Now that’s it’s getting, let’s just say, a bit chilly here in the Northeast, maybe it’s time to head to the land of cacti, desert and immaculate fairways and greens – somewhere like Arizona, perhaps?
For those who have never played desert golf it’s a truly memorable experience. Particularly for those who are not native to the area. I’m from the Northeast (MA) and to visit Arizona sometimes feels like another planet — just because the landscape is so different. It’s such a visual treat for the eyes, the feel of the heat, the beautiful fragrance of the local flowers, the sound of the gentle breezes — everything seems to be such an assault on the senses.
One course I recommend checking out is Troon North – the Pinnacle Course (top picture). Personally I have not played this yet but it’s definitely on my list.
It’s one of the 2 courses (the Monument course being the other) at the World-Class Troon North Golf Club
Here’s little blurb taken from their site:
Troon North Golf Club stands as a hallmark of the Scottsdale desert golf experience with two 18-hole courses stretching through the natural ravines and foothills in the shadows of Pinnacle Peak. Giant granite boulders lie strewn across the rugged landscape of Arizona’s Sonoran Desert, where Troon North Golf Club combines iconic golf with the visual sensation of desert landscape, providing a standard unmatched in the American Southwest.
The Pinnacle, designed by golfing great Tom Weiskopf, opened in 1995, caps out at 7,044 yards from the tips and plays to a par 72. Like its sister course, the Monument, it will challenge you with desert golf replete with arroyos, natural washes, huge saguaros, mesquite, and ironweed ( I don’t even know what some of these are! I better look them up!). Fairways are generous and lush, some of which are hidden behind boulders, high-lipped bunkers and grassy mounds.
One of the best amenities you’ll enjoy at Troon North is their amazing practice facilities. Unlimited use of the practice facility is included with greens fees, including the driving range, chipping green and putting green. Get there early so you can take advantage!
However, the Troon North experience doesn’t end there. The club’s 37,000 square foot clubhouse boasts exceptional service, along with such outstanding amenities as an award-winning golf shop, well-appointed locker rooms and world class dining. So what’s to think about?
“Beautiful Golf Course”
5 of 5 stars (via TripAdvisor)
The clubhouse is immaculate, the course is challenging and beautiful! I can honestly say the two courses at Troon North are some of the prettiest courses I have ever been round and more enjoyable than the TPC in Scottsdale. Will be going back in the near future!
If you love 1st class desert golf with stunning views and immaculate service – well, this is THE place to be!
Another gem you don’t want to miss is SunRidge Canyon located in Fountain Hills, AZ (about 30 minutes east of Scottsdale)
Typical of a lot of desert courses this course has some dizzying elevation changes which provide stunning views as well as challenging golf!
The fairways are tight, exquisitely painted and surrounded by thick, dense desert vegetation — try not to hit it there 🙂
This is a 6823 yard, par 71 Keith Foster designed course that is located in the rugged ridges that abound in the desert mountains that divide Fountain Hills from Scottsdale.
“Worth checking out”
5 of 5 stars (via TripAdvisor)
Golfed there about a week ago. Really enjoyed the course, the amenities, and the staff. Well run establishment, and scenic golf on a well maintained course. the last six holes are definitely tough, they are called the wicked 6, but oddly that was where I shot my best that day.
Golf is a strange game. Nice patio/ bar are for after with nice views. We sat at the small bar and were thoroughly entertained by the bar staff. Just a great day all around.
Formally a private course but now public, Quintero Golf Club, (second image) located in Peoria, AZ is another golf destination not to be missed.
It’s tucked away in the Hieroglyphic Mountains, but still conveniently located less than an hour North of Phoenix. Acres of protected Federal Lands surround the course, further enhancing its secluded and tranquil feel.
A Rees Jones design, it plays 7200 yards from the Championship tees down to 5043 from the forward tees.
There are several tremendously elevated tee areas – with tee boxes often terraced into the hillsides like a beautiful, cascading waterfall.
Elevation changes abound here! From the tips, gold and silver tees, you will encounter numerous carries over desert canyons and arroyos. The copper and jade tees (forward tees) are significantly more playable. The fairways are generous and most often there’s room greenside to recover from those unlikely errant approach shots 🙂
Quintero Golf Club has been consistently rated as one of top courses in Arizona. With dramatic elevation changes and undulating fairways, the course is a delight in every way. Glimpses of quick-footed roadrunners, wild burros, gila monsters (venomous lizards – look out!), and burros can often be seen.
“First class golf in Peoria.”
5 of 5 stars (via TripAdvisor)
We had the pleasure of playing this beautiful golf course recently. What a great experience. The elevated par 3’s are spectacular, the fairways like well vacuumed carpet, and the greens fast and challenging. Thanks for a wonderful experience. Don’t miss this one if you are in the Phoenix area.
These are just a few of the courses you definitely don’t want to miss while in the Scottsdale area. Scottsdale Golf Vacations has some terrific deals that you really should check out. Now’s a great time of the year to begin planning for some of the most memorable golf you’re likely to play.
Scottsdale golf vacations is happy to offer our readers a 10% discount off tee times if you book through Scottsdale golf vacations. Just mention “GolfDash” to receive your discount.
Note: regarding fees — the course fees can vary widely depending on the season you play so if you want to save a bit of money, consider going in the summer months when temperatures are — lets just say a little warm 🙂