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Arizona

Red Rock Golf and Exploring the Splendor Of Sedona

Program No. 4803RJ
With Red Rock State Park as your background, play three renowned golf courses and enjoy small-group instruction from PGA-certified pros on this golfing adventure of a lifetime.

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DATES & starting prices
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Mar 3 - Mar 8, 2024
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2,199
Apr 28 - May 3, 2024
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2,199
Sep 29 - Oct 4, 2024
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2,199
Nov 10 - Nov 15, 2024
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2,199
Mar 2 - Mar 7, 2025
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2,299
Apr 27 - May 2, 2025
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2,299
Sep 28 - Oct 3, 2025
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2,299
Nov 9 - Nov 14, 2025
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2,299
DATES & starting prices
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Mar 3 - Mar 8, 2024
Starting at
2,959
Apr 28 - May 3, 2024
Starting at
2,959
Sep 29 - Oct 4, 2024
Starting at
2,959
Nov 10 - Nov 15, 2024
Starting at
2,959
Mar 2 - Mar 7, 2025
Starting at
3,119
Apr 27 - May 2, 2025
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3,119
Sep 28 - Oct 3, 2025
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3,119
Nov 9 - Nov 14, 2025
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3,119

At a Glance

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.
Activity Level
Outdoor: No Sweat
Walking up to two miles on uneven terrain. The challenge of the golf courses make this best-suited for experienced players. Elevations of 4,500 feet.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 13 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • 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.

General Notes

Non-golfing participants welcome with significant price reduction. Please call for details. Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
Featured Expert
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Heather Risk
Heather Risk is the head golf professional and the director of instruction for Oakcreek Country Club. Heather’s passion is teaching golf. It shows in her preparation and enthusiasm in her lessons and the results that her students have enjoyed. Heather has over 15 years of teaching at country clubs and resort golf courses in northern Arizona with a clientele ranging from scratch golfers to beginners and everywhere in between. Heather is a Class A LPGA teaching and club professional.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Richard Stephens View biography
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.
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Margaret (Maggie) Mitchell View biography
Maggie Mitchell has spent years leading educational excursions throughout the Sedona area. Her passion lies with the study of Arizona's wild creatures, and she loves sharing her love of reptiles and spiders with students of all ages.
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Heather Risk View biography
Heather Risk is the head golf professional and the director of instruction for Oakcreek Country Club. Heather’s passion is teaching golf. It shows in her preparation and enthusiasm in her lessons and the results that her students have enjoyed. Heather has over 15 years of teaching at country clubs and resort golf courses in northern Arizona with a clientele ranging from scratch golfers to beginners and everywhere in between. Heather is a Class A LPGA teaching and club professional.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Explorer's Guide Phoenix, Scottsdale, Sedona & Central Arizona: A Great Destination
by Christine Bailey
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.
Ancient Peoples of the American Southwest
by Steve Plog
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.
Secret Sedona: Sacred Moments in the Landscape
by Larry Lindahl
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.
Arizona: A Cavalcade of History
by Trimble, Marshall
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
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6 days
5 nights
13 meals
5 B 4 L 4 D
DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Sedona, AZ
D
Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock

Activity note: Hotel check-in from 3:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Program Registration: 4:30-5:15 p.m. After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar conference room/meeting room to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute changes, other important information, and to learn when and where the Orientation session will take place. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in. Orientation: 5:30 p.m. We will gather in our conference room/meeting room. where the Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule and any changes, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. Periods in the schedule labeled “Free Time and “At Leisure” offer opportunities to make the program more meaningful and memorable while going out to explore on your own, engaging in available activities independently, making new friends among fellow Road Scholars, or simply relaxing. The Group Leader will always be happy to offer suggestions. Transportation for program-related activities will be in vans unless noted otherwise. For participants who wish to play golf during free time on the afternoon of Day 5, the Sedona Golf Resort will provide discounted pricing. Participants can make these arrangements upon arrival at the program. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: In the hotel dining room, we’ll have a buffet meal with the chef's dessert of the day, and a choice of coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
2
Golf Instruction, Play 9 Holes of Golf at Oak Creek
Sedona, AZ
B,L,D
Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock

Activity note: Little walking during 3 hours of golf lessons, but on your feet and active the entire time. Golf carts mandatory; if/when conditions have been rainy, golf carts must stay on the cart path with the possibility of walking 1-2 miles; largely flat terrain.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel restaurant.

Morning: We’ll spend the morning at nearby Oak Creek Country Club, an 18-hole championship golf course nestled in the majestic Sedona red rocks. We’ll have lessons in small groups where professional golfing instructors will focus on swing mechanics, putting, chipping, iron and wood play. Our small groups will rotate between instructors as they address different parts of the game.

Lunch: At the Oak Creek Country Club, we’ll have a plated and served lunch.

Afternoon: Next, it’s 9 holes of golf at the Oak Creek Country Club. Designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr., and Robert Trent Jones, Jr., this course is truly a masterpiece featuring Sedona red rock views beyond compare. In the usual Robert Trent Jones manner, the fairways are classic tree lined doglegs with fairway bunkers strategically placed in the landing areas. The greens are slightly elevated and surrounded with large swirling green side bunkers. This golf course is considered "player friendly" — allowing plenty of room for error but always with an opportunity to recover and get errant shots back into play.

Dinner: Hotel buffet meal.

Evening: In a conference room at the hotel, we’ll enjoy a program led by an educator focused on desert critters such as spiders, live snakes, and scorpions. We’ll have the opportunity to see, touch and have our pictures taken with our desert friends and learn about the ways they adapt and thrive in this harsh environment

DAY
3
Sedona by Trolley, Golf Instruction followed by 9 Holes.
Sedona, AZ
B,L,D
Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock

Activity note: The trolley makes many short stops; limited walking. 1.5 hours of golf lessons followed by 9 holes of golf at Sedona Golf Resort course; quite hilly and challenging, not suitable for beginners.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We’ll board the open air Sedona Trolley — often called the "First Best Thing To Do In Sedona" — that hits many of the town’s scenic highlights, including Uptown Sedona, the Chapel of the Holy Cross, and Airport Mesa with views of Sedona and its surrounding red rocks. We’ll return to the hotel by 10:30 a.m., then head over to the golf course for an hour and a half of small group lessons.

Lunch: Country club plated lunch.

Afternoon: We’ll play 9 holes of golf at the Sedona Golf Resort. The velvety greens, surrounded by incredible red rock landscapes, look as if they’re carpeted. Every hole is a new adventure. With a 4-star rating from Golf Digest, the 6,646-yard, par-71 course is exceptionally challenging, offering what is widely considered one of the most memorable golf experiences in the world.

Dinner: At a favorite local Mexican restaurant, we’ll have a plated dinner with a choice of American or Mexican themed entrées plus coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
Montezuma Castle Monument, Play 18 Holes at Oak Creek
Sedona, AZ
B,L
Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock

Activity note: Walking about 1 mile at Montezuma Castle; mostly flat terrain. 18 holes of golf in the afternoon. Golf carts mandatory; if/when conditions have been rainy, golf carts must stay on the cart path with the possibility of walking 1-2 miles; largely flat terrain.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We’ll depart on a field trip to Montezuma Castle National Monument. This 5-story, 20-room cliff dwelling is 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 approximately 600 years ago by the Sinagua Indians.

Lunch: We’ll have a hearty sack lunch to eat when and where you please.

Afternoon: Returning to Oak Creek Country Club, we’ll play 18 holes of golf. 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: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. The hotel offers a free shuttle to a number of local restaurants.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
5
18 Hole golf "Scramble" at Canyon Mesa, Free Time
Sedona, AZ
B,L,D
Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock

Activity note: Hilly course at Canyon Mesa; golf carts provided.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: Enjoy an 18-hole golf scramble at the Canyon Mesa Country Club executive course. Fun is the name of the game, as we partner with new friends and engage in a little friendly, no-pressure competition. 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.

Lunch: At the golf course, we’ll have a buffet lunch.

Afternoon: Free Time. For participants who wish to play golf during free time, the Sedona Golf Resort will provide us with discounted pricing (arrangements made upon arrival at the program). You might like to visit some of Sedona’s many famed art galleries, set out on one of the hiking trails, or enjoy the resort’s Spa amenities (extra fees may apply).

Dinner: Hotel buffet.

Evening: We’ll then gather at the hotel for a program wrap-up, impressions from the week, and final reflections. The remainder of the evening will be at leisure. Be sure to prepare for check-out and departures in the morning.

DAY
6
Program Concludes, Independent Departures
Sedona, AZ
B

Activity note: Hotel check-out by 11:00 a.m.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet. This concludes our program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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If you want to attend the live lecture, please do not wait until the last minute to enroll.
If you enroll after a lecture is complete, we’ll send you a recording of the event.