Arizona Golf Getaways The Resorts

By Jay FlemmaDecember 9, 2008, 5:00 pm
Arizona has exploded as a golf destination, and not just for high-priced swank resorts. Upscale daily-fee courses and even superb munis pepper the state from the Grand Canyon to Sonoran Desert. With a menu featuring the cerebral designs of Tom Doak, the team of Coore and Crenshaw, and the eye candy of Tom Fazio and Tom Weiskopf, there is something for every golf palate.
 
When planning a golf vacation to the Sonoran Desert ' home to the majestic Saguaro cactus ' remember that prices fluctuate greatly from season to season. For those who can handle the dry heat, the summer offers unbelievable value for such beautiful, well-conditioned, famous courses. Greens fees range from $50-100, as opposed to the rack rate of $275-325 the resorts command in high season.
 
Start your trip in Tucson spending a couple of days at Ventana Canyon Resort, Two spectacular courses designed by Tom Fazio, the Mountain Course and the Canyon Course, highlight the resort. Arrive at noon that first day. Throw your bag in your oversized, plush suite, walk downstairs to the lobby, check in at the pro shop, and then take twelve steps out the door to the first tee of the Mountain Course. The beginning is the best stretch, featuring a par-4 which plays into a back drop of a stunning forest of Saguaros, a par-3 which plays from one island in the canyon to another island in the canyon, and a strategic par-5 which plays from a pulpit tee with a panoramic view of the valley.
 
The Canyon Course is equally fun and scenic, playing through an Audobon Preserve of ancient cacti and desert flora. The walks from tee to green are frequently half a mile or more, so youll want to cart it. Play till sunset, then enjoy your evening before teeing off at dawn the next day to get started on your second round before noon, taking advantage of the all-you-can-play rules. The cost of 72 holes and an overnight stay? $229 in summer.
 
A two-hour drive to Scottsdale from Tucson, (http://jayflemma.thegolfspace.com/?p=237) brings you to the beating heart of Arizonas golf scene. Resort fans will have three great flagship facilities from which to choose. Tom Weiskopf built two terrific courses at Troon North; the Monument Course and the Canyon Course. Summer season rates go as low as $75. Skins game and Fall Series fans will know Greyhawk Golf Club and it's two courses: the Raptor Course (Tom Fazio) and the more narrow and penal track, the Talon Course (Gary Panks).
 
Ten miles north, Carefree is home to the world-famous Boulders resort, nestled charmingly amidst enormous ten million-year-old monzonite boulders. The North and South Courses (Jay Morrish) play over, around, and between these geologic marvels. $300 or more on high season, walk-ons pay $95 in summer. Play-all-day and stay packages in the huge casitas start at $299 per night.
 
The TPC Scottsdale is home to the FBR Open, but underwhelms compared to the other resorts. However the steak dinner at the courses fine restaurant is not to be missed.
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Perez skips Torrey, 'upset' with Ryder Cup standings

By Will GrayJanuary 24, 2018, 2:19 am

Pat Perez is unhappy about his standing on the U.S. Ryder Cup points list, and his situation won't improve this week.

Perez won the CIMB Classic during the fall portion of this season, and he followed that with a T-5 finish at the inaugural CJ Cup. But he didn't receive any Ryder Cup points for either result because of a rule enacted by the American task force prior to the 2014 Ryder Cup which only awards points during the calendar year of the biennial matches as well as select events like majors and WGCs during the prior year.

As a result, Perez is currently 17th in the American points race - behind players like Patrick Reed, Zach Johnson, Bill Haas and James Hahn, none of whom have won a tournament since the 2016 Ryder Cup - as he looks to make a U.S. squad for the first time at age 42.

"That kind of upset me a little bit, the fact that I'm (17) on the list, but I should probably be (No.) 3 or 4," Perez told Golf Digest. "So it kind of put a bitter taste in my mouth. The fact that you win on the PGA Tour and you beat some good players, yet you don't get any points because of what our committee has decided to do."

