With major league baseball’s Cactus League spring training just around the corner, a visit to Arizona might be in the plans. Located just 60 miles east of Mesa is Apache Gold Casino Resort in San Carlos. The resort features a 60-site RV park and 18-hole championship golf course designed by Tom Doak and Jim Urbina.
Apache Stronghold Golf Club is a par 72 and measures 7,519 yards from the tips. Its course rating is 74.9 and the slope is 138. The course elevation is at 3,500 feet, and offers a comfortable climate – usually 10-15 degrees cooler than the Phoenix area. Highlights of the course include two par-5s that measure in excess of 600 yards each, and five par 4s that test your golfing skills. Many of the fairways on the front nine are isolated in their own valleys, surrounded by 20 to 50 foot hills covered in sage and mesquite trees.
Open all year, Apache Stronghold Golf Club also offers picturesque mountains in the backdrop of several greens. The par 3 14th is a challenging hole set atop a 90-foot ridge at the southern end of the course. Overall, the course is challenging and spectacular.
The Apache Gold Casino Resort RV Park offers 60 pull-through sites, 30- and 50-amp hook-ups, and all the amenities you can think of. In addition to a swimming pool, showers, convenience store, cable TV and Wi-Fi, the park is basically a slab of concrete. Though for $25 a night, the price is right. Also, the location puts you within minutes of good fishing, hiking, biking, and picturesque scenery. And as the name of the resort would indicate, there’s a sizable casino that offers a variety of slot machines, black jack tables, bingo, and other gaming options. Entertainment includes a cabaret lounge and an ever-changing list of local tours. Dining options include the Apache Grill, Wickiup Café, and the Legends BBQ. And, if you’re traveling without an RV, you can always check into the resort’s Best Western Hotel. For more information about Apache Gold Casino Resort, visit http://www.apachegoldcasinoresort.com/.
Rick Stedman is an avid golfer, RVer, and writer who lives in Olympia, Washington. Rick writes a golf column, “The RV Golfer,” which is published every month in rvlife.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.