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Challenging golf in dramatic desert landscapes

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Group travel to Arizona's Valley of the Sun is popular among golfers for good reason. Among the Valley's desert landscapes and dramatic mountain scenery, golfers can enjoy high blue skies, dry desert air, and close to 200 golf courses.

The area around Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Mesa, is one of the most golf-centric regions in the United States. Scottsdale is Arizona's epicenter for golf. The Troon North (both Monument and Pinnacle courses), Kierland and The Boulders Resort provide championship golf and first-class accommodations, while We-Ko-Pa, SunRidge Canyon and Eagle Mountain are among those courses considered by locals and professionals as "must-play". Grayhawk Golf's Talon course was selected as one of Golf Magazine's "Top 10 You Can Play."

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Phoenix has some of Arizona's most esteemed and established resorts, including the Biltmore. Golfers seeking a value can find a fantastic and challenging set of municipal courses here, such as Silverbell and Ahwatukee Golf Course.

Mesa offers a wide range of golf and accommodations options. The Robert Trent Jones Jr.- designed Los Sendas Golf Club is a shot-maker's course in an unforgettable setting. The municipal Dobson Ranch Golf Course is one of the best values in the area. There are 16 public and semi-private courses in Mesa, with an additional 14 public courses in neighboring areas. Along with world-class golf, Arizona has great spa, dining, and entertainment choices.

Top rated restaurants include Aunt Chilada's and Abuello's in Phoenix, Maggioni and Acacia in Scottsdale, and Big City BBQ and Grill and the Texas Roadhouse in Mesa.

If looking for a good bar to brag about your game, try Majerle's Sports Grill or Rhythm Room in Phoenix, Kazimierz World Wine Bar or Billet Bar in Scottsdale, Hollywood Alley, or the Old Chicago microbrewery in Mesa.

Whether your golf group is looking for value or luxury, extra activities or just pure golf, you'll have an opportunity to find it in The Valley of the Sun.

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