With Old Man Winter’s chilly arrival getting nearer every day, few things will warm the cockles of a Colorado golfer’s heart more than a sensational stay-and-play package in golf mecca Scottsdale.
This December golfers can take full advantage of a two-night, three-round golf vacation that features the Loop 202 Golf Trail, a newly launched adventure that consists of three of the region’s better public courses — ASU Karsten Golf Course, Longbow Golf Club and Papago Golf Course — all of which are professionally managed by detail-oriented OB Sports Golf Management.
“The Loop 202 Golf Trail is making winter golf a lot easier to play here in the Phoenix area,” said ASU Karsten General Manager Derek Crawford. “All three golf courses are coming off fantastic overseeds and will be in great condition for players. There aren’t many golf packages better than this one, I can tell you that.”
The $399 overnight package includes three 18-hole rounds of golf, a $10 food restaurant voucher and two nights lodging at the newly opened Hilton Homewood Suites at Tempe Marketplace, whose central location includes steps-away proximity to 75 shops and 25 restaurants plus easy access to the 101 Freeway and 202 Red Mountain Loop.
For golf only, the three-course package and food voucher is $202, which includes:
- Tempe’s ASU Karsten, a Pete Dye creation that was the collegiate stomping grounds for Arizona State alumni Phil Mickelson. Located 10 minutes from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, the 7,002-yard links design is classic Dye that offers spacious fairways, formidable gumdrop mounding, pot bunkering, majestic mountain views and a 21,000-square-foot clubhouse.
- Longbow Golf Club in nearby Mesa, an upscale desert challenge crafted by Ken Kavanaugh. The 7,050-yard routing is prized for its premium conditioning, generous landing areas, white sand “beach” bunkering, dramatic views of Red Mountain, occasional military helicopter flyovers and a post-round-libation clubhouse that touts Kodacolor sunsets from an expansive outdoor patio.
- Historic Papago Golf Course in Phoenix, designed by Torrey Pines architect William Bell. Opened in 1963, the 7,333-yard track is framed by towering sandstone buttes that punctuate a revitalized, no-nonsense routing that hosted the 1971 US Amateur Public Links Championship and numerous Phoenix Open qualifiers.
For more information, book your Loop 202 package online or call (480) 784-4837.
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Chris Duthie is a Durango-based contributor to Colorado AvidGolfer. Colorado AvidGolfer is the state’s leading resource for golf and the lifestyle that surrounds it, publishing eight issues annually and proudly delivering daily content via coloradoavidgolfer.com. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.