If there’s a Phoenix or Scottsdale, Arizona Golf Vacation in your future, you’ll wan to read this tip before you choose the lineup of courses you’re going to play.
The private Superstition Mountain Golf Club, located about 35 miles east of Phoenix, has decided to allow daily-fee play on both of its Nicklaus Design golf courses, called “Prospector” and “Lost Gold,” on a rotational basis.
A design collaboration between Jack Nicklaus and son Gary, the Prospector course opened in 1998, and hosted the LPGA’s Safeway International from 2004 to 2008. The Golden Bear teamed with son Jack, Jr. to design Lost Gold, which opened in 1999, the linksier, more strategic layout of the two.
While it’s subject to change due to events and such, for now, on even-numbered days, Prospector will be open for daily-fee play, while Lost Gold will be available to members and their guests only. On odd-numbered days, it works in reverse: daily-fee players can access Lost Gold.
If you aim to play these private golf courses on your Arizona golf vacations, you’ll be pleased to know that you can make your tee time reservations 90 days out by contacting the club directly (superstitionmtngc.com). Unfortunately, you’ll have to pay full boat for this privilege; the daily green fee is $140/$150 (weekday/weekend) with cart.
I was able to make a tee time seven days out, and for a bit less money, by using golfnow.com (which I was told is the only online service offering Superstition Mountain tee times). The only catch here is that there’s a two-player minimum.
Arizona residents get a bigger break on the price ($90/$100), as do members of the O.B. Sports loyalty program ($80/$85; obsports.com), which requires a small membership fee, but tee times can only be made three days in advance.
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