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Golf

Arizona has more golf courses per capita than any other state west of the Mississippi River, making it one of the most popular golf destinations in the United States. The sport is also one of Arizona's major industries, and green fees can run from $35 at a public course to more than $500 at some of Arizona's premier golfing spots. New courses seem to pop up monthly: there are more than 200 in the Valley (some lighted at night), and the PGA's Southwest section has its headquarters here. Call well ahead for tee times during the cooler months. During the summer, fees drop dramatically and it's not uncommon to schedule a round before dawn. Some golf courses offer a discounted twilight rate—and the weather is often much more amenable at this time of day.

Check course Web sites for discounts before making your reservations. Also, package deals abound at resorts as well as through booking agencies like

Scottsdale Golf Adventures

(Tel. 800/398-8100. www.scottsdalegolfadventures.com), who will plan and schedule a nonstop golf holiday for you. For a copy of the

Arizona Golf Guide,

contact the

Arizona Golf Association

(Tel. 602/944-3035 or 800/458-8484. www.azgolf.org).

Municipal Courses

ASU Karsten Golf Course

is the Arizona State University 18-hole golf course where NCAA champions train. 1125 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, AZ, 85281. Tel. 480/921-8070. www.asukarsten.com. 18 holes. 4765-7002 yds (4 sets of tees). Par 70. Slope 132. Green Fee: $40-$108. Facilities: Driving range, putting green, golf carts, rental clubs, pro shop, lessons, restaurant, bar.

Encanto Park.

There are attractive, affordable public 9- and 18-hole courses at Encanto Park. 2775 N. 15th Ave., Phoenix, AZ, 85007. Tel. 602/241-9094. phoenix.gov/sports. 18 holes. 5737-6361 yds. Par 70. Slope 120/113. Green Fee: $25-$43. Facilities: Driving range, putting green, golf carts, rental clubs, pro shop, restaurant, bar.

Papago Golf Course

is a low-priced 18 holes and Phoenix's best municipal course. 5595 E. Moreland St., Phoenix, AZ, 85008. Tel. 602/275-8428. phoenix.gov/sports/papago.html. 18 holes. 5434/7333 yds. Par 72. Slope 125/128. Green Fee: $44-$99. Facilities: Driving range, putting green, golf carts, rental clubs, pro shop, restaurant, bar.

Public Courses

Gold Canyon Golf Club.

Near Apache Junction in the East Valley, Gold Canyon Golf Club offers fantastic views of the Superstition Mountains and challenging golf. 6100 S. King's Ranch Rd., Gold Canyon, AZ, 85218. Tel. 480/982-9090 or 800/827-5281. www.gcgr.com. Dinosaur Mountain: 18 holes. 4921-6584 yds. Par 72. Slope 115-140. Green Fee: $60-$139. Sidewinder: 18 holes. 4534-6481 yds. Par 72. Slope 124-133. Green Fee: $40-$89. Facilities: Driving range, putting green, golf carts, rental clubs, pro shop, lessons, restaurant, bar.

Grayhawk Country Club.

This 36-hole course has beautiful mountain views. In summer the green fee is much lower. 8620 E. Thompson Peak Pkwy., North Scottsdale, Scottsdale, AZ, 85255. Tel. 480/502-1800. www.grayhawk.com. Talon: 18 holes. 6973-7135 yds. Par 72. Slope 120/143. Raptor: 18 holes. 5309-7135 yds. Par 72. Slope 127/143. Green Fee: $75-$225. Facilities: Driving range, putting green, golf carts, rental clubs, pro shop, lessons, restaurant, bar.

Hillcrest Golf Club.

With 18 holes on 179 acres of well-designed turf, Hillcrest Golf Club is the best course in the Sun Cities development. 20002 Star Ridge Dr., Sun City West, AZ, 85375. Tel. 623/584-1500. www.hillcrestgolfclub.com. 18 holes. 5512-7002 yds. Par 70. Slope 120-126. Green Fee: $41-$56. Facilities: Driving range, putting green, golf carts, rental clubs, pro shop, lessons, restaurant, bar.

