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Red Rock Golf and Exploring the Splendor Of Sedona

Program Number: 4803RJ
Start and End Dates:
11/1/2015 - 11/6/2015; 3/6/2016 - 3/11/2016; 4/10/2016 - 4/15/2016; 10/30/2016 - 11/4/2016;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Sedona, Arizona
Price starting at: $1,165.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Golf; Natural History
Meals: 13; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

In the red-rock surroundings of beautiful Sedona, experience a first class golf adventure on 3 of Sedona’s finest courses. PGA-certified pros provide small-group instruction to improve all aspects of your game. Off the links, Sedona’s culture and history come alive during field trips and excursions. Enjoy presentations on desert critters and Sedona’s storied past in the motion-picture industry.


• Play three great golf courses, including the Robert Trent Jones designed Oak Creek Country Club, set against stunning red-rock cliffs, and the 4-star rated Hilton Sedona Golf Resort, one of the top public courses in the state. Play 54 holes of golf, including a fun 9-hole scramble.
• Experience four hours of small-group golf instruction with PGA- certified pros who delve into swing mechanics, chipping and putting.
• Explore Montezuma Castle National Monument’s five- story cliff dwelling and enjoy an open-air trolley excursion to Sedona’s favorite destinations, including the Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired Chapel of the Holy Cross and Airport Mesa’s stunning overlook.

Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles on golf courses, uneven terrain. The challenge and quality of the golf courses make this program best-suited for players with experience. Non-golfing participants welcome with significant discount.

Coordinated by Northern Arizona University.


Sedona was historically a rural ranching community in Oak Creek Canyon. Today, the sunny city attracts visitors to its red-rock cliffs and lush evergreens, international film festival, and lively art scene.

Red rock views from the 4-Star Hilton Sedona Golf Resort. Large recreational outdoor pool, lap swimming pool, fitness center, and Spa.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Richard Stephens

Rich has been director of Northern Arizona University’s highly popular Road Scholar programs since 2001. He previously spent many years in the field as a program coordinator and group leader, where he honed his skills and learned the importance of detailed, pre-trip planning. Before making his home in Arizona’s spectacular red-rock country, Rich spent 10 years in Yosemite National Park and the Santa Cruz mountains as an environmental educator.
Garrett Roberts

