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.”
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.
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