Raven Golf Club at South Mountain.

Thousands of Aleppo pines and Lombardy poplars at this course make it a cool, shady 18-hole haven for summertime golfers. Call or visit the Web site for other Raven golf properties. 3636 E. Baseline Rd., South Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ, 85042. Tel. 602/243-3636. www.ravenatsouthmountain.com. 18 holes. 5759-7078 yds. Par 72. Slope 119-130. Green Fee: $49-$150. Facilities: Driving range, putting green, golf carts, rental clubs, pro shop, lessons, restaurant, bar.

SunRidge Canyon.

East of Scottsdale, SunRidge Canyon is a great 18-hole course for both the low handicapper and those who score above 100. The incredible mountain views are almost distracting. 13100 N. SunRidge Dr., Fountain Hills, AZ, 85268. Tel. 480/837-5100. www.sunridgegolf.com. 18 holes. 4689-6823 yds. Par 72. Slope 119-142. Green Fee: $70-$175. Facilities: Driving range, putting green, golf carts, rental clubs, pro shop, lessons, restaurant, bar.

Troon North.

Troon North is a challenge for the length alone (7,025 yards). The million-dollar views add to the experience at this perfectly maintained 36-hole course. 10320 E. Dynamite Blvd., North Scottsdale, Scottsdale, AZ, 85254. Tel. 480/585-7700. www.troonnorthgolf.com. Monument: 18 holes. 5099-7070 yds. Par 72. Slope 118-147. Pinnacle: 18 holes. 4883-7025 yds. Par 71. Slope 116-147. Green Fee: $195-$245. Facilities: Driving range, putting green, golf carts, rental clubs, pro shop, lessons, restaurant, bar.

Resort Courses

Arizona Biltmore Country Club.

The granddaddy of Valley golf courses, Arizona Biltmore Country Club has two 18-hole PGA championship courses, lessons, and clinics. Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, 24th St. and Missouri Ave., Camelback Corridor, Phoenix, AZ, 85016. Tel. 602/955-9655. www.arizonabiltmore.com. Adobe: 18 holes. 5417-6428 yds. Par 71. Slope 119-123. Links: 18 holes. 4747-6300 yds. Par 71. Slope 110-125. Green Fee: $49-$185. Facilities: Driving range, putting green, golf carts, rental clubs, pro shop, lessons, restaurant, bar.

Lookout Mountain Golf Club.

Lookout Mountain has one 18-hole, par-71 course. Pointe Hilton at Tapatio Cliffs, 1111 N. 7th St., North Central Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ, 85020. Tel. 602/866-6356. www.pointehilton.com. 18 holes. 4557-6535 yds. Par 71. Slope 113-135. Green Fee: $79-$149. Facilities: Driving range, putting green, golf carts, rental clubs, pro shop, lessons, restaurant, bar.

Marriott's Camelback Golf Club

has two 18-hole courses. Summer twilight green fee is $40. Marriott's Camelback Inn, 7847 N. Mockingbird La., Paradise Valley, AZ, 85253. Tel. 480/596-7050. www.camelbackinn.com. Padre: 18 holes. 6903 yds. Par 72. Slope 125. Indian Bend: 18 holes. 7014 yds. Par 72. Slope 122. Green Fee: $59-$149. Facilities: Driving range, putting green, golf carts, rental clubs, pro shop, lessons, restaurant, bar.

Ocotillo Golf Resort

is designed around 95 acres of man-made lakes; there's water in play on nearly all 27 holes. Summer twilight green fee is $35. 3751 S. Clubhouse Dr., Chandler, AZ, 85248. Tel. 480/917-6660. www.ocotillogolf.com. Blue/Gold: 18 holes. 5128-7016 yds. Par 72. Slope 124-133. White/Gold: 18 holes. 5124-6804 yds. Par 70. Slope 118-128. Blue/White: 18 holes. 5134-6782 yds. Par 71. Slope 117-133. Green Fee: $35-$115. Facilities: Driving range, putting green, golf carts, rental clubs, pro shop, lessons, restaurant, bar.

