Spring has sprung in Scottsdale, Ariz., and as the weather turns warmer (but not yet too hot), it’s the perfect time of year to visit one of the country’s great golf destinations.
“Spring is the sweet spot in Scottsdale for golfers,” said Caroline Stoeckel, vice president of Marketing for Experience Scottsdale. “Following the excitement of the PGA Tour’s Waste Management Phoenix Open held here in February, golf visitors will find that in the spring, prime tee times are more readily available and rates are more affordable, not to mention the weather is still near perfect and playing conditions are optimum.”
At Troon North Golf Club, rates drop April 2 from a high-season, best-available rate of $245 per person for play Thursdays through Sundays, before 2:30 p.m., to $195 per person for the same time frame. The peak, best-available rate drops again to $165 per player on April 30 and again to $125 per player on May 21.
For an even greater value, Troon North Golf Club has paired with Westin Kierland Resort & Spa and two other Troon-managed golf courses, Westin Kierland Golf Club and Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club, to offer the Troon Trio Package this spring and summer. The package includes three nights at the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa and three rounds of golf (one at each golf club listed). Springtime rates begin at $174 per person, per night.
Also found at Westin Kierland Golf Club this spring is the popular Friday Night Lights, which kicks off the weekend every Friday evening from March 30 to April 13, starting at 7 p.m. The event features fun, family-friendly golf-inspired games and activities, instruction clinics, music, and food and beverage specials for both youngsters and adults. Cost is $10 per person for adults and children ages 7 and older. Children six years old and younger are free with a paying adult.
Likewise, golf rates at the picturesque Boulders Golf Club in north Scottsdale drop April 30 from its season high of $225 per player to $165 per player on Fridays and Saturdays, and $149 per player Mondays through Thursdays.
One of my favorite Arizona destinations, Boulders Resort & Spa, has undergone a complete renovation in recent years. It’s offering a Stay & Play package that includes overnight accommodations in a private casita, one round of golf per person, per night, a $25 per person food and beverage credit, and complimentary access to the Boulders Spa. Rates for this package start at $239 per night, double occupancy.
Rancho Manana Golf Club, one of Scottsdale’s true hidden gems, drops its rates April 2. Players can enjoy 18 holes for as little as $89 per player before 1 p.m. if booked within seven days of their desired date of play, or for just $50 for start times after 2:30 p.m. The rates drop even lower after May 28.
For a different twist, the all-new and already popular Short Course at Mountain Shadows resort is an 18-hole, par-3 course that combines thrilling design with exceptional conditioning and spectacular views of Camelback Mountain. Rates here go to $45 per player on weekdays, $55 per player on weekends, starting April 16. Prices then drop again to $29 and $39 on May 29.