By Bob Oliver

If you are an avid golfer and if you enjoy a wide variety of top-notch venues at your disposal during a resort-based golf vacation, there are a cornucopia of opportunities, but you won’t find many better than can be explored in the Valley of the Sun, the Phoenix/Scottsdale area.

Plush resorts, an outstanding selection of golf tests within a short drive of your hotel if not directly on site – golf courses designed by the best of the best architects, spectacular views, challenging holes and that western hospitality.

The Copper State has long been a favorite of those in cool weather climates to come to feel the warmth of the sun, but many will tell you that Arizona beckons all year round. Yes, summer temperatures are oven-like but the courses aren’t crowded and an early tee time gets you through the golf course before the heat bakes you.

Of course, it doesn’t hurt to have spacious pools, fine dining, professional and college sports, museums and countless things to do that make the greater Phoenix area a can’t-miss destination “Hate to make this so simple, but seriously. one can’t beat the Arizona golf scene,” states Bill Huffman, a host on “Backspin the Golf Show” and a long-time golf reporter for the Arizona Republic and a variety of publications. He’s been a Valley resident since 1982.

“Of course, first and foremost, is the weather,” Huffman said.

Yes, one finds year-round golf in this desert destination. Add to that a wealth of world-class venues with challenge and beauty. There’s a wide array of price points to keep one’s bank balance in the green on the greens.

Joe “Shoe” Shershenovich, is director of golf at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, and traces his roots to Northeastern Pennsylvania. He’s spent years in Arizona, winning PGA of America Merchandiser of the Year among his team’s numerous awards. He echoes Huffman’s comments.

“There is nothing earth-shattering about it, no magic potion, it’s all about the weather,” says the “The Shoe,” who notes Grayhawk will host the 2021 NCAA Men’s and Women’s Championships.

”It’s great here at a time when throughout the nation it isn’t. And the rest of the year is great too. But while the Valley of the Sun is the place to be in winter, it’s a destination that sparkles throughout the year, a place that’s called home by numerous PGA and LPGA golf professionals. More