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Golf in Sedona is an absolute dream with terrific weather and some of the best views anywhere in the southwest. With highs reaching the low 90s in the summer and hitting close to 60 degrees in the winter, Sedona is always ready for golf, no matter what month it is on the calendar.
You’ll hear golfers use words like breathtaking, jaw-dropping, and spectacular when describing their experience at some of the area’s best golf courses. And they aren’t exaggerating because for golf lovers around the country, Sedona has become a must-play paradise featuring some of the best golf courses anywhere in the state.
With courses offering a variety of golf from wide open layouts to carefully constructed holes that bring in the natural terrain of the red rocks, there has been no better time to make a trip to Sedona to enjoy a round during your vacation.
Here are reviews of four of the best courses in Sedona that cannot be missed.
Golf Course #1: Canyon Mesa Country Club
This golfing treasure may seem modest from the outside, but golfers love Canyon Mesa because of how enjoyable it is each time you visit. Just a few miles south of Sedona, Canyon Mesa is perfect for the beginning golfer or family who wants a relaxed place to play.
What is charming about Canyon Mesa is that a golfer can show up and play 18 holes in less than 2 hours while getting excellent entertainment value for their dollar.
This par-3 course has nine holes that average around 140 yards in length from the mid-level white tees. Golfers can expect some strategic play with a little water and sand that forces players to think twice before hitting their shot, so we really can’t recommend it for junior golfers. Experienced players will love the course and will find it challenging.
Although carts are available, Canyon Mesa is best enjoyed by walking and taking in the gorgeous red rocks scenery during your round. And don’t forget after you finish golfing, Canyon Mesa offers even more fun with tennis and Pickleball courts that are available to play for a relatively modest fee during your visit.
Golf Course #2: Oakcreek Country Club
This Robert Jones Sr. and Jr. designed golf course is one of the crown jewels of the southwest with its beautiful design and immaculate grounds. The natural terrain has been integrated with brilliance by the Jones family, creating one of the most entertaining courses in the state.
As with all courses in Sedona, the Oakcreek offers postcard landscapes on each hole. If you play early at sunrise or late as the shadows take over at dusk, Oakcreek provides majestic views of the red rocks that envelope the course.
The most enjoyable hole on Oakcreek is the stunning par-3 4th hole. With water on the left and bunkers surrounding the hole, golfers will have to hit a nice high shot to survive without scoring a bogey or worse on the hole.
Three sizable lakes play a role on five holes and can cause havoc for a golfer that is struggling to his golf balls straight.
With marvelous design and exceptional gameplay for golfers of all skill levels, the Oakcreek Country Club is an inviting course that has earned all of its many accolades.
Golf Course #3: Sedona Golf ResortPhoto under Creative Commons license and taken by Sean Hobson. No changes were made.
Known for its remarkable views of the red rocks, the Sedona Golf Resort uses Mother Nature’s surroundings to craft a luxury golf course that is accessible by anyone looking for an adventure.
The resort rolls out the red carpet for visitors by offering first-rate facilities that accent some of the best golf in, not only the state but the entire southwest. Fairways and greens are expertly manicured for smooth rolls and crisp shots.
What makes the Sedona Golf Resort so great is that they have thought of everything to make your visit comfortable. The pro shop offers club rentals from Titleist, allowing you to skip the hassle of packing and flying with your golf bag.
Another extraordinary feature that the resort features are the use of GolfBoards. These four-wheeled carts have enough room for one golfer and their bag. Safe to use, GolfBoards speed up a round because golfers can go straight to their ball and keep play moving smoothly.
With exceptional vistas and breathtaking views, the Sedona Golf Resort is another must-stop course for the golf lover in your family.
Golf Course #4: Seven CanyonsPhoto under Creative Commons license and taken by John Piekos. No changes were made.
With plush green grounds that accent the jaw-dropping red rocks, the Seven Canyons golf course is a slice of private luxury that is available to visitors of the nearby Enchantment Resort. Called by Bradley S. Klein of Golfweek Magazine, as the “IMAX of golf,” Seven Canyons defies the conventional thinking of what a golfer can expect from a world-class golf resort.
An homage to some of the area’s oldest golf courses, Seven Canyons is located in the middle of an area that rests next to 100,000 acres of protected national forest. Course architect Tom Weiskopf called Seven Canyons, “a labor of love,” and as one plays the layout, they can see how much care went into crafting the design that carries the golfer through the 18 holes, which makes for amazing drives.
Players from all over the world visit Sedona so they can play Seven Canyons, and the distinction is not lost on golfers who play the course at any time during the year. Whether it be in the summer with blooming trees or the winter when the natural plant life enjoys the cool nights, Seven Canyons brings a wonderfully exciting and challenging day at the course.
Guest Blog Author: Jordan Fuller