981.