Wed, June 26

Always time to play a round of golf

The Verde Valley offers several full-length courses and more challenging executive course that stay open practically every day of the year.

The Verde Valley offers several full-length courses and more challenging executive course that stay open practically every day of the year.

Golf season never ends in the Verde Valley.

The area currently offers several full-length courses and more challenging executive course that stay open practically every day of the year.

Verde Santa Fe, located at 645 Verde Santa Fe Parkway between Cottonwood and Cornville, is a par 71 high desert course framed by stunning views of Mingus Mountain and the Black Hills.

Plenty of washes and other desert features come into play, and lakes that border the 18th and 10th holes provide an extra challenge on the back nine.

The distance from the white tees measures about 5,900 feet, with the black tees at 6,338 feet and the red tees at 4,976 feet.

Verde Santa Fe has come to be known as one of the most affordable courses in Northern Arizona. A round of 18 with a cart costs $49.99 for Verde Valley residents from open to 12 noon. $39.35 from noon until 2 p.m. and $29.38 from 2 p.m. to dark. These resident rates are good all week.

Non-resident rates Monday through Thursday are $73.39 from open to 1 p.m. and $64.88 from 1 p.m. until dark.

Those who walk the course in the late afternoon (two hours before dark) can play as many holes as they can get in for $20.

Verde Santa Fe also offers a driving range, pro shop and the Verde Santa Fe Grill with breakfast and lunch served daily.

Beaver Creek Golf Course, located at 4105 Lakeshore Drive in Lake Montezuma, is located along the banks of Wet Beaver Creek and is best known for its giant cottonwood shade trees and wide open holes.

The par 71 course measures about 6,400 yards. It's a challenge for the accomplished golfer yet not too stringent on the novice.

Wildlife watchers will enjoy their trip through the course, with chances to see mallards, great blue heron, quail, squirrels and maybe even deer.

The rate for 18 holes and a cart is $50 (before 1 p.m). Twilight rates are available at $40 with a cart (after 1 p.m.). Club rentals and a driving range are also available. ($10 club rental). Rates are good all week long.

If you want to play just 9-holes, the cost is $30, which includes cart. ($20 without cart)

The Ranch House Restaurant overlooking the course offers hamburgers, sandwiches, steaks, salads and other daily specials.

Professional instruction and junior clinics are also offered here. Golfers can also purchase a Player's Card for $100 good for one year. This card can be used to receive $10 off green fees for every round of golf.

For those who prefer the challenge of shorter executive courses, Pine Shadows located between Cottonwood and Clarkdale at 1480 W. Groseta Ranch Road offers just that. The nine-hole layout, tucked into canyons and washes, measures about 2,220 yards from the back tees and 1,700 from the front. Par is 33.

Fees are $18 for 9 holes and $25 for 18 holes all week long. Rates include cart.

The Radisson Poco Diablo Resort in Sedona offers a 9-hole executive course. Each hole is a par 3. The cost is $15 for guests and non guests for one round of golf. Carts not available as the longest hole is 115 yards. Tee-times are not necessary.

Canyon Mesa Golf Country Club, the course at the Canyon Mesa Country Club facility in Sedona features 1,265 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 28.

The course rating is 30 and it has a slope rating of 80. Designed by Jack Snyder, the Canyon Mesa golf course opened in 1984.

The 9-hole executive length course is available for play for the public. The cost is $16.50 all week long. Cart rental is $10 for two golfers.

Sedona's two main public courses - Sedona Golf Resort and Oakcreek Country Club - are both picturesque.

Sedona Golf Resort, located at 35 Ridge Trail Drive, features plenty of challenge and red rock views. The signature hole is number 10, which backs up to Cathedral Rock. The course is a par 71.

Rates are $105 before 2 p.m. and $69 after 2 p.m. After May 26 the rates will be $93 and $59. Rates include golf cart, range balls and a GPS.

Oakcreek Country Club, located at 690 Bell Rock Boulevard, has plenty of dogleg holes, fairway bunkers and elevated greens. The signature hole is number four, a par three tucked into a red rock canyon with tricky bunker placement.

The course is a par 72. Rates will change effective June 1. Call pro shop for new pricing information.