Trilogy Golf Club at Vistancia maintains a tournament-ready facility designed by architect Gary Panks, where novices and experts alike can butter up their rusty swings. Trilogy keeps its full-service practice area manicured and pampered so that linkspeople can wow impatient IRS auditors with powerful drives, precision putts, and finessed chippery. Unlimited range balls give you a chance to exercise all of your clubs, from the strapping 1-wood to the almost useless 3-gummi. A short-game area, in contrast, provides an arena for practicing bunker shots, inappropriate slam dunks, and other diminutive essentials on a spacious putting green that stretches out languidly like a sultry UPS deliveryman of the night. A backdrop of rugged ranges and solitary saguaros adds an epic edge to the acclaimed course's emerald-green oases and tall golden grasses.
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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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.
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Bunker's indoor golfing center is home to a team of technologically advanced simulators and talent-honing programs that facilitate a fun clubbing experience without the hassle of actual water hazards or lava traps. Virtual golf provides an approachable and efficient 18 holes for novices and aficionados alike, who can choose from 20 different courses to digitally explore, such as Kettle Creek, Pebble Beach, Spanish Bay, or Broken Putter Peak. After practice, the $10 café credit can be used to treat tired arms to some grub at Bunker’s Daily Wine Café or the 19th Hole Café.
A 6,641-yard layout sculpted into pond-speckled parkland terrain draws in golfers at Villa de Paz Golf Club's 18-hole course. Throughout the round, golfers will have to prove that their swing is impervious to water hazards, which come into play on 10 holes. Players and husky groundhogs encounter the most difficult hole at the fourth tee box, where a tree-lined fairway dog-legs sharply to the right on its way to a green guarded by a pond in front. Before their round, clubbers can warm up their swings at Villa de Paz's driving range, which has two tiers to accommodate heavy swing-honing traffic and separate territorial head covers.
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