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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Stonecreek Golf Club is a links-style course surrounded by awe-inspiring mountain views. With this Groupon, improve your swing and lower your handicap with access to Stonecreek’s putting green, chipping green with reality-based training bunker, and driving range. The $50 range card gets you up to 500 balls. It’s a start/stop range machine, so hit as few as 20 balls each bout.
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.
Shalimar Country Club's 2,417 yards of manicured golfing terrain are peppered with towering trees, slinking sand traps, and rolling hills. The design of the nine-hole, par-33 course masterfully incorporates its scenic assets—the fifth hole sits across a yawning lake, and the ninth hole's island green is flanked on all sides by water hazards, bunkers, and punks who steal golf balls for their solar-system dioramas. To be prepared to dodge these obstacles, players practice on a driving range and chipping-and-putting green. After their rounds, golfers can wander into the restaurant and lounge for a meal or a drink or peruse the golf shop to try on new apparel and test the mettle of name-brand equipment.
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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.