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.
The idea for Waterworks on Wheels blossomed in the backyards of the East Valley. Founder Janice Jaicks traveled from home to home, guiding children's swimming strokes inside their own pools. Soon, the demand for her lessons required her to hire more instructors, and in addition to her summer house calls, Janice set up shop at four health clubs for year-round classes.
Today she and her team acquaint children aged 10 months–10 years with the water through a mix of patience, kindness, and know-how. The instructors seamlessly combine safety with fun, and though they specialize in teaching preschoolers and first-time swimmers, they can engage kids of all skill levels with more advanced aquatic exercises and even have a program to boost the competitive skills of adults. By maintaining a small student-to-teacher ratio, they focus on enhancing each person's aptitude regardless of prior years spent land-locked or recent hours spent swallowing helium.
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 open or shut clubface. A misaligned stance. A lower-body turn that happens a split-second too early—or too late. In 26 years of teaching and playing the game of golf, Cause-N-Effect Golf founder and instructor Gregg Downey understands the subtleties that can decimate a golf swing. A two-time NCAA All-American while playing for the Portland State golf team, Gregg parlayed his on-course success into a teaching philosophy that helps golfers understand how all the components of the golf swing are fundamentally interconnected, much like how all golf courses began as one gigantic fairway on Pangaea. At the core of the philosophy, in his own words, "identifying, focusing, and understanding the root element that can inhibit one’s ability to achieving their desired results." With proper identification of the root element, a customized step-by-step approach, and through practicing drills, golfers can begin to see improvement. Using video swing analysis, Gregg further addresses the points from his teaching philosophy and shows students how their swing can succeed if they make certain adjustments. Cause-N-Effect's indoor studio lets golfers practice regardless of the weather or their aversion to natural grass.