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Planning an Arizona Golf Outing? 9 of the Best Golf Courses in Scottsdale

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Planning an Arizona Golf Outing? 9 of the Best Golf Courses in Scottsdale

As a keen golfer, spending time in Scottsdale, Arizona can be one of the most rewarding things to experience. In a 40 mile radius of downtown, there are about 100 golf courses, many of which are thrilling and challenging. This list makes up nine of the golf courses located in Scottsdale that are considered to be the best among those in the United States.

1. Legends Trail Golf Club

Rated as one of the country’s best places to play by Golf Digest, the grounds are beautifully maintained and have a slope rating of 135. The course is more than 6,800 yards long from the championship tees with 4 additional tees on each hole to accommodate lower-skilled golfers.

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2. Troon North Golf Club

Consisting of two distinct courses—the Pinnacle and the Monument, the former is about 6,900 yards with elevation changes not normally seen in the desert, and the latter is 7,200 yards from the back. Both are par-72 and were designed by one of the best golf architects in the country.

3. Talking Stick Golf Club

Both courses are long but can be enjoyed by any level of golfer. The north course is similar to others in the desert, having grasslands and bunkers and is 7,100 yards long. The south course is more like eastern courses with trees lining the fairways, and is 300 yards shorter than the north.

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4. Ancala Country Club

The target-style layout has aided the club in becoming one of the most prestigious in the country, as well as one of the most unique golf courses in Scottsdale. The course is near 6,900 yards from the back tees, but has 4 additional tees at each hole lending itself to better accessibility for golfers of all skill levels.

5. Desert Highlands Golf Course

The course itself is vast desert, accented by fairways and greenery maintained to perfection. The course is almost 7,100 yards from the back tees with a slope rating of an impressive 151. Designed by Jack Nicklaus, golfers at this course will feel like the legends that played before them.

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6. We-Ko-Pa Golf Club

Consisting of two 18 hole courses called Cholla and Saguaro, with the former being named by Sports Illustrated as one of the top 10 best new public courses when it opened in 2001, Saguaro is a bit friendlier for walking, with manual push carts provided by the club.

7. TPC Scottsdale

TPC is visually stunning, and was named one of America’s best courses by Golfweek. And Conde Nast named it one of the top 50 golf resort destinations in the world. Greats like Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, and Bubba Watson have all played here.

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8. Kierland Golf Club

Made up of three courses with nine holes each, there are surprisingly no saguaro cacti on the property. What truly sets this club apart from others are the air conditioned golf carts, the late afternoon bagpiper, and the ability to forgo a traditional golf cart and use a Segway, golf board, or bike instead.

9. Grayhawk Golf Club

The gathering place of the pros in the 90s, the two 18 hole courses at Grayhawk are both impressive and challenging. The Raptor course has been named one of the best public golf courses in Arizona, and golfers can enjoy stunning views from the Talon course.

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All nine of these golf courses are made up of things that make them unique and fun, with specifics that appeal to all golfers. Scottsdale is lucky to be home to so many great places to golf, visitors might have a hard time choosing which courses or clubs to play. And don’t forget, just because they are in the desert doesn’t mean that all courses will be graced with the expected presence of sand and cacti.

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Last Updated on November 22, 2021

Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

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Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

Thanksgiving, a day of pure gluttony, football, and possible uncomfortable situations with family members that you may or may not like. Oh, yeah, and the whole “know and reflect on what it is to be thankful and grateful.”

During the holiday season many people forget what this time of year is bout and are too worried about getting the “early-bird” deals on Black Friday and making sure that they have the perfect gifts for their loved ones. I am sort of a “Grinch” when it comes to the holiday season, mostly because of that mentality by many of the poeple around me.

But instead of being grinch-like this holiday season, I decided to simplify things and get back to what this time of year is actually is about; being thankful for what I have and what I can give.

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Simplify

I’m not a “minimalist” in any real sense, but in the last few months the talks of Patrick Rhone and others have got me to rethink my stance. Can you really have too much stuff?

Absolutely.

And with all that stuff comes the burden and the weight of it on your back.

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If you feel that the things around you are out of control, maybe it’s time to simplify and be thankful and grateful for what you have and use. Here are a few things that you can do to simplify:

  • You know those gadgets in the drawer that you said you were going to sell? Well, time to get the listing on eBay and sell them. Or, send them to a place like Gazelle. Even if they are old and won’t get money, you can at least recycle them.
  • Get rid of things you don’t need. Like old books, clothes, tools, etc. Have something that’s been laying around forever with no use? Donate it to a charity or church. If you aren’t using it, someone else could be.
  • Find your productivity tools and stick with them. Use tools and gadgets that serve multiple purposes so you can simplify your tool set.

Be Mindful

You don’t have to be a master Buddhist or meditator to be mindful (although, it can definitely help). Being mindful comes down to being cognizant of the present and not keeping yourself in the past or future. It’s about living in the moment and being aware of yourself and everything around you. It’s just being.

Without getting too “California” on you, it is super important to be mindful during the holiday rush. Rather than worrying about the things that you forgot at your house on the way to relatives or thinking about the next stop in your endless holiday travels, just breath and think about what you are currently doing.

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Spend the time with your family and friends and don’t crush the moment. Try not to concentrate so hard on getting the perfect photo of the “awesome moment” of the day and actually miss the awesome moment.

Being mindful over the holidays will help you be with your families, friends, and yourself allowing you to enjoy your time.

Reflect

As the year is coming to a close (yes, it really is that close!) it’s a great time to start reflecting on what you have accomplished and what you haven’t. Within the next few weeks we will have a more throrough reflection article here at Lifehack.org, but reflecting every now and then over your holiday break is a great way to see where you have been doing well in your life and where you need to improve.

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Reflection shouldn’t be used to “get down” on yourself. Reflection should be used to take an honset inventory of what you have accomplished, how you handeled situations, and what you can do better. If you journal everyday (a daily form of reflection) it may be a good time to start going over some of the things that you have written and start to put together a year’s end journal entry. I mean, how else will you write your autobiography?

But, seriously, reflecting on yourself makes you aware of your successes and faults and helps you plan and make goals for the coming year. It makes you a better person.

So, while you are stuffing your face with bird, stuffing, and mashed taters’, remember that the holidays are much more than the superficial things. Use this holiday to become a better person.

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