Ask Travelin' Joe

Ask Travelin’ Joe

The Golf Club at Estrella in Phoenix beats a day meeting with colleagues.
Lonna Tucker

Hi Joe,
My company is having its annual
meeting in Phoenix at the
. We have a scramble
planned, but I have an extra day to
Do you have a suggestion for a
must-play course nearby? —John Weber, Bloomongton, Ill.

January 2008 Golf Magazine Cover
January 2008

No matter which Wigwam course
you play, there are two other quality
layouts on property, though both are
traditional parkland-style courses.
For a taste of the desert, check out
Palm Valley ($42-$90; 623-935-2500,, an Arthur
Hills creation down the street. For
more drama, there’s the renamed
Golf Club at Estrella ($60-$139;
a Jack Nicklaus II design.

Hey Joe,
I’m thinking about visiting Puerto
Rico in the coming year. Can you
recommend some decent courses
there for under$100? —
Mike Wojton, Yardley, PA.

You definitely have options on the
island in that price range, Mike. Here
are my top three choices, in order of
value. First, there’s the wonderfully
rustic Coamo Springs Golf & Tennis
($25-$60; 787-825-1370,, designed by
Ferdinand Garbin and located in the
southern part of Puerto Rico. Also look
at the Flamboyan course, a spirited
Rees Jones design, at Palmas del Mar
Country Club
($53-$125; 787-285-2255,, as well
as the Embassy Suites Dorado Del
($87-$120; 787-796-3070,,
designed by Chi Chi Rodriguez.

Dear Joe,
Where in Florida would you
recommend a 60-year-old couple
go for a golf vacation? We prefer
mid-level accommodations and
courses—not top of the line, but
not bargain-basement, either. —
Dan Kincaid, Denver, Colo.

Florida is one place where you usually
don’t have to sacrifice quality for value.
You can start with Mission Inn
in Howey-in-the-Hills
( Both
courses here—the older El Campeon
and the Gary Koch-designed Las
Colinas—are fun without being overly
penal. The charming resort is close
enough to Orlando’s attractions but
rural enough to still feel like a getaway.
PGA Village Resort,
in Port St. Lucie, has accommodations
to fit any budget, plus three wonderful,
affordable courses (prices are $29-$99),
two by Tom Fazio and one by Pete Dye.

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