Destination Guide

Destination: Phoenix/Scottsdale

The Valley of the Sun -- made up of Phoenix, Scottsdale, Mesa and a slew of other rapidly growing cities -- is the golf capital of the American Southwest. With close to 200 golf courses, the Valley can make a legitimate claim to being the most golf-rich region in the United States. Each year millions of golfers from sun-starved winter climates make their way to this sun-splashed golfing pantheon to test their mettle on desert courses that yield more lost balls than birdies.

Scottsdale is at the epicenter of the Valley's golf map, and traveling golfers will be delighted to find one of the most impressive arrays of high-end daily-fee and resort golf courses in the world. Troon North, Grayhawk, Wildfire, Kierland and the Boulders provide championship golf and luxury accommodations, while properties such as We-Ko-Pa, Sun Ridge Canyon and Eagle Mountain stand alone as must-play courses.

To the south and west, Phoenix is home to some of Arizona's most venerable, traditional golf resorts, including the Camelback Inn and the Arizona Biltmore. Golfers on a budget will also find a solid (and surprisingly challenging) lineup of municipal tracks. Aguila Golf Course in south Phoenix is designed by renowned Arizona architect Gary Panks, and Superstition Springs Golf Club in Mesa is popular with the locals.

The West Valley, including the cities of Glendale, Peoria and Goodyear, is home to an admirable collection of quality golf courses that don't receive nearly the press as their eastern cousins. Notable designers include Jack Nicklaus II (Estrella Mountain Ranch), Hale Irwin (Palm Valley) and Robert Trent Jones Sr