Over the past weekend, we made our way to Laughlin, NV for a little gambling and golf. For those of you that have never been to Laughlin it's across the Colorado River from Bullhead City, AZ. I really enjoyed playing Laughlin Ranch Golf Course, which is on the Arizona side. This course is a high desert course on the mountain side. The winds were exceptionally brisk that day and definitely played to my advantage. The boys have a tendency to hit their drives higher, which most of the time, the wind caught and would push the ball off into the desert. Since my drives are lower, I managed to kick their butts. Ya for me! This is a course you would not want to play during the summer, since Bullhead City is normally the hottest spot in the nation. I recommend going in the winter or spring time. All in all, I had a great golf game, though I can't say the same for my gambling skills. Because if lint were a currency, I would be a rich! Give this one a try!
Don't let anyone ever tell you that it doesn't get cold in Arizona. Because last weekend was freak'n cold! Friday we had plans to golf at Bellaire. Had to cancel because of a frost warning and the fact that it was 35 degrees out. Saturday, we booked a tee time of 9:00 at the Biltmore Resort. Also a freeze warning, but we ended up being the first 4-some out by 9:45. I had a fun time playing this course, frozen face and all. The course is challenging, but a whole lot of fun. There are great mountain views and the fairways are well maintained. The staff was friendly and they also make a mean breakfast in the restaurant. I would recommend this course for the more skilled golfer. There is par 3 on the back 9 where the ladies have an elevated tee-box. I chunked one off the tee box, hit the cart path and landed right in the middle of the green, 5 feet from the flag. Might not have been pretty in person, but that par sure did look great on paper. Overall the course is very fun and I would definitely go back and play it again.
Over the holidays we checked out a local course in Buckeye, Arizona. Which is about 20 minutes from the house. I really enjoyed playing at Sundance. Especially since I beat Zombie Will for the first time in the 2 years that I've been playing. I can't say it was a great victory, considering he had one of his worst golf games in years. I would almost rather beat him when we both are having stellar games. Though I did give myself a small window of gloat time. Sundance has great mountain views and is also challenging. The fairways in some spots are narrow and there are houses on either side. Which you could tell had many a stucco patch from all those slicers and dicers. If you find yourself way out west, I recommend you stop in and bang a few golf balls. Nice place!
My Zombie husband and I golf every weekend. But I don't always put the smaller homier courses on the blog. Here is a little course in the far west side of the valley. One Sunday morning, we found ourselves scrambling to find a course, since the course we had booked had a 1.5 hour frost delay. Yes, it occasionally gets cold out here. We found a tee time open at Coldwater Golf Course. I've driven by this course several times, but we never gave it a try. Pretty decent public course and we had a nice time hacking it up. The course is well-maintained and had some challenging dog-legs. There is a short par 3 where you have to hit over the water and a butt-load of reeds. This zombie managed to land it on the green. Definitely the high-light of my game. If you happen to find yourself on the west-side, I vote give this little hidden course a try.
Either this was one tough course or I was having a really bad golf game. I vote it was one tough course. This course is definitely not for a beginner. There are many a long par 5 and even some long par 4. There is plenty of water and an exceptionally tough par 3 which is up-hill. I couldn't make it to the green with a five iron, which I normally hit around 134 to 140. I did manage to squeak out a bogey. If you love a challenge and long fairways, this is the course for you. This course would work great for the person that can knock the snot out of the ball. Not so nice to those of us who haven't mastered the long ball. I would definitely play this course again. Though I might have to break out my rocket launcher driver for those par 5 day trips.
Sorry it's been so long since I've blogged on an Arizona course. Lately we've been playing the smaller local cheaper courses. Though all the courses are cheaper in Arizona during the summer. Over the weekend we had a wedding to attend near Sedona. We decided to drive up early for a round of golf at Seven Canyons. This course was originally a private course, but is now open to the public. Ok, so I have to blame my lacking golf game on the fact that this course is so scenic that every direction you look is a photo-op. It really is an awesome golf course. I must have taken about 50 + pictures but only loaded about 20 something on the photobucket link. This course is a must play! Definitely not for the beginner. I give this course a big Golf Zombiez top 10! I'm looking forward to going back soon and taking in the vibes from the vortex of spiritual golf healing. You'll love it!
I apologize for the extremely late posting of this new course, but it's been a crazy last few months. Plus we all know the weather in Phoenix this time of year is HOT. You can golf in Phoenix in the summer, but you need to get up at the crack of dawn.
Oak Creek Golf Club is one cool course. It's about a 1.5 hour drive north of Phoenix. The scenery is spectacular and the course is fun. We drove to Sedona with our best friends, Dave and Bevy Jo. Before we headed to the first tee box, one of the locals gave me some sound advice. He said balls have a tendency to head towards Phoenix. Evidently there is some hidden Phoenix vortex sucking golf balls in a southern direction. Thanks local. The course is beautiful and the staff, well great. As you can see by the photobucket pictures, the course is well maintained and you can't beat the views of the red rocks. This course is a definite, Zombiez YES. If you are staying over in Sedona, I highly recommend the restaurant Cuchina Rustica. Yes, this is now a golf / restaurant blog. I give Oak Creek a 10!