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Discover a pleasurable parkland course at Oakcreek C.C. in Sedona

Sedona's Oakcreek Country Club delivers a different experience than most desert golf courses in Arizona. Forget cacti and desert arroyos. Oakcreek mirrors a traditional Midwestern club with towering trees and pines and ponds lining the fairways. Both Robert Trent Jones Sr. and Rees Jones had a hand in creating this classic 6,824-yard parkland play.
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Cactus League baseball

Hope springs eternal: Spring training baseball and golf around the Cactus League

Each spring some 15 Major League Baseball teams come to Arizona for a month of Cactus League action. If you're going to be in Arizona checking out your favorite MLB team, make sure to have your golf clubs handy. There are numerous golf courses worth hitting that are close to the spring training homes of your favorite baseball team. Mike Bailey has more.
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Rolling Hills Golf Course

In Tempe, Rolling Hills and Ken McDonald golf courses offer casual, playable rounds

If you're looking for a good time and hoping for a good score out on the golf course, head to Tempe and play either Rolling Hills Golf Course or Ken McDonald Golf Course. Both are ideal for golfers who prefer tennis shoes to soft spikes, card more double bogeys than birdies, and would never spend $200 on a round of golf. Neither will ever show up on any top-10 lists, but if you want to get some exercise and leave with some money in the wallet, they're a great bargain.
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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.

    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.
    Elevation changes are the name of the game here with swings from the tees that could make the most even-keeled soul feel Vertigo. The drop from tee to the fairways is as steep as 350 feet.
    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.
  • 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.

    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.
    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.
  • 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.

    Holding a designation as Arizona's third oldest golf course, Encanto Park Golf Course originally opened in 1935 near the center of downtown Phoenix. This city-owned golf course today sports a relaxed atmosphere and a golf design with wide fairways and a limited number of water hazards.
    Historic, city-owned Papago Golf Course is a local favorite that sees more than 100,000 rounds a year. In 2008, Papago underwent an extensive, $5.8 million renovation by William Fuller, who formerly worked under architect Bob Cupp.
    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
  • 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.

    Starfire Golf Club in north central Scottsdale boasts three nine-hole courses. Arnold Palmer designed the Hawk nine and redesigned the existing King and Squire Courses as well. To the Squire/King Course, Palmer added bunkers and water hazards that come into play on 13 holes.
    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.
    The JW Marriott Camelback Golf Club offers two 18-hole courses, the Padre and the Ambiente. Nestled in Paradise Valley, the Ambiente Course enjoys stunning mountain backdrops.
  • 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.

    Built in 1989, Arizona Grand Golf Course has garnered a reputation as an outstanding Arizona course. Neatly tucked close to South Mountain Park, the blend of traditional links play and desert target golf found at Arizona Grand Resort makes for a challenging and exciting round.
    MountainView Golf Club at Saddlebrooke sits at an elevation of 3,200 feet, offering both dramatic elevation changes and spectacular views. The course sits at the base of the Catalina Mountain range near Tucson, nestled into the mesquite-covered foothills.
    The Lookout Mountain Golf Club is part of the Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort, which has helped the resort become one of Phoenix's most popular golfing destinations. It is consistently ranked as one of Arizona's top 25 golf courses and it is a favorite of local golfers who are in the know.
  • 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.

    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.
    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.
    Laughlin Ranch Golf Club is actually across the Colorado River from Laughlin, Nevada. Set among the hills above the river, the golf course extends to more than 7,000 yards over desert arroyos and dramatic elevation changes.