Here's a short list of things that tourists think of when they think of Phoenix: Saguaros. Coyotes with neckerchiefs. Scottsdale resorts. Golf. We don't have the data to support this, but we figure that the latter -- and by extension, the tourism derived from it -- ranks a close second to desert-devouring development as the Valley's biggest cash cow.
But here's the rub: Our heifer don't produce much milk money for half the year, 'cause not even the most fanatical duffer wants to be transformed into a lurching mummy by the heat. We know of chintzy types who've come in the off-season to take advantage of the fire-sale prices at resorts and courses, only to find themselves clutching their hearts in the high grass. Gives a whole new meaning to the term "hitting the links."
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However, those with severe withdrawal pains can get their fix at Night Flight Golf. The course is lined with glowing lights, and each golfer receives a glow necklace and fluorescent ball -- the better not to brain the other players.
Fridays, 7:30 p.m. Starts: July 6. Continues through Sept. 28, 2007