Described by Peoria Pines’ golf pros as a “power executive” course, Peoria Pines’ 18-hole course presents a scaled-down, 4,412-yard, par 63 layout. The truncated course challenges golfers’ iron play with 11 par 3s and five par 4s, while two lengthy par 5s—which measure 510 and 527 yards—give players an excuse to send golf balls flying with their driver or covert water-balloon launchers. The player-friendly course rests alongside a practice facility with a grass-tee driving range and areas for chipping, putting, and bunker shots.
Views of the course abound from The Palm Room, where executive chef Matt D’Arnese crafts a menu of gourmet pasta, chicken, beef, and fish. The restaurant provides a postround respite for golfers to unwind with a drink from the full-service bar or a chance to assess white tablecloths’ utility as a putting surface.
Course at a Glance:
Designed by golf great Arnold Palmer, The Legend at Arrowhead's 18-hole, par-72 course connects across 7,005 yards of blended bermuda and rye grasses. As golfers move across the short-grass corridors, mature palm trees and deep bunkers loom on the periphery along with six ponds that will test players' accuracy and ability to keep thirsty sand wedges from straying to the water's edge. Before taking to the first tee, golfers can warm up at the club's driving range, which gives them a feel for the turf they will encounter on the course with all-grass hitting areas. Stationed beside the course, the Legend Lakeside Grill remains open until dusk, offering a convenient place for golfers to unwind after a round or see how quickly they can flip through every single channel on the restaurant's three televisions.
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When the bright Arizona sun rises over Arrowhead Country Club, it bathes a sprawling 18-hole golf course, pristine tennis courts, and an azure swimming pool in warm light. Meanwhile, inside the club's 33,000-square-foot health center, cardio and strength-training machines beep and clang as certified instructors lead lively boot-camp, cycling, and Les Mills classes. Tending to beauty as well as health, the club also houses a luxurious spa and salon, where specialists pamper guests with massages, facials, and manicures and stylists transform coifs with haircuts and color treatments.
Golfers aim their shots in between the fences that bookend the target field at Desert Mirage Golf and Learning Center's driving range. But their swings at the range—which emulates course conditions with natural grass hitting areas and earthworms that sneeze in golfers' backswings—are mere rehearsals for the main performance: a round at the Center's 9-hole course. The par-31 course offers five par-threes and four par-fours and features to a memorable finishing hole: a 322-yard par-four with a pond that runs down the left side.
Sculpted through the desert and framed by distant mountain peaks, Wickenburg Country Club's 18-hole course roams across 6,320 yards of dazzling terrain. Fresh off an October 2011 overseeding, the course's fairways, greens, and tee boxes blanket the arid terrain with a thick carpet of immaculately mown grass stitched by palm trees, intervening waterways, and tumbleweeds that generously lead golfers to wayward balls. The course bounds over naturally undulating terrain that creates numerous uphill and downhill shots, which gives an advantage to players who trust their yardages and can handle sidehill lies. After rounds, players can continue honing their game at the driving range, check out golf apparel at the pro shop, or drink in views of the rolling, sandstone-hued tundra amid the adobe accents of the clubhouse patio, where clubbers can recapitulate memorable shots or interrogate each other's 9-irons about the veracity of their owners' scorecard.
Course at a Glance:
Eighty-four hitting stations spread out over two decks. Ten target greens, each one mapped out so players know the precise distance to each flag. Eight hitting bays equipped with TrackTee technology that charts the spin rate and distance of each shot. These are the practice resources that help golfers hone their swing—and learn more about their game—at Valley Golf Center. Named one of 2013's top 50 standalone facilities in America by the Golf Range Association of America, the practice facility also encompasses a 5,000-square-foot putting green and a practice bunker for players to hone their touch around the green. From 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week, fans, misters, lights, and shade protect players against the elements of heat or the darkness of night. The center also hosts PGA lessons and a fitting center.