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Category Archives: Southwest


Burn Up The Course In Scottsdale

Golfvaca June 9, 2016

SCOTTSDALE, AZ – Sure, summers are hot in Scottsdale. But that’s no reason to stay inside, especially if you’re an avid golfer. That’s because Scottsdale’s courses slash rates by as much as 60 percent off peak season, which means you can play the “World’s Finest Golf Destination” at rock-bottom prices. The key to success is… Continue Reading »


Wickenburg Ranch Golf & Social Club

Golfvaca April 15, 2016

WICKENBURG, AZ – Wickenburg Ranch Golf & Social Club, the first new golf course to open in Arizona since We-Ko-Pa’s Saguaro Course in 2006 is a prime example of why Arizona started marketing itself as a winter getaway almost 100 years ago. The land is vast, wild, rugged and available. As Greater Phoenix grew and… Continue Reading »


Batter Up!

Golfvaca March 21, 2016

The popping of the gloves, the cracks of the bats, John Fogerty’s “Centerfield” on the loud speaker – hearing those sounds this time of year gives baseball fans goosebumps. They signify that Spring Training has arrived and everyone is a World Series contender – yes, even the Chicago Cubs. The Phoenix area hosts 15 professional… Continue Reading »


TPC Scottsdale: Party on with the PGA!

Golfvaca February 15, 2016

SCOTTSDALE, AZ – The rowdy fans of the Waste Management Phoenix Open showcased at TPC Scottsdale willed their way to make a PGA Tour stop become a party and a fun experience. They come in huge numbers, get loud and then go home. Most everyone has a good time minus perhaps a few grumpy pros…. Continue Reading »


Resort Report: The Boulders Resort

Golfvaca February 15, 2016

CAREFREE, Ariz. – The moon is in full bloom above The Boulders Resort. It’s a mystical setting. Giant granite formations and mammoth rock balls, 12 million years in the making, cast shadows across the peaceful and sleepy Sonoran Desert. Stately saguaros, hundreds of years old, mark the ghostly landscape like sentinels. On moonless nights the… Continue Reading »


The TPC Stadium Course Makes a Comeback

Golfvaca February 15, 2016

It has taken almost three decades, but one of the most iconic—not to mention controversial—golf courses in America has finally made it back to center stage. The TPC Stadium Course in La Quinta, California was built in 1986 under the direction of master course designer Pete Dye, who needs no introduction when it comes to… Continue Reading »


Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa

Golfvaca January 15, 2016

Just imagine how the land west of Austin looked 150 years ago. Spring-fed Barton Creek served as a rest stop on a dusty trail for settlers, ranchers and cattle heading to the railhead in Austin from 1866 to 1886 from western counties. The water was cool and thirsty longhorns stopped to refuel and rest under… Continue Reading »


Vegas . . . Baby!

Golfvaca December 10, 2015

LAS VEGAS — It runs like an old black-and-white movie in my mind. It was the late 1950s. Waves of mirage heat rolled over the asphalt, and a ribbon of hotels, casinos and neon appeared. It was the Las Vegas Strip. My brothers and I pressed our faces to the casino windows–cupped hands, shielding the… Continue Reading »


Right From The Start: Opening Holes

Golfvaca July 9, 2015

It’s not how you start, it’s… Wait a minute. Perhaps it is how you start, especially when talking about golf courses. Like the first chapter of a book, the first hole introduces the layout and offers a glimpse of what is to be expected throughout the round. And believe us, there are some opening holes… Continue Reading »


Rio Verde Attains Sustainable Community Certification from Audubon International

Golfvaca June 8, 2015

RIO VERDE, AZ – Rio Verde Community – the award-winning resort style residential development northeast of Scottsdale – was designated a Certified Sustainable Community by the Audubon International Sustainable Communities program after completing the organization’s requirements and meeting its strict criteria. The designation, which was awarded April 15, makes Rio Verde the first Certified Sustainable… Continue Reading »

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