Sedona Golf Resort's par 71 course challenges golfers of all skill levels with 6,646 yards of mesa-trimmed greenery, earning accolades from Golf.com and Golf Digest for its awe-inspiring views. Practice on the clubhouse-side putting area before carting off across a labyrinth of tees, manicured greens, and fairways that test short and long games as well as each golfer's ability to tell a sand trap from a quicksand trap. The 10th hole invites competitors to drink in Cathedral Rock's majestic spires, piercing clouds against a backdrop of distant desert peaks and blue skies. Athletic endeavors wind down as crews converge around the 18th hole's peaceful pond, lined with stones and windsocks stitched from the recycled polos of champions. Snag a discounted online tee time with the Red Rock Card, which not only takes 20% off the Golf Shop's designer duds from brands such as Adidas and Nike, but also grants golfers reduced rates at Sedona and eight other Arizona courses.
There's no perfect swing for everybody. That's why Troon North Golf Club Director of Instruction Doug Hammer tailors his teachings to each client's level, whether they're competing in professional tournaments or swinging their first nine-iron. In his 14-year career, Doug has polished his instructional technique on courses from Galena, IL to Seoul, South Korea, picking up extensive club-fitting expertise along the way. At Troon North's Callaway Performance Center—one of only nine in the country—he analyzes clients' swings with sophisticated cameras and software, helping them select clubs and other equipment to improve their game.
That extra edge may come in handy when they play either of the two 18-hole courses at Troon North Golf Club. Framed by picturesque sandstone mountains, both courses may have repeatedly made Golf Magazine's "Top 100 Courses You Can Play" list—but that's not to say that golfers will play them well. If balls stray on their way to the green, players will have to hunt them down in grisly desert sands riddled with cacti, boulders, and reptiles who do not allow mulligans. The Pinnacle Course finishes with an epic dog-leg left par 4, where long hitters will be tempted to cut the corner and leave a short approach into a green nestled behind a desert waste area. Though its rating suggests it's slightly easier than its sister course, the Monument Course features a handful of treacherous holes, including two par 4s that exceed 460 yards in length.
As head instructor at Grayhawk Learning Center, PGA Class A Member Jeff Yurkiewicz calls on more than 12 years of teaching experience to help players improve their individual games. Jeff perpetuates the thorough understanding of the sport he received from his mentors, both Golf Magazine Top 100 instructors: Paul Trittler, host of Golf Academy Live on the Golf Channel, and Peter Kostis, whose detailed commentary on CBS Sports telecasts keeps viewers informed as to each blade of grass’s exact length. In addition to his work with Trittler and Kostis, Jeff boasts an impressive playing resumé of his own, making appearances in both the 2003 Phoenix Open and the 2005 PGA Championship at Baltusrol.
GolfTEC has three convenient locations in the Phoenix area and one in Tucson, all staffed by experienced golfing professionals and computers who’ve sworn allegiance to the Three Laws of golfing robotics. Motion sensors and high-speed cameras monitor the golfer’s swing and break it down on a high-definition video display. GolfTEC’s PGA specialists point out golfers' flaws and strengths, and coach them on how to permanently improve their game, from tee to green. Sensors chirp with approval when golfers execute a perfect stroke or crack an especially witty golfing joke. Customers will also benefit from a $10 gift certificate to Golfsmith, the golf equipment superstore housing GolfTEC’s Chandler, Scottsdale, and Tucson locations. Each of Golfsmith's four Arizona locations is stocked with cutting-edge equipment and custom-fitted clubs.
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.