Frost Delays in Arizona

A Necessary step to prevent permanent turf damage

In an all-to-familiar scenario: Giddy golfers from the Midwest escape the frozen tundra for the green fairways of the desert Southwest to play golf. As they eagerly file into the golf shop, the pro behind the counter drops the bad news.

“Good morning guys. We are in a frost delay.”

Bewilderment, confusion and irritation typically follow this announcement. Understandably so, avoiding the frosty grip of Old Man Winter was the purpose of taking a golf trip to Sedona, Arizona in the first place. Unfortunately, it’s not that simple; here’s a few facts to help break the ice.

Frosty Grass

At nearly 4,500 feet above sea level, Sedona Golf Resort sits more than twice as high as golf courses located in The Valley of the Sun. Average high temperatures December through February are a benign 57-61 degrees with lows that get downright chilly at 31-33 degrees. At this elevation, frost is common, and the area does receive an occasional dusting of snow during the winter months.

According to an article in Golfweek, turf temperature lower than the surrounding air “causes moisture to condense on the grass during the night. If the temperature of the grass then falls below freezing, the moisture may crystallize into frost.”

By itself, this isn’t a problem; however, walking on the frosty turf certainly is. Each footstep damages the blades and ruptures plant cell walls. This is particularly pronounced on the tightly mown turf of the putting surfaces. They become no-go zones until the sun melts the frost.

To get a feel for the potential damage, next time your foursome makes tracks on a green covered in dew, note the countless footprints. If the dew was frost instead, the grass beneath most, if not all, of the footprints would be dead within a week or so.

“Staying off grass covered in frost is the key to avoiding permanent damage to the turf, especially on the greens,” said Jeremy Hayman, general manager of Sedona Golf Resort. “There’s simply no way around it. All we can do is hope it clears quickly, so we can get everybody lined up to tee off once it does.”

Given that Sedona boasts 300-plus days of sunshine each year, chances are good that “big red” will burn off the frost in plenty of time to get in all 18 holes, even at 4,500 feet. In fact, golf in Sedona, Arizona, even in the winter, can be downright warm in the direct sunshine, causing golfers to peel off outer layers as the day goes on. Moreover, winter rates are reasonable at $89 and under, and golfers who sign up for memberships at Sedona Golf Resort before January 1, receive two free months – that’s 14 months for the price of 12!

Hayman went on to explain that there’s no way to predict the exact length of any given frost delay, so it’s “a good idea to arrive around the same time you normally would,” relax with a cup of coffee, get a bite to eat and watch the European Tour on Golf Channel in the clubhouse.

It seems counterintuitive to encounter a frost delay in the Arizona desert; rest assured, if there were any other way, the golf staff would be more than happy to oblige. Although golf is just a game, staying off frost-covered turf is a matter of life and death – for the grass!

To view available tee times click HERE.

 

Give The Gift of Golf This Holiday Season!

Shopping for your loved ones this Holiday Season can be stressful and sometimes seems impossible when you have someone who’s nearly impossible to find the perfect gift for.  We all have that certain member in our family or circle of friends.  We usually end up getting them a gift card or money to ensure they are not disappointed. One gift that is perfect for most people is the gift of golf.  No matter what time of year it is.

Sedona Golf Resort
  is located in the heart of one of the most captivating regions of the Southwest. The thrilling 6,646 yard, par-71 course is widely considered among the world’s most unforgettable golf experiences. Winding around the famed red rocks of Sedona, each hole provides a unique adventure.  This time of year the golf resort is offering a number of unique holiday gift ideas and specials.  This holiday season when you purchase a gift card for $150 you only pay $135.  To purchase a gift card click HERE.

 

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If you are looking for a non traditional way of gifting golf, give the gift of GolfCash.  GolfCash is a new way golfers are paying for things at the course. In order to use GolfCash you must download the courses app, available for free on iTunes and Google Play.  Once the app is downloaded it’s easy to pay green fees, purchase merchandise in the golf shop, purchase drinks on the beverage cart and food at the restaurant.  Anytime you need to pay at Sedona Golf Resort just tell the staff you will be paying with GolfCash, enter the amount due and press PAY WITH GOLFCASH.  It’s that easy! The best part is you can give the gift of GolfCash to anyone you want and it will be transferred into their account directly.  To learn more about GolfCash and how it works click HERE to view a short video.

Do you have a friend or loved one who spends a little too much time on the links? Why not get them a present this Holiday Season that improves their game.  It’s the perfect gift for any golfer in your life.  Don’t have time to come into the golf shop? You can shop online, visit our online shop today by clicking HERE.  

Purchasing golf instruction for a buddy or loved one has also become a popular option this holiday season.  Who doesn’t want to improve their golf game for the New Year.  30 minute lesson is $40 and 1 hour is $60.  You can purchase more than one lesson as a 3 part series (1-hour lesson) is offered at the course for $150.  For more information on golf instruction please contact ojaipaula@gmail.com.

Save This Holiday Season!

