At Jambo! Park, children uncork bottled up energy as they spring across an indoor playground sprawling with jungle-themed rides and family-friendly games. Located in the North Phoenix area, it manufactures raucous laughter and endless enjoyment with myriad attractions, including the Himalaya mini roller coaster, Monkey Barrels ride, and Spin Tops ride. Families can settle disputes over who's the favorite child in a pirate-themed laser-tag arena or club their way through the six holes of a mini-golf course. Miniature flyers go up and down and circle around on the Flying Elephants ride or take a spin on the Jungle Swing ride. Little conductors can take in the views on the Safari Train. A three-level play structure festooned with tubes and slides welcomes climbers and sliders, and more than 50 nonviolent video games jangle merrily in the arcade.
At Castles N' Coasters, visitors can plummet down a 120-foot tower, ride giant logs down a waterfall, and crash cars with abandon. It sounds crazy, but it’s safe—the Sky Diver, Splash Down log ride, and Ram-Rods bumper cars are among the 18 attractions at this family-friendly amusement park. Guests can also howl around the loop-the-loops of the Desert Storm roller coaster or set their little ones on kid-friendly rides such as the Spinning Top and Flying Bugs. At the 18-hole mini-golf course, families putt around a landscape flush with tall palms and spouting fountains, as well as a regal castle where golf balls are knighted for jumping the moat. With all these activities, plus a three-level, 12,000-square-foot arcade with more than 200 games, the park ably hosts both spur-of-the-moment outings and planned parties and events.
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.
Course at a Glance:
Nine-hole, par-33 course
Distance of 2,417 yards from the farthest tees
Course rating of 31.2 from the farthest tees
Three tee options
Link to scorecard
At XGolf Scottsdale, six cutting-edge X-Golf simulators immerse golfers in a realistic replication of world-famous courses using accurate video analysis, high-definition graphics, and a 5.1 channel sound system. In the new 4,000-square-foot facility, golfers can play a round at a choice of over 150 world-famous courses, including Pebble Beach, St. Andrews, and Spyglass without having to put up with the exorbitant expense and secret handshakes needed to enter the courses. The simulator floor tilts to create uphill, downhill, and side-hill lies to reflect the player?s ball location on the course, balls are automatically teed up after each shot, and two video cameras play back swings for later review, a concept that comes from XGolf, which operates golf centers around the world. With the available video playback, the simulator doubles as a teaching mechanism for Scottsdale Golf Place?s class-A PGA instructors, who use it to review a swing?s club path, ball-launch angle, and follow-through pirouettes. And if it feels like the floor is shifting beneath you ? it may not just be the moving platform beneath your feet. Players can opt for beer and wine during play, and groups can enjoy simulators together during weekly leagues, tournaments, and corporate events.
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