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|The TPC of Scottsdale is kept in tournament condition all year long. (Mike Bailey/TravelGolf)|
The Phoenix-Scottsdale area is becoming known as the high-end golf capital of America, but its appeal stretches far beyond the course.
In addition to having some of the country's finest uspcale golf tracks, its nightlife - filled with slender, bronzed bodies and chic bars and clubs - is making it harder to make that 7 a.m. summer tee time.
Phoenix-Scottsdale also has a thriving restaurant scene.
"Scottsdale is largely filled with younger chefs, still trying to make it," Chris Baldwin wrote in a story for TravelGolf.com. "This means you get more inventive food for a third of the price" as you would at restaurants in Las Vegas.
The spas have quickly become legendary in the valley's world-class golf resorts, and you can kill an hour or day getting pampered or beautified for the "big night out" later on.
This makes Phoenix-Scottsdale a prime location for singles with a bit of disposable income to indulge in a weekend fling filled with top-notch golf and entertainment.
TPC Scottsdale: Every year the Stadium course at TPC Scottsdale hosts the Phoenix Open, the world's most attended golfing event. Yet this par-71 course is known for being in great condition even when the pros aren't in town.
"What's great about the TPC of Scottsdale is people think we're only in tournament condition around the Phoenix Open, but you can play Phoenix Open conditions nine months out of the year," said Russ Norris, director of marketing for the course.
Troon North Golf Club, Monument Course: This challenging par-72 stretches 7,028 yards and has lush green fairways. Golf Digest ranked it the No. 4 course in Arizona.
Wildfire Golf Club, Faldo Championship Course: Designed in 2002, this is not your typical desert theme course. It has wide fairways, bent grass greens and tee boxes. The 106 sand bunkers make it one of the Valley's best precision golf courses.
RA Sushi Bar: Winner of the Best Sushi in Phoenix award by Best of City Search 2004, 2005, RA Sushi Bar was opened in Scottsdale in 1997 and now has 11 locations nationwide. The beef and chicken teriyaki go for $14.75, and one roll of spicy tuna is $5.50. Happy hour is from 4-7 p.m. on weeknights, with $1 sake.
Martini Ranch: A combination of an upscale lounge and down home bar, the Martini Ranch serves 30 different house specialty martinis. It also has a poolroom and a stage for live music.
The Willow Stream Spa at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess: This spa offers what it calls the Havasupai Body Oasis Experience. Start your treatment with a dip underneath a warm waterfall before going on to an aromatherapy wrap and a massage.
The Boulders Resort & Golden Door Spa: This spa offers a special package for men called "Just for Him." Treatment starts with a therapeutic massage and finishes with a facial.
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