Omni Tucson National Resort

expansive guest rooms and private terraces; smaller rooms that resemble typical residences or 950-square- foot haciendas — the Omni Tucson National has got you covered for any preference, no matter how you slice it. As if the rooms at “the National” weren’t relaxing


enough, guests also are invited to lounge at one of the resort’s two pools or indulge in a facial or massage at the resort’s award-winning spa. After relaxing in the spa or poolside, most guests will likely savor a meal and a drink at one of the resort’s restaurants, be it Bob’s Steak & Chop House, the Fiesta Café & Patio, the Legends Bar & Grill and the Sweetwater Cabana Bar. All are wonderful and designed with diverse tastes in mind. Two of the resort’s amenities particularly stand

out more than any other, especially for die-hard golfers. The Catalina Course, which recently hosted the Champions Tour’s Cologuard Classic, and is the

Northern exposure

Torreon offers ‘beat the heat’ deal that is as cool as its 2 golf courses

So you don’t want to stay home and play golf because, in your mind (and body), it’s just too darn hot. OK, would you believe that relief in the form of gorgeous green fairways, pristine putting surfaces and sub-100 temperatures is two and a half hours away from both Phoenix and Tucson? And, seriously, you don’t even have to leave Arizona! Welcome to Torreon Golf Club, a private

community that is located in the Apache- Sitgreaves National Forest on the outskirts of Show Low. Situated perfectly at 6,500 feet above sea level (that’s right; it’s much, much cooler) in northeastern Arizona, Torreon has become a summer sanctuary when it comes to the game of golf. And for a limited time, Arizona Golf Association members have access to this Troon Golf-

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managed facility that is promoted not just as a high-end golf community, but as a lifestyle that the whole family can enjoy. “We call (the summer offer) a ‘Taste

of Torreon,’ because our goal is to get people up here to experience Torreon for a day or two and, then hopefully, they’ll say, ‘We’re going to buy a place up here,” said Ryan Lanzen, the director of golf at Torreon. “Once they see how easy it is to get here — and that the weather is beautiful, with no humidity and the wind is whistling through the pines — they’ll fall in love with the beauty just like we did.” For $375 (based on double occupancy),

visitors get a golf villa for one night, a round of golf each for two players, a dozen Callaway golf balls for each player, 20 percent off all merchandise, complimentary use of the fitness center and the opportunity to book additional nights (and rounds of golf) for $295.

hen it comes to the wide range of room requests by guests — traditional rooms with Southwest décor and private patios;

one-time site for the Tucson Open, coupled with the Sonoran Course forms a perfect one-two punch. Coupled with the resort’s Sonoran Course, it is a terrific one-two in the desert with lots and lots of grass. The tree-lined Catalina Course features a

variety of bunkers and water hazards that even challenge the best of the best, whether they were Champions or PGA Tour players. At the same time, the Sonoran Course (a Tom Lehman design) is more generous, and about 700 yards shorter (from the tips) than the Catalina Course. (Not a bad thing to know in the middle of the summer!) Known for its elevation changes and Catalina Mountain views, both courses are breath-taking every sunrise and sundown — no matter what time of year. “We strive to create an engaging golf experience,”

says Sandy Shipman, director of sales and marketing, Omni Tucson National Resort. “And with our two distinct courses, we believe we have achieved that.” Sounds like a picture-perfect stay-cation, eh? We’ll meet you at the Legends.

“We want people to experience our

two great golf courses, the Cabin and the Tower, and find out about everything else that is ‘Torreon,’ from our equestrian center to the kids’ par-3 golf course to the catch-and-release trout pond to some of the best hiking and biking trails in the world,” Lanzen added. “Hopefully, the experience will lead to something wonderful for our guests, and they end up becoming part of our community.” Both courses at Torreon were built by

legendary architect Robert Von Hagge, with the Tower being the original 18 and a little bit easier to play. The Cabin counters with great views of the surrounding territory, but both lush layouts are as good as it gets if you’re looking for northern exposure and some relief during Arizona’s sizzling summer. Von Hagge certainly recognized the potential when he first saw the sun rise


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