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|Viewpoint RV and Golf Resort in Mesa, Arizona boasts 27 holes of golf, including an 18-hole course for serious players. (Courtesy of Viewpoint RV and Golf Resort)|
When people think of Phoenix-Scottsdale golf, they think poolside mimosas followed by a $150 tee time at a golf course designed by Dye, Nicklaus or Fazio, all washed down with a few glasses of 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon. Golfers probably don't think RV parks.
But who said posh was the only way to go in Phoenix-Scottsdale? If you're looking to save a few bucks on your next golf trip to the area, an RV park might just be the way to go. Some of the area's best have on site golf courses, and the ones that don't are within driving distance of great desert tracks.
"Arizona, which is second behind Florida when it comes to relocating seniors, caters to RV golf," Brandon Tucker wrote in a story for GolfArizona.com. "In the outskirts of Phoenix, the golf courses where you can park your RV for as long as you want and play as many rounds as you desire are abundant."
So pack your bags, load up the family and fill up the tank. Head to these great Phoenix-Scottsdale RV parks for a memorable desert golf trip.
Located just under 20 miles outside Phoenix in Mesa, Ariz., Viewpoint RV and Golf Resort was rated the "National RV Resort of the Year" by the National Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds. In 2002 and 2003, the Arizona Travel Parks Association honored it as "Arizona RV Resort of the Year. Viewpoint boasts 27 holes of golf, including an 18-hole course for serious players. Not up for a full 18? No problem. Give Viewpoint's 9-hole course a try.
Honored as the "2005-2006 RV Park of the Year" by the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds, Desert's Edge RV Village is located in North Phoenix. The site has a heated pool and spa, fitness center, laundry service and free wireless Internet. The park is only 30 minutes away from We-Ko-Pa Golf Club, one of the finest public tracks in the area. If you're looking for something a little more upscale, it's only a 20-minute drive from Troon North Golf Club. The Monument course at Troon North is a perennial pick on golf publications' lists the top golf courses in Arizona.
Gold Canyon RV and Golf Resort, a gated RV resort community, is in the East Valley. It has its own 9-hole executive golf course, a 10,000 square foot ballroom, auditorium and card and game rooms. The park is also minutes away from Gold Canyon Golf Resort, home to two 18-hole tracks: Dinosaur Mountain and Sidewinder. Greens fees could reach $200 at these two courses, so might be better to stick to playing nine at the RV park if you're on a budget.
Pueblo El Mirage Golf and RV Resort is probably the only RV golf resort in Arizona with a "brand name" designer attached to it: Fuzzy Zoeller. The course measures more than 6,600 yards and is a solid challenge for a middle handicapper. You'll get full service at this resort, located in Phoenix's West Valley, enjoying access to a library, conference and computer rooms and a swimming complex with saunas and hot tubs. And if someone you're traveling with isn't into golf, there's plenty else to do, including horseshoes, lawn bowling, shuffleboard and tennis courts.
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