Spring Buddy Trips | T+L Golf
Published: July 2009
By M. Brandon Wall
Get the gang together for a Southwest golf adventure
The Deal: Ultimate Three-Day Golf Getaway: three nights in the just-renovated hotel; three rounds per person, at the Stadium and Champions courses at TPC Scottsdale and the Raptor and Talon courses at Grayhawk Golf Club; daily breakfast
The Golf: Test your match mettle where the pros do: at the Stadium, host of the FBR Open (where the spirit of that tourney’s rowdy gallery lingers) and the Raptor, host of the Frys.com Open. Don’t overlook the recently made-over Champions.
Price: From $2,529 per twosome; available through April 30
Contact: fairmont.com, 800-344-4758
Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino
Las Vegas, Nevada
The Deal: Spring Special: three nights’ accommodations on the Strip, in a recently upgraded room; three rounds of golf per person at the three courses at Las Vegas Paiute Resort, all designed by Pete Dye and all sitting on the edge of the desert
The Golf: No two fairways are parallel on the well-liked Snow Mountain, the resort’s first layout. Sun Mountain is the gentlest, and Wolf, the most difficult, has a few catchy features, like some reachable par fives and an island green at the fifteenth.
Price: From $649 per person, available through May 31
Contact: lasvegasgolfadventures.com, 800-841-6570
Sandia Resort & Casino
Albuquerque, New Mexico
The Deal: Traveler Package: four nights at the resort, sitting by the foot of the Sandia Mountains; four rounds per person, at Black Mesa, designed by Baxter Spann, Paa-Ko Ridge, by Ken Dye, Sandia, by Scott Miller, and Twin Warriors, by Gary Panks
The Golf: This sortie through the desert is New Mexican golf in top form, with holes that wind around arroyos and sandstone outcroppings. The difficulty of the twenty-seven-hole Paa-Ko Ridge—the best here—is tempered by eye-catching vistas.
Price: From $559 per person, available until October 31
Contact: golfonthesantafetrail.com, 800-741-6358
Barton Creek Resort & Spa
The Deal: Guys’ Golf Getaway: at least three nights in the resort, where the first phase of a renovation was just completed; unlimited golf on its four renowned courses; a bucket of beer, chips and salsa per person; daily breakfast
The Golf: Fazio Canyons, Crenshaw Cliffside, Palmer Lakeside and the “signature” Fazio Foothills each take full advantage of the dramatic Hill Country landscape, offering some of the state’s prettiest and most challenging holes.
Price: From $230 per person per night through March 31; from $280 through April 30
Contact: bartoncreek.com, 866-572-7369