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

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.

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 December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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