Wed, June 26

2011: Golf opportunities abound in Sedona, Verde Valley

The par four, eighth hole at Sedona Golf Resort. Courtesy Photo

The par four, eighth hole at Sedona Golf Resort. Courtesy Photo

Golfing in the Verde Valley can be a great experience. There are many options to choose from. Here is a mini guide to the courses in the area.

Pine Shadows

A quaint nine hole golf course near the foothills of Mingus Mountain nestled between two 55 and over retirement communities in Cottonwood provides a relaxing environment for those who don’t need a bar/country club to enjoy a round of golf.

You can always count on the exemplary condition of the course at Pine Shadows and value green fees.

Par for the nine-hole course is 33 and birdie opportunities are common for experienced golfers.

The tee boxes are Blue grass, the fairways a mix between Rye and Blue grass, and the greens Bent grass.

The course is 2223 yards and the regular fees are $19 for nine holes with cart, and $27 for 18 holes with cart. After 1 p.m. the fee drops to $15 for nine holes, and $22 for 18. Regular walking fees are $13.50 for nine and $21 for 18.

Verde Santa Fe

An 18-hole course between Cottonwood and Cornville off of Cornville Road has great views of Mingus Mountain.

The course is 5786 yards long from the regular tees, but many obstacles lengthen the course by forcing golfers to lay-up or pay a penalty.

Par for the course is 71/70.

The fairways and tee boxes are Bermuda in the summer and Rye in the winter. The greens are Bent grass.

Verde Santa Fe also offers competitive rates. For non-residents of Arizona the cost is $59 in the morning with cart and range balls. After 12:30 p.m. the same deal for non-residents drops to $49.

The price for residents of Arizona are $47 for the morning with cart, $42 after 11:30 a.m. with cart, $37 after 12:30 p.m. with cart, and $28 after 2 p.m. with cart.

The popular promotional deal is “Nine and Dine.” For $29.85 on Fridays after 3 p.m., residents and non-residents get nine holes with cart, three brand new golf balls, a cocktail, and a dinner. The choices for dinner are Chicken Teriyaki, Salmon, and Prime Rib.

Sedona Golf Resort

An 18-hole masterpiece situated among the famous Red Rocks of Sedona.

Designed by Scottsdale-based architect Gary Panks, Sedona Golf Resort flows through a valley between two mesas.

Expect challenging terrain shifts and beautiful views.

The course has won countless awards and has been featured in many golfing magazines.

The clubhouse includes a full service golf shop, meeting space, locker rooms, and dining area that serves lunch daily.

The course is 6646 yards long. Par for the course is 71.

The fairways are Rye grass and the greens are Penncross Bent.

Green fees vary, but regular morning rates are $95 and twilight rates are $70. Golfers 17 and under pay $49.

Canyon Mesa Country Club

A nine-hole course open to the public in the Village of Oak Creek with panoramic views of the Red Rocks and a value fee structure. Par for the course is 28.

The course is all par threes with one par four.

The club also offers tennis courts.

Canyon Mesa is relatively short, but narrow and can prove to be a challenge.

The fees are competitively priced. Nine holes is $16.50 and 18 holes is $25. Cart fees add on $10 for nine holes and $15 for 18. Pull cart fees are $3 for nine and $5 for 18.

Oak Creek Country Club

One of the oldest courses in Sedona with great views of the Red Rocks.

The designers, Robert Trent Jones Sr. and Robert Trent Jones Jr., wanted every hole on the course to be a challenging par, but an easy bogey.

The course is 6353 yards long from the regular tees.

Oak Creek has strategically placed bunkers in landing areas and elevated greens. The fees for the course are $99 for 18 and $65 for nine. Twilight fees after 1 p.m. only apply to 18 holes and are $79.

Promotional deals can be obtained by joining their eClub online from their website.