Scottsdale: the World's Greatest Golf Destination
By Jeff Locke
By the Numbers
Okay, that statement may employ a bit of hyperbole, but when one examines the numbers, it seems a bit less outrageous. Start with 51 Scottsdale golf courses and add another 156 Phoenix-area golf courses for travel golfers to choose. Throw in nearly 70 Scottsdale luxury resorts and hotels offering more than 13,700 rooms and roughly 600 restaurants. Then dunk all these fine facilities in 330 days of sunshine, 70-degree average temperatures, 7.7 inches of annual rainfall and the result is more than 12 million rounds of golf enjoyed each year.
PGA TOUR’s Largest Gallery
In early February, more than 500,000 golf fans annually attend the PGA TOUR’s Waste Management Phoenix Open. And after the last putt drops each day; a healthy portion of the record-setting crowd makes its way across the street to the Birds Nest, a block-party-style rager complete with headline musical acts. PGA TOUR action by day, and alcohol-fueled fun in the evening makes this a must-experience tournament where both Tommy Bahama and Puma-clad revelers alike feel at home.
The heart of Scottsdale is a mere 20 minutes from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport which serves more than 100 domestic and international cities, and Scottsdale Municipal Airport, one of the busiest single-runway airports in the country, serves approximately 10,000 passengers per year. Either way, Scottsdale is one of the most convenient golf designations of its kind to access by air travel.
Save a Buck
Every golf destination on the planet has a peak season when demand and rates are at their highest. For Scottsdale it’s January through April, with good cause. The weather is perfect during that stretch: warm sun-drenched days sandwiched by cool crisp mornings and evenings. However, those wishing to experience Arizona golf on a budget can discover excellent values in the shoulder seasons. Mid-October through December marks the fall shoulder season when a lush green blanket of new ryegrass covers the golf course, cool fall temps replace the heat of summer and lodging rates have yet to climb to their peak-season levels. Late April through mid-June marks the summer shoulder season when the winter ryegrass gives way to summer Bermudagrass and the weather tends to be toasty during the day with a consistent breeze kicking up most afternoons.
Scottsdalegolf courses have attracted millions of golfers over the years, for a number of reasons. But to truly understand the virtues of Scottsdale golf, a personal visit is a must. Obviously we hope you choose Eagle Mountain Golf Club. In our humble opinion, it’s one of the best Scottsdale has to offer. Perched high about the Valley of the Sun, the golf course pitches and rolls with the dramatic topography of the property. The views from the golf course are spectacular with the entire southeast Valley on display. It’s one of the finest examples of desert golf available for public play. Plan your trip today. We’ll be ready for you!
For info on Eagle Mountain Golf Club, visit www.eaglemtn.com or call (480) 816-1234!