During the winter months, Sedona, Arizona transforms into a dazzling wonderland.  Sitting at 4,500 feet elevation, experiencing moderate winters and mild temperatures during the day.  There are a number of activities available in Sedona from hiking, shopping, to getting a round of golf in at Sedona Golf Resort.  This time of year the golf course offers lower winter rates starting at $89 and under.

 

Holiday Winter Savings
This is a good time of year as there are a number of special offers to help you save for the Holidays.  For $59 after 2pm everyday you can play 18 holes of golf and get 2 beers!  For the golf lover, specials such as, the “Play All Day” for $115 is a great option.  You can play golf from dawn til dusk.  The price of $115 includes the golf car, practice balls, 6 Titleist Velocitys, and a $15 gift certificate good in the golf shop or Juniper Bar and Grille.  One of the most popular winter specials is the “Golf on The Rocks” Special for only $95.  This special rate includes a $15 gift certificate that can be used towards merchandise or food and beverage at the grille or beverage cart.  

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Membership Savings

 

As we close out 2017, many golf courses offer great specials and deals on Memberships.  At Sedona Golf Resort you can sign up for a 2018 membership now before the new year and get 2 free months.  That’s right 14 months for the price of 12, on your first year of Membership. There are a variety of memberships available to fit everyone’s lifestyle from Seasonal Memberships to Annual Memberships. If you love to golf this course often becoming a member is a no brainer.  You can bring up to 3 guests each visit and they can golf at the Red Rock Card rate. Receive 20% off Non-Sale Retail merchandise and 10% food and beverage at the Juniper Bar and Grille.
To learn more about our memberships contact us directly at 928-325-1898. To view available public tee times click HERE.

Introducing GolfCash at Sedona Golf Resort

Sedona Golf Resort, provides a combination of jaw-dropping splendor and exceptional challenge. Located in the heart of one of the most captivating regions of the Southwest, the thrilling 6,646-yard, par-71 course is widely considered among the world’s most unforgettable golf experiences.  Visitors and locals alike say that playing Sedona Golf Resort tops the list of things to do in Sedona, AZ  and is known to be on the leading edge of providing convenience to its customers.  That’s evident in its latest customer offering called GolfCash.  A smartphone app based product developed by up and coming golf software development company, Quick 18.

Sedona Golf Cash Ad

 

Are you a Starbucks loyalist?  If so, then you’ll be right at home using GolfCash at Sedona Golf Resort.  After downloading the smartphone app for free available on Apple or Android devices, anyone can load up with GolfCash at varying denominations.  Reload amounts currently range from $100 to $600 where you will receive anywhere from a 3% to 10% discount on your money.  With currently up to $60 in savings available, there’s no better way to pay at one of the best golf courses in Sedona.

But, after loading up for the first time is when the convenience really starts.  Sedona Golf Resort accepts GolfCash payments anywhere from the Golf Shop for Green Fees and Merchandise to the various on course Food and Beverage services, by simply entering the amount owed into the app and pressing pay.  The always friendly staff will take care of the rest by completing your payment.

It’s simple and easy to pay using Golf Cash at Sedona Golf Resort.  As one of the top golf courses in Arizona, not only will you experience premiere conditions and service at Sedona Golf Resort, now you also have a more convenient way to stay within your golfing budget.

GolfCash can also be gifted to a friend. It’s quick and easy to send your friends GolfCash as well and you get bonus cash when you gift to someone else.  This Black Friday when you gift a friend or family member GolfCash you will receive 10% Bonus Cash that goes directly back to you!

Download (iTunes and GooglePlay) the Sedona Golf Resort smartphone app today and start saving.  There’s no doubt you’ll love it!  To view available Tee times click HERE.

How To Play Out of Northern Arizona’s Firm Bunkers.

Monday Mulligan Series with General Manager, Jeremy Hayman.

In this week’s Sedona Golf Resort Monday Mulligan, General Manager Jeremy Hayman show us how to play out of Northern Arizona’s firm bunkers. And would you believe there is more than one way to get out of SGR’s bunkers?

 

 

Monday Mulligan: How To Play The Iconic 10th Hole at Sedona Golf Course.

In this week’s Sedona Golf Resort Monday Mulligan, General Manager Jeremy Hayman show us how to play the iconic 10th hole – probably one of the most beautiful par 3’s in the country! Hint – Aim left, as the slope of the green will help your ball funnel to the right.

Click HERE to view available tee times.

The Next Big Deal at Sedona Golf Resort

 

In this week’s Sedona Golf Resort Monday Mulligan, General Manager Jeremy Hayman introduces the next BIG deal at Sedona Golf Resort: Bags and Brews! Any day after 2:00pm from now until February (or while supplies last), you can get a large bag of practice balls and a beer for just $10! And as Jeremy shows us, there’s no better place to practice than the SGR range!

Just click on the image above for all the information!  To book you tee time click HERE.

 

Visitor’s Guide To Scenic Golf in Sedona, Arizona.

