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Where to Go for a Warm Winter Golf Getaway

Snowy Kissing Camels Golf Course

Kissing Camels Golf Course, covered in snow

Although Colorado winters can be unpredictable–with snow one day and 70-degree temperatures the next–when that first cold spell hits, the first thing we often ask ourselves as golfers is where we should head for a winter golf trip.  I dream about warm places like Arizona, Florida, and California to ease my mind.

I will begin by highlighting Arizona as a great winter golf destination since I lived there for seven years. Arizona has fantastic temperatures that start out brisk in the mornings and then can reach temperatures close to 80 degrees.

The top Arizona golf course that comes to mind is TPC Scottsdale, which is home to the largest-attended PGA tournament in the world, the Waste Management Phoenix Open. The golf course is set in the Sonoran Desert and surrounded by the stunning McDowell Mountains. The club offers two courses, the Stadium Course and the Champions Course. Here is a following list of other enjoyable Arizona golf courses and their respective areas:

Scottsdale area Troon North Golf Club, Gray Hawk, Legend Trail, and Kierland

Mesa areaGoldCanyon golf resort, SuperstitionMountain, and Las Sendas

Phoenix area:  Raven Golf Club at SouthMountain, Legacy Golf Club, ASU Karsten, and Papago

The second winter golf destination I suggest is Florida, where the climate has an entirely different feel with humidity and even a chance of rain.

The top 10 public golf courses in Florida, according to Golf Magazine, are listed below:

  1. TPC Sawgrass (Players Stadium), Ponte Vedra Beach
  2. World Woods (Pine Barrens), Brooksville
  3. Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill, Orlando
  4. Hammock Beach Resort (Ocean), Palm Coast
  5. Innisbrook (Copperhead), Palm Harbor
  6. Doral (TPC Blue Monster), Miami
  7. PGA National (Champion), Palm Beach Gardens
  8. Reunion (Independence), Orlando
  9. World Woods (Rolling Oaks), Brooksville
  10. Camp Creek, Panama City Beach

The third destination is California. The top 10 public golf courses in California, according to Golf Magazine, are as follows:

  1. Pebble Beach, Pebble Beach
  2. Spyglass Hill, Pebble Beach
  3. Pasatiempo, Santa Cruz
  4. Torrey Pines (South), La Jolla
  5. Trump National Los Angeles, Rancho Palos Verdes
  6. Spanish Bay, Pebble Beach
  7. PGA West (TPC Stadium), La Quinta
  8. CordeValle, San Martin
  9. La Quinta (Mountain), La Quinta
  10. Rustic Canyon, Moorpark

If you would like any other advice about planning a winter golf trip to Arizona, I encourage you to contact me (Cory), or our golf director, Gene, at 719.636.2520, as both of us have worked as PGA professionals in Arizona.  To learn more about Florida golf, please contact General Manager Billy Peterson, PGA, at 719.473.2173, as he recently relocated to Colorado from Florida.  Finally, if you are planning a visit to Colorado and would like our take on local weather, give us a ring!  Have fun this winter, and be sure to take as many opportunities as you can to keep your golf game sharp in preparation for spring.

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