Going on a golf trip to the Phoenix-Scottsdale area, especially during the winter months, is about as good as it gets.
But as one of the largest golf destinations, the options can be overwhelming. How you do decide where to play, where to stay and where to eat? And what about other activities?
The fact is, planning it alone will not only take considerable time, but you may not get the best rates, either.
Here's the deal: using a packager won't cost you more. In fact, it will save you money. But the best part is that your trip will most likely be seamless with very few surprises – at least not the bad ones.
"You just don't have that insider insight to which courses to play, whether it's budget or just the general quality of courses," says Anthony Trapani, owner-operator of packager Phoenix Scottsdale Golf for the past 15 years.
Trapani's service has a lot of insider knowledge, which is exactly why anyone considering a golf trip to the area should give Phoenix Scottsdale Golf serious consideration.
"We live here and play all the courses, so that makes a big difference," Trapani says. "If you’re not from here, you're just kind of going off what you read on the Internet or looking at a map to see what courses are in the area. Being local allows us to dispense expert advice on where to play and distances to courses."
How it works
Once you figure out when to go, you can either call or go the Phoenix Scottsdale Golf website and start checking off your preferences. On the website you can select dates, the courses you'd like to play, the hotels you would prefer and how many people are in your group. In turn, they will get back to you with a free quote. Of course, it's all adjustable from there.
Or you can make the call (866-218-6941) and get immediate advice. When you call, one of the representatives will ask you questions about your preferences, your budget and what kind of golfers are in your group. They can even make restaurant and entertainment recommendations and put together a package that includes golf courses, rental clubs, hotels and rental car or even a transportation company (a bus, for example) to drive your group around. (Packages do not include airfare.) No group is too large or small.
Trapani says by using a company like his, travelers generally save between 10-20 percent over going it alone, even if they know what they're doing. That's because Phoenix Scottsdale Golf has longstanding relationships with all the hotels and courses, often securing discounted rates beyond what's advertised. Plus, they can often book tee times with free replays that aren't offered to the general consumer. So if you're looking for a lot of golf, this is a no-brainer.
Typical golf packages, by the way, are three or four nights and three or four rounds of golf. During prime season, three-night packages typically run between $550-$900 per person (does not include meals). The great thing about a golf trip to Phoenix-Scottsdale is you can virtually name your price and there is a hotel and courses for you.
Saving more money
And if you're on a budget, it doesn't mean you're going to play average golf courses. While 36-hole clubs like Troon North, We-Ko-Pa, Grayhawk and The TPC Scottsdale are on many golfers' wish lists, there are plenty of other high quality courses available that can save you a little bit of money. For example, you can check out Estancia, Trilogy at Vistancia, Wickenburg Ranch (about an hour north of Phoenix), just to name a few. And you don't have to stay at The Four Seasons or The Phoenician; lower-priced options abound.
And if you really want to save some money, consider when you go. While February through April is high season – especially around events like the PGA Tour's Phoenix Waste Management Open and major league baseball spring training – if you wait a little longer, you can pay a fraction of what you'd pay during prime time. And Phoenix Scottsdale Golf can set you up on that as well.
"It's super cheap out here then," Trapani says. "Usually rates come down in May to get close to those summer prices, which continue through September. It's pretty warm, of course, but even early mornings are good to golf. And you get great deals on hotels."
And finally, one of the best reasons to use a packager is billing. Phoenix Scottsdale Golf can customize that for the group.
"A group leader doesn't necessarily want to put $10,000 on his or her credit card to pay for the group," Trapani says. "So when you book through a packager there are multiple payment options. Groups can split the invoice."
Browse courses and rates at http://www.phoenixscottsdalegolf.com/phoenix-scottsdale-golf-packages/ or request a quote below!