We have golfed four times with Dave’s brother Paul and my sister-in-law Shirley during our ten-day stay with them. All the courses we played were unique.
I nicknamed the McDowell Mountain Course in Scottsdale the Deer Golf Course because there was a clear deer theme in evidence.
There were brass statues of deer all over the course……..
There was a deer silhouette on the score card……..
Another deer was on our golf cart…………..
The clubhouse had a waterfall and rock pond. The McDowell Mountain course is owned by professional golfer Phil Mikelson who recently acquired it and gave it a $1.2 million make-over to make it more player-friendly.
We also witnessed a beautiful sunset at the Vista Verde Course in the Rio Verde area. This is a new course and so it doesn’t have a club house yet.
Located in a former orange orchard the Orange Tree Golf Course had a sort of southern plantation feel to it. It is advertised as a traditional golf course in the heart of Scottsdale.
The tee box markers were orange tree cutouts but they looked a little old and dated. Those would be adjectives I’d use to describe this course as well. The only unique thing about the course was a cart girl named Sammy who was very friendly and wore interesting boots.
The Desert Canyon Golf Course in Fountain Hills was the last course we played.
Looking at the hundreds of huge mansions that lined the course and realizing that many of them were probably people’s second homes made it hard to believe that a country whose citizens could display their wealth so ostentatiously could possibly be in an economic recession.
What next? Well apparently Phoenix has more than 250 golf courses. There will still be plenty of others left for us to explore on any future visits.