Staff photo by Eric Lusk
OAK CREEK Country Club in Sedona offers players some of the most spectacular views of any course in Arizona.
Sure, it’s a bit toasty out this time of year, but temperatures are still reasonable in the mornings, and local courses offer discounts for those who play as the afternoon sun starts going down.
The local golf menu provides a variety challenges and offers a variety of price ranges.
Those interested in playing amid the scenic Red Rocks will want to head out to Sedona Golf Resort or Oak Creek Country Club. Golfers interested in some of the best deals in Arizona will want to try their hand at Beaver Creek or Verde Santa Fe.
Pine Shadows in Cottonwood offers a tight and narrow course to challenge your short game. Poco Diablo Resort allows for guests and non-guests alike to try their hand at par-three action.
Before you play 18, here’s your guide to the local golf scene:
Verde Santa Fe
• 1045 S. Verde Santa Fe Parkway, Cornville
• 634-5454; www.verdesantafe.com
• Golf pro: Mike Bishop
• 18-hole high desert course with panoramic views of Mingus Mountain
• Par 71; distance from black tees 6,338 yards, white tees 5,917 and red tees 4,976
• Features driving range/practice areas, pro shop, Verde Santa Fe Grill with breakfast and lunch served every day.
• Basic rates (includes cart): $35 for Yavapai and Coconino county residents Monday through Thursday; $40 for Yavapai and Coconino county residents Friday through Sunday. For all others add $5. Twilight rate for all players (after 2 p.m.): $25.
• 1480 W. Groseta Ranch Road, Cottonwood, AZ 86326
• Nine hole executive course (not a par three) with narrow, challenging fairways; also offers driving range.
• Par 33; distance from blue tees 2,223 yards, white tees 2,005 yards and red tees 1,708 yards.
• Basic rates: $20 Monday through Friday for 18 holes; $15 for nine holes. On weekends, $25 for 18 holes and $20 for nine holes. Monday special: Pay for 18 holes before noon and play 27 for the same price.
• Snacks and beverages available, no alcohol available.
Beaver Creek Golf Resort
• 4105 E. Lakeshore Drive, Lake Montezuma, AZ 86335
• 567-4487; www.playbeavercreek.com
• Golf pro: Rich Ford
• A traditional 18-hole layout with numerous mature shade trees
• Par 71, course distance about 6,400 yards
• Basic rates: morning $35/after 1p.m. $25 – includes 18 holes and cart
• Ranch House restaurant offers hamburgers, sandwiches, steaks, salads and daily specials; also has a full-service bar.
Sedona Golf Resort
• 35 Ridge Trail Road, Sedona, AZ
• 284-9355 (pro shop); 284-2093 (restaurant); www.sedonagolfresort.com
• Club pro: Mike Madore
• A scenic 18-hole course, part of the SunCor family, with plenty of Red Rock views, elevation changes, elevated tees, raised greens and challenging approaches. Signature hole is number 10, which features Cathedral Rock in the background.
• Par 71, distance from blue tees 6,600+ yards, white tees 6,100 yards, red tees 5,100 yards.
• Basic rates (18 holes and cart): During off-peak season (summer and winter) rates are $82 Monday through Thursday and $92 Friday through Sunday. During peak season (spring and fall) $99 every day. Twilight rates (after 1 p.m.): $59.
• Sedona Golf Resort restaurant is open for breakfast and lunch from 8-2:30 p.m. Full-service bar remains open until about 6 p.m.
Oak Creek Country Club
• 690 Bell Rock Blvd., Sedona, AZ
• 284-1660; toll free number is (888) 703-9489; www.oakcreekcountryclub.com
• Director of Golf: Gary Pearce; Head pro: Jamey Lewis
• Scenic 18-hole layout with Red Rock views designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr., and Robert Trent Jones Jr. Features tree-lined, dogleg fairways, fairways bunkers, slightly elevated greens and large swirling greenside bunkers.
Signature hole is number four, a challenging 155-yard par three tucked into a red rock canyon with elevated green and tricky bunker placement
• Par 72, distance from black tees 6,824 yards, blue tees 6,353 yards, white tees 5,965 yards and red tees 5,579 yards.
• Basic rates (includes 18 holes and cart): from July through September $70 or $50 after 1:30 p.m.; from October through December $80 or $60 after 1:30 p.m.; from January through March $70 or $50 after 1:30 p.m.; from March through June $80 or $60 after 1:30 p.m.
• Top of Sedona snack bar has standard fare with grill; serves breakfast and lunch.
Radisson/Poco Diablo Resort
• 1752 Arizona 179, Sedona
• 800-yard, 9-hole executive resort course open sunup to sundown
• Basic rates: $10 for guests of the resort; $12 for non-guests.
• Tenth Hole Restaurant provides full service dining, bar.