An El­e­vated View in Ari­zona

Golf Vacations - - News - by David R. Hol­land

The view from Pine Canyon’s 18th fairway makes you want to take an Adiron­dack chair, plop it down on the tee box and en­joy a twi­light drink with friends.

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- The view from Pine Canyon’s 18th fairway makes you want to take an Adiron­dack chair, plop it down on the tee box and en­joy a twi­light drink with friends. It’s a land­scape ready to paint right next door to the Co­conino Na­tional For­est. The San Fran­cisco Peaks in the dis­tance are per­fectly framed, and in­cludes Humphreys Peak, the high­est point in Ari­zona at 12,633 feet. The down­hill fi­nal hole, at 7,000 feet in el­e­va­tion, looks wide, invit­ing and lined with beau­ti­ful Pon­derosa pines, a trout-filled pond and high-coun­try wildlife in mul­ti­tudes. There’s even a tow­er­ing dead Pon­derosa that is home to an os­prey fam­ily. Hey, this is Ari­zona where are the saguaros? Where’s the desert? Not here -- this is North­ern Ari­zona where win­ter ski­ing is close by and the el­e­va­tion and views might make you think of Colorado. But Ari­zona’s di­ver­sity doesn’t stop at Pine Canyon. Just 100 miles south is Prescott, an old-west town, which was once the capi­tol of Ari­zona. It has a “Whiskey Row”, tourist ad­ven­tures and another up­scale golf com­mu­nity called Talk­ing Rock, where the land turns to piñon pines and ju­nipers with pet­ro­glyphs dat­ing its his­tory be­fore ranch­ing dom­i­nated. The golf is out­stand­ing at Pine Canyon and Talk­ing Rock -- both cour­ses are Jay Mor­rish de­signs, and the hous­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties are nu­mer­ous, earthy, lux­u­ri­ous and to be cel­e­brated. Sym­me­try, a res­i­den­tial and life­style com­pany ded­i­cated to premium, re­sort-in­flu­enced ameni­ties and first-class hospi­tal­ity was launched last sum­mer as a di­vi­sion of the True Life Com­pa­nies. These two gated com­mu­ni­ties were founded to of­fer au­then­tic Western life­styles and to be in har­mony with the land. Sign me up. I loved both land­scapes, life­styles and golf so­cial­iz­ing. Here’s a closer look at the two awe­some golf com­mu­ni­ties you could be a part of.

Pine Canyon Club

It only takes a minute or two once you drive on to the prop­erty to fall in love with this spe­cial golf com­mu­nity min­utes from his­toric down­town Flagstaff. The beauty is in­stant. The golf course is one of the most scenic and fun I’ve ex­pe­ri­enced. The own­er­ship op­por­tu­ni­ties are up­scale and pricey. We bunked down in the brand-new Club Cab­ins that had just opened -- a place where non-home owner golf mem­bers can rent out on fre­quent vis­its or while build­ing their own dream home. Our Club Cabin had four bed­rooms, two down­stairs and two up­stairs (with bal­conies and a golf course view) and laun­dry room. A spa­cious kitchen, din­ing area, fire­place and deck, make the first floor an awe­some place to en­ter­tain. Just step out­side and a path leads to the putting green and next door to the golf shop. Go a lit­tle far­ther and the 35,000-square-foot

club­house will blow you away with its western decor, spa, bar and restau­rant. Sit out­side on the deck of the restau­rant for a strik­ing view of the 19th hole, a beau­ti­ful is­land green, with as­pens turn­ing yel­low and maples tran­si­tion­ing to a bright red on an splen­did, warm late Septem­ber af­ter­noon. At Pine Canyon, mem­bers be­come friends for a life­time and fam­i­lies share ex­pe­ri­ences that are cher­ished for gen­er­a­tions. The Club pro­vides a full calendar of so­cial events and ac­tiv­i­ties for all mem­bers, from weekly Happy Hour to Snow Days on the 18th tee box and pool par­ties in the sum­mer months. Full golf mem­bers can take ad­van­tage of the Troon Privé ben­e­fits and golf priv­i­leges at pri­vate cour­ses around the world. View the new mem­ber­ship plan and amended and re­stated mem­ber­ship plan or call 866.779.5700 for more in­for­ma­tion.

Talk­ing Rock, Prescott, Ari­zona

Piñons and ju­nipers, Gran­ite Moun­tains, Wil­liamson Val­ley, prickly pear and bar­rel cacti, rugged, rocky, ranch at­mos­phere and starry skies that seem to go on for­ever -- that’s Talk­ing Rock. It’s only 20 min­utes from down­town but dates back to ranches of early pioneers and even older habi­ta­tion by the Yava­pai In­dian Tribe. Early res­i­dents coined the name “In­scrip­tion Canyon” where 1,200 an­cient pet­ro­glyphs were dis­cov­ered, au­then­ti­cated and pro­tected. Talk­ing Rock de­vel­op­ers set aside four acres of this sa­cred land for the Yava­pai Prescott In­dian Tribe. The Ranch Com­pound is clas­sic con­ve­nience in­spired by early ranch­ing com­mu­ni­ties. This clus­ter of build­ings in­cludes the Ranch House Restau­rant with view of the golf course. Step out­side of the pro shop or restau­rant and there is a Fit­ness Barn, Coop’s Cof­fee House, swim­ming pool, ten­nis courts and bocce courts. I had the good for­tune to spend the night in one of the awe­some homes just steps from the swim­ming pool. Three bed­rooms and a huge open kitchen-liv­ing room space made me want to spend a week. Name the amenity and this home has all of them. The golf course is fun and non-pe­nal and scenic with the ninth and 18th con­verg­ing at a huge pond be­neath a wind­mill and tons of sand (80 bunkers dot the course). “At Talk­ing Rock we were given the free­dom to de­sign the holes where they wanted to go,” said the late great de­signer Mor­rish. “We didn’t re­sort in tricks or gim­micks. The course is a plea­sure to play and walk and feels like it has been here for years.”

It all feels huge. There’s 1,000 acres ded­i­cated to open space, lots of room for about 1,500 home­sites on 3,600-acres and at 5,000 feet in el­e­va­tion you can play golf year around and count on cooler sum­mer days. Log on to Talk­ingRock­ or call (928) 776-4440 for more in­for­ma­tion about own­ing your own home and golf mem­ber­ships. The Val­ley of the Sun (Phoenix area) is an re­mark­able win­ter get­away, but Talk­ing Rock has it all and more com­fort­able tem­per­a­tures year around. Don’t miss out. Talk­ing Rock and Pine Canyon are ex­pan­sive but some day there just might be an end to the of­fer of these two spe­cial life­style op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Pine Canyon No. 18

Talk­ing Rock Real Es­tate

Talk­ing Rock Ranch Com­pound

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