Arizona's weather - including some of the best winters in the world - help make it one of the top golf vacation getaways in America. Golf in Arizona, which includes world-known hot spots Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tucson, can provide desert escapes, big city life and five-star luxury golf resorts in the same trip.
Golfers and non-golfers alike know that Scottsdale boasts hip nightclubs, unique shopping and top-rated restaurants, spurred by a recent influx of celebrity chefs at hotels like Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. Scottsdale's golf features some of the top-rated golf courses in the country, including Troon North Golf Club's Monument and Pinnacle, Grayhawk and Boulders. There are also some new additions creating plenty of buzz, including Saguaro Course at We-Ko-Pa and the redesigned Champions Course at TPC Scottsdale.
Phoenix, home to the international Sky Harbor airport that most Scottsdale golfers fly into and only a short drive away, can give you golf in the middle of a cosmopolitan city that has a major convention center and sports teams like the Phoenix Suns and the Arizona Diamondbacks. Arizona Biltmore's Adobe Course is one of the oldest courses in the state. Raven at South Mountain features more than 5,000 pine trees in an anything-but-desert feel. And both, as well as other top Phoenix golf courses like the Nick Faldo-designed Wildfire Golf Club, let you swing within the city limits while still providing a vacation retreat feel.
Only two hours from the Phoenix-Scottsdale resort corridor, Tucson is known for providing even more natural desert golf while being home to some of the best spas - including its world-famous medical and health spas - in the world. You can take on Tom Fazio's design work at Ventana Canyon, Arnold Palmer's at Starr Pass or Jack Nicklaus' at La Paloma. Then, there's time for hikes in natural scenery or just kicking back under the stars.
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Membership to Global X'scapes allows you to visit and host as often as you like in a year. Simply find hosts in the destination you have on your adventure-list and agree on suitable dates to visit. Once you've agreed on dates, you will go to that destination and be hosted as guests in their house, providing free accommodation, food (excluding dining out) and transport for sightseeing.
Upon return to your home country, you will host the same family you visited in your home as guests, providing the same experience to your guests as they provided you (and your family).
To ensure fair hosting and visiting, Global X'scapes issues you with one point when you take up membership for $99-00 per year to track visits and hosting - keeping the system balanced.
Once you have visited the host, your point will transfer to that host leaving you with 0 and the host with 2. That host must now visit you in order to transfer the point back to you leaving you free to visit again (even in the same membership year).
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For only $99-00 per year, you can now visit any destination as often as you like by being hosted by wonderful people and return the hospitality by hosting your new-found friends in your country. Accommodation, meals and transport is free of charge on both parts and thus this is one of the cheapest ways to see the world and make new friends. Membership at $99-00 provides you with access to free accommodation, local transport and meals unlimited times per year (provided you have closed the loop by hosting in return). Register for free and browse destinations, hosts and guests. Also included in free membership is book-marking your favourites and introduction conversation.
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