SEDONA, AZ (June 12, 2016) -- Fun layout? Check. Great views? Check. Great deal? Check.
Sedona Golf Resort without question fulfills all three categories. I recently had the opportunity to play the course while on vacation and couldn’t have enjoyed my round more. The course is part of the Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock and along with being available to guests it is open to the public.
From the moment you enter the pro shop you don’t have to worry about a thing. There were three of us playing and within minutes of checking in we were ready to tee off. The 'All In' package that we purchased included greens fees, cart, Titleist golf clubs, six Titleist golf balls, golf shoes and range balls for just $105. The fee if you are a guest of the hotel is a little less at $99 if you ask for the coupon at the front desk.
If you are thinking of playing the course keep in mind the $105 is the twilight deal price, the 'All In' package during the morning hours is $120 per players.
Once on the course there isn’t a hole that passes where you don’t have a view of the famous Sedona red rocks. At times the views were so spectacular that you almost forgot you were golfing (not always a bad thing). After teeing off on the first hole you don’t return to the clubhouse until the conclusion of your round. Sedona Golf Resort twists you in and out of beautiful neighborhoods and viewing points as you work your way out to the farthest point from the clubhouse, two and a half miles away.
The best view on your opening nine comes on the 7th tee box, a great downhill par-3 that provides a wide-ranging view of the rocks as you look out from the left of the tee box. As you continue your round the views continue, with the most spectacular view coming on another par-3, this time the 10th. Sedona Golf Resort claims it is the “most photographed par-3 in the southwest,” and you can certainly see why.
The 210-yard hole slopes downhill with the immense red rocks looming behind the green. Bunkers frame the green perfectly completing the layout of this gorgeous hole.
In addition, to the views the Gary Panks design was in excellent shape. The fairways and tee boxes were tightly mowed and the rough was more then playable, while the greens rolled true. With the exception of the hard sand in the traps, most likely due to the dry heat, the course was in pristine condition.
Besides the reasonable prices, views and course conditions what makes Sedona Golf Resort a must play is its variety. From the opening hole until the last, not one hole looks the same, or plays the same. I simply love golf courses that ask for something different on every hole and Sedona Golf Resort delivers 18 times in that regard.
The course also features great dining options with the Juniper Bar & Grill attached to the clubhouse. Whether you are enjoying lunch before the round or dinner and a few drinks after the round the Juniper Bar & Grill offers views of the course and red rocks from both its indoor and outdoor seating locations. The restaurant also provides a perfect place for members of your vacation party not playing to sit and watch you tee off or complete your round.
We played Sedona Golf Resort early in our trip and even after hikes up the red rocks of Sedona and in the Grand Canyon the course was still a topic of conversation at the end of our trip. Without going out on a limb too much (something my fear of heights while hiking won’t allow me to do anyways) I can safely predict that you will find Sedona Golf Resort a very memorable round of golf.