February 2007

Longbow Golf Club: One Of Our State’s Finest

Another Great Arizona Destination

Photo credits: www.longbowgolf.com

Based On An Interview With Danny White

According to Danny White, it’s a great facility for every level of golfer — from the beginner to the seasoned pro. And, Longbow Golf Club is right here in the Phoenix Valley — another great reason to enjoy Arizona’s wonderful outdoors.

White, a native Arizonan (as both his parents) and living football legend, joins his sons, brother-in-law, and other family members at Longbow.

He has played many courses but reports that this Mesa resort is his favorite and that he feels it is one of the finest public courses anywhere.

And, the amenities are outstanding, says White. The club offers a great lunch menu, has fine facilities for banquets and dinners, and is ideal for those wanting to hold a gathering outdoors. He also reports that the staff is exceptionally friendly and helpful.

After a complete renovation and redesign, the new Longbow Golf Club was unveiled in the fall of 2003, sporting a distinctive new clubhouse, expanded acreage, and revamped practice facility.

The total yardage was lengthened to 7,003 from the back tees, expanding the fairways and boosting par to 71.

The clubhouse itself is remarkably versatile and convenient with a spacious outdoor-event patio — with fans, heaters, misters, outdoor bar and kitchen, huge fireplace, drive-up snack shop, restaurant and golf shop.

Longbow is White’s home course — that is, when he is in Arizona during the off-season of the Utah Blaze of which he has been head coach/general manager since 2005. The 2007 season marks White’s 15th year as an Arena Football League head coach.

One of the finest quarterbacks the country has known, White’s records are legendary.

Beginning his football days at Mesa’s Westwood High, he went on to an outstanding collegiate career at ASU, then into his professional days — first, with the Memphis Southmen of the World Football League, then in the NFL with the Dallas Cowboys from 1976-1989.

Among many records and honors, White has been inducted into the College Hall of Fame, the AFL Hall of Fame, the NCAA Hall of Fame, the State of Arizona Sports Hall of Fame, the ASU Hall of Fame where his jersey number (11) was retired, and he was named Arizona Athlete of the Century in 2000 by the Arizona Republic.

It is not surprising that this remarkable athlete, when not coaching in Utah, enjoys the challenge of yet another sport — golf — but in a more relaxing context than he knew during his many years on the football fields.

Longbow is located in North Mesa, just south of the Loop 202/Red Mountain Freeway off Higley Road: 5601 East Longbow Parkway, Mesa. For more information, call (480) 807-5400 or visit www.longbowgolf.com.