Tuesday, November 18, 2008
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The Arizona Desert
Dry weather, never-ending sunshine and spectacular scenery greet golfers who tee it up in the Arizona desert. We-Ko-Pa’s newest gem is the Saguaro Course, designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, and, when combined with its sister Cholla Course, it creates a golf experience you shouldn’t miss. Other standouts in the Phoenix/Scottsdale region include Longbow Golf Club in Mesa and the player-friendly Eagle Mountain Golf Club in Fountain Hills.
Two hours south, in Tucson, a couple of must-play experiences include Tucson National, which sports 36 holes of Tour-caliber golf (it’s the former site of the Chrysler Classic of Tucson) and Arizona National.
Other domestic sure bets this fall include Hawaii (see page 82 for some insight into its picturesque Kohala Coast) and the Palm Springs area. Standouts in that California desert include Indian Wells Golf Resort, which cut the tape last year on its Players Course. The popular resort boasts four hotels and, this past September, opened its new space-aged clubhouse, the IW Club.
Speaking of clubhouses that make you go “wow!” we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention TPC of Sawgrass in Jacksonville, Fla. Its massive (77,000 square feet) Mediterranean-style clubhouse opened its doors just in time for last year’s Players Championship. But of course, the real attraction there is Pete Dye’s course.
The 7th hole at the Tradition Club in Pawleys Island, S.C. features an island green.
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