Why go to Phoenix when you can drive to Palm Desert? They are both great choices, but Arizona may well offer a more interesting choice of golf resorts. From Camelback Mountain stretching north to Carefree, there are multiple luxury properties to pick from. An ambitious traveler might even take in Sedona on a trip to the Grand Canyon state.
The Phoenician is one of the best golf resorts in Arizona and by far the easiest to get to. Set in the shadows of Camelback Mountain, it is not more than 15 minutes from Sky Harbor Airport. The resort features 27 holes of championship golf designed by Ted Robinson and Homer Flint. The course winds its way through the Sonoran Desert with multiple waterscapes and is always in near-perfect condition. Golf Digest has ranked The Phoenician among the “Top 75 Golf Resorts in America.”
The accommodations are five star all the way and range from oversized guest rooms to Canyon Suites and Casitas. The views take in Camelback Mountain and the plush green fairways below. The Phoenician also has vacation ownership options for those who want to linger longer. Scottsdale Plaza is just five minutes away for great shopping. Visit ThePhoenician.com for more details.
The Troon North area of Scottsdale is primarily a luxury home neighborhood with all kinds of golf. The Four Seasons Troon North is set right in the middle of all this and is the only hotel in this area. Guests at this mountainside property have access to the courses designed by Tom Fazio and Tom Weiskopf at Troon North, which is a mile further up into the foothills from the resort. Those with private club connections will take note that Estancia, Desert Mountain, and Troon Country Club are all within a short drive. This may be the best address in town with miles of multi-million dollar mansions in either direction.
The Four Season is set in the foothills of Pinnacle Peak and offers Southwest-style casitas for elegant lodging. The pool, spa, and fitness center are all spacious and very relaxing. The resorts restaurant’s offer sweeping views of the city that unfold below. If you like to hike, make sure you take on Pinnacle Peak, which is a moderate trail. Bring appropriate shoes as the footing is sometimes shaky, and you will be distracted with the great vistas. Go to FourSeasons.com/Scottsdale for further information.
As you continue northeast into the Sonoran foothills, the famous town of Carefree unfolds. Just the name reminds one of the peaceful desert scenes found almost everywhere here. The visibility is incredible, with panoramas that include mountains 60 miles away. Carefree has for years been one of the most affluent residences in the desert, and the town motto is “Home of Cowboys and Caviar, Where the Old West meets the New.”
The Boulders has been the top choice here for decades. This Waldorf Astoria Resort is set right in the large rock outcroppings with 36 holes of Jay Morrish–designed golf to choose from. The resort has been named the #1 Golf Resort in the Southwest by Travel and Leisure. The Casitas come in various sizes, including the larger Boulders Casitas. Luxury Pueblo Villas and Haciendas are available for larger groups. All of the accommodations at The Boulders have been recently updated and enhanced. Visit TheBoulders.com to see more.
Carefree is almost an hour northeast of downtown Phoenix and a perfect spot to base if you plan on taking in Sedona or the Grand Canyon on this visit. Sedona is less than two hour’s drive and Grand Canyon about 3½ hours away. This time of year you are quite likely to see snow at both of these high-elevation locations.
New Driver from Taylor Made Golf
By Courtesy Photo