Make it Mesa

Golf Course Gems Can Be Found Throughout This East Valley Golfer’s Paradise

Make it MesaWhether you’re a pro or just learning your swing, hit the links in Mesa for some of the best golf in the Southwest. Arizona’s thirdlargest city (after Phoenix and Tucson) is home to world-renowned golf featuring breathtaking views of sweeping vistas set against the natural beauty of rugged mountains and blue Western skies. Top course designers have all had their chance at designing this East Valley golf destination, from Gary Panks and Robert Trent Jones, Jr. to Jack Nicklaus and Pete Dye, to name but a few. And, with near perfect weather every winter, it’s possible to enjoy the sport all season long. More than 40 golf courses are within a half-hour drive of downtown Mesa, offering a variety of options from challenging desert golf to traditional parkland play.

GOLF COURSE GEMS…

Challenging target-style desert golf paired with winding, lush green fairways add to the allure of golf in the Southwest, and Mesa has its fair share of course gems. Las Sendas Golf Club features breathtaking views of Red Mountain and the Superstition mountain range – an unsurpassed backdrop to the storied Sonoran Desert. Designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr., the course has matured into one of the most beautiful courses in Mesa, ranking as the 12th most challenging and one of the Top 50 courses in the nation, according to two ZAGAT Surveys. Longbow Golf Club in east Mesa has also earned its share of praise after being recognized by Golfweek magazine as one of the Top 20 courses in Arizona in their Best You Can Play, State by State ranking. The intrigue and shot making choices that players will face here are infi nite.

VERY SUPERSTITIOUS

Playing a round at Superstition Springs Golf Club will surprise, as the course offers up one of Arizona’s most challenging layouts. This championship track measures more than 7,000 yards from the back tees, is a former PGA Tour qualifying site, and is consistently rated among the Southwest’s fi nest golf experiences. Course architect Gary H. Nash showcased a series of lakes and got creative with bunkering, ensuring a unique playing experience throughout the course.

One of the newest golf experiences available for Mesa guests is the awardwinning Superstition Mountain Golf Club, which now offers a public-play option. Located at the base of the Superstition Mountains, the club is home to two Jack Nicklaus-designed courses with immaculate fairways and world-class greens. Guests now have daily-fee access to the club as an “Associate Member.” The club alternates one course each day, allowing non-member guests access to premium tee times at the private golf club. Both the Prospector and Lost Gold courses boast breathtaking views of the legendary Superstition Mountain range and high Sonoran Desert terrain, and have earned rave reviews from the many professional golfers who call the Valley of the Sun home. The Prospector Course also was featured in Golfweek magazine’s 2009 list of 100 Best Residential Courses in the country.

CATERING TO CANADIANS

Mesa has long been a second home and winter vacation mecca for visitors seeking sunshine, and the market getting the most attention is Canada. Many of Mesa’s courses have close bonds with our friends from the Great White North, and have for years as more and more investors look to the East Valley. At Red Mountain Ranch Country Club, winter residents don their best red and white attire for the Annual Canadian Open Tournament (Feb. 16, 2012). Players begin and end the day with the singing of “Oh Canada,” with lots of golf, food, friends and laughter sandwiched in between. Few realize that Las Sendas Golf Club at the north end of the city is primarily Canadian owned. Two years ago, former NHL player Wayne Mc- Bean, along with his brother Lloyd (who hails from Calgary, AB), purchased the club. Home to Mesa’s only prime steakhouse, Bogey’s, the views from the patio alone are worth a visit. The Canadian fl ag is on display year-round for Mesa residents and the part-time Canadian players that return south each winter.

ROUNDING IT OUT…

For those wanting to round out their golf experience in Mesa, convenient municipal courses offer affordable opportunities to pick up the clubs and get outside, while the city’s many master-planned communities have public golf clubs and run fun events and tournaments during the winter and spring seasons. City-run Dobson Ranch Golf Course has twice been voted Best Public Golf Course, and avid fans appreciate the excellent course conditions and playability. As recently as 2009, Golf Digest ranked Dobson Ranch as one of the best municipal golf courses in all 50 states, and selected it as the number one course in Arizona. Features include a lighted driving range and practice facility, and PGA golf instruction is offered for players of all ages and abilities.

The Mesa Convention & Visitors Bureau offers several affordable golf vacation packages and deals featuring golf courses throughout the Phoenix-metro area paired with Mesa hotels and resorts. Book your Stay & Play golf vacation at www.VisitMesa.com/Packages.

 

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