The Phoenician Golf Club

has a 27-hole course. Summer fees after 11 am start at $35. The Phoenician, 6000 E. Camelback Rd., Camelback Corridor, Scottsdale, AZ, 85251. Tel. 480/423-2449. www.thephoenician.com. Canyon/Oasis: 18 holes. 4871-6258 yds. Par 70. Slope 111-130. Desert/Canyon: 18 holes. 4777-6068 yds. Par 70. Slope 114-131. Oasis/Desert: 18 holes. 5024-6310 yds. Par 70. Slope 113-130. Green Fee: $35-$200. Facilities: Driving range, putting green, golf carts, rental clubs, pro shop, lessons, restaurant, bar.

Tournament Players Club of Scottsdale

, a 36-hole course by Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish, is the site of the PGA Waste Management Phoenix Open, which takes place in January. Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Resort, 17020 N. Hayden Rd., North Scottsdale, Scottsdale, AZ, 85255. Tel. 480/585-4334 or 888/400-4001. www.tpc.com. Stadium: 18 holes. 5567-7216 yds. Par 71. Slope 124-141. Champions: 18 holes. 5342-7115 yds. Par 71. Slope 120-139. Green Fee: $49-$243. Facilities: Driving range, putting green, golf carts, rental clubs, pro shop, lessons, restaurant, bar.

Wigwam Golf and Country Club

is the home of the famous Gold Course, as well as two other 18-hole courses. Wigwam Resort, 300 Wigwam Blvd., Litchfield Park, AZ, 85340. Tel. 623/935-3811. www.wigwamresort.com. Blue: 18 holes. 4791-6000 yds. Par 70. Slope 113-123. Gold: 18 holes. 5885-7430 yds. Par 72. Slope 125-135. Red: 18 holes. 5806-6852 yds. Par 72. Slope 118-126. Green Fee: $64-$172. Facilities: Driving range, putting green, golf carts, rental clubs, pro shop, lessons, restaurant, bar.

Perfect Your Golf Swing

Feel like you need to swing like a Tiger before you take on the Valley's premier golf courses? Troon North has a solution: the Callaway Golf Performance Center

(Tel. 480/585-5300. www.troonnorthgolf.com) is a state-of-the-art facility that analyzes your swing and fits your clubs with 3-D imagery and software designed by the experts at Callaway. Golf greats like Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson use similar technologies to perfect their games—why shouldn't you? With only 10 such facilities in the country, it's definitely worth checking out.

Golf Locations
1 Arizona Grand Resort
Arizona Grand Resort
8000 S. Arizona Grand Pkwy.
Phoenix, AZ 85044

This beautifully all-suites resort next to South Mountain Park is home to Oasis, one of the largest water parks in the country, and one of the Valley's more challenging golf courses. Modern but warm, it's a good match in a place called the Valley of the Sun. Fitting for families, this massive property feels like a true getaway, even though it sits just off Interstate 10. Enjoy a four-story sports center, a spa, multiple restaurants, tennis, horseback riding, and mountain biking. Pros:

great family or large-group location; nicely upgraded rooms.

Cons:

huge property can overwhelm. www.arizonagrandresort.com. 640 suites. In-room: a/c, Wi-Fi. In-hotel: 6 restaurants, bars, golf course, pools, tennis courts, gym, spa, laundry facilities, parking. Credit cards accepted.

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2 The Boulders Resort and Golden Door Spa
The Boulders Resort and Golden Door Spa
34631 N. Tom Darlington Dr.
Carefree, AZ 85377

One of the country's top resorts—and one of the few with an all-organic approach—hides amid hill-size, 12-million-year-old granite boulders and the lush Sonoran Desert. Casitas snuggled against the rocks have exposed log-beam ceilings and curved, pueblo-style half walls. Each has a patio with a view, a wood-burning fireplace, and a spacious bathroom with deep soaking tub. An upscale mall, el Pedregal Marketplace, adjoins the resort, and there are two golf courses. The Golden Door spa is one of the best in the state. Pros:

remote desert getaway; also in the center of Cave Creek and Carefree shopping, events, and activities.