From the historical to the cinematic to the dust-on-your-brow trail, Garrett Roberts knows the American West. His lectures invoke intrigue and humor to dispel the myths created by Hollywood’s western genre. Garrett replicates museum-quality 19th century leather equipment for theater, is an avid hiker, and enjoys singing jazz. He has also worked for Emmy award-winning wardrobe designer Michael Boyd and was the key costume designer for Stephen Spielberg’s “Into the West.”
Meals and Lodgings
   Hilton Sedona Resort
  Sedona, AZ 5 nights
 Hilton Sedona Resort
Type: Resort
  Description: The Hilton Sedona Golf Resort & Spa is Sedona’s Luxury Golf Resort located amidst the spectacular beauty of Northern Arizona’s Red Rock Country in the heart of Sedona. Sedona. The location is simply magical and has been called "The Most Beautiful Place in America." Our Guests enjoy stunning views of the majestic Red Rock formations surrounding the Hilton Sedona Resort – giving the Resort a feeling of a High Desert Lodge.
  Contact info: 90 Ridge Trail Dr.
Sedona, AZ 86351 USA
phone: 928-284-4040
  Room amenities: Our Guest Rooms are beautifully decorated with Hand-carved Mexican Alder Wood and Wrought Iron furnishings. Each Guest Room features items from the Hilton Serenity Collection. The Serenity Bed includes an exclusive Suite Dreams Mattress, Super Topper Mattress Pad, Down-Filled Comforters, Touch of Down Pillows, 250 thread-count sheets and Duvet Cover, along with custom Southwest Decorative Bed Throws and Bolster Pillows. 32-inch LCD Flat Screen TV Small Refrigerators & Wet Bar High-Speed Internet Access is available Desk & Work Area with 2-Line Phone Small Sitting Area Cozy Gas Fireplace Private Patio or Private Balcony with spectacular views of stunning Red Rock formations or our perfectly manicured Championship Golf Course Fairways Microwave Oven
  Facility amenities: Fitness Center: 2,500 Square-Feet of Fitness Center, PreCor Equipment: Weight Machines, Treadmills, Ellipticals, Bikes, Olympic Free Weights, Rowers, etc. Spa: 1,300 Square-Feet Aerobic Room with Wood Floor; 25-Meter Heated Lap Pool; Outdoor Hot Spa & Wading Pool; 3 Lighted Tennis Courts; Luxury Men's and Ladies' Locker Rooms with Large Spas, Saunas and Steam Rooms Golf: Spectacular Championship Golf Course designed by Gary Panks to blend this challenging Golf Course within the natural beauty of the Red Rocks of Sedona. The Sedona Golf Course at The Hilton Sedona Golf Resort & Spa has been named, "Top 10 New Public Golf Course" by Golf Magazine, "Best Par-3 Golf Course in the State" by the Arizona Republic, and "One of the 100 Most Women-Friendly Golf Courses in America" by Golf for Women Magazine.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: $200 - $300/night Please call ahead for seasonal pricing.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $200 - $300/night Please call ahead for seasonal pricing.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Drop in registration in the hotel lobby between 4:30 - 5:15 PM. Program orientation begins at 5:30 PM followed by dinner. Hotel check-in anytime after 3:00pm You will be staying at Hilton Sedona Resort that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after breakfast. You will be staying at Hilton Sedona Resort the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required.
  Parking availability:
On hotel premises, no charge.
To Start of Program
  Location:  Sedona, AZ
  Nearest city or town:  Phoenix, AZ 120 mi S; Flagstaff, AZ 30 mi N
  Nearest highway: AZ Hwy 179
  Nearest airport:  Phoenix Sky Harbor Intl
  From End of Program
  Location:  Departures
Travel Details

Sedona, AZ to/from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport


From Airport




Commercial Van/Shuttle
Ace XPress Shuttle Co
phone: 928-639-3357
Advanced Reservations Required


Per Person/One Way:


Approximately $68 one way to Sedona; price does not include gratuity.
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


2.5 hours 




120 miles


Scheduled as much as possible to your arrival in Phoenix. Pick up all terminals and nearby airport hotels, drop off at program hotel. RETURN: Scheduled as much as possible to your departure time from your hotel. Drop off at your terminal at Phoenix airport. Reservations required. Note: This shuttle company also provides service from Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport.


Sedona, AZ to/from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport


From Airport




Commercial Van/Shuttle
Van Go Shuttle
phone: 866-448-2646
Advanced Reservations Required


Per Person/One Way:


Estimated $45, price does not include customary gratuity.
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


2 hours (from Phoenix). 






Van Go times shuttles to arrive in conjunction with program start/end times. Best to arrive into Phoenix Sky Harbor airport by 12:30 PM and book departures from PHX after 1:00 PM. Call shuttle company PRIOR to booking flights to aid in ease of travel transfers as Van Go offers just one shuttle departure time. Van Go picks up from all terminals at Phoenix airport and nearby airport hotels, and drops off at program hotel. Return shuttle departs immediately upon conclusion of program.


Sedona, AZ to/from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport


From Airport




Commercial Van/Shuttle
Arizona Shuttle
phone: 800-448-7988
Advanced Reservations Required


Per Person/One Way:


Approximately $51; $49 (if internet reservation), price does not include driver gratuity.
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:






120 miles


Eleven shuttles daily from Phoenix International Airport to Sedona. Pick up shuttle just outside the terminal's baggage claim. RETURN: pick up at your hotel, drop off at your terminal at Phoenix airport. For ease of travel transfers, it is recommended that participants check shuttle schedules PRIOR to booking airfare.

