Augusta Ranch Golf Club’s first hole starts players off with a bit of misdirection. Measuring 379 yards from the back tees, the longest hole on the course calls for a zealous swing, while the rest of the course is designed to give irons a workout. The links feature a mix of par-3 and par-4 holes that invite newcomers to play around and test experienced players' short game play with shallow greens and treacherous bunkers. Instructors give lessons for all skill levels, and the staff organizes a variety of events throughout the year, from clinics and tournaments to Night Golf played with glowing golf balls. Players can convene beneath The Sunset Grille’s outdoor pavilion to snack on classic breakfast and lunch cuisine and keep an eye out for flocks of geese trained to abduct pitching wedges.
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Sculpted in the foreground of the Superstition Mountains, Mountain Brook Golf Club charms golfers with a 6,620-yard course that blankets the arid desert with immaculate fairways and greens. Water hazards, crushed-marble sand traps, and desert wilderness await balls that stray from their path due to an open clubface or the desire to snuggle a cactus.
The club's 12-acre practice facility blasts bogeys off scorecards with a full-length grass-tee driving range, a putting green, and two short-game practice areas where players can rehearse greenside chips, bunker shots, and approaches from as far as 100 yards. Brand-name golf apparel and equipment populates the pro shop, which sells merchandise emblazoned with the Mountain Brook Golf Club logo for those looking to obtain a souvenir from their round without having to adopt a rambunctious tumbleweed.
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Like its neighbors Scottsdale and Tempe, Mesa belongs to the greater Phoenix metropolitan area, often referred to as the Valley of the Sun. Thanks to those suburbs, there’s no shortage of things to do within a 30-mile radius of the hotel. You can hike amid the towering saguaros on the McDowell Sonoran Preserve trails, or peruse the boutiques and art galleries of Old Town Scottsdale. In downtown Mesa, stop in the Arizona Museum of Natural History to learn about southwest history dating back 4.5 billion years. Admire dinosaur fossils, pan for gold in the History Courtyard, and appreciate the fence that separates you and the museum’s resident Gila monster.Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.Though Arizona Golf Resort sometimes features a discounted price online, this Groupon still offers the best deal available.
Designed by Pete Dye, the golf course at Red Mountain Ranch Country Club boasts 6,653 yards of fairway portioned into 18 picturesque holes. Twosomes can rev up golf carts and dart down paths on a competitive quest to out-thwack opponents on the course and out-swim them in the water hazards. Scenic views of the valley and mountains surround the open landscape, which is accented with Scottish mounding and hazards such as the 11th hole's watery expanse and the 4th hole's sand bunkers.
Built by the U.S. Air Force before opening to the public in 1993, Toka Sticks Golf Club sports nearly 6,700 yards of playing area peppered with 18 recently declassified holes. As the silhouettes of mountains hold up "Quiet" signs in the distance, numerous trees serve as obstacles on the parkland-style course's narrow fairways and small greens. The course also challenges golfers and golf-cart chauffeurs with all-time course records of 60 strokes and 7 miles per hour, respectively. Players can prepare to beat this record with a token to the facility’s practice range, valid for approximately 40 practice balls that can be belted into the stratosphere or bartered for roadrunner eggs.
An 18-hole executive layout, Greenfield Lakes Golf Course invites linksfolk of all abilities with a fun, 4,107-yard design that runs alongside glassy waters. With 12 par 3s, four par 4s, and a pair of par 5s, the course requires golfers to unsheathe every wedge, iron, wood, and cricket bat in their bag at some point in the round. Pin-hunting odysseys end with dramatic flair at the par 5 18th hole, a 530-yard behemoth where a double dog-leg fairway and a green buttressed by a right-side pond make golfers finish their round with a perplexing high-risk, high-reward course management decision. Before taking to the tee or after a disappointing round, guests can mosey to the practice range—which includes a lighted driving range and a short game area with a practice bunker—to hone their skills without having to mow their basement’s shag carpet into an indoor course.
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