Cons:

on-site dining is priced above average; minimum 45-minute drive to Phoenix attractions. www.theboulders.com. 160 casitas, 60 villas and haciendas. In-room: safe, kitchen (some), Internet, Wi-Fi. In-hotel: 5 restaurants, golf courses, pools, tennis courts, gym, spa, parking. Credit cards accepted.

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3 Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort
Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort
One San Marcos Pl.
Chandler, AZ 85225

When it opened in 1912 the San Marcos was the first golf resort in Arizona, and it's still one of the state's most treasured landmarks. The palm-studded, Mission-style San Marcos has undergone luxury upgrades, while maintaining its historic beauty and charm: the Images day spa and restyled rooms with pillow-top mattresses, high-thread-count sheets, and down-filled duvets. Each room and suite has either a balcony or patio, and the quiet, single-level golf-course casitas offer patios with "Fore!

-star" views.

Pros:

a diamond in the Valley's remote rough.

Cons:

far from the central Valley; despite its name, it is less a resort and more a conference-oriented hotel. www.sanmarcosresort.com. 238 rooms, 45 casitas, 12 suites. In-room: a/c, Internet, Wi-Fi (some). In-hotel: 2 restaurants, bars, golf course, pools, spa, parking. Credit cards accepted.

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4 Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
7575 E. Princess Dr.
Scottsdale, AZ 85255

Home of the Tournament Players Club Stadium golf course and the Phoenix Open, this resort covers 450 breathtakingly landscaped acres of desert. Willow Stream Spa, one of the top spa spots in the country, has a dramatic rooftop pool, and kids love the fishing pond and waterslides. Renovated rooms are done in a chic blend of contemporary styles, as are the Fairmont Gold hotel-within-a-hotel boutique rooms. Service is what you'd expect at a resort of this caliber: excellent and unobtrusive. Home to the acclaimed Bourbon Steak restaurant. Pros:

upscale favorite, especially with families; extras like in-room espresso machines; close to shopping.

Cons:

Mission-meets-modern decor doesn't work with the exterior of the resort. www.fairmont.com/scottsdale. 513 rooms, 119 casitas, 72 villas, 2 suites. In-room: a/c, safe, Wi-Fi. In-hotel: 5 restaurants, bars, golf courses, pools, tennis courts, gym, spa, children's programs, parking, some pets allowed. Credit cards accepted.

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5 Four Seasons Scottsdale at Troon North
Four Seasons Scottsdale at Troon North
10600 E. Crescent Moon Dr.
Scottsdale, AZ 85262

This is a logical choice for serious golfers, as it's adjacent to two Troon North premier courses, where guests receive preferential tee times and free shuttle service. The resort is tucked in the shadows of Pinnacle Peak, near the popular hiking trail. Large, casita-style rooms have separate sitting and sleeping areas as well as outdoor garden showers, fireplaces, and balconies or patios. Suites come with telescopes and star charts. Talavera, the hotel's main restaurant, is elegant and accommodating. Pros:

while developments are breathing down its neck, this resort remains a true, remote desert oasis.

Cons:

far from everything. www.fourseasons.com/scottsdale. 210 rooms, 22 suites. In-room: a/c, safe, Internet, Wi-Fi. In-hotel: 3 restaurants, bar, golf course, pools, tennis courts, gym, spa, children's programs, parking. Credit cards accepted.

