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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

  • 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.
  • 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.

    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.
    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.
    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.
  • 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.

    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.
    The Links Course at the Arizona Biltmore Golf Club, one of two championship courses at the club, features several challenges, including rolling fairways, desert ravines and well-bunkered greens. The course requires strategy and accuracy in order to do well.
    Coldwater Golf Club sprawls across a unique terrain that provides the course with plenty of deep swales and rolling hills. Scenic mountains serve as the backdrop for most of the holes. Meandering desert washes come into play and the natural contours of the land helped determine the placement of the sand bunkers.
  • 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 classic desert-style, target course, the Mountain has many changes in elevation and several elevated tees. Putting is a challenge because the greens are undulating and typically fast.
    The Conquistador Course is one of three courses at the El Conquistador. The course has been consistently ranked as one of the top courses not only in Arizona but throughout the Southwest.
    Nestled within the western foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains, Preserve Golf Course in Tucson features excellent views as well as dramatic elevation changes. The layout features rolling fairways and undulating greens that cause uneven lies, but the golf course is still eminently playable for golfers of all skill levels.
  • 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.

    Verrado Golf Club - Founders Course is an upscale desert layout designed by John Fought and Tom Lehman that opened for public play in January 2004. John Fought and Tom Lehman collaborated on the course at Verrado Golf Club, a voluptuous design that meanders through the old Caterpillar bulldozer proving grounds.
    Designed by Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish, this beautiful facility is tucked away in the craggy ridges and buttes of South Mountain. Its wide rolling fairways are irresistible! This championship course is a picturesque golf paradise and definitely worth your consideration.
    Designer Gary Panks drew his inspiration from grasses he saw on a hunting trip in southeast Arizona. He was in the Sulfur Springs Valley between the Chiricahua and Dragoon mountains. As for the bunkers, they're not the most you'll ever see while playing golf in Arizona or the deepest, but there are 72, about 30 percent more than Panks usually digs out on one of his courses. They can get pretty exciting.
  • 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.

    Located in Rio Verde, Verde River Golf & Social Club (formerly known as Tegavah Golf Club and Vista Verde Golf Course) is the centerpiece of a quiet, residential community. The golf course winds through the Verde Valley, providing views of the surrounding Tonto National Forest and the Superstition Mountains.
    The Boulders Golf Club in Carefree offers two championship courses, the North and the South. The courses are both known for their rugged beauty, sprawling across a Sonoran Desert landscape covered with towering cacti and ancient boulder formations. The North Course is surrounded by the desert foothills of Black Mountain, which provides a stunning backdrop for most of the holes.
    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.