Sedona Golf Resort offers sightseeing, dining and shopping surrounded by surreal scenery

The otherworldly beauty of Sedona attracts millions each year to Northern Arizona. According to the Sedona Tourism Bureau, 82 percent of them plan on seeing the magnificent sights during their trip, dining comes in second at 73 percent and shopping comes in third at 67. Well down the list, a measly four percent plan on playing golf. So you’re saying there’s a chance!

Most tourists cram into pink jeeps, get snared by tourist traps or elbow their way through busy shops filled with overpriced tchotchkes. Why deal with these hassles when Sedona Golf Resort offers all the elements of a rewarding red rock retreat in one scenic location? Of course, the game of golf accompanies this scenario. That’s where sightseeing also comes in play.

Red Rock Views from the Golf Course

“At the first tee box you’re at about 3,600 feet, and as you continue further into the golf course, you climb up to the high point of the property – the 10th hole – at about 4,200 feet,” said Jeremy Hayman, General Manager of Sedona Golf Resort. “So, as your round unfolds, the views get better and better.”

He’s right about that. The splendor of this special place hits golfers between the eyes as they turn around to walk off the green at the par-4 6th to see an incredible red rock formation layered like a Cathy’s Rum Cake. Designed by Gary Panks, the par-71, 6,646-yard layout takes full advantage of the many postcard views from the golf course.

The 9th hole – the third par 5 on the front nine – plays uphill the entire way. The ascent delivers golfers to one of the most scenic holes in the game. Chances are most have already seen the iconic image of the par-3 10th. It’s easily one of the most photographed golf holes in the Western U.S.

The next three holes offer sweeping views of formations such as Courthouse Butte, Lee Mountain and the famed Bell Rock. This stretch includes two down-hill par 4s that play shorter than the scorecard indicates, with the lone par 5 on the backside sandwiched between them. The 15th certainly gets your attention, as the No. 2 handicap hole on the golf course, and with a little imagination, the 16th reminds one of the famed Road Hole.

“Playing golf is a fantastic way to experience Sedona,” said Hayman. “And in many ways, Sedona Golf Resort was built to capture the elements that make this place famous. The clubhouse offers the same wonderful views you’ll find throughout the golf course. The patio is a quiet, relaxing place to enjoy lunch or a glass of wine at sunset. Plus, our experienced staff ensures that everybody receives exceptional service.”

Attentive Service, Spectacular Views

This pledge holds true throughout the property. The Juniper Bar & Grille serves up breakfast, lunch and dinner on Thursday evenings. It’s much more than a place for golfers to add up their scores over a cold beer, it offers an indoor/outdoor experience on par with any comparable restaurants in the area.

“We invite our golfers to come on in and enjoy a cocktail or an appetizer after their round as the sun sets,” said Katie Draxler, Manager of Food, Beverage and Events for Sedona Golf Resort. “Their wives staying at nearby resorts often come by, even if they’re not golfers, to enjoy the beautiful sunsets, have a drink, relax on the terrace and wait for their husbands to get off the course to joint them.”

Boutique Shopping

It also gives the ladies an opportunity to browse one of the most unique golf shops in the U.S., which is more of a specialty retail boutique than a place to pick up a sleeve of balls.

“We have an amazing golf shop,” said Hayman. “It’s about 1,000 square feet; it has an absolutely incredible lineup of men’s and women’s apparel, golf clubs, as well as unique Sedona memorabilia you can’t find in any other golf shop in America.”

Weddings and Group Golf Outings

Sedona Golf Resort also caters to larger groups. There’s a palpable air of romance swirling around this magical setting, making it the ideal place for weddings and receptions. Arizona has long been one of the go-to locations for corporate outings and retreats. But as beautiful as the resorts in the Sonoran Desert may be, Sedona Golf Resort offers a special something they just can’t match.

“Group coordinators are blown away once we show them around the property,” said Draxler. “It’s one of those things you can explain over the phone. Pictures don’t do it justice either; you have to experience it. And once they do, they’re usually sold. On occasion, we’ve had brides who were leaning towards a venue in The Valley completely do a 180 when they see what we have to offer.”

Sedona Stay and Play

Wedding goers and group golf event guests don’t need to go far for lodging. The Hilton Sedona Resort sits only 36 feet away, prompting Hayman to quip: “You’ll face several putts out on the golf course longer than that.”

The Ridge on Sedona Golf Resort by Diamond and Las Pasadas Bed & Breakfast sit only four-tenths of a mile away. A half-dozen others are within a mile or two, plus, many additional options can be found in the greater-Sedona area.

Those headed to Sedona, whether on vacation or attached to a corporate outing, usually do what everybody else does. Sedona Golf Resort offers the staples tourists plan on experiencing with one important upgrade – golf! Once the rest of the crew realizes the rewards of exploring red rock country through a day well spent at Sedona Golf Resort, the rest is gravy. It’s a bucket-list-type experience without bucket list prices – one that is well worth carving out a day from the average 2.3 days visitors spend in the area.

Click here to book your stay and play package today!