Palm fronds rustle in the breeze at Continental Golf Course, where players traverse a lush landscape of Bermuda grass under the gaze of a picturesque mountain peak in the distance. Designed by Greg H. Nash and Jeff D. Hardin, the relatively short layout surrounds two lakes, with water coming into play on multiple holes. On the 360-yard ninth hole—the course’s second most difficult—a narrow fairway leads to a small green protected by a right-side bunker and feral golf carts picketing for caddy status. The course's most challenging hole, the par-4 18th, presents a 340-yard dogleg right replete with intersecting waterways at the bend. Although the course lacks par 5s, the diverse landscape presents challenges for golfers of all stripes, from greenhorns to green-jacket holders.
Before or after rounds, golfers can refuel at the restaurant or drop by the driving range to stretch out their swings or employ the sage wisdom of an on-site golf pro during lessons.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par-60 course * Length of 3,766 yards * Course rating of 58.4 * Slope rating of 85 * See the scorecard
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 resum? of his own, making appearances in both the 2003 Phoenix Open and the 2005 PGA Championship at Baltusrol.
Troon North Golf Club tantalizes inner links urges with breathtaking courses in the heart of beautiful Arizona desert land. This Groupon gets players two rounds on the Monument Express course, a 9-hole beauty that challenges mental concentration and excites ocular receptacles. Playing just more than 1,500 yards, the Monument Express course’s design seamlessly integrates natural barriers such as cacti, boulders, and inflatable palm trees into meticulously manicured fairways and lush undulating greens with 2 par options, depending on skill level. Ideal for gaining exposure to the game or practicing tricky shots, this shortened express course can be played relatively quickly and offers a taste of the full Monument course, which was ranked in the top 50 of Golf Magazine’s Top 100 Courses You Can Play.
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.
Westin Kierland Golf Club's trio of nine-hole courses allow golfers to mix and match, creating a different experience each time they hit the links. The par-36 courses measure about 3,500 yards apiece from the back tees, allowing golfers to get in a solid day of play or quarterbacks to get in an entire season's worth of passing in one afternoon. The toughest 18-hole combination pairs the Mesquite and Ironwood courses, which together net a 73.1 rating and 127 slope. Aside from games, golfers can sign up for lessons and clinics under PGA instructor Pete Treyve and his staff or grab a bite at the on-site restaurants, Edie's Rangehouse and Brittlebush Bar & Grill.