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6 Hyatt Regency Scottsdale at Gainey Ranch
Hyatt Regency Scottsdale at Gainey Ranch
7500 E. Doubletree Ranch Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85258

When you stay here, it's easy to imagine that you're relaxing at an ocean-side resort instead of in the desert. Shaded by towering palms and with manicured gardens and paths, the property has water everywhere—a large pool area has a beach, a three-story waterslide, waterfalls, and a lagoon. The two-story lobby, filled with Native American art, opens to outdoor conversation areas where fires burn in stone fireplaces on cool nights. Large, updated rooms have balconies or patios and 37-inch LCD TVs. Three golf courses at nearby Gainey Ranch Golf Club will suit any duffer's fancy. Spa Avania aims to soothe the soul, while kids get their kicks at Camp Hyatt. Pros:

lots of pools for all; oasis atmosphere; best Sunday brunch in town.

Cons:

if you're early to bed, avoid a room near the lobby. www.scottsdale.hyatt.com. 461 rooms, 7 casitas, 22 suites. In-room: a/c, Internet, Wi-Fi. In-hotel: 4 restaurants, bars, golf courses, pools, tennis courts, gym, spa, children's programs, parking. Credit cards accepted.

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7 JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort, Golf Club & Spa
JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort, Golf Club & Spa
5402 E. Lincoln Dr.
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253

The inn's true Western integrity lives on in noteworthy harmony with haute contemporary style. Built on 125 acres in the mid-1930s and gorgeously renovated to keep the cowboy character, the hacienda-style resort remains top-notch. Grounds are gloriously adorned with stunning cacti and desert flowers. Rooms are spacious and elegant, with luxury amenities, and seven suites have private swimming pools. Pros:

a specialty restaurant (BLT Steak); a world-class spa and golf course; upscale retail space; stunning place to catch a sunset.

Cons:

a bit formal and stuffy. www.camelbackinn.com. 453 rooms, 18 suites. In-room: a/c, kitchen (some), Internet, Wi-Fi. In-hotel: 6 restaurants, bar, golf courses, pools, tennis courts, spa, children's programs, parking. Credit cards accepted.

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8 JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa
JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa
5350 E. Marriott Dr.
Phoenix, AZ 85054

Arizona's largest resort has an immense entryway with floor-to-ceiling windows that allow the sandstone lobby, the Sonoran Desert, and the resort's amazing water features to meld together in a single prospect. This sprawling and busy property includes 4 acres of water fun with a popular "lazy river," where you can flop on an inner tube and float the day away. Young 'uns love the Kokopelli Kids program, while adults can rejuvenate at Revive Spa or tee off at the on-site golf courses. Each elegantly decorated room has a balcony or patio. Pros:

perfect for luxuriating with family or groups.

Cons:

a bit impersonal for the price tag; not ideal for cozy getaways. www.jwdesertridgeresort.com. 869 rooms, 81 suites. In-room: a/c, safe, Internet. In-hotel: 9 restaurants, bars, golf courses, pools, tennis courts, spa, children's programs. Credit cards accepted.

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9 The Phoenician
The Phoenician
6000 E. Camelback Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

In a town where luxurious, expensive resorts are the rule, the Phoenician still stands apart, primarily in the realm of service. The gilded, marbled lobby with towering fountains is the backdrop for a $25 million fine-art collection. Large rooms in the main building and outlying casitas are decorated with elegant 1960s furniture and have private patios and oversize marble bathrooms. There's a secluded tennis garden and 27 holes of premier golf. The Centre for Well Being Spa has a meditation atrium and a pool lined with mother-of-pearl tiles, where you can drift off to another world. Afterward, you can take in a sophisticated afternoon tea or dinner at J&G Steakhouse. Pros:

you get what you pay for in terms of luxury; highest industry standards.

Cons:

high prices, even in the off-season; not a laid-back resort experience. www.thephoenician.com. 647 rooms, 108 suites. In-room: a/c, safe, Internet, Wi-Fi. In-hotel: 7 restaurants, bars, golf courses, pools, tennis courts, gym, children's programs, parking. Credit cards accepted.

