Spacious Suites Overlooking Championship Golf Courses
Playing a round of golf in Arizona is a little like taking a short, relaxing staycation; the bright manicured greens are little oases when seen in contrast to the mostly dry desert terrain. At TPC Scottsdale, it's wise to play a round early in the cool morning air. The course is essentially the backyard of Scottsdale Links Resort, located a short walk away from the course, which uses the sand-colored McDowell Mountains as its backdrop.
Giant palms shade the resort's three-story stucco buildings, and the property has more of the feel of a chic condo complex than a hotel. In each of the spacious one- or two-bedroom suites, you'll find a balcony or patio. After preparing a meal in the room's full kitchen, you can eat in the patio area, which is decked out with tables and chairs.
The resort also has two big pools—one of which is adults-only—lined with deck chairs and umbrellas. Guests can relax there after a round at TPC Scottsdale, which is made up of two championship courses and 36 holes. The course is the site for the Waste Management Phoenix Open, a PGA tournament most recently won by Phil Mickelson.
Scottsdale, Arizona: Stucco Mansions amid Rocky Desert Landscape
Located just northeast of Phoenix in the Sonoran Desert, Scottsdale once served as ranch land where farmers grew oranges and lemons and cowboys kicked up dust in the fierce, dry heat. That era earned Scottsdale the nickname of “The West's Most Western Town.” Today, it is an affluent city landscaped with lush green grass and lined with stucco mansions. For a glimpse of the city's Old West roots, head to Old Town Scottsdale, where wooden boardwalks and hitching posts sit in front of a retro ice-cream parlor and rustic specialty shops.
Upon arriving in Scottsdale, you know you're in the desert—cacti and tumbleweeds dot the landscape, and dry shrubs and gnarled trees cover the McDowell Mountains in the distance. To get a closer look at southwestern flora, head to the Desert Botanical Garden. There, themed trails wind past huge cacti and other moisture-hoarding succulents, best seen in the cooler early morning or twilight hours.
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