Arizona Golf Getaways The Resorts
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.
Lyle birdies last hole in likely his final Open start
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – If this was Sandy Lyle’s final Open appearance, he went out in style.
Playing on the final year of his automatic age exemption, the 60-year-old Scot buried a 30-foot birdie on the last hole. He missed the cut after shooting 9-over 151 over two rounds.
“I was very light-footed,” he said. “I was on cloud nine walking down the 18th. To make birdie was extra special.”
Lyle, who also won the 1988 Masters, has missed the cut in his last eight majors, dating to 2014. He hasn’t been competitive in The Open since 1998, when he tied for 19th.
To continue playing in The Open, Lyle needed to finish in the top 10 here at Carnoustie. He’d earn a future exemption by winning the Senior British Open.
“More punishment,” he said.
DJ, Thomas miss cut at Open; No. 1 up for grabs
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – The top two players in the world both missed the cut at The Open, creating the possibility of a shakeup at the top of the rankings by the end of the weekend.
Dustin Johnson became the first world No. 1 since Luke Donald in 2011 to miss the cut at the year’s third major.
Johnson played solidly for all but the closing stretch. Over two rounds, he was 6 over par on the last three holes. He finished at 6-over 148.
Thomas added to what’s been a surprisingly poor Open record. Just like last year, when he struggled in the second round in the rain at Royal Birkdale, Thomas slumped to a 77 on Friday at Carnoustie, a round that included three consecutive double bogeys on Nos. 6-8. He finished at 4-over 146.
It’s Thomas' first missed cut since The Open last year. Indeed, in three Open appearances, he has two missed cuts and a tie for 53rd.
With Johnson and Thomas out of the mix, the No. 1 spot in the rankings is up for grabs this weekend.
Justin Rose, Brooks Koepka and Jon Rahm all can reach No. 1 with a victory this week.
TT Postscript: Woods (71) makes cut, has work to do
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Here are a few things I think I think after Tiger Woods shot a second consecutive even-par 71 Friday in the second round. And yes, he made the cut:
• Tiger said all 71s are not created equal. On Thursday, he made three birdies and three bogeys. On Friday, he made four birdie and four bogeys. Which round was better? The first. His theory is that, despite the rain, conditions were easier in the second round and there were more scoring opportunities. He didn't take advantage.
• This is the first time since the 2013 Open at Royal Lytham & St. Annes that Tiger shot par or better in each of the first two rounds of a major. That’s quite a long time ago.
• Stat line for the day: 11 of 15 fairways, 13 of 18 greens, 32 total putts. Tiger hit one driver and two 3-woods on Thursday and four drivers on Friday, only one which found the fairway. An errant drive at the second led to him sniping his next shot into the gallery.
• In his own words: “I could have cleaned up the round just a little bit. I got off to not exactly the best start, being 2 over through three, but got it back. The golf course was a little bit softer today, obviously. It rains, and we were able to get the ball down a little bit further, control the ball on the ground a little bit easier today, which was nice.”
• At some point Tiger is going to have to be more aggressive. He will be quite a few shots off the lead by day’s end and he'll have a lot of ground to make up. Hitting irons off the tee is great for position golf, but it’s often leaving him more than 200 yards into the green. Not exactly a range for easy birdies.
• Sure, it’s too soon to say Tiger can’t win a fourth claret jug, but with so many big names ahead of him on the leaderboard, it’s unlikely. Keep in mind that a top-six finish would guarantee him a spot in the WGC: Bridgestone Invitational in two weeks. At The Players, he stated that this was a big goal.
• My Twitter account got suspended momentarily when Tiger was standing over a birdie putt on the 17th green. That was the most panicked I’ve been since Tiger was in contention at the Valspar.
Woods fires shot into crowd: 'I kept moving them back'
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – It added up to another even-par round, but Tiger Woods had an eventful Friday at The Open.
His adventure started on the second hole, when he wiped a drive into the right rough. Standing awkwardly on the side of a mound, he prepared for a quick hook but instead fired one into the crowd that was hovering near the rope line.
“I kept moving them back,” he said. “I moved them back about 40 yards. I was trying to play for the grass to wrap the shaft around there and hit it left, and I was just trying to hold the face open as much as I possibly could. It grabbed the shaft and smothered it.
“I was very, very fortunate that I got far enough down there where I had a full wedge into the green.”
Woods bogeyed the hole, one of four on the day, and carded four birdies in his round of 71 at Carnoustie. When he walked off the course, he was in a tie for 30th, six shots off the clubhouse lead.
It’s the first time in five years – since the 2013 Open – that Woods has opened a major with consecutive rounds of par or better. He went on to tie for sixth that year at Muirfield.