Travel Classics Writers Conference October 2009 in Scottsdale, Arizona

Travel Classics West 2009
Pre- and Post-Conference Familiarization Tours

Hit the Links

Designed by Scott Miller, formerly a senior designer for Jack Nicklaus, Kierland Golf Club offers 27 holes of exceptional golf. Play like the original golf pros with the Scottish Golf Experience, where players don rented kilts and enjoy Johnnie Walker beverages on the course before being called in by a traditional bagpipe player. Golfers and fitness-lovers alike should take advantage of the FORE-MAX training program that combines flexibility, strength and power training, and aerobic conditioning to improve swings.

The Boulders Golf Club is home to two 18-hole championship courses, designed by Jay Morrish and set amongst the rugged beauty of red, ancient boulders and breathtaking panoramas. The courses are considered to be some of the most demanding in the Southwest region. The Boulders Golf Academy is home to experienced PGA and LPGA instructors.

After a comprehensive two-year renovation project overseen by Tom Weiskopf, Troon North Golf Club unveiled its renovated internationally acclaimed courses, Pinnacle and Monument, in 2007, boasting new looks and enhanced playing experiences. The exclusive partnership with Weiskopf earned Troon North the honor of being named among the top 10 golf resorts in the country for 2008 by Travel + Leisure Golf.

Arizona Biltmore Country Club features two of the premier Phoenix golf resort courses: The Adobe and The Links. Built in 1928 and restored in 2004, The Adobe offers wide fairways and classic cross-bunkers while the Links has rolling fairways, desert ravines and five pristine lakes that call for a high level of sportsmanship, bold shots and demanding accuracy.

Camelback Golf Club features 36 holes of championship golf in a parkland setting that promises a demanding and dynamic adventure. The par 72 Arthur Hills-designed Padre Course features multiple lakes, towering trees, subtle landforms and strategic bunkering to sharpen your game. Meanwhile, the par 72 Indian Bend Course offers lush palm- and eucalyptus-lined fairways, secluded bunkers, gently rolling terrain, and mountain vistas.

Rancho de Los Caballeros is home to an 18-hole championship course that was named one of "Americas top 15 golf resorts" by Golf Magazine. The par 72 course surrounds the ranch and is surrounded by pristine desert where desert dwellers like jackrabbits or javelina just might join you for the round.

Enjoy the scenic beauty and playability of one of Arizona's seven golf courses on Native American land, the Troon-managed Whirlwhind Golf Club. The course was sensitively designed to preserve the rich cultural heritage of the Gila River Indian Community.

Established in the 1930s, the Wigwam Golf Club is a classic Arizona experience built far from dense housing developments where the only shade you'll find on the greens are from nearby parkland trees. Canals, streams and lakes cascade throughout and challenge players all along the 18-hole course.

Looking for the sweet spot for Scottsdale golf? The XONA Resort Suites has a golf concierge system that services dozens of nearby championship courses and the best Scottsdale golf resorts. They can plan every detail of your trip to perfection!

The golf amenities don't end there. Scottsdale also offers several programs specific to women golfers at places like Kierland and The Boulders Golf Clubs and custom-fitting experiences at Cool Clubs, Hot Stix and Ping Manufacturing. And cutting-edge technology isn't reserved just for club-fitting, it's also evident in the air-conditioned golf carts at Kierland Golf Club, the same course that was the first to bring Segways onto the greens.
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