Seven Canyons golf course - 7th
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Seven Canyons golf course - 7th
The scenery steals the show at Seven Canyons. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Seven Canyons golf course - practice park
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Seven Canyons golf course - practice park
The range at Seven Canyons is so beautiful that it's called a "practice park." Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Seven Canyons golf course - hole 1
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Seven Canyons golf course - hole 1
The first hole at Seven Canyons introduces the views. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Seven Canyons golf course - hole 3
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Seven Canyons golf course - hole 3
Would you like to play golf here? Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Seven Canyons golf course - hole 4
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Seven Canyons golf course - hole 4
The fourth tee box is one of the highest spots at the Seven Canyons golf course in Sedona, Arizona. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Seven Canyons golf course - hole 5
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Seven Canyons golf course - hole 5
The fifth green at Seven Canyons is protected by rocks. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Seven Canyons golf course - hole 6
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Seven Canyons golf course - hole 6
Seven Canyons Golf Club in Sedona is private, but guests of Enchantment Resort can gain access Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Seven Canyons golf course - hole 7
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Seven Canyons golf course - hole 7
Water frames the seventh green at the Seven Canyons G.C. in Sedona, Arizona. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Seven Canyons golf course - hole 8
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Seven Canyons golf course - hole 8
The 468-yard eighth hole is one of the toughest par 4s at Seven Canyons in Sedona. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Seven Canyons GC - 11th
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Seven Canyons GC - 11th
The 11th green at Seven Canyons is hidden behind a ridge. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Seven Canyons golf course - hole 12
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Seven Canyons golf course - hole 12
Bunkers gobble up shots trying to reach the 12th green at the Seven Canyons golf course in Sedona, Arizona. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
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Red rocks rule Seven Canyons golf course in Sedona, Arizona

SEDONA, Ariz. -- For the first half of its life, the Seven Canyons golf course was as coveted a tee time as any private club in Arizona. Golfers loved getting lost in the desert surrounded by mesmerizing red rocks at every turn of the narrow fairways designed by Tom Weiskopf in 2003.

The bankruptcy of the original developer derailed Seven Canyons during the recession, opening the 6,746-yard par-70 course to the public as conditions deteriorated. A new owner and new synergy with the nearby Enchantment Resort has created a second chance.

Once the greens recapture their speed, Seven Canyons will return to its former glory. The driving range and performance center sits in a canyon so beautiful and secluded, it's called a "practice park."

The round introduces an endless supply of signature visual moments as well. The tee of the par-3 fourth hole overlooks several fairways atop a rocky outcropping. Water encroaches upon the par-4 sixth and par-3 seventh holes. The hallmark of every great Weiskopf design -- a risk-reward short par 4 -- provides the chance to drive the 12th green in one powerful 305-yard blast.

Construction of a grand clubhouse has begun on a hillside, a project scheduled to finish in 2015.

Jason Scott Deegan has reviewed more than 1,000 courses and golf destinations for some of the industry's biggest publications. His work has been honored by the Golf Writer's Association of America and the Michigan Press Association. Follow him on Instagram at @jasondeegangolfadvisor and Twitter at @WorldGolfer.
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Red rocks rule Seven Canyons golf course in Sedona, Arizona