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10 Pointe Hilton at Piestewa Peak
Pointe Hilton at Piestewa Peak
7677 N. 16th St.
Phoenix, AZ 85020

The highlight of this family-oriented Hilton is the 9-acre recreation area Hole-in-the-Wall River Ranch. It has swimming pools with waterfalls, a 130-foot waterslide, and a 1,000-foot "river" that winds past a miniature golf course, tennis courts, and artificial buttes. Accommodations in the newly updated stucco buildings vary from standard two-room suites to a grand three-bedroom house; all have balconies. It is also adjacent to the very busy AZ 51, though it manages to filter out most freeway noise. Kids can enjoy the "Coyote Camp" youth programs while adults take in area golf and the Tocasierra Spa. Pros:

adjacent to the Phoenix Mountain Preserve, making it an ideal base for hiking and biking trips; great summer deals.

Cons:

often seems to be operating at half-staff. www.pointehilton.com. 431 suites, 130 casitas, 1 house. In-room: a/c, kitchen (some), Wi-Fi. In-hotel: 3 restaurants, bars, pools, tennis courts, gym, spa, children's programs, parking. Credit cards accepted.

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11 Rancho de los Caballeros
Rancho de los Caballeros
1551 S. Vulture Mine Rd.
Wickenburg, AZ 85390

This 20,000-acre property combines the guest-ranch experience with first-class amenities. Meals are served in the lodge's bright, festive dining room, and everyone is asked to dress for each night's sit-down dinner. Rooms are spacious and done in low-key Southwestern style. Some contain two queen-size beds and can be creatively configured through a system of adjoining doors to annex separate living rooms or sleeping quarters for children. Activities ranging from skeet shooting to horseback riding are available. The Los Caballeros Golf Club course is considered one of the country's top resort courses. Pros:

large rooms, casitas, and suites; abundant activity roster; a great place for family gatherings.

Cons:

remote location; long hikes to rooms. www.sunc.com. 79 rooms. In-room: Internet. In-hotel: restaurant, bar, golf course, pool, tennis courts, spa, children's programs. Credit cards accepted. Closed mid-May-early Oct. Rate includes: Breakfast.

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12 Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa
Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa
5594 W. Wild Horse Pass Blvd.
Chandler, AZ 85226

On the grounds of the Gila River Indian community, 11 mi south of Sky Harbor Airport, the culture and heritage of the Pima and Maricopa tribes are reflected in every aspect of this property. Guest rooms are detailed with Native American art and textiles (but also have flat-screen TVs), and Kai Restaurant combines Southwestern and Native American culinary traditions. Families enjoy the Koli Center for on-site equestrian activities and the kids-oriented activity pool. A 2.5-mi replica of the Gila River meanders through the property; you can take a boat to the Whirlwind Golf Clubhouse, the nearby Wild Horse Pass Casino, or Rawhide Western Town. Keep your eyes open for the wild horses for which the resort is named—or keep them comfortably closed at the Aji Spa. Pros:

great views and service; ideal for families and older travelers looking to escape urban chaos.

Cons:

conferences can sometimes overrun the place; so spread out it requires a lot of walking. www.wildhorsepassresort.com. 474 rooms, 26 suites. In-room: a/c, safe, Internet. In-hotel: 4 restaurants, bars, golf courses, pools, tennis courts, gym, spa, parking. Credit cards accepted.

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13 Westin Kierland Resort & Spa
Westin Kierland Resort & Spa
6902 E. Greenway Pkwy.
Scottsdale, AZ 85254

Original artwork by Arizona artists is displayed throughout the Westin Kierland, and the spacious rooms all have balconies or patios with views of the mountains or the resort's water park and tubing river, where kids can enjoy programs like "Club Teen." Kierland Commons, within walking distance, is a planned village of upscale specialty boutiques and restaurants. A new leisure center specifically accommodates nonbusiness travelers. Of the eight restaurants, Deseo is the star, presided over by well-known chef Douglas Rodriguez, regarded as the inventor of Nuevo Latino cuisine. Pros:

bagpipers stroll around the courtyard at sunset; amazing beds and bedding; organic superfood menu; programs for kids' photography and scuba certification.

