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, 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 banquet hall 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:
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.
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.
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.
Course at a Glance:
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.
Course at a Glance:
The nine-hole executive course's open fairways and flat terrain present a laid-back layout for golfers to build confidence and practice short-game skills. The course does away with many of the treacherous hazards found at larger courses, such as deep bunkers, long shots over water, or enticing offers for island green timeshares. To aid in the development of consistent golf skills, PGA professional instructors oversee the golf center's facilities, ready to enlighten new golfers on anything from proper etiquette to trick shots, which students can then ingrain into muscle memory at the driving range.
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.