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TUCSON Tucson’s Pascua Yaqui Tribe broke ground on its newest amenity in December 2012, an 18-hole, par 72 championship golf course, situated directly south of Casino Del Sol Resort’s AVA Amphitheater. The course, named Sewailo, means “flower world” in the Yaqui language and features large lakes, flowing streams, waterfalls and plush landscaping blending with the desert environment to create an “oasis” effect. In addition to the grounds, Sewailo also offers the first Jack Nicklaus Academy of Golf in Arizona, one of only five in the nation. The instructional programs are designed for all ages and ability levels. Featuring an expansive dual-ended driving range more than 375-yards long, a 2,000 square-foot climate controlled teaching facility and multiple practice bunkers, the Nicklaus Academy offers a full complement of instruction programs designed for everything from individual lessons to group instruction, golf schools, corporate programming and community programs.

Of the city’s five reasonably priced municipal courses, the flagship Randolph, long the site of LPGA tours, is a favorite for traditional play. More typical of desert course settings are the Santa Catalina Foothills, home to Tom Fazio’s two Ventana Canyon creations. Locals and visitors have long flocked to Omni Tucson National for its immaculate Midwestern-style greens; they are also be able to play the resort’s Tom Lehman-designed desert course.

THE REST OF THE STATE In the west, Parker’s Emerald Canyon, following the shores of the Colorado River, leads duffers on a wild but gorgeous golf ride. Gary Panks had a hand in three top courses to the north, all links-style: Elephant Rocks at Williams, ponderosa pine-shrouded greens at nearly 7,000 feet; the South Course at Antelope Hills in Prescott, offering great mountain and granite dell views; and Sedona Golf Resort, with breathtaking red rock backdrops. And, as of September 2013, Enchantment Resort can now be counted among golf’s most appealing travel destinations. Seven Canyons golf club is now part of Enchantment Resort, giving resort guests exclusive access to this 18-hole championship course designed by Tom Weiskopf and named one of America’s best courses. Located on 200 acres, the par 70 course measures 6,746 yards and is surrounded by the beauty of Sedona’s red rocks and evergreen national forest.

WATCHING THE PROS Arizona features three major professional tour events:

• Waste Management Phoenix Open January/February, TPC Stadium Course, Scottsdale AZ

• Accenture Match Play World Golf Championship February, Dove Mountain, Marana, AZ

• LPGA Founders Cup March, Wildfire Golf Club at JW Marriott at Desert Ridge, Phoenix, AZ

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