Mountain Shadows Golf Club

Arizona is one of the best states for golfing in the US.  The weather is fantastic year-round and there are an abundance of great courses to play.  Just make sure you get a very early tee time during the piping-hot summer months!

PLAY

Mountain Shadows Golf Club is nestled in the foothills of Camelback Mountain in Paradise Valley, Arizona. This is an executive course comprised of many par-3s and a small number of par-4s.  The views from this course are stunning and the short fairways make for quick play:

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Don’t forget to browse retirement homes along the way!  This golf cart garage pretty much sums up my retirement dreams:

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Please note that this course is currently being renovated and will open in 2016.  I’m looking forward to playing the renovated course next year!

STAY

There are a lot of amazing resorts in the Scottsdale area to choose from.  Recently, I had the pleasure of staying at the Arizona Biltmore, a Waldorf Astoria Resort in Phoenix.  Built in 1929, this luxury property is set on 39 lush acres featuring eight swimming pools, seven tennis courts, a full-service spa, and amazing golf courses at the adjacent Arizona Biltmore Country Club.  Here’s a view of one of the pools from the balcony of my hotel room:

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EAT

While staying at the Biltmore, I dined at Geordie’s Restaurant in the Wrigley Mansion, just up the hill from the hotel.  The views of the city were absolutely stunning and the food was excellent.  I recommend going during sunset:

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What are your favorite courses to play in Arizona?

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