This scene took place outside Boston five, maybe six, years ago. My golfing partner and I had skipped breakfast en route to the first tee, so after nine holes we were famished. At the snack shack, he devoured a hot dog in four bites. "That," he said, "was a good meal."
Funny thing is, he wasn't kidding. Especially back then, the food near most golf courses was a joke, largely because serious golfers care about one thing--golf--to the exclusion of all else. The logic: when nothing matters but the game, a hot dog is a good meal.
But not in Phoenix and its neighbor Scottsdale, where I recently explored some extraordinary restaurants near golf courses and encountered not a single hot dog. Credit a course-building boom as well as a vibrant food scene inside and outside the big resorts. Read on for six of the best places to eat, each paired with a great golf course.