Driving Directions
  Hilton Sedona from I-40 Take the I-40 to exit 195 south in Flagstaff. Go south on the I-17 for 42 miles to exit 298, AZ Highway 179, Sedona. Turn right on AZ Highway 179 for 7 miles, turn left on Ridge Trail Drive and resort is shortly on your right.
  Hilton Sedona from Phoenix Take the I-17 North out of Phoenix for 100 miles until you reach the AZ-179 N exit, EXIT 298, toward SEDONA. Turn LEFT onto AZ-179 and continue to follow for 7.1 miles (at the first round-about). Turn LEFT onto RIDGE TRAIL DR. for 0.2 miles. End at 90 Ridge Trail Dr Sedona, AZ 86351-7390
Elevation Note: 4500 feet. elevation. Those with heart or lung concerns should consult physician before attending.

Equipment Requirements: Must bring own golf clubs, or rent clubs at extra charge of approximately $100.00/week. Please keep in mind we play three different courses so if renting will be using 3 different sets of clubs during the week.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Daily Schedule

Day 1: Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
(Sunday, November 1)
 Afternoon: On site Northern Arizona University Road Scholar program registration between 4:30 - 5:15 PM adjacent to the hotel lobby. Hotel rooms available after 3:00 PM, early arrivals will only be able to get rooms if they call ahead and pre-arrange.
 Afternoon: Beginning at 5:30PM, your Program Coordinator will conduct program orientation and Introductions. Review the weeks schedule, get to know your fellow participants, and get excited and prepared for the week ahead. A golf specific review of etiquette and group concerns will be addressed.
 Dinner: Dinner will follow our program orientation meeting and be at the hotel restaurant. Entrees will vary nightly and always include a vegetarian and gluten free option for those that enroll as such.
Accommodations: Hilton Sedona Resort
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Golf Instruction, Play 9 Holes of Golf
(Monday, November 2)

Note: 3 hours of lessons has very little walking, but you will be on your feet and active the entire time. 9 holes of golf - while golf carts are mandatory for play, it is possible, when conditions have been rainy, that players will have to keep carts on the cart path and thus have to walk up to 1 - 2 miles, on top of the rigors of playing 9 holes. The golf course is largely flat terrain.

 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel restaurant. Daily options to include: fresh fruit; eggs; breakfast meats; potatoes; French Toast; hot and cold cereals; assorted fruit juices; coffee; etc.
 Morning: We will spend the morning having lessons at the nearby Oak Creek Country Club. Instruction will be in a small group format and the group will receive instruction and practice tips on swing mechanics, putting, chipping, iron and wood play. The group will rotate between different pro's as we address different parts of the game .
 Lunch: Lunch at the country club, serving contemporary, health-focused cuisine. Lunch choices include selections such as: Grilled Pizza with Roasted Tomatoes, Basil and Mozzarella; Roasted Vegetables, Hummus, Olive - Feta Spread and Tabouleh Salad; and Soup de Jour & Chopped Salad with house vinegarette, for example
 Afternoon: Following lunch, tee times for 9 holes of golf at the Oak Creek Country Club.The Oak Creek Country Club is an 18 hole championship golf course nestled in the majestic Sedona red rocks. Designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. and Robert Trent Jones Jr., this course is truly a masterpiece featuring Sedona red rock views beyond compare. This course is a traditional layout similar to those that you may find in the Midwestern United States. In the usual Trent Jones manner, the fairways are classic tree lined doglegs with fairway bunkers strategically placed in the landing areas, and the greens are all slightly elevated and surrounded with large swirling green side bunkers. The golf course is "player friendly", allowing plenty of room for error but always with an opportunity to recover and get errant shots back into play. Players who desire to continue on and play additional holes can do so by making arrangements with the pro shop for additional fee.
 Dinner: For tonight's dinner we will walk the short distance over to the Golf Club and eat at their restaurant where we can enjoy magnificent views of the surrounding red rocks and beautiful layout of the golf course.
 Evening: Enjoy an evening presentation on a topic of interest -- regional history, natural history, or Sedona movie history.
Accommodations: Hilton Sedona Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Sedona by Trolley, Golf Instruction, Play 9 Holes of Golf
(Tuesday, November 3)

