ARIZONA'S BEST GOLF COURSES
ARIZONA'S BEST GOLF COURSES FROM SCOTTSDALE TO SEDONA
By Ken Liebeskind
Arizona is a golfer's paradise with over 350 public courses that showcase the beauty of the desert, amisdst famous cacti and mountain peaks with an abundance of sunshine. A majority of Arizona's best golf courses are in the Scottsdale/Phoenix area but head north to Sedona, which is higher in altitude and cooler in summer for courses that offer a mix of glowing Red Rock and semi desert views with rolling alpine hills.
Among Arizona's best golf courses in the Scottsdale area is the Talon course at Grayhawk Golf Club, the Tom Fazio design in the Sonoran desert that plays 7,135 yards from the championship tees, with wide fairways and monstrous bunkers. The most challenging hole may be the 13th, a 230 yard par three guarded by a massive bunker on the right side of the green.
Arizona's best golf courses in Scottsdale also include the Pinnacle Golf Course, a Tom Weiskoph design that was renovated in 2007 to give it a links feel. It starts with a 392 yard par 4 that dog legs to the left to a multi-tiered green.
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Huge boulders on the 456 yard par 4 7th can block your approach to the green. The 8th is a 190 yard par 3 that plays over a deep ravine to a sloping green surrounded by high rocks on the left and three bunkers.
In Tucson, one of Arizona's best golf courses is the Omni Tucson National Resort Sonoran Course, a Tom Lehman design that offers crazy climbs and dips, tilted fairways and desert bush.
Green Valley, 20 miles south of Tucson, offers a group of Arizona's best golf courses, including Canoa Hills Golf Club, a Dave Bennett design that features the signature 15th hole, a 537 yard par 5 with a double dogleg.
In Sedona, the Sedona Golf Resort is a links style course with plenty of water hazards and sand bunkers with large red rock backdrops. The signature hole is the 10th, a 210 yard par 3 with cathedral rocks around the green.
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