Phoenix: Arizona’s Urban HeartBy Marina Beach • Sep 30th, 2011
Arizona is home to more than 420 of the nations top golf courses. With premium golf course conditions, affordable pricing, and ideal weather nine months out of the year, what is there not to love about Arizona?
Phoenix, Arizona may be known for it’s archive history dating back to 700 AD, but it is also being recognized as the new up and coming urban city, holding the fifth largest population in the nation. The city of Phoenix not only offers a variety of public and private golf courses, but it is also expanding on other tourism activities such as professional sports, award-winning restaurants, music and art theaters, and museums to name a few.
Like most Arizona golf courses, Phoenix golf is also known to have spectacular desert-like conditions and views, which include over seeded fairways, cliff drops, rock formations, and of course prickly saguaros. Phoenix golf courses offer a variety of designs for any skill level ranging from, par 3’s to executive 9 holes, all the way to championship courses.
One of the great things about Phoenix golf is the variety of rates. There are an abundant number of bargain golf rates starting as low as $8 for someone on a budget, as well as plenty of recognized luxurious resorts and spas for those looking for a more prestigious round of golf. Bottom line: Phoenix has something to offer for any golfer. Lower costs can be found at the following courses. Encanto 9, Encanto 18, Palo Verde, Papago, and Maryville. There are also many public courses with four-star ratings that range from the low 20’s to the mid 40’s for a full 18 hole round.
If you are looking for a getaway, Phoenix has many luxurious spas and resorts offered at an affordable price. The Wigwam, a historic hotel with a modern feel, offers specials for golf, spa, cuisine, and family all year round. The resort has 331 casitas and suites, four pools with slides, relaxing spas, and three challenging 18 hole golf courses. Another affordable resort with a 5 star quality is the Camelback Inn, which sits on the border of Phoenix and Scottsdale. This southwestern resort offers activities for any interest. Their unique 36 hole golf club differs from the typical desert style with towering trees, bodies of water, and difficult bunkers. Arizona Golf Magazine voted their 18th hole on the Padre Course the best water hole in the state.
Whether you are a player who enjoys the historical background in the making of a course or someone who wants to play in the dark, Phoenix has it. The Golf Club of Estrella is tucked away in the foothills of the Sierra Estrella Mountains and offers magnificent views. The course was designed by the legendary Jack Nicklaus II, and public rates start at just $30. If you are someone who cannot withstand the heat or are looking to try something new, two Phoenix golf courses, Encanto 9 and Palo Verde, are offering night tee times. The rounds are $25, and the facilities will provide you will a glow-in-the-dark golf ball.
After a day of golf, come enjoy one of the many activities in the downtown city easily accessible by light rail. Visit Chase Field, the Children’s Museum, the Phoenix Art Museum, Arizona Science Center, City Scape and Arizona Center where you can enjoy award-winning restaurants. All locations are in close proximity and can easily be walked to and from. All Phoenix attractions can be accessed through Smartphx, a smartphone application. Outside the city visit the Phoenix Zoo, South Mountain Park, or drive Apache Trail. Phoenix has a variety of activities for people of all ages and interests, so come visit the valley of the sun.