SCOTTSDALE, PHOENIX, AZ
There's something magical about playing golf in the desert. The air is fresh and clean with a constant soothing breeze. Whether of majestic mountains or sprawling desert landscape dotted by cacti and scurrying wildlife, the spectacular views are limited only by the boundaries of your eyesight. Fairways and greens seem to whisper a world of welcome. And the colors? You are mesmerized by the sharpness of the colors when you stroll the fairways of a well-manicured desert golf course.
Yes, desert golf should be on every golfer's bucket list, and nothing is more appealing than golf courses in Phoenix, Scottsdale, of mid-Arizona. Along with a plethora of golf courses perfect for special desert Arizona golf vacations, there is plenty to fill your non-golf hours. This is a major league region, both in professional sports teams for every season, and restaurants and nightlife for every taste.
The quality and diversity of accommodations is equal to that of the golf. We work with several properties that feature on-site golf, and lots of it. One of the most popular is JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, host to the LPGA Founders Cup. It features two 18-hole layouts, one by Arnold Palmer with expansive fairways and another by Nick Faldo that, reminiscent of his UK upbringing, serves up 108 deep pot bunkers. After golf you can enjoy the 3.5 acres of pools, waterslides and a Lazy River.
If you want to tie a little history into your Arizona golf vacation, try the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa. It was designed to be an authentic representation of the Gila River Indian Community's heritage and culture, celebrating the legends of the Pima and Maricopa tribes. As for the golf, the Devil's Claw and Cattail courses are Gary Panks designs managed by Troon Golf. Both feature gradual elevation changes, great bunker designs and multi-tiered greens.
Westin Kierland Resort & Spa offers another stroll through the rich Arizona history, with tributes to the people and events that shaped the state's cultural heritage evident throughout the property. Kierland Golf Club provides three 18-hole combinations great for any Arizona golf vacations. Named after indigenous plant life found on the course, Acacia, Ironwood and Mesquite offer three championship-style nines designed by Scott Miller, formerly a senior designer for Jack Nicklaus.
If your group enjoys lounging by the pool after golf, Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort could be the right choice. The Falls Water Village Phoenix Water Park has a 40-foot waterfall, two expansive pools, 23 private cabanas and a 138-foot enclosed waterslide. Lookout Mountain Golf Club was chosen as one of Arizona's Top 10 Golf Courses by readers of Arizona Business Magazine.
Among the many hotels we work with that do not have golf on property is the HYATT house® Scottsdale/Old Town. Located conveniently in the heart of town, it features spacious one- and two-bedroom suites, and open aired public spaces are ideal for unwinding from a round of golf.
Just north of the Phoenix/Scottsdale area is Carefree Resort, featuring brand new luxurious suites, spacious resort rooms and secluded residential-style privately owned Villas.
There are a plethora of outstanding golf courses in Phoenix or Scottsdale not attached to hotel or resort properties. Near the top of the list is Troon North, where a pair of Tom Weiskopf designs provides the ultimate desert golf experience. Giant granite boulders are brought into play on several holes, adding a unique touch to layouts that feature rolling fairways, stunning elevation changes and sprawling, undulating greens.
No area facility provides a better sense of being alone with nature than the two memorable and highly ranked tracks at We-ko-Pa Golf Club. There are no homes to distract from the spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and natural desert vegetation. Designer Scott Miller carved Cholla from a tract of land dominated by a series of natural desert washes that originate in the nearby McDowell Mountains. The golf holes move either up or down these native waterways and provide the quintessential target style desert experience. Saguaro, designed by Bill Coore & Ben Crenshaw, is more of a lay of the land course, as is the tradition with this design team. They only moved 25,000 cubic yards of material, as compared to 500,000 cubic yards for Cholla. The course is suitable for walking, which allows you to spend more time on the incredible vistas that are ideal for an Arizona golf vacation.
Quintero Golf Club is a Rees Jones design featuring ample landing areas, strategic bunkering and multi-level putting surfaces.
At Eagle Mountain Golf Club in the ravines of McDowell Mountains, Scott Miller created a golf course that winds through natural box canyons, rolling hills and desert valleys.
No matter what hotels and courses you're interested in, be sure to contact us to review your travel plans. Our Golfpac Travel Advisors (travel caddies, if you will) can give you the latest word on course conditions and can make suggestions to help make Arizona golf vacations a memorable experience for all involved. We're here to help, so give us a call!