Short On Time Tee Times

By local contributor
Eric Harrison

Golf is a game that takes time. It takes time to improve your skills. It takes time to fill your bag with just the right clubs. It takes time to fix that hook or slice. It takes time to read the green. And sometimes it takes too much time to play a single round of golf.

When you’re short on daylight (literally or figuratively), but still want to get your fix, these five courses and experiences will satisfy your craving for great golf in a fraction of the time.


Mountain Shadows

Nestled at the foot of Camelback Mountain, with views of Mummy Mountain in the opposite direction, the Mountain Shadows course is comprised of 18 interesting par-3s and a bonus “wager hole” between 17 and 18. Best of all, your foursome can get around the course in a party cart in just a couple of hours.


Cool Clubs

Let Cool Clubs improve your golf game without ever stepping onto a golf course. Scottsdale’s Cool Clubs is an independent club fitter with state-of-the-art technology that lets you play on an indoor TrackManTM video screen while their staff analyzes your swing dynamics. Next, they’ll set you up with the perfect set of new clubs or modify your current set to fit your game perfectly. You’ll leave Scottsdale with an improved golf game and more time to enjoy the city.


Rancho Mañana

Start your weekend off right in the heart of the Sonoran Desert at Rancho Mañana Golf Club in historic Cave Creek. Their Friday Wine & 9 special gets you nine holes of superb desert golf and two wines or beers from the club’s Oasis patio grill. There’s no better way to squeeze in a quick nine and enjoy a drink and an amazing Scottsdale sunset.



Golf can feel like a whole lot of hit, hurry up and wait. There’s all the time between shots and, if we’re being honest, all that time spent searching for errant tee-shots. Speed things up with a cold beverage and a game of Old Course at St Andrew’s at NDoor Golf Sports Bar. This sports bar-meets-golf videogame will be so much fun that you might forget you were trying to save time and play another virtual round on a world-famous course from across the globe.


Continental Golf Course

When your days are booked solid, why not golf at night? This quick, par-60 course is home to the Night Golf Tournament – one of the most entertaining experiences you’ll ever have on a golf course. The tournament usually takes place on the last Saturday of the month and includes dinner. Trust us, it will be the high”light” of your Scottsdale Experience.


Orange Tree

Don’t let hunger make you take a “breakfast ball” mulligan when you get up early to squeeze in a quick nine. Opt for the Breakfast & 9 at Orange Tree Golf Club, which includes a hearty meal from the Grove restaurant and nine fast holes of golf that will leave you with the rest of the day to explore Scottsdale.