Relax in a private pool.
photography by Mary Nichols
|photography courtesy of Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North|
You’ve got to have some pretty big saguaros to mess with the two best public golf courses in Arizona. But just as the Four Seasons felt it was time for a sprucing up, so did Troon Golf, which built and manages the Monument and Pinnacle courses at Troon North Golf Club. These two Tom Weiskopf designs, which opened in 1990 and 1996 respectively, recently underwent a two-year renovation that involved much more than reseeding a few greens. Under Weiskopf’s watchful eye, all 36 holes were rethought and rearranged, so the new Monument course is roughly the front nines of the two original courses and the new Pinnacle is approximately the original back nines. As a result, both layouts are easier to navigate, which is especially apparent on the more walkable—and more challenging—Pinnacle. Many fairways were widened and some native plants removed (as were 19 bunkers), making the courses prettier and more playable. Don’t be afraid to swing harder; you’ll find a little more grass and a little less desert out there. Returnees should feel as if they’re on two almost-new designs, while first-timers will enjoy two of the Southwest’s finest.
Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North
10600 E. Crescent Moon Dr.
Scottsdale, Arizona 85262
HOW TO GET THERE
US Airways and American Airlines offer nonstop service from DFW to Phoenix.
From Phoenix to Scottsdale: rent a car or call resort concierge to arrange private pickup.
WHAT IT COSTS
Casita guest rooms: $565 to $759, double occupancy; suites: $958 to $5,500.