Note: Trolley tour has many short stops with limited walking/2 hours of lessons and 9 holes of golf can be quite rigorous. While golf carts are mandatory for play, it is possible, when conditions have been rainy, that players will have to keep carts on the cart path and thus have to walk up to 1 - 2 miles. The golf course is quite hilly and challenging and not suitable for beginners.

 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.
 Morning: After breakfast, you'll board the open air "Sedona Trolley". The Sedona Trolley is referred to as the "First Best Thing To Do In Sedona" and hits many of the towns scenic highlights. Tour Uptown Sedona, the Chapel of the Holy Cross, and views of Sedona and its surrounding red rocks from Airport Mesa. We will return to our hotel by 10:30 and head over to the golf course for an hour of small group lessons.
 Lunch: Lunch at the country club.
 Afternoon: Following lunch, we will have another hour of small group lessons before we head out to play 9 holes of golf at the Sedona Golf Resort. The course provides a combination of jaw-dropping splendor and exceptional challenge. The thrilling 6,646-yard, par - 71 course is widely considered among the world's most unforgettable golf experiences. Winding around the famed red rocks of Sedona, each hole provides a unique adventure. If you could play golf in the Grand Canyon, this would be it. No wonder this championship Sedona golf course receives a continuous four-star rating from Golf Digest.
 Dinner: Dinner at Pago's Italian Restaurant. Enjoy various homemade style pastas and pizza. All entrees come with a salad, drink and desert.
 Evening: After dinner, no scheduled talks are planned. Enjoy a little free time to relax from our first 2 days.
Accommodations: Hilton Sedona Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Montezuma Castle Monument, Golf Oakcreek Country Club
(Wednesday, November 4)

Note: Montezuma Castle field trip will have approximately 1 mile of walking on mostly flat terrain. 18 holes of golf in afternoon. While golf carts are mandatory for play, it is possible that players will have to keep carts on the cart path (when conditions have been wet) and thus have to walk up to 2 - 3 miles, on top of the rigors of playing 18 holes. The golf course is largely flat terrain.

 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel restaurant.
 Morning: After breakfast, travel to nearby Montezuma Castle National Monument. Montezuma Castle is a 5-story, 20-room cliff dwelling nestled in a limestone recess high above the flood plain of Beaver Creek in the Verde Valley. It is one of the best preserved cliff dwellings in North America, constructed 700 years ago by the Sinagua Indians. Walking of less than one mile on even trails.
 Lunch: Enjoy a hearty sack lunch at the Monuments beautiful picnic area on the banks of Wet Beaver Creek.
 Afternoon: After lunch, 18 holes of golf at Oak Creek Country Club. Bring your camera to capture a course layout that can only be found where red rock cliffs, vibrant green fairways and sparkling blue skies collide - true Sedona!
 Dinner: Tonight's dinner is left unscheduled to enjoy one of the many restaurants that are in the area on your own. For those without cars, the hotel will provide a free local shuttle to a number of restaurants.
 Evening: As our golfing will conclude in late afternoon, we will have a later dinner followed by a free evening.
Accommodations: Hilton Sedona Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Golf at Canyon Mesa Golf Club
(Thursday, November 5)

Note: Canyon Mesa is a hilly course and golf carts are provided. Often people who are planning to play 18 holes of golf on their free afternoon choose to just play the 9 hole scramble to have the energy for another 18 holes.

