Sedona Golf Resort
“This is a jaw-dropping splendor and exceptional challenge!”

Story & Photos by: Ed Stone

Of the 429 public and private golf courses in Arizona, the Sedona Golf Resort course should be in the top 10.  It is not, but should be only because of the beautiful vistas, playability and surroundings that make for a delightful place to visit.  The par 71, 6,646-yard course is friendly, challenging and creates the desire to return and play it again and again. 

TOP: The first hole challenged with an uphill fairway and elevated green.
BOTTOM: The second hole, par 3 downhill playing some 183 yards from the tips and sand traps on the backside.

The Sedona Golf Resort course provides not only awesome scenery of the crimson cliffs that the area is noted for, but also takes advantage of the elevations ranging from 3,960 feet to as much as 4,260 feet.  The course threads through a valley and around the famous red rocks of Sedona.  Golf Digest has consistently given it a four star rating and we’ll give it five because of beautiful views and enjoyable play.  Golf Magazine has put the course in the "Top 10 New Public Golf Courses," and the Golf for Women Magazine has it listed as "One of the 100 most Women-Friendly Golf Courses in America."

Scottsdale architect Gary Panks took full advantage of the terrain in laying out all the fairways, elevated tees and raised greens to create one outstanding golf course.  Panks is responsible for some 30 courses in the State of Arizona.  Panks played golf at Michigan State, worked for a short time in New York and moved to Phoenix to work in the city parks department.  In 1971, he began his Gary Pank Associates Golf Course Architects now based in Scotsdale.  His 50-plus courses reach from California to North Carolina with international acclaims in Australia and Thailand.  He has racked up awards in all categories his business can accrue.

With a choice of several courses to play in Sedona on a limited timeframe, Sedona Golf Resort came highly recommended and thus, we took it.  Being greeted by PGA professional and General Manager of the club, Jeremy Hayman, he and his staff are very friendly and affable.  The clubhouse is most inviting and provides a wide assortment of golfing attire, equipment and accessories.  The recently remodeled Juniper Bar & Grille overlooks the first and 18th fairways and greens. Both indoor and outdoor service is offered and a very upscale wedding reception was taking place as we were finishing our round.  We would suspect this is a perfect venue to host most any event, i.e., weddings, corporate gatherings, anniversaries, birthdays, etc.

TOP: Hole #17, par 3 offers the challenge of water and traps.
MIDDLE: Most photographed golf hole in Southwest USA is the #10 hole at Sedona Golf Resort.
BOTTOM: The 5th & 8th holes share the same double green.

All of the holes deserve some mention and have unique features.  However, for those wanting to see a hole-by-hole layout, click here.  Teeing off on the first hole, you are challenged with an uphill fairway and elevated green, not to mention bunkers on the right for all you slicers. The back left side of the green has a strategically place sand trap.  The second hole is a par 3 downhill playing some 183 yards from the tips and sand traps on the backside for those hitting it a bit too long. Another notable hole on the front side is the number five, par 5 hole playing 623 yards from the tips with a small pond near and to the right of the tee boxes.  This hole also shares a double green with hole #8.

The back nine of Sedona Golf Resort course begins with one of the most photographed hole in the Southwestern parts of the United States.  This number 10, par 3 has a slightly elevated tee playing to some 201 yards from the back tee and a very critically place bunker on the right backside of the green.  Finishing hole, #18 may not be the most difficult hole on the course.  However, with a lake on the left, clubhouse behind the green and beautiful red colored mountains in the background, it is difficult to find a more stunning hole to complete a round of golf.

Water is found on five holes of the course.  However, well-placed tee shots can keep the water out of play.  As with just about every hole, the background scenery is worth the price of admission.  Forget the score and enjoy the views!

Sedona Golf Resort is located at Bell Rock in the heart of Sedona.  It is a short 90 minute drive from Phoenix and only a 40 minute drive from Flagstaff.

Chapel of the Holy Cross and art museum in Sedona.

The Native Americans have always regarded Sedona as a sacred place.  It still is.  From the time you arrive until the time you depart, you’ll enjoy a special feeling of “just being there.”  The awesome scenery you encounter as you arrive to the warm and genuine hospitality you’ll feel until you depart.  This is Sedona surrounded by 1.8 million acres of national forest land.  Here you can engage in just about any kind of outdoor recreational activity you can imagine.  The arts and crafts are abundant.  The food offerings are a spectrum of just about anything you would want and especially their own indigenous brands.

Accommodations in the Sedona are plentiful and you can choose depending on your needs and budget.  Just across from the Sedona Golf Resort is Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock.  They offer all kinds of specials and packages worth checking out.  To ask questions regarding specials or Sedona travel packages or to make a reservation, please call Toll Free at: 1-877-2REDROCK (1-877-273-3762).  Click here for their website.


FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Sedona Golf Resort: www.sedonagolfresort.com
Sedona Tourism Bureau: http://visitsedona.com