Ask Travelin' Joe: Arizona, Pebble Beach, Palm Beach
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My wife and I are planning a trip to Arizona and we've heard Sedona shouldn't be missed. Where should we play while we're in town? Don Ryan, New Britain, CT
For red-rock splendor it's hard to beat the strategy-filled course at Sedona Golf Resort (928-284-9355, sedonagolfresort.com). If you go before May 21 you can play after 2 p.m. for $69 versus $105 earlier in the day. From May 21-Aug. 26, rates are $93 before 1 p.m. and $59 after. A worthy alternative is Oak Creek Country Club ($79-$125; 928-284-1660, oakcreekcountryclub.com)
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Palm Beach is known more for polo-loving tycoons than for value golf, but Jack Nicklaus created an option for folks not named Rockefeller. He revamped this onetime muni for a $1 fee, adding more than 800 yards in length, routing a second hole on the Intracoastal Waterway, and sprinkling bunkers and heaving greens that would be at home on his upscale designs. For locals it's like hitting the lottery, right down to the dollar-and-a-dream theory.
Greens fee: $69-$108
For tee times call 561-691-3433 or visit village-npb.org
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Sundown savings at Spyglass
Pebble Beach, California
Teeing off late in the day is a mixed bag: fees are lower but you might not finish your round, especially on crowded resort courses. The value of twilight savings depends on the course. Avoid layouts that play through canyons (where daylight fades quickly) or where the best holes come late in the round. For my money, the best twilight deal is at Spyglass Hill Golf Course in Pebble Beach, Calif. Sure, there are cheaper places to play regular rates are $300 but the twilight savings are significant. Rates for 2007 will be posted this month, but last year it was $175 after 4:30 p.m. Reservations are not taken for twilight hours: it's walk-up, first-come, first-served. Darkness falls around 8:30-9:00 p.m. in summer. Plus, Spyglass' memorable holes all come early, especially the dune-filled stretch from Nos. 2 to 5 that skirts the Pacific.