 Breakfast: Deluxe continental breakfast at hotel.
 Morning: Today we enjoy another 18 holes of golf at Canyon Mesa Golf Club. Start with a fun spirited 9 hole scramble tournament followed by 9 holes of individual play. Golf takes place at the Canyon Mesa Executive Course. The course is set in a beautiful riparian area with water coming into play on many holes. Greens are large, fast, and often undulating. Mature trees line the fairways and provide challenging shot selection for even the lowest of handicaps. This is a fun course for all golfers.
 Lunch: Lunch at the golf course.
 Afternoon: Free afternoon. For participants who wish to play additional golf during their free time, the Sedona Golf Resort will provide us with discounted pricing. Participants can make these arrangements upon arrival to the program.
 Dinner: Dinner at the Hilton Sedona..
 Evening: Enjoy an evening presentation on a topic of interest -- regional history, natural history, or Sedona movie history. We will follow this program with a short program wrap-up and farewells.
Accommodations: Hilton Sedona Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Program Concludes
(Friday, November 6)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.
 Morning: Program concludes after breakfast.
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
  Sedona, AZ General Overview
In addition to scheduled golf, the Oak Creek Country Club offers free use of their driving range from Monday to Wednesday. Points of interest w/in 2 Hours of Sedona: In the Flagstaff area, 30 miles north: Sinagua period ruins at Walnut Canyon and Wupatki National Monuments; Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument; the Native American artifacts and collections housed at the Museum of Northern Arizona, which also presents Native American performances and demonstrations; the Kachina Wilderness on the 12,600 ft high San Francisco Peaks; old downtown Flagstaff & old Route 66; Lowell Observatory, which discovered the planet Pluto. In the Oak Creek / Sedona area: Massive sandstone cliffs and riparian beauty of Oak Creek Canyon; Sedona red rock monoliths and the surrounding Secret Mountain Wilderness; Sedona’s fine art and jewelry galleries and its international cuisines; the New Age Sedona vortex offerings; the Sinagua ruins at Montezuma’s Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments; Jerome, AZ a mining ghost town. In other outlying areas: Hopi & Navajo Reservations; the Mary Colter designed La Posada Hotel / Restaurant at Winslow, AZ; Grand Canyon Railroad at Williams, AZ and the Grand Canyon National Park (2.5 hours north.)
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List

Ancient Peoples of the American Southwest

Author: Steve Plog

Description: The American Southwest is home to some of the most remarkable monuments of America's prehistoric past, such as Chaco Canyon and Mesa Verde. Stephen Plog, who has spent decades working in the region, provides the most readable and up-to-date account of the predecessors of the modern Hopi and Pueblo Indian cultures in this well-received account. Chaco Canyon became the center of a thriving Anasazi cultural tradition. It was the hub of a trading network extending over hundreds of miles, whose arteries were a series of extraordinary roads that are still being discovered and mapped. Interweaving the latest archaeological evidence with early first-person accounts, Professor Plog explains the rise and mysterious fall of Southwestern cultures. 224pp.

Arizona: A Cavalcade of History

Author: Trimble, Marshall

Description: During America's first 100 years as a nation, pioneers moved ever-westward to new frontiers. When it became too crowded or the soil was mined out, they moved on to virgin land. Those days are gone forever. We have to learn to live with the problems we create. The knowledge gained from studying the mistakes of the past can help provide a better future. Will Rogers said it best: "The Indians never got lost because they were always looking back to see where they'd been." 368pp

Explorer's Guide Phoenix, Scottsdale, Sedona & Central Arizona: A Great Destination

Author: Christine Bailey

Description: Imagine all the adventures you’ll have in Arizona— touring the mountains and red deserts, seeing one spectacular natural wonder after another: the Grand Canyon, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument...Discover the art galleries, museums, resorts, and cuisine that help make Phoenix and Scottsdale such hot destinations. Full-color photographs throughout.

Secret Sedona: Sacred Moments in the Landscape

Author: Larry Lindahl

Description: This book provides an overview of the terrain, ancestral Indian ruins and petroglyphs found in Sedona's wilderness areas. Extraordinary photography from one of the nations most photogenic areas. 80 pages.

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