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Huukan Golf Club in Fort Mohave: Keep it straight for any chance to score

Huukan Golf Club in Fort Mohave, Ariz. has the feel of the course we all grew up and loved to play every day. It will challenge every player in your foursome, and the affordable green fees will bring you back for more.
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We-Ko-Pa Golf Club - Cholla Course - no. 8

Renovations coming to the Cholla Course at We-Ko-Pa Golf Club

The playable Cholla Course at We-Ko-Pa Golf Club -- one of two "Top 100" public courses at the facility in Fort McDowell, Ariz. -- will close later this year for an off-season renovation. Now is a good time to play this Scott Miller-designed gem.
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Wigwam resort - Patriot golf course - 15th

Patriot Course: A nice option B at The Wigwam

The Robert Trent Jones Sr.-designed Patriot Course at The Wigwam resort in Litchfield Park is just 6,000 yards, but it is by no means a pushover. It loses much of its yardage on some short par 3s and a couple of short par 4s and the front and back nine are quite different. There are doglegs, trees, some large bunker complexes and plenty of water to challenge players throughout their rounds.
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Arizona Golf Destinations

  • Phoenix

    In Phoenix, golfers can play fantastic golf courses and without having to shell out nearly as much money as they would to play one of north Scottsdale's finest. In fact, rates at some of Phoenix's best courses can be had for as low as $50 in the winter and $20 in the hot summer months. Top plays include Raven Golf Club, The Phoenician, the Adobe Course at the Arizona Biltmore, and the Arizona Grand.

    Arizona golf legend John Bulla designed semi-private Ahwatukee Country Club in 1974, located near the Phoenix South Mountain Park. Just a 15 minute-drive from downtown Phoenix, the par-72 Ahwatukee Country Club is a mix of desert and tree-lined fairways
    Known for its undulating greens throughout the course, Riverview G.C. offers a challenging, 18-hole play for residents of Sun City and guests alike. You can get breakfast, lunch and an assortment of beverages at Riverview Golf Course's full-service snack shop on site.
    As Jack Nicklaus II's inaugural Arizona course, Golf Club of Estrella offers a classic golf experience unlike any in the area. Following in his father's legendary footsteps, Jack II's daily-fee championship course is golf in the traditional sense -- challenging yet forgiving, and always spectacular.
  • Scottsdale

    There's no other way to say it: Scottsdale -- and in particular north Scottsdale -- is a golfing Mecca. Nearly 200 public golf courses have been built in the Valley, and it seems like 198 of them are in six-mile square radius in north Scottsdale.

    Desert Canyon Golf Club in Fountain Hills offers some of the best scenery of any of the courses in the area. The mountain setting provides the layout with elevated tee and green complexes with stunning mountain backdrops.
    Starfire Golf Club is a 27-hole layout situated in the heart of Scottsdale. The Hawk/King combination can be tricky but it is forgiving enough to accommodate a range of skill levels. The front nine finishes with one of the toughest holes on the golf course. It is a narrow par 4 that demands both accuracy and distance.
    Las Sendas is a nature walk through the desert, attracting you with beauty and challenging you with shot options.
  • Northern Arizona

    Northern Arizona will never be mistaken for the Valley of the Sun when it comes to golf, and therein lies the beauty. At elevations ranging from 5,000 to 7,000 feet above sea level, the northern part of the state presents golfers with a completely different set of challenges, landscapes, and (for the budget minded) price points.

    Huukan Golf Club in Fort Mohave enjoys a scenic setting with a mountain backdrop. At 6,600 yards from the back tees, the medium length is ideal for a challenging but not overly frustrating round.
    Palms Golf Club is situated just east of Mesquite in Littlefield. Built in 1989, it was the Mesquite area's first golf course. The layout balances the old and the new, creating a course with a lot of variety.
    Nestled in a valley between the Mingus and Bradshaw mountain ranges, Prescott Golf & Country Club offers panoramic views, tree lined fairways and fast bentgrass greens. Opened in 1971 and designed by Milt Coggins, the golf course is a par 72 that stretches to 6,800 yards.
  • Tucson

    Savvy Arizona golfers are quick to remind anyone who asks that the Valley of the Sun is like the Old Pueblo on steroids when it comes to fairways available for public consumption. But since the early 1990s, Tucson has made a respectable run in the realm of high-end resort and daily-fee golf. What's more, Tucson is not nearly as inundated with players as Phoenix or Scottsdale, and the Old Pueblo's lack of serious traffic issues will enable you to get from one course to another in a much more expedient fashion than in grid-locked Phoenix.

    A little different from many desert courses, del Lago Golf Club plays like more of a combination of links and desert golf, featuring wide sweeping fairways that drift off into the surrounding valleys and arroyos, and lead you to oversized greens that often require a traditional bump and run shot.
    Crooked Tree Golf Course in Tucson has a traditional layout in a secluded, peaceful location with no homes around the course for miles. The golf course features player-friendly, generous fairways and small greens that are surrounded by ample chipping areas.
    The course at the Canoa Ranch Golf Club is demanding but also scenic. Dramatic elevation changes provide spectacular views of Elephant Head and strategic bunkering throughout provides plenty of challenges.
  • Prescott

    Outside of Arizona, Prescott largely remains a mystery, its charming old-time downtown streets and its ancient Victorian homes almost as undiscovered by tourists now as Arizona was in general back before the gold rush boom of the mid 19th century. Not surprisingly, it's a few club-toting, birdie-seekers who are starting to change that. Prescott is emerging as a golf destination, a quality, lower-priced alternative to the crowded meccas of Phoenix and Scottsdale.

    Nestled in a valley between the Mingus and Bradshaw mountain ranges, Prescott Golf & Country Club offers panoramic views, tree lined fairways and fast bentgrass greens. Opened in 1971 and designed by Milt Coggins, the golf course is a par 72 that stretches to 6,800 yards.
    Oakcreek Country Club is situated amongst Sedona's red rock mountains, providing unique scenery throughout. Opened over 40 years ago, it is Sedona's first golf course. The course was a collaboration between Robert Trent Jones, Sr. and his son. It is a classic, player-friendly layout that offers plenty of room for error.
    The North Course is as different as can be from its sister, offering a tighter, more traditional layout. The greens are known locally for their speed, but it is the Elm trees -- some standing as tall as 50 feet -- that are likely to capture the attention of the first-time Prescott golfer.
  • Southern Arizona

    Make the trip out to Arizona and the Phoenix area will attract you like a magnet with its legion of golf courses and resorts, all fighting over your golfing dollar. But if you are overwhelmed by the choices the "Valley of the Sun" has to offer, head south into spacious, affordable Southern Arizona. The small towns here have a certain charm that Phoenix, Tucson and Scottsdale lack, not to mention a handful of challenging, affordable golf courses.

    A little different from many desert courses, del Lago Golf Club plays like more of a combination of links and desert golf, featuring wide sweeping fairways that drift off into the surrounding valleys and arroyos, and lead you to oversized greens that often require a traditional bump and run shot.
    Located in the North Tucson area, SaddleBrook Ranch Golf Club borders the Santa Catalina Mountains. The course meanders through the high Sonoran desert, incorporating natural washes into the design and providing stunning mountain views from almost every hole. Abundant desert flora and fauna further enhance the rugged, gently rolling terrain.
    You've got to have a spirit of adventure to play some of the newest courses being built in the Phoenix area these days, like The Duke at Rancho El Dorado. The Duke is a long course. It's also tough and challenging, with uphill approaches to most greens. These situations call for using a longer or bigger club than usual.