Phoenix / Scottsdale
Arizona's capital city of Phoenix combines with the surrounding cities of Chandler, Glendale, Mesa, Paradise Valley, Scottsdale and Tempe, among other cities, to form the Valley of the Sun, a rich mecca of diverse experiences.
Central Arizona's desert is home to the Phoenix-metropolitan area and its more than 3.4 million residents. Encompassing more than 2,000 square miles, the area amazes with a variety of experiences, ranging from world-class resorts, spas, shopping and golf courses, to renowned restaurants and a vibrant nightlife. The metropolitan area has all the wonderful experiences you would expect to find in a major city - set against the breathtaking backdrop of the Sonoran Desert.
In addition, the region also offers fantastic museums and galleries, a wide array of sports events, Old West and Native American history, hiking and other outdoor activities suited for the state's more than 300 days of sunshine each year.
Replete with natural wonders, history and culture, Southern Arizona has been romancing visitors with its Old West charm for decades.
The region's largest city, Tucson, is a thriving metropolis with luxurious golf courses and resorts. The city is also home to the Accenture Match Play Golf Championship, which is held each year in February, and features five days of competition between the best 64 available golfers from the Official World Golf Ranking. Tucson is open for golf all year long. Resorts, country clubs and public courses offer variety, challenge and VIP treatment for all skill levels. The courses vary from shady, traditional parkland layouts to desert-target styles. Many resort courses are sited along canyon ridges and offer sweeping city views.
In addition to amazing golf, Tucson also has a flourishing art and history scene and vivid multi-cultural heritage. The city boasts an opera, symphony and several theater companies. In addition, theUniversity of Arizona offers many cultural opportunities to the public. Art galleries and regional wares can be enjoyed throughout the city, and Tucson's many attractions give the visitor an inside look at Tucson and Southern Arizona's history and desert heritage.
If you need a break from the city, Southern Arizona's old West towns and guest ranches make a perfect Arizona getaway for visitors who want to relive the past. Or, for those with an eye to the sky, the area hosts a variety of astronomical observatories. Additionally, Southern Arizona's rich riparian areas and rugged mountain ranges rank among the world's best birding sites. Visitors to the region can also indulge in Arizona-made wine, regional cuisine and explore a variety of natural treasures - the likes of which will not be seen elsewhere
Arizona's golf courses are as diverse and spectacular as its landscape. With more than 300 courses across the state, Arizona can offer a unique golfing experience. Ranging from desert target style to links courses and alpine fairways, visitors are sure to find a good tee time that also fits their budget. Of course, planning ahead is always recommended.
The Arizona Golf Association has provided course information throughout the state. For additional information, visit http://www.azgolf.org/main/index.asp.