Golfing on the (Oiled) Sands in Apache Junction

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APACHE JUNCTION -- There are almost 200 golf courses in the Phoenix metropolitan area. The Snake Hole Golf and Country Club isn't one of them because its members march to the beat of a different five-iron. It's a nine-hole, par 29 course, the longest hole is just over 100 feet, and all its greens are small. And they're all brown because they're made of sand, not grass. In … [Read more...]

Arizona Hotspots & Leisure Trivia 3: Can You Pass?

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Test your knowledge of Arizona hotspots and leisure activities with this short quiz, originally published in Marshall Trimble’s Official Arizona Trivia. Don’t scroll down too quickly. The answers are posted shortly below the questions. When you’re finished, leave a comment with your score. What is the largest city park in the world and where is it located? What is the … [Read more...]

Getting Close with Nature at Sipe White Mountain Wildlife Area


WHITE MOUNTAINS -- People who like to look at, touch and fondle animal skulls will like the Sipe White Mountain Wildlife Area. It's a secluded place where Native American ruins lie out in the open, and where the elk and antelope wander around like they own the territory. The 1,362-acre piece of land is a former cattle ranch acquired by the Arizona Game and Fish Department, … [Read more...]

Eager Home to Nation’s Only Domed High School Football Stadium

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EAGAR -- Those who aren't aware of its presence might mistake the Round Valley Ensphere for a flying saucer. It's a logical misassumption because it looks like a flying saucer, just waiting for a UFO pilot to come and fly it away. But in reality, it's a multi-use facility based on the campus of the Round Valley High School. And it ain't goin' nowhere. It's the only high … [Read more...]

Naco’s Turquoise Valley Golf Course Has Gone to the Snakes?

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NACO -- The Turquoise Valley Golf Course is one of those places that makes you wonder if golfers ever tell the truth, either on or off the course. Maybe it's because the fifteenth hole is "the Rattler," a 746-yard par 6, which makes it the longest golf hole in the West and fifth-longest in the United States. That might give credibility to some of the tall stories emerging from … [Read more...]