Great Golf = Arizona Golf = Great Golf

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Name dropper isn’t something I’m usually called, but after this post, I’m sure the name’s gonna fit like a fresh, new golf glove.

Rancho Manana. Eagle Mountain. Gold Canyon – Dinosaur Mountain. Estrella. Las Sendas. The Raven. Superstition.

By the way, The Raven Golf Club at South Mountain may be my favorite Phoenix golf course.

Las Sendas kicked my butt on a 118 degree day back in 2002. Tough, tough track, but beautiful scenery and very fair if you can hit it where you’re looking, which I couldn’t do the one time I was there. <sigh>

I could go on and on, but you get the picture. I’ve played some great golf courses in Arizona and I’ve played some good golf in Arizona ;-)

The Arizona golf courses I’ve played have always been in fantastic condition. Above and beyond is an easy way to describe the lengths they go to with regard to manicuring their golf courses in Arizona.

The facilities have always been superb as well. Never before had I witnessed Men’s locker rooms that were bigger and nicer than most apartments I rented when I was young.

The people you meet are always dang friendly. Willing to pair up and willing to take you along for the ride.

The food in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tucson, Tempe and all the towns in between is out of this world good.

And while I’m thinking about it, if you’re going to play any of the Tucson golf courses, make sure the words Starr Pass or Saddlebrooke is in the name and if it is, you can’t go wrong.

Make sure you play early. Get done before noon and then enjoy a great lunch.

If you like great rates, go back and get a speedy 18 in just before dark and soak in the beauty and serenity of the desert right at sundown.

Then go soak in a pool til dinner time!

Trust ol’ Mike and head out to Arizona for some golf, some scenery, some food and some memories!

Tell ‘em I sent you. They remember me too ;-)

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4 thoughts on “Great Golf = Arizona Golf = Great Golf

  1. Looks like you played some great tracks. And I see from the pic you made it up to Sedona to play. Be sure to check out Seven Canyons next time you’re there. It’s a fantastic private track that is offering tee times to the public now. Their financial issues are our gain.

    I agree Las Sendas is one of the toughest tracks in town. It’s been a few years since I played it, but I remember those greens and blind shots well enough.

    I have to disagree on Raven at South Mountain, though. The front nine is average and the back only has a few memorable holes. I know they have pine trees and everyone in the desert loves the change of scenery, but it’s not enough to do it for me. I’d much rather play the Legacy just around the corner from the Raven. Check it out if you’ve never played it.

  2. There is a new company called Arizona Golf Trails that will set up a golf package for you including courses, hotels, and transportation. Many of the courses are private or semi-private so you get to play courses not readily accessible to the public. Their sister organization, Colorado Golf Trails, does the same thing with a bunch of courses in both the Rocky Mountains and the flatlands.

  3. Hey Travelin’ Golfer…you liked Rancho Manana…those folks also own the Tubac Golf Resort…a decidedly non target golf desert layout with 27 holes, a great practice facility and a laid back hacienda style resort with great bar & restaurant…wide fairways lined with old growth cottonwoods, water in just the right (or wrong) places and much cooler throughout the year…all 35 mins south of Tucson…come check it out…truly a gem.