Tee It Up in the West Valley at These Top Golf Courses 

Legends at ArrowheadYou don’t have to drive far for a great course anywhere in greater Phoenix, and the West Valley is no exception. What’s more, West Valley courses provide top-notch golf for a value, compared to courses in Scottsdale.

Trilogy Golf Club at Vistancia in Peoria offers a challenging and beautifully designed course, and this top-end experience doesn’t come at a high price. Competitive rates bring players back to the distinctive backdrop of the rolling and rugged Arizona scenery to test their mettle on well-kept fairways. 

Also set in the classic scenery of saguaros and desert hills, Quintero Golf Club entices players to its remote beauty with a reputation for immaculate greens. The course earned accolades from Golf Digest, Golf Weekly and Golf Advisor as top public course in the Phoenix-Scottsdale area. 

The redesigned Grand Canyon University Golf Course (formerly Maryvale) is centrally located just south of Glendale, and captures the rich history of the area with up-to-date amenities. Players will love how the course invokes a championship venue with attention to true, consistent greens and strategic bunkers.

Verrado Golf Club in Buckeye sits near the feet of the White Tank Mountains and meanders into the old-growth desert. Keep an eye out for mule deer and other Sonoran wildlife as you progress up into the foothills and down rolling fairways. 

Goodyear’s Golf Club of Estrella is managed by Troon and designed by Nicklaus, so you can expect a  well-conditioned surface and challenge in course management when you come to play. Its location near the Estrella Mountain range puts players among natural washes and desert hillsides for a stunningly beautiful backdrop to your game. 

Resort guests and public players alike are welcome to tee off at The Wigwam’s signature courses, recently renovated with a focus on maintaining the master architect’s original, 50-year-old strategic layouts. All three are true parkland courses with exceptional fairways. 

Can’t wait ‘til cooler fall temperatures for a round? Some clubs offer summer specials and most will have automatically lower prices for the season, so there’s no reason not to enjoy an early morning tee time and take advantage of the bargains on top-tier courses. 

Back to School Tips

back to school photoFor most of the valley, kids will be back to school by the second week of August. It’s an exciting time (hello, new supplies!) but it’s also a great chance for parents and kids to work together on building strong study habits and adjusting back from a summer routine. 

Create a helpful study environment. 

Dedicating a space for homework helps kids study effectively and distraction-free, and gives them the time they need to work (rather than clearing them away from a multi-use space, like the dinner table). Make it fun by setting up the space together and getting organized. 

Get into a routine. 

The transition from a summer schedule may be easy or difficult, but it’s important to continue assisting with a productive routine for sleep, homework and after-school activities. You can help by suggesting a bedtime and pre-bedtime routine where electronic devices go off well in advance of sleeping. Set aside a distraction-free time for homework, and encourage and motivate with small breaks, especially if working at the computer.

Review important deadlines.

When your child starts a new school year, it might be helpful to sit with them to review the school materials, dates and important events throughout the year. You can even create a calendar together to help them keep track of important expectations and deadlines. 

Encourage communication.

Your child might be nervous about their first days, or feeling like they are lost as the school year progresses. Make sure they feel comfortable engaging with their teacher to ask questions and seek additional help if they need it, and that they know the teacher (and you!) will be supportive of them throughout the school year. 

Check out the schedule for after-school activities. 

Local school districts offer great opportunities for continued education and fun before and after school. Check your district’s website to find more information on engaging programs that provide homework assistance, hands-on enrichment with technology, play and arts and crafts.