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A true golfer’s paradise, The Phoenician resort in Scottsdale’s 27-hole championship golf course offers challenging and diverse holes set against the tranquil beauty of the surprisingly lush desert surroundings. The holes are divided into three distinctive nine-hole courses — the Oasis, the Desert and the Canyon — each representing unique features of the resort's grounds. The original Oasis and Desert courses were designed by Homer Flint, and holes 1 through 7 of the Canyon nine were designed by architect Ted Robinson Sr., who also redesigned the Desert nine. Insider tip: The Oasis number nine hole boasts Arizona’s only sand island green. The Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel's golf course also offers 27,000 square feet of practice facilities, including a full-service driving range, a chipping green and a state-of-the-art putting green, which presents a variety of putting challenges. Looking to improve your game? Sign up for The Phoenician Golf Academy, where you’ll get a computer-based video analysis, nine holes of golf complete with an instructor’s guidance, a DVD to take home and a personalized plan for improving your golf game. Customized private golf lessons are also available.