Arizona National – one of the Tucson’s best golf courses situated in the high Sonoran Desert – is in peak season, and shortly after teeing it up, it’s easy to see why this time of year is so appealing to golfers, local or otherwise. The daytime temperatures hover around the mid-70s; the desert is alive with the sights and sounds of spring; and value just keeps getting better as the weeks go by.
Save with the Sonoran Card
The current rack rate is $90, and on May 1 it drops to $65 before settling to $40 on May 29 where it will remain throughout the summer until overseed in the fall. Not bad for off-the-shelf pricing at one of Arizona’s best golf clubs, and rates get even better with the Sonoran Card in hand: $65, $45 and $30 respectively during the same timeframe.
“Although we sell the majority of Sonoran Cards in the fall, it’s still a great value during this time of year,” said Dennis Palmer, general manager of Arizona National Golf Club. “The $99 purchase price is immediately offset by the complimentary round of golf and golf cap cardholders get on the day of purchase. And they also get discounts on food and beverage and merchandise.”
Not only does the cardholder benefit from special rates that amount to roughly a $25 saving per round, their three accompanied golf buddies do, too, which definitively sways the numbers in favor of the foursome after just a handful of rounds played.
The transition from the winter ryegrass playing surface to summer’s bermudagrass is another big item on the agenda. Palmer described it as “the major factor” in golf course conditioning during this time of year.
“We like to keep the transition process as natural as possible,” he said. “A gradual warmup is really helpful. When the ryegrass dies off slowly and the bermudagrass has a chance to replace it naturally, most golfers don’t even notice the change.”
What they will notice, however, are the climbing temperatures as the calendar flips through April, May and June. Good news is: Arizona National sits at nearly 3,000 feet above sea level. This high-desert location substantially moderates the heat.
“We are blessed with an ideal climate for golf in Arizona,” said Palmer. “The combination of low humidity, elevation and consistent afternoon breezes create comfortable conditions through the late spring and early summer. It simply feels more comfortable than the temperature gauge shows.”
Now’s the Time to Tee It Up
Much of the buzz surrounding golf in the desert Southwest revolves around the winter timeframe – rightfully so – the weather is excellent right when it’s noticeably not just about everywhere else. But it’s also quite nice during the late spring, early summer season as well, so go play golf!
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