Cons:

bagpipers; both Internet access and customer service can be unreliable. www.kierlandresort.com. 732 rooms, 55 suites, 32 casitas. In-room: a/c, Internet, Wi-Fi. In-hotel: 8 restaurants, bars, golf courses, pools, tennis courts, gym, spa, children's programs, parking. Credit cards accepted.

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14 Wigwam Resort
Wigwam Resort
300 Wigwam Blvd.
Litchfield Park, AZ 85340

Built in 1918 as a retreat for executives of the Goodyear Company, the Wigwam has a long and storied history. The resort maintains its historical character while delivering a modern-day, first-class luxury experience. The property, which can be accessed by chauffeured golf carts, is stunning, and features great golf and a true Old West experience that puts less of an emphasis on "old." Pros:

as part of Starwood's Luxury Collection, the Wigwam's standards are higher than they've ever been.

Cons:

historical properties will always have antiquated elements that don't meet every expectation. www.wigwamresort.com. 259 rooms, 72 suites. In-room: a/c, safe, Internet. In-hotel: 3 restaurants, bars, golf courses, pools, tennis courts, gym, spa, children's programs, parking. Credit cards accepted.

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15 Encanto Park
Encanto Park
1202 W. Encanto Blvd.
Phoenix, AZ 85017

Urban Encanto (Spanish for "enchanted") Park covers 222 acres at the heart of one of Phoenix's oldest residential neighborhoods. There are many attractions, including picnic areas, a lagoon where you can paddleboat and canoe, a municipal swimming pool, a nature trail, Enchanted Island amusement park (www.enchantedisland.com

), fishing in the park's lake, and two public golf courses. phoenix.gov/parks/encanto.html. Admission: Park free, Enchanted Island rides $1.10 each. Hours: Park daily 6-midnight; Enchanted Island hrs vary by season and weather.

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16 Papago Park
Papago Park
625 N. Galvin Pkwy.
Phoenix, AZ 85082

An amalgam of hilly desert terrain, streams, and lagoons, this park has picnic ramadas (shaded, open-air shelters), a golf course, a playground, hiking and biking trails, and even largemouth bass and trout fishing. (An urban fishing license is required for anglers age 15 and over. Visit www.azgfd.gov

for more information.) The hike up to landmark

Hole-in-the-Rock

—a natural observatory used by the native Hohokam to devise a calendar system—is steep and rocky, and a much easier climb up than down.

Governor Hunt's Tomb,

the white pyramid at the top of Ramada 16, commemorates the former Arizona leader and provides a lovely view. www.papagosalado.org. Admission: Free. Hours: Daily 5 am-11 pm.

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2016 Temp. (°F) Dew Point (°F) Humidity (%) Sea Level Press. (in) Visibility (mi) Wind (mph) Precip. (in) Events
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2016/1/1 64 50 35 32 26 21 56 38 29 30.14 30.10 30.06 20 20 20 10 5 - 0.00  
2015 Temp. (°F) Dew Point (°F) Humidity (%) Sea Level Press. (in) Visibility (mi) Wind (mph) Precip. (in) Events
Jan high avg low high avg low high avg low high avg low high avg low high avg high sum  
2015/1/1 44 38 32 34 28 25 100 71 46 30.15 30.10 30.06 20 20 20 7 5 - 0.00  
2014 Temp. (°F) Dew Point (°F) Humidity (%) Sea Level Press. (in) Visibility (mi) Wind (mph) Precip. (in) Events
Jan high avg low high avg low high avg low high avg low high avg low high avg high sum  
2014/1/1 66 60 55 30 29 27 33 28 24 30.16 30.09 30.06 - - - 7 5 - 0.00  
2013 Temp. (°F) Dew Point (°F) Humidity (%) Sea Level Press. (in) Visibility (mi) Wind (mph) Precip. (in) Events
Jan high avg low high avg low high avg low high avg low high avg low high avg high sum  
2013/1/1 53 43 33 34 28 23 100 54 33 30.26 30.18 30.12 20 20 20 13 8 - 0.00  
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