Golf: Desert Dreams
Taking full advantage of Scottsdale's spectacular Sonoran Desert scenery,
some of the world's best course designers have created desert target golf,
one of the sport's most unique experiences. These courses, created by legends
such as Tom Weiskopf, George Fazio, Pete Dye and Arnold Palmer, use the desert's
natural elements to create challenging shots and hazards. Towering saguaro cactus,
boulders and washes become part of an experience golf enthusiasts would be hard-pressed
to duplicate anywhere else in the world.
Examples include the famed course at The Boulders Resort
(two 18-hole courses of 7,044 and 7,047
yards respectively); the Desert Mountain courses
, Jack Nicklaus-designed (one traditional course and
four desert courses, all more than 7,000 yards); and Eagle Mountain
, the consummate target
course created by Scott Miller (one 18-hole course, 6,755 yards).
Taking the concept even further, the aptly named Sanctuary Golf Course at WestWorld
an element found nowhere else in the state – a wildlife sanctuary regulated by the Audubon
Built with oversight by the prestigious organization and within the City
of Scottsdale and Bureau of Reclamation storm water retention area, the course utilizes
more than 6,900 yards of the land's natural terrain and vegetation. The 18-hole, par-71
course also features 80 acres of turf, 55 sand bunkers and multi-tiered waterfalls.