Horace Stoneham, the legendary owner of the San Francisco Giants, built a first-rate training facility for his “Boys from the Bay” that included Hall of Famers Willie Mays, Juan Marichal, Orlando Cepeda and Willie McCovey. Word spread and soon fans traveled from around the world to see their Giants train and compete in the Cactus League, play superlative golf, and bask in the Arizona sun.
John Wayne loved Francisco Grande as he kept a penthouse suite at the top of the hotel where he often stayed since he co-owned the largest cattle ranch in North America to the west of the property. Pat Boone took part in opening ceremonies more than 50 years ago and was a frequent visitor. You can walk where the rich and famous strolled to take in the view from the Eagle’s Nest and to enjoy seeing “The Duke” hold court.
Today, the Francisco Grande Hotel & Golf Resort has been modernized and restored through a multi-million dollar renovation while honoring its commitment to preserving a rare and glittering past. Every guest room in the tower has a large, inviting balcony with expansive views of the golf course, sports fields, and mountain vistas. The resort’s restaurant and watering holes provide a variety of casual and upscale dining and entertainment options.
Francisco Grande also serves as a premium sports resort for athletes to train, play, rest, and refuel with nutrition designed meals from our chefs. 16 Major League Soccer teams and 5 international National teams have trained at the facility.