Spacious Suites Overlooking Championship Golf Courses
Playing a round of golf in Arizona can be like taking a vacation within a vacation. The bright, manicured greens are little oases in contrast to the mostly dry desert terrain surrounding them. 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, with the sand-colored McDowell Mountains serving as backdrop.
Giant palms shade the resort’s three-story stucco buildings. To enjoy the scenery, step out onto the balcony or patio of your spacious one- or two-bedroom suite. 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—surrounded by deck chairs and umbrellas. Guests can relax around the water after a round of golf at TPC Scottsdale, which features two championship courses. The course is the site of the PGA’s Waste Management Phoenix Open.
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.