Desert-style golf courses blur the line between playing abilities and survival skills, as only players who discover hidden nests of birdies and eagles will be protected from the vultures roaming hungrily overhead. Stumble into a tree-lined oasis with today’s Groupon: for $24, you get 18 holes of golf, including a cart rental (a $30 value), a large bucket of range balls (an $8 value), and a $10 dining credit at Wickenburg Country Club (a $48 total value).
An 18-hole desert jewel complete with rolling green fairways, pristine greens, and lush rows of palm trees, the Wickenburg course challenges golfers of all skill levels. Set against the picturesque background of the Arizona Mountains, 6,320 yards of emerald grasses gently slope and curve along the banks of calm, mirage-free waters for a par 71. Though players zipping around in speedy carts should take care to avoid holes that emit curious rattling sounds, they have little else to fear but their own nerves, which can be soothed and improved on nearby practice facilities. Golfers can practice proper form and follow-through while adding a large bucket of 95 to 100 range balls to an expansive driving range already littered with their dimpled siblings.
As the sun sets on tee times, the new Ringo’s Restaurant and Bar offers an open patio where patrons can enjoy a drink under a thick shade of palm trees that were genetically engineered to block out errant balls. Discover the desert’s most prized flower with the Tuna Tulip salad ($7.99) or build a half-pound Cowboy burger ($7.99+) to ride the open prairies of your hungry belly.
Wickenburg Country Club
Sculpted through the desert and framed by distant mountain peaks, Wickenburg Country Club's 18-hole course roams across 6,320 yards of dazzling terrain. Fresh off an October 2011 overseeding, the course's fairways, greens, and tee boxes blanket the arid terrain with a thick carpet of immaculately mown grass stitched by palm trees, intervening waterways, and tumbleweeds that generously lead golfers to wayward balls. The course bounds over naturally undulating terrain that creates numerous uphill and downhill shots, which gives an advantage to players who trust their yardages and can handle sidehill lies. After rounds, players can continue honing their game at the driving range, check out golf apparel at the pro shop, or drink in views of the rolling, sandstone-hued tundra amid the adobe accents of the clubhouse patio, where clubbers can recapitulate memorable shots or interrogate each other's 9-irons about the veracity of their owners' scorecard.
Course at a Glance:
- 18-hole, par 71 course
- Length of 6,320 yards from the farthest tees
- Course rating of 70.5 from the farthest tees
- Slope rating of 128 from the farthest tees
- Three tee options
- Link to scorecard
1420 N Country Club Dr.
Wickenburg, Arizona 85390