I will be taking a 10 day vacation starting the 2nd week of April and will be staying in Goodyear, Arizona. I have never been in this area before so I need some advice on where to play. I would like to try 4 or 5 different courses and then pick one public course close to Goodyear that I can play multiple times. I have been looking at a lot of different courses on the internet, but I always feel first hand experience from local golfers is the best.
Here's what I am looking for:
-I would like to play 2 of my days at a "premier" course with beautiful views of the mountains (I would be willing to spend around $150 per round and willing to drive up to 1 hour)
-I would like to know of a few good courses very close to the Goodyear area (I am thinking any nice public courses? $40-60 per round)
-I would like to know of a course in the Goodyear area that has a nice putting/chipping green area. (My home courses do not have a fairway/putting green area to practice chipping. I need to spend some time with my new wedges learning them)
-I typically prefer afternoon or twilight rounds. What time is sunset during that time of year?
-What is the typical pace of play at any course you may mention? Is it easy to get a round in 4 hours or less?
-Do these courses permit single players or are they always going to want to group me up with other couples/singles?
-Is there a good golf shop in Goodyear where I can buy some supplies so I don't have to ship as much?
Thanks for all the help in advance.