Play north Scottsdale's best golf courses

By Travel ArticlesJune 12, 2012, 4:49 pm

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- There's only one thing wrong with planning a Scottsdale golf vacation: It's hard to find enough time to play all of the city's great courses.

Phoenix may be the capital city, but there's no question Scottsdale -- north Scottsdale in particular -- is the golfing nexus in Arizona.

Hit a 3-wood in any direction and you're apt to find a course that has made some top-10 list. Here are just a few of the options:

TPC Scottsdale

The Stadium Course at TPC Scottsdale isn't as visually spectacular as some of the city's other name courses, but the allure of playing the same track that hosts the Waste Management Phoenix Open is too great to pass up.

It's a kick to stand on the 18th tee, look at the lake left of the fairway and know that PGA Tour pros like Bubba Watson and J.B. Holmes routinely fly their drives over the water's far edge, 300 yards away.

Alert golfers also will spot the plaque marking the spot on the 13th hole where Tiger Woods received the infamous 'loose impediment” ruling in 1999, allowing several fans to move a large boulder so he could have a free swing.

And it's impossible to stand on the par-3 16th tee and not imagine 20,000 fans -- many of them intoxicated and boisterous -- booing your shot if it doesn't land on the putting surface.

Troon North Golf Club

There isn't a better golfing venue in the state than Troon North Golf Club. It's a spectacular piece of property, and both the Pinnacle Course and Monument Course are always in PGA Tour condition.

Golfers can't go wrong on either course. The Monument is a love letter to British Open-style links, complete with greens that are receptive to bump-and-run shots. Even the names of the holes are borrowed from overseas. The par-5 ninth hole is Hell Bunker and the 18th is St. Andrews.

The Pinnacle is a more traditional desert course, with forced carries and elevated greens. Oh, and those greens are extremely fast. Imagine putting on the sidewalk in front of the house -- with severe undulations.

Troon North isn't cheap, but the crown jewel of Arizona golf is worth the price of admission.

Kierland Golf Club

There may not be a more unique golfing experience in Scottsdale than Kierland Golf Club.

It's in the middle of the desert, but there isn't a single saguaro on the property. There's no 18-hole course, either. Instead, there are three nine-hole courses -- Acacia, Mesquite and Ironwood -- and they all feature wide fairways and generous greens.

But what truly makes Kierland special are the extra touches, like the air-conditioned golf carts or the bagpiper that plays near the ninth green of the Acacia late in the afternoon. Golfers also can tool around the course in a Segway after taking a one-hour instructional lesson.

Talking Stick Resort

Take the 101 Loop South a few miles from north Scottsdale and golfers will discover the 36-hole Talking Stick Resort.

Neither the North Course nor the South Course, designed by Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore, are as challenging or as visually spectacular as, say, Troon North, but they provide resort guests with a nice day out on the town.

The North Course is the tougher of the two, a par-71 links-style layout with steep bunkers that measures 7,133 yards from the tips. The South Course is flat and built for high-handicappers.

The best part about the courses is location. The resort and casino are next door, and the spring training home of Major League Baseball's Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies is right across the 101.

We-Ko-Pa Golf Club

If Troon North is No. 1 on Scottsdale's must-play properties, We-Ko-Pa Golf Club is No. 2.

We-Ko-Pa's Cholla Course, designed by Scott Miller, was named one of the 10 best new public golf courses in the world by Sports Illustrated after it opened in 2001.

But the true gem is We-Ko-Pa's Saguaro Course. It's a rarity these days, a desert course that is made for walking, with each green only a few yards from the next set of tees. Golfweek named it the best public-access course in the country.

Like Troon North, the scenery is eye-popping and the courses are always in pristine condition. The big difference: We-Ko-Pa's desert layouts are a bit easier to navigate than Troon North and will appeal more to the weekend hacker.

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Salas (62) leads LPGA's Indy Women in Tech

By Associated PressAugust 17, 2018, 12:50 am

INDIANAPOLIS - Lizette Salas matched the Brickyard Crossing record with a 10-under 62 on Thursday in the Indy Women in Tech Championship, making birdie on the final three holes for a two-stroke lead over fast-starting Angel Yin and Japan's Nasa Hataoka.

Yin birdied eight of the first nine holes in her morning round for a front-nine 8-under 28 - one short of the LPGA Tour's nine-hole record. It matched the third-lowest nine-hole score in relation to par in tour history.

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Salas eagled the par-5 second in the afternoon and added three straight birdies on Nos. 4-6. She birdied Nos. 12 and 14 before reeling off three more in a row to close, waiting out a late 77-minute suspension for an approaching storm.

Salas matched the course record set by Mike McCullough in the PGA Tour Champions' 1999 Comfort Classic.

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Sordet opens with 62 to grab lead at Nordea Masters

By Associated PressAugust 16, 2018, 11:23 pm

GOTHENBURG, Sweden - Clement Sordet opened with four straight birdies to shoot 8-under 62 and take the first-round lead of the Nordea Masters on Thursday.

Sordet says ''I wasn't really focusing on the score, I was just enjoying it.''

The Frenchman, who shot his lowest European Tour round, has a two-stroke lead over Scott Jamieson of Scotland and Lee Slattery of England.

Hunter Stewart is the highest-placed American after a 5-under 65 left him on a four-way tie for fourth with Christofer Blomstrand, Tapio Pulkkanen and Richard Green.

Defending champion Renato Paratore's hopes of becoming the first player to successfully retain the title look in doubt after the Italian shot 9-over 79 at Hills Golf Club.

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Peterson confirms plans to play Finals

By Will GrayAugust 16, 2018, 9:17 pm

After flirting with retirement for much of the summer, John Peterson confirmed that he will give it one more shot in the upcoming Tour Finals.

Peterson, 29, had planned to walk away from the game and begin a career in real estate in his native Texas if he failed to secure PGA Tour status before his medical extension expired. His T-13 finish last month at The Greenbrier appeared to be enough to net the former NCAA champ at least conditional status, but a closer look at the numbers revealed he missed out by 0.58 points in his last available start.

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But Peterson was buoyed by the support he received from his peers at The Greenbrier, and when he got into the Barbasol Championship as a late alternate he decided to make the trip to the tournament. He tied for 21st that week in Kentucky, clinching enough non-member FedExCup points to grant him a spot in the four-event Finals.

Last month Peterson hinted that he would consider playing in the Finals, where 25 PGA Tour cards for the 2018-19 season will be up for grabs, and Thursday he confirmed in an Instagram post that he will give his pro career "one last push."

The Finals kick off next week in Ohio with the Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship and will conclude Sept. 20-23 with the Tour Championship. Peterson will be looking to rekindle his results from 2013, when he finished T-5 or better at each of the four Finals events while earning fully-exempt status as the top money earner.

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Lyle honored with sand sculpture at Wyndham

By Golf Channel DigitalAugust 16, 2018, 9:00 pm

Jarrod Lyle passed away last week at the age of 36 after losing his third battle with cancer.

And after a PGA Championship filled with tributes to the Australian, the Wyndham Championship found its own way to keep his legacy alive at the North Carolina Tour stop.

Next to the Wyndham Championship and PGA Tour logos carved into the sand on site at Sedgefield Country Club is Lyle's name and the "Leuk the Duck" mascot. The duck has become synonymous with Challenge, an organization that supports kids with cancer.

Fellow Aussie Stuart Appleby posted the display on social media:

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Lyle was also remembered in a more traditional manner on the first tee, where his bag and trademark yellow bucket hat were prominently displayed.