With average highs ranging from 93 degrees in the summer to 58 degrees in the winter, Sedona offers golfers amazing courses with year-round playability. The region is a haven for those looking to hit the links in the winter months, either to get away from the cold up north or as a permanent solution to having to store the golf bag during the cold, winter months.
Bent grass greens and rye fairways on the courses in the area offer a range of designs from the traditional tree-lined doglegs, to feature elevation changes and spectacular views of the landscape. All levels of players can be accommodated with basic 9-hole par 3 courses to 18-hole Championship tracts.
A few holes stand out when looking at the Sedona course play-list, and a few that require some extra attention are listed here.
Sedona Golf Resort
10th Hole – 200-yard, Par 3Image from https://arizona.twoguyswhogolf.com/reviews/sedona.html
While longer holes can provide more options than a signature hole, there are some great scenery opportunities with short walks that lead from the elevated tee boxes on the par-3’s at the Sedona Golf Resort and none more spectacular than the 200-yard, 10th hole.
The layout affords golfers a look right into Cathedral Rock from the elevated tee box, and a well-trapped green with a long bunker on the right, guards against errant tee shots. Players using long irons need pin-point accuracy to stray from finding trouble, making a shot to the back of the green a challenge on this hole.
Oakcreek Country Club
4th Hole – 160-yard, Par 3Image from https://www.oakcreekcc.com/course-tour/hole-by-hole/
Situated among Sedona’s red rock mountains, the Oakcreek Country Club provides players a unique, scenic experience throughout their round. Opened over 40 years ago, the course is a collaboration between Robert Trent Jones, Sr. and his son, and is Sedona’s first golf course.
While not one of the course’s more difficult holes, the par-3, 160-yard 4th hole at Oakcreek is among one of the most picturesque holes in the southwest, with a stunning backdrop beyond the bunker-protected green.
Seven Canyons Golf Club
Designed by Tom Weiskopf, the Seven Canyons Golf Club is considered the IMAX of Golf, with a natural border along the national forest and red rock vistas. Subtle contoured fairways are accompanied by strategically placed bunkers in an unforgettable setting for golf, with a duo of holes worth taking the time to enjoy.
4th Hole – 175-yard, Par 3
With a tee box set on the side of a red rock hill, teeing it up on number four at Seven Canyons will give the feeling like that of standing on top of the world as the view literally goes on for miles. Shots from the elevated box will fall 65 feet en route to the green-protected bunker.
10th hole – 161-yard, Par 3
Entering the back nine at Seven Canyons, a relatively short par-3 features another stunning backdrop of natural red rock hills. The wide-open front of the green makes for a receptive target with an extreme edge to accent the view.Image from https://sevencanyons.com/