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A golf vacation in Arizona, southern California and winter’s warmer climes means leaving the warm clothes and heavy boots behind to enjoy emerald greens, sunshine and bright, blue skies.

A golf vacation in Arizona, southern California and winter’s warmer climes means leaving the warm clothes and heavy boots behind to enjoy emerald greens, sunshine and bright, blue skies.


Many consider Arizona to be the golfing capital of the West. We have a wonderful winter climate in many sections of the state, with picturesque scenery of deserts, mountains, colorful rock formations and lakes. That’s why so many come to Arizona during the cooler months so they may enjoy the outdoors and its many pleasures. Golf is certainly one of those.

Many tour companies offer golf packages here in Arizona along with other mild winter weather states such as California, Florida and the Deep South.

In Arizona there are more than 300 golf courses ready for the playing. So, isn’t it time to dust off those clubs and take to the greens?

Such places as the Phoenician are available coupled with the luxury of the resort hotel. The Westin Kierland Golf Resort and Spa is considered tops and you can bring the whole family for a few days of pleasure.

Troon North and the Talking Stick Golf Club welcome guests all during the cooler months and you might check this north Valley location out. Other sections of the state for good golf other than the Phoenix and Scottsdale area would include Sedona and Tucson.

Tucson offers outstanding golf courses and some feel Tucson is one of the favorite golf spots in Arizona. You can experience links laid out by Robert Trent Jones Jr., Tom Fazio, Tom Weiskoph and Jack Nicklaus. The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain, and Loews Ventana Canyon, Westin La Paloma and others in the area are all award-winning destinations.

California offers wonderful golf locations; with probably the most famous being Pebble Beach. Here you will find four-diamond accommodations and an up-scale way of life if that is what you are looking for. You can stay at The Inn at Spanish Bay or the Lodge at Pebble Beach or enjoy the Casa Palmero or the Spa in the same area.

In Southern California you have your choice of many great courses. La Costa is one of the more famous near Oceanside. The North Course was designed by Dick Wilson and Joseph L. Lee and is a favorite of many.

In and around San Diego there are many courses from which to choose and it’s difficult to find better weather during the winter. Cool and invigorating.

Some like the Sycuan Golf resort near San Diego and close to El Cajon. The Oak Glen Course is a par 72 and 6,682 yards of pure golfing enjoyment. Sweetwater River runs through it so be prepared to deal with some water hazards with this beautifully landscaped course.

In the same general area is the scenic Maderas course designed by Johnny Miller and Robert Muir Graves. Here you will find creeks, lakes and waterfalls, which weave through its many elevation levels. It has received several awards in the last few years. It is not far from San Marcos.

Many head to the Palm Springs area and the fine courses spread through the Coachella Valley. Here you will find cool nights and fairly warm days. Perfect for golf! There are also many fine hotels and resorts to enjoy when you’re not playing.

If you visit Palm Springs, be sure to attend a performance of the Palm Springs Follies at a theatre downtown. The cast is comprised of people over the age of 55 and they can dance, sing and act in a style not usually seen today. There are comedians, musicians and it’s just a lot of fun for an evening. I highly recommend it.

Las Vegas is another golfing area that has caught on. You can relax, gamble, sun, swim and play golf in one location. There are also many fine live shows to be viewed in your spare time. Be aware the major shows are not inexpensive any longer, but many feel they are worth the money.

There are golf packages available in numerous locations in Florida such as Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Marco Island, Miami, Naples, Orlando and others. You may wish to contact tour operators that specialize in golf packages.

If you don’t mind a few hours flying, think about Hawaii. It has been famous for many years as a leading golf mecca. You have the tropical islands to play the game plus you can sun, swim, relax and enjoy it all. It’s hard to beat Hawaii for a get-away! Airfares are higher these days, but some of the hotels have great deals to make up for it. Try the Big Island, Maui and Oahu for good courses.

South Carolina is known for good courses. Look at Charleston, Hilton Head, Kiawah Island and Myrtle Beach.

Caribbean anyone? Take a cruise that stops at some good golfing islands and spend the day hours playing the game, or choose an island that is known for good courses and just camp for a week. The weather is usually perfect during the day and golfing is a real pleasure.

Mexico has become a favorite of some for golf and favorite locations here are Acapulco, Cozumel Island, Los Cabos and Riviera Maya near Cancun.

Wherever you venture for your favorite game may you have good weather, fine accommodations and good food.


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