Golf Holidays in Arizona
As far as great golf holiday destinations go, it does not get much better than Arizona. There is something totally unique about desert golf that is hard to explain unless you experience it.
Arizona is the Grand Canyon State. The Grand Canyon national Park has been given the status as one of the worlds Seven Natural Wonders of the World. It is a surprising fact that it is also the only one located within the United States of America. However, to a golfer in Arizona there are many wonders in the world when you see the quality of the Arizona golf courses. As you play the courses in and around the Sonoran Desert, take a look at the nature around you, in particular, the iconic Saguaro Cactus as you will not see it growing anywhere else in the world.
The Golf courses have been maintained meticulously and they provide a stunning contrast to the arid dessert surrounding it. Arizona is a state that keeps giving while the exact same thing can be said about the many Golf courses on offer because once you have played them, you will want to play them all over again.
Golf Holidays in Arizona
Golf Holidays Arizona
Recommended Resorts and Courses
The TPC Scottsdale
This resort built in a desert setting has two superb golf courses. The better-known Stadium Course is home to PGA Tour competitions and is in a wonderful setting. The lesser-known course is the Champions Course, which is also a fantastic course with first class facilities. Built in the “Valley of the Sun”, these courses enjoy over 300 days per year of sunshine which makes it perfect for any golf outing.
The Stadium Course. (18 hole. 71 par 7261 yds Desert)
There are not many TPC courses in America that play host to such dramatic and exciting scenes as this course does. Where the course is located was once a flat piece of Sonoran Desert until Weiskopf and Morrish waved their magic wand and produced this perfectly manicured and wonderfully sculpted golf course. It is such a wonderful course because it plays host annually to the Waste Management Phoenix Open where the best players from around the world show off their skills. The 16th hole is a par three and is the only par three in the world to be enclosed with grandstands seating over 20,000 spectators. The spectators here can get a little raucous which the golf world is not really used to, however, it produces on the final day an atmosphere you won’t get at any other course in the world. Even though it is a desert course, there are plenty of water hazards to contend with, especially the par five 15th hole with its island green. If you do get lucky and play this course then take time to look at the beautiful scenery and the stunning McDowell Mountains.
Champions Course. (18 hole. 71 par. 7113 yds. Desert)
This course does not have the reputation that its noisy neighbour has; however, please don’t make the mistake of writing it off as a golf course. This course has no problem with standing on its own two feet and is a formidable challenge to any golfer of any ability .The course is perfectly manicured and has wonderful scenery while a creek running through gives the course a real character and charm that makes this course one that you have to try.
The Westin Kierland Resort and Spa 5*
This resort oozes sophistication and class. Set in the spectacular 730-acre North Scottsdale Kierland community nestled below the McDowell mountains in the Sonoran Desert. The Resort Hotel has 732 guest rooms with all the amenities you would expect from a plush 5 Star Hotel. On site, there are 27 championship holes set out in three loops of 9 holes. They are The Ironwood, The Acacia and The Mesquite courses, which are laid out on rolling, undulating terrain in front of the hotel.
The Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain Hotel 5*.
This is Tuscon’s newest luxury resort and was added in 2009. Sitting comfortably high in the Sonoran Desert nestled against the Tortolita Mountains, the hotel offers a range of activities from biking, hiking, swimming and a destination spa. There are several fine dining restaurants, a gastro pub, a sushi and sake bar and the Turquesa bar and grill. The hotel has 250 guest rooms with various views and four types of suite available to give guests a little more luxury and private space. For those looking for a little more privacy and independence there are the Casitas, which are small Spanish houses.
The Golf Club at Dove Mountain.
There are 27 holes set up as three 9-hole loops designed by the legendary Jack Nicklaus. These holes can prove difficult and stand up to PGA Championship standard. The Accenture Match play is played here annually with all the world’s top players participating.
Saguaro (9 hole. 36 par. 3894 yds)
These nine holes serve as the front 9 when the Accenture Match Play takes place. They play with a backdrop of a majestic Saguaro cactus forest.
Tortolita (9 hole 36 par 3955 yds)
These nine holes serve as the back 9 when the Accenture Match Play takes place. As they play these holes, the course meanders along the base of the Tortolita Mountains. Holes 5 to 8 wander along the canyon floor where the views are spectacular all around. Formed around the 9th green is a grassy hillside stadium which is ideal for when the big matches go the distance and have a tight finish.
Wild Burro (9 hole 36 par. 3897 yds )
These 9 holes are said to be Jack Nicklaus’s favourite 9 holes at Dove Mountain. The views are fantastic as are the holes. The setting of this resort is superb.