If you want to ask Travelin' Joe a question, e-mail him at email@example.com. Dear Joe,On my way home to Huntington Beach, Calif., from Santa Fe, N.M., in October, I plan on stopping in Prescott, Ariz., and would like to play golf the following morning. I have found a listing for Prescott Lakes GC that is private but sounds like a neat course. Is it possible to be able to play a private course without having a reciprocal membership? Or is there another course you would recommend in the Prescott area?Mike Allen, Via email Some private clubs area easier to access than others, especially in this economy. If you're going to play mid-week, a polite, sincere inquiry via letter, phone call or email is worth a try. I'm not saying it will work at Prescott Lakes, but give it a go. The Hale Irwin design is a tough, scenic, high-desert test, with firm, fast greens.
If that doesn't work, your next best option is StoneRidge (928-772-6500, stoneridgegolf.com; $33-$69), a Randy Heckenkemper creation that dishes out heaving fairways, elevated greens and a memorable set of par-3s. Hi Joe,My son and I are traveling to San Diego next month. We need a cheap round of golf, but one with some scenery. We can't afford Torrey Pines this trip. Help, please!Doc Grayson, Billings, Mont. Coronado Golf Course (619-435-3121, golfcoronado.com; $25-$54) on Coronado Island is your best bet. Opened in 1957, when Hall-of-Famers Billy Casper and Gene Littler were in the opening foursome, this municipal track features flattish, tree-lined fairways that make for an easy walk. Pace of play is never quick, but you don't mind lingering here and there, because half the holes sport handsome views of San Diego Bay. Among the sights to see are Navy ships, sailboats, the Hotel del Coronado and the corkscrew-shaped San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge. Hi Joe,My daughter has recently moved to Colorado Springs and I will be visiting. Can you suggest some courses that I should play? My handicap is 12.Joe Lane, Ireland Towering above everything in the area are the three courses at The Broadmoor (719-577-5790, broadmoor.com; $150-$185 in October, $100 in November). The historic Donald Ross/Robert Trent Jones Sr.-designed East just hosted the U.S. Senior Open in August, while the recently renovated Mountain course is among the most scenic in the Rockies. Unfortunately, you've got to stay at the resort or else be a guest of someone who's staying there to get aboard.
For a taste of distinctive architecture, I would drive a half-hour south to Pueblo and play Walking Stick (719-584-3400, golfinpueblo.com; $28-$41), a wide-open Keith Foster design that played host to the U.S. Public Links Championship a few years back. Strategic bunkering and a smattering of well-placed bunkers -- plus the miniscule green fee -- makes it worth the trek.