by Gordon Reeves
Arizona, golfers paradise, call it what you will but there are more
spectacular Golf Courses and Golf Hotels and Spa Resorts here than you can
shake a stick at. Or even a "Talking Stick", this golf course is rated
Number 0ne in Arizona and the bonus is it's actually two uniquely different
courses. They each offer many options according to the golfer's level of
playing skill. Located on and owned by the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian
Community, the North and South courses blend with their tranquil desert
surroundings to provide a wonderfully serene yet challenging day of play.
The North course is a Scottish links style course and will play longer with deep, well-placed bunkers. The South course is a more traditional style golf course and has tree-lined fairways and four holes with excellent water hazards.
Whilst there are 350 golf courses in Arizona and they're not done yet, nearly half of the courses are in the Scottsdale - Phoenix area. Scottsdale has unbelievable resorts with courses to match. The really terrific side of Scottsdale, is that it is perfect for couples or small groups that have diverse interests. If one partner is into golf to the exclusion of all else that's not a problem as there is plenty to keep the other occupied, spa treatments to pamper the body and soul, swimming pools with exceptional desert views, hiking, four wheel driving, horse riding and even great shopping in nearby mega malls. To cap it all, at the end of the day the two of you can enjoy superb dining in an array of restaurants that would make Paris proud. The best part though is you can savour your gourmet feast while watching the deepening, warm red glow of the desert sunsets.
The season for golf is year round but the best is in the balmy winter temperatures avoiding the hottest months of the desert summer. Further North from Scottsdale - Phoenix, lies Sedona, which is also higher in altitude and a little cooler in the summer. The area is a mix of glowing Red Rock and semi desert views mixed with rolling, alpine hills. For the partner not into golf or the odd day away from the greens, a short drive away to the north is one of naturešs most impressive sights. Grand Canyon. At any time of year it is a fantastic sight but in the winter with a sprinkling of snow on the rim it is quite simply surreal.
Whatever and wherever you choose to stay and play, Arizona has a mix that will lure you to return year after year. To tempt you to sample all she has to offer, when you mention that you saw us on learnaboutgolf.com we will give you a 10% discount on participating lodging including the CopperWynd Resort and Spa, Fountain Hills, AZ.
New Mexico is known as the "Land of Enchantment" and thatšs not a lie! Not too many people are aware of the huge range of climates in New Mexico. A drive form North to South or East to West will take you through Desert to Alpine and all you can imagine along the way.
Golf is and has been a part of New Mexico for many years, there are golf
courses such as Paa-Ko Ridge and Twin Warriors within an hour or so of
Albuquerque International Airport. Paa-Ko Ridge, this award-winning course
was listed as #23 in America among over 10,000 "modern courses" it was also
selected as the #1 Public Access Course in New Mexico. Last year, Paa-Ko
Ridge debuted on the Top 100 Modern list at #69. The big jump this year
places Paa-Ko ahead of numerous well known courses as well as several great
Southwest courses such as, Troon North, Grayhawk in Arizona,The Broadmoor in
Colorado, and many others.
Twin Warriors is exceptional and is part of the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa, just north of Albuquerque and within the Santa Ana Pueblo, owned by the Tamaye. Twin Warriors is home for the 36th PGA Club Professional Championship in 2003. The Club is eighteen holes of high desert, championship golf routed in and around 20 ancient cultural sites of previous habitation and activity. The course has beautiful grassy knolls and ridges dotted with wonderfully aromatic Juniper and Pinon Pine. Wonderful dry river washes known as arroyo's and eroded land features, along with the sacred butte known as Tuyuna or "Snakehead" complete a picture framed by spectacular views of the Sandia Mountains.
About the Author: Gordon Reeves is with Golf and Ski Vacations, a full service travel website offering golf tours to Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado. Please visit their website or contact them via email at GolfBlab@GolfandSkiVacations.com or by phone at 970 349 2773 for details.
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