Perez won't be earning any points this week because he has opted to tee it up at the European Tour's Omega Dubai Desert Classic. The decision comes after Perez finished T-21 last week at the Singapore Open, and it means that the veteran is missing the Farmers Insurance Open in his former hometown of San Diego for the first time since 2001.

Perez went to high school a few minutes from Torrey Pines, and he defeated a field that included Tiger Woods to win the junior world title on the South Course in 1993. His father, Tony, has been a longtime starter on the tournament's opening hole, and Perez was a runner-up in 2014 and tied for fourth last year.

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Woods favored to miss Farmers Insurance Open cut

By Will GrayJanuary 24, 2018, 1:54 am

If the Las Vegas bookmakers are to be believed, folks in the San Diego area hoping to see Tiger Woods this week might want to head to Torrey Pines early.

Woods is making his first competitive start of the year this week at the Farmers Insurance Open, and it will be his first official start on the PGA Tour since last year's event. He missed nearly all of 2017 because of a back injury before returning with a T-9 finish last month at the Hero World Challenge.

But the South Course at Torrey Pines is a far different test than Albany, and the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook lists Woods as a -180 favorite to miss the 36-hole cut. It means bettors must wager $180 to win $100, while his +150 odds to make the cut mean a bettor can win $150 with a $100 wager.

Woods is listed at 25/1 to win. He won the tournament for the seventh time in 2013, but in three appearances since he has missed the 36-hole cut, missed the 54-hole cut and withdrawn after 12 holes.

Here's a look at the various Woods-related prop bets available at the Westgate:

Will Woods make the 36-hole cut? Yes +150, No -180

Lowest single-round score (both courses par 72): Over/Under 70

Highest single-round score: Over/Under 74.5

Will Woods finish inside the top 10? Yes +350, No -450

Will Woods finish inside the top 20? Yes +170, No -200

Will Woods withdraw during the tournament? Yes +650, No -1000

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Monahan buoyed by Tour's sponsor agreements

By Rex HoggardJanuary 24, 2018, 12:27 am

SAN DIEGO – Farmers Insurance announced on Tuesday at Torrey Pines a seven-year extension of the company’s sponsorship of the Southern California PGA Tour event. This comes on the heels of Sony extending its sponsorship of the year’s first full-field event in Hawaii through 2022.

Although these might seem to be relatively predictable moves, considering the drastic makeover of the Tour schedule that will begin with the 2018-19 season, it is a telling sign of the confidence corporations have in professional golf.

“It’s a compliment to our players and the value that the sponsors are achieving,” Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said.

Monahan said that before 2014 there were no 10-year title sponsorship agreements in place. Now there are seven events sponsored for 10-years, and another five tournaments that have agreements in place of at least seven years.

“What it means is, it gives organizations like the Century Club [which hosts this week’s Farmers Insurance Open], when you have that level of stability on a long-term basis that allows you to invest in your product, to grow interest and to grow the impact of it,” Monahan said. “You experienced what this was like in 2010 or seen other tournaments that you don’t know what the future is.S o to go out and sell and inspire a community and you can’t state that we have a long-term agreement it’s more difficult.”

Events like this year’s Houston Open, Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas, and The National all currently don’t have title sponsors – although officials at Colonial are confident they can piece together a sponsorship package. But even that is encouraging to Monahan considering the uncertainty surrounding next season’s schedule, which will include the PGA Championship moving to May and The Players to March as well as a pre-Labor Day finish to the season.

“When you look back historically to any given year [the number of events needing sponsors] is lower than the typical average,” Monahan said. “As we start looking to a new schedule next year, you get excited about a great schedule with a great group of partners.”

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Day WDs from Farmers pro-am because of sore back

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 24, 2018, 12:07 am

SAN DIEGO – Jason Day has withdrawn from the Wednesday pro-am at the Farmers Insurance Open, citing a sore back.

Day, the 2015 champion, played a practice round with Tiger Woods and Bryson DeChambeau on Tuesday at Torrey Pines, and he is still expected to play in the tournament.

Day was replaced in the pro-am by Whee Kim. 

Making his first start since the Australian Open in November, Day is scheduled to tee off at 1:30 p.m. ET Thursday alongside Jon Rahm and Brandt Snedeker.