Written by EAGLETOUCH on 30 Mar, 2006
Top choices:1. The Refuge: the most beautiful course I have ever played on. I played for a rate of $65 with a cart. This desert course is challenging but not too challenging, the fairways and greens are meticulous, and the employees friendly (except one grumpy…Read More
1. The Refuge: the most beautiful course I have ever played on. I played for a rate of $65 with a cart. This desert course is challenging but not too challenging, the fairways and greens are meticulous, and the employees friendly (except one grumpy bartender). Great views of the mountains and lake.2. Emerald Canyon in Parker: a great course that weaves through (and up) the canyons. Well-maintained, great personnel, reasonable rate of $59 with a cart. Great views at every turn.Other courses:3. London Bridge Golf Courses: two courses, East and West. Nice courses, but not great. I preferred the West course. A little pricey at $59. The $20 early-bird back-nine rate is nice.4. Havasu Island Golf course: don't waste your time: ugly grass and greens and people walk on throughout the course from the surrounding neighborhoods. Unpleasant help.GOLF USA: The place to buy anything you need for golf, with a wide variety of equipments and supplies, but most of all, go for the friendly, honest, and helpful employees (not the pushy kind).
Written by btwood2 on 08 Jul, 2007
For Optimal ViewingLet me take you for a quick whirl around Lake Havasu City just to solidify your feel for this slightly surreal place. The very first thing everyone stops to gape at, walk under, walk over, and be amazed with is London…Read More
For Optimal ViewingLet me take you for a quick whirl around Lake Havasu City just to solidify your feel for this slightly surreal place. The very first thing everyone stops to gape at, walk under, walk over, and be amazed with is London Bridge, of course. Note the arches and granite brick reconstruction, painstakingly shipped all the way from London in 1968. That’s one substantial bridge, a fascinating piece of both English and Arizona history. _______________But at least equally, if not more than the famous historic bridge, Lake Havasu is about what goes on on the lake itself. And that’s boating and all kinds of personal watercraft (pwc) activity, almost all motorized. A lot of people own boats, and haul them to the Colorado River for water fun and party times when the weather warms, which is all but a few months of the year. Since Lake Havasu is as much a wide spot in the Colorado River as a lake, boaters can make their way downriver to other hot spots, like Parker. The photo below is looking north, with Needles Peaks visible in background._______________They call it Arizona’s West Coast, and like any respectable coast, it’s gotta have beaches, even if sand has to be hauled in. We spent some time checking out various local beaches, including the infamous Mudshark Beach (which is now more often called Rotary Park Beach), south of London Bridge. It’s got sand and beach huts, as does London Bridge Beach on the island, across from it (pictured below). That one even has an enclosed Lions Dog Park (cute name), where people can come to let their dogs play with each other. Don’t have your own boat, but money burning a hole in your pocket? Wave runners were renting for $50 an hour, plus tax and gas. Boats at $80 an hour. Plus your $300-500 deposit._______________Though there are marinas on the Colorado and in Lake Havasu, I’d speculate that most boats get hauled in from Phoenix and L.A. After I finished my morning hike at Lake Havasu State Park, I got back to the parking lot to find my little Hyundai Elantra surrounded by monster trucks and SUVs, most of them pulling boat trailers. I mean, my car was so dwarfed I almost couldn’t find it! Lots of gas, lots of diesel, lots of horsepower, lots of bucks. I got out of there fast, thankful the Hyundai hadn’t already been squashed like a bug._______________Lake Havasu likes to advertise itself as the personal watercraft capital of the world. It’s a good gimmick, and it may be true, though I’m not sure how you measure that kind of thing. There sure isn’t any shortage of the little buggers though. Personally, I hate them. They’re noisy and polluting, and I wouldn’t want to ride on one even if it was offered me. Actually, we were offered a ride in Pa Close