850 E Wickenburg Way
Wickenburg, AZ 85390
Phone: (928) 684-5461
Fax: (928) 684-1118
One of Arizona's best water recreation sites just a few miles northwest of Phoenix. Desert terrain is rocky and shade is limited, so bring sturdy shoes and plenty of sunscreen. Popular activities include swimming, jet skiing, boating and fishing. You can also hire vehicles for a small fee. Bring cash or a check. No credit cards are accepted. Boat lovers be sure to check out the nearby Pleasant Harbor Marina, which offers full amenities for boaters.
Out in the desert plains with not too many houses around (yet), this Gary Panks designed course provides a challenge with some pretty tight fairways and some formidable desert clears. Trilogy Vistancia provides an open look with the mountains in the far background while its long, tall, distinctive native grasses, make it anything but a spray-it-anywhere play. Just a few months ago, Trilogy Vistancia was one of the great hidden finds in Phoenix-Scottsdale area golf. The secret's out though, with it being rated a 25 out of 30 in the new Zagat public survey of America's Top Courses. That's the same rating the vaunted, PGA Tour-site TPC Scottsdale received. It's no stretch to argue that Trilogy Vistancia actually offers the better of the two playing experience values, reputations aside. Opens daily at 6am. Check website for more.
With mature trees, rolling terrain and spectacular mountain views, Arizona Traditions Golf Club typifies a classic park-like setting. This spectacular par-70 by Dick Bailey does a wonderful job of blending traditional style golf where fairways are adjacent to each other, while still interacting with the desert surroundings. The golf course feels expansive and comfortable for beginners, yet its strategic bunkering and undulating greens provide a challenge to test accomplished players. As an In Celebration of Golf Management facility, this is one of the most unique golf courses in the valley and is sure to fulfill every golfer's passion for the game. The 4,000-square foot golf shop highlights an excellent inventory of golf apparel as well as golf-themed art and furnishings.
High adventure set in a re-created 1880's western town is what you'll find for private parties from September through May. Accommodations can include paint ball games, shoot-outs by Arizona Gunfighters or a breakfast horseback ride. Activities can include shopping specialty shops, watching an old time blacksmith at work, gold-panning or if you prefer, horseback riding and hay rides. Reservations and arrangements required, please call or visit the Web site for further information. Located 26 miles northwest of Phoenix. Follow Interstate-17 north to Carefree highway, then eight miles west to Cowtown.
Corte Bella Golf Club's classic layout provides an escape from the ubiquitous forced carries and target greens found in traditional desert golf. It's also a course that's easy on the eyes: Lush ficus, Italian cypress, oleander and other exotic flora line the Bermuda grass fairways, with water coming into play on three holes. Inspired by classic golf architecture, this Greg Nash designed course rewards the thinking player, whether playing from the 7,011 yard championship tees or from as close in as the 5,095 yard front tees. Drive placement is critical in the wide but well-bunkered fairways, while well-defended, tightly mowed Tifeagle greens put a premium on accurate approach shots and a steady putting stroke.
Throw caution to the wind and take a ride on one of the fine sailplanes at the Turf Soaring School. The FAA-licensed instructors will show you the ropes in the wild blue. Their fleet of fine tow and sailplanes are ready and waiting to carry you to this extreme adventure. In business since 1967, this facility offers glider rides, aerobatic rides and flight lessons. They also carry books on flight tests, glider books and gift certificates. For $109, you will receive a scenic introductory ride and an actual pilot's log book documenting your adventure. Those brave at heart may try the aerobatic rides.
Surprise Stadium is nestled within the Surprise Recreation Campus and is the spring training center for the Kansas City Royals and the Texas Rangers. Built in 2002, the state-of-the-art double-tiered stands can hold more than 10,500 and welcomes local fans and baseball enthusiasts visiting the city. The facility features a well-maintained turf, top-grade flood lights and stellar fitness amenities. The seats promise a fantastic view of all the sporting action with the front rows so close to the lush green outfield; that loud cheers and jeers can be heard by your baseball idols.
The Ironwood Course, which opened in January 2004, encompasses seven water features, intimidating bunkers and a backdrop of a mountain mesa. This is a classic high-risk and high-reward design. Players often discuss "Anthem Alley", the 10th through 12th uniquely crafted water holes that tend to drive up member's scores. Whatever the position of the drive for the 10th hole, the approach shot to the peninsula green is "one of the most intimidating golf shots into a green."
The Persimmon Course, which opened to rave reviews in 1999, features elevation changes from 50 to 300 feet. Perhaps the most notable is the final stretch of holes 15 through 18 that makes for a strong finish. A member favorite is the 581-yard Hole 16 whose plateau fairway is cut in half by a wash, while a bunker bisects the greenside fairway. The preferred tee shot will land on the right side of the fairway to allow a strong second shot to roll onto the green. An errant shot to the left side of the green will not hold, and the ball will likely find the bunker.
Located in Glendale, Arizona, The Legend at Arrowhead golf course is an Arnold Palmer and Ed Seay-designed golf course that is traditional in style. At over 7,000 yards, this can be a rather challenging golf course, especially when windy. The course is beautiful, and all of the holes, with the exception of one, have sand bunkers on the fairways or around the greens. Although water is a hazard on nine holes, most fairways offer generous landing areas. Opens at 6a.
Boasting a regulation NHL sized skating rink, Polar Ice is actually an arena comprised of two skating rinks. For those who harbor dreams of making it to the NHL one day, ice skating and hockey lessons are available. There is also an arcade for your little ones. Families frequent Polar Ice for public skating, which is offered daily and includes skate rentals in the cost of admission.
As one of the best golf venues in the Valley, 500 Club Golf Course should be high on your list to check out. Located just three miles west of Interstate-17 on Pinnacle Peak Road, this desert course in North Phoenix features views of the Thunderbird mountains, and desert terrain for play. Built in 1990, and designed by Brian Whitcomb, this par 72, 6,543-yard facility offers a driving range, putting green and a chipping area. The greens are Bermuda grass, and the course offers some water play. Food services are available in the restaurant, or by cart; however, no alcohol is served in the bar. There is a dress code in place at this course, so please dress appropriately and call for additional information.