Golf is one of those sports that transcends simple game. Even the most casual golfer will tell you that there’s something special about spending the day walking long fairways, testing your physical prowess at the tee and mental fortitude on the green. Scottsdale offers some of the most spectacular golf courses in the world, but some of the most satisfying and unique golf experiences involve more than a round on the back nine. Learn from some of the country’s best pros at high-tech facilities that cater to improving your swing—as well as your chips, pitches and putts. And for a thrill, plan a visit during the Phoenix Open, Scottsdale’s biggest event of the year, complete with boisterous crowds and the extravagance of a music festival. Whatever your skill level, the following experiences will improve your game—or at least deepen your appreciation for it.
The Phoenix Open
Dubbed “the greatest show on grass,” the open is the largest tournament on the PGA Tour, attracting tens of thousands of spectators and past winners Phil Mickelson, Bubba Watson, and Mark Calcavecchia. This isn’t your typical golf event, though. Expect a boisterous crowd, lots of bars and beers gardens, and evening concerts at the Birds Nest nightclub.
Boulders Golf Academy
For the ultimate golf instruction, book a lesson at the Boulders Golf Academy. The school offer a variety programs to upgrade your game, from 30-minutes tune-ups and half-day seminars to the Three-Day Scoring School, which includes three mornings of personalized lessons, three rounds of golf at the stunning desert resort and on-the-course instruction with a PGA pro.
Topgolf Scottsdale at Riverwalk
Part driving range, part bowling alley, part Scottsdale lounge, Topgolf is a new kind of golf experience. The entertainment complex is built around three-stories of private bays, where golfers hit balls embedded with personalized microchips toward 11 targets. The computerized system calculates your score while you get to enjoy the mountain views—and perhaps a beer.
Science nerds will love the experience at Cool Clubs as much as golfers. Rooms, specially outfitted with multiple cameras, sensors and even Doppler Radar, measure every aspect of your golf game—stance, grip, swing, speed, ball contact, distance—to produce an insanely detailed analysis that will lead you to the perfect set of clubs, grip to head, from 25,000 combinations.
Jim McLean Golf School
It’s hard to beat the exceptional instruction at this golf school at SunRidge Canyon Golf Club. The enthusiastic and unfailing patient instructors offer personalized lessons, for individuals or small groups, quick pre-game tweaks to multiday camps that include video swing analysis and take-home plans that will shave strokes of your game.