Sedona Golf Resort

Getting away from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season seems impossible at times. But by all accounts, Sedona Golf Resort is worth the short drive up Interstate 17 from Phoenix.

Hang a left at Highway 179 and a few minutes later, you’re golfing. Designed by Gary Panks, the par-71, 6,646-yard golf course takes full advantage of the many postcard views of red-rock country.

“At the first tee box you’re playing at about 3,600 feet, and as you continue farther into the golf course, you climb up to the high point of the property at about 4,200 feet,” said Jeremy Hayman, general manager of Sedona Golf Resort. “So, as your round unfolds, the views—and the golf holes—get better and better.”

At the pinnacle of the ascent, players will find the iconic Par-3 10th. Playing 192 yards from the back tees, it is described as “The Most Photographed Par 3 in the World.” The view alone makes it hard to write down par on your scorecard when all is said and done, but the majestic selfie with triple-digit Facebook and Instagram likes will make it well worth your effort.

And although the golf course is reason enough to frequent the place, that’s just where the fun begins. The clubhouse, overlooking the same wonderful views, is a great place for a post-round beverage. There’s also a palpable air of romance to the setting. The Sedona Golf Resort dresses up nicely as one of the most unforgettable ceremony and reception sites in the country.

Over the years, Sedona has mystified and mesmerized a host of travelers with its surreal beauty, the kind that must be experienced to be appreciated.

Where:  35 Ridge Trail Dr., Sedona
Phone: 928-284-9355