Many of the golf courses in Greater Phoenix were designed by the greats, and most don’t have merely one signature hole, but many. Some courses occupy desert canyons where civilization feels a world away, while others are part of opulent resorts where golfers can indulge themselves with a post-round spa treatment. Here are a few featured resort courses that are offering specials this summer.
Resort: Arizona Biltmore
The Arizona Biltmore Country Club boasts 36 challenging holes and a pair of premier resort courses: The Adobe and The Links. Built in 1928 and restored in 2004, The Adobe offers wide fairways and classic cross bunkers. The Links is defined by rolling fairways, desert ravines and five pristine lakes that call for bold shots and demanding accuracy. Equipment rental and professional golf instruction are available.
Specials: Check with the golf course for special summer rates. Guests of the Arizona Biltmore get preferred tee times.
Golf Course: Arizona Golf Resort Golf Course
Arizona Golf Resort’s PGA-rated championship course is known for having some of the most picturesque and challenging par three holes in Arizona. The lush fairways are lined with massive cottonwood and eucalyptus trees. You’ll also find serene lake settings, mature vegetation and gently sloping greens. With a slope of 120 and a rating of 70.8, the 6,542-yard, par-71 course offers a test for all skill levels.
Specials: Steak and Golf (a round of golf with cart fee, plus a steak dinner in Annabelle’s Restaurant or Anna’s Grill), $39-$59.
Stay and Play (overnight accommodations in a traditional room, a round of golf with cart fee, and breakfast for two in Annabelle’s Restaurant), $79-$159.
Resort: The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
Golf Course: TPC Scottsdale
Home of the PGA Tour’s Waste Management Phoenix Open, the Stadium Course at TPC Scottsdale has hosted some of contemporary golf’s greatest moments since opening in 1986. During the 51 weeks of the year when the Stadium Course isn’t hosting the pros, recreational golfers can test their skills on the same pristine fairways. Rivaling its famous sister course in beauty and playability, the Champions Course meanders between natural ravines and through picturesque foothills. A quartet of challenging finishing holes promises to leave even the best players with goose bumps.
Specials: Summer pricing on the Champions Course, Monday through Friday; play for $35 plus tax, and $49 plus tax on Saturday and Sunday. Includes greens fee, cart fee, and unlimited golf for the day. (Rates valid on the Champions Course only, from June 3 through Sept. 8. See www.tpc.com/summer for additional details.)
Resort: Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort
Whirlwind Golf Club at Wild Horse Pass features a 36-hole public facility located on the Gila River Indian Community. The Devil’s Claw and Cattail courses, both designed by Gary Panks, provide golfers with a straightforward and enjoyable challenge. Settled in the basin between Phoenix’s famous South Mountain and the Estrella Mountains to the west, Whirlwind lives up to its name with swirling winds nearly every afternoon that put shot-making ability to the ultimate test. In the distance, clouds of dust can often be seen, kicked up by wild horses that roam the land surrounding the course.
Specials: “Swings N Things” special includes 18 holes on Cattail or Devil’s Claw, lunch in the Sivlik Grill and a dozen premium golf balls. (Please call or visit www.whirlwindgolf.com for availability and pricing.)
Golf Course: The Boulders Club
The Boulders Club, nestled in the high Sonoran Desert north of Phoenix and Scottsdale, features two championship golf courses, both designed by Jay Morrish. The courses, known for their rugged beauty, are among the most demanding in the Southwest. The North Course is a 6,811-yard, par-72 track featuring spectacular views of Black Mountain. (Wildlife is often visible during play.) The par-71, 6,726-yard South Course features holes tucked amid boulders, including two iconic rock formations, “Boulder Pile” and “Rosie’s Rock”.
Specials: Cool Summer Golf Package. Enjoy a round of golf and lunch. After 9 a.m. Sunday-Thursday, $62; after 10 a.m. Friday and Saturday, $72. This special runs from May 27-Sept. 12.
Resort: The Phoenician
Golf Course: The Phoenician Golf Course
The Phoenician’s 27-hole golf course is grouped into three distinctive (and aptly named) nines — the Oasis, the Desert and the Canyon — so golfers can play several 18-hole combinations in the pristine desert at the base of Camelback Mountain.
Specials: Daily unlimited golf for each guest on either of our championship courses (valid for stays through Dec. 31, 2013). Rates start at $269 for one person, $299 for two. When you reserve your stay, please ask for rate plan GOLFPKG.
Resort: The Wigwam
Golf Course: Wigwam Golf Club
The Wigwam Golf Club features three courses: The Gold, The Patriot and The Heritage.The Gold Course was created in 1964 to rival another of Robert Trent Jones’ courses, the famed South Course at Firestone Country Club. At more than 7,430 yards, this long, winding par-72 course will challenge even the finest of golfers. The Patriot, also a Jones creation, has been described as the “great contradiction” in that it behaves so very differently from front to backside. Golfers must negotiate a number of perilous bunkers, thirsty ponds and challenging dog-leg fairways. The Heritage is nearly 6,900 yards and plays alongside an abundance of natural water features and lush trees. The par-72 layout has generous fairways and greens, but its finishing stretch is as tough as any.
Specials: Tee It Up Package. Play 54 holes of championship golf. Tee off on The Heritage Course, followed by The Patriot Course, then take your shot on the final 18 on “Arizona’s Monster,” the Gold Course. This package Includes a one night of Adobe Fairway accommodations, breakfast at Red’s Bar & Grill, and unlimited same-day consecutive play golf. (Offer subject to availability. Blackout dates and restrictions may apply. Use promo code TEEITUP to book.)