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The Sonoran Desert, more specifically the Valley of the Sun, has been a perennial winter destination for our Canadian neighbors to the north for decades. It’s no secret as to why. Spectacularly mild winters and a host of world-class events like the Waste Management Phoenix Open and Barrett Jackson Car Auction open up the Scottsdale area for loads of fun. But more specifically and for friends of the fairway, Canadians leave nipping chill of Jack Frost’s breath in favor of some of the best golf courses in the world. And at the top of that list is none other than We-Ko-Pa Golf Club. Here are five reasons Canadians love We-Ko-Pa, even though they might not be able to find a Tim Hortons or all-dressed chips.

1. Direct Flights
Let’s face it, traveling can be a hassle. It’s even worse when you find yourself wandering around a foreign airport trying to find a place to eat and a way to kill an hour or two while waiting for a connection. Canadians don’t have to worry about that flying into Phoenix, Arizona. In fact, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation President Bernadine Burnette were recently in Montreal to launch a new, direct air service to Quebec, served by an Airbus A319 aircraft three times per week.

2. Warm Winter Weather
The vast majority of people living outside the island tropics spend countless winter hours shoveling snow, breaking ice off their windshield and bundling up with goose down. Boy, we bet their golf clubs get lonely. But in the American southwest, what we call “winter” is celebrated with shorts, brightly colored polos and salt lining a margarita glass, not the roads. Average winter temperatures in Scottsdale hover around 72 degrees Fahrenheit (23 Celsius) with only two days of mild rain on average.

3. Great Golf
The Scottsdale area boasts dozens of world-class golf courses, making it one of the premier golf destinations in the world. But if you’re looking for the best value around – and of course you are – We-Ko-Pa Golf Club sits alone at the top. Both of We-Ko-Pa’s award-winning courses offer an incredible test of golf, each with subtle differences and amazing views of the surrounding unspoiled Sonoran Desert.

4. More Than Just Golf
Teeing it up for 36 holes each day during your time in the desert sounds like heaven, but if your hands develop blisters or you find yourself too tired to get in that last round before sunset, We-Ko-Pa Golf Club offers plenty of other options to explore the southwest. If you feel the need to be pampered, We-Ko-Pa Resort and Conference Center’s Amethyst Spa will melt your worries away. Up for a non-golf escapade? Fort McDowell Adventures has you covered with everything from cowboy cookouts to Tomcar tours. And if you’re in town for one of the Valley’s fantastic events, We-Ko-Pa is no more than 30 minutes from the home of the Waste Management Phoenix Open, five spring training venues, Barret Jackson Car Auction, fantastic dining and shopping options at Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall and more.

5. Friendly and Professional Service
We-Ko-Pa believes friendly and professional service should be the standard, not the exception. Whether you’re first on the tee box or just stopping in for a quick bite to eat, We-Ko-Pa’s service staff is dedicated to providing you the best service experience possible.