In a hectic world – from kids to meetings to traffic to housework and more – sometimes it’s hard to find time to relax. But several Arizona facilities have made it easier by offering prompt pampering in the spa and a brisk pace of play on the green. Time-pressed locals (or travelers on the go) may want to seek out these properties, which offer nine-hole golf courses or spa services that can be completed in 30 minutes or less.
The Divine Nine
The Phoenician, a luxury resort located just minutes from Old Town Scottsdale, features a championship 27-hole golf course divided into three distinctive nine-hole layouts. The facility is operated by Troon, an international golf course management company that encourages golfers to enjoy the game but finish by an established time par.
The three nine-hole courses at the lush Ocotillo Golf Resort in Chandler are also Troon managed, and offer gentle reminders to, among other things, limit the search of lost golf balls and keep up with the group in front of you.
Canyon Mesa Country Club, located eight miles south of Sedona, features a short, narrow course that averages just 140 yards a hole from the white tees. Billed as an ideal property for novice players, it also attracts advanced players looking to sharpen their short game. Players can speed through nine holes in 1.5 hours, or complete 18 in less than three.
Tucson’s Hilton El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort offers 45 holes of championship golf, and includes the nine-hole Pusch Ridge course – perfect for a quick game or brisk warm up. The resort, located at the foot of the picturesque Santa Catalina Mountains, also offers two 18-hole courses at its country club.
South of Tucson, you’ll find three very playable nines at Tubac Golf Resort & Spa. The acreage was once a historic cattle ranch, and players may encounter grazing cattle just beyond the greens, as well as old-growth cottonwoods and challenging water hazards.
At La Paloma Country Club, on the grounds of Tucson’s Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa, management boasts that a nine-hole game can be played in less than two hours – and designates morning tee times for golfers committed to playing in 20 minutes or more below the facility’s time par.
Timely Treatments at Area Spas
The spa at Omni Tucson National Resort offers 30-minute manicures and pedicures, a relaxing hot-oil-and-scalp massage and a variety of facials that leave your skin feeling refreshed and glowing.
Express services are also available at Bliss Scottsdale at W Scottsdale, including mini micro-dermabrasion facials, foot reflexology massages and hot-cream manicures.
Spa Avania at Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa has numerous luxurious “on-the-go” treatments like manicures and pedicures featuring a zesty orange-peel scrub, mini facials and reflexology massage.
Nearby, at VH Spa at Hotel Valley Ho, reflexology is also on the prompt-pampering menu, along with body scrubs, chair massages, simple polish-change manicures and spray (sunless) tanning.
Over at Paradise Valley’s Joya Spa at Montelucia Resort and Spa, some treatments clock in at just 25 minutes, including a neck, back and shoulder massage – as well as reflexology treatments and cleansing “refresher” facials