The Good Life

Desert Blooms

The Scottsdale, Arizona, area is home to some of the world’s most stunning golf courses, and a host of luxury resorts perfect for a golf trip
By Larry Olmsted | From The Sopranos | 20th Anniversary, March/April 2019
Desert Blooms
Imagine a cactus. There are nearly 2,000 different kinds of catci around the globe, but odds are very good that the one you are picturing is the saguaro, tall and green with curving arms raised towards the sky—the stuff of Road Runner cartoons. It is the quintessential cactus, yet surprisingly it is only found in one ecosystem, the Sonoran Desert, a relatively tiny chunk of the earth’s real estate. The Sonoran Desert also happens to be the ideal setting for desert golf, a dramatic landscape that resembles the ocean floor, with a tumultuous, boulder-strewn rocky surface that is never quite flat, filled with fissures in the form of arroyos, and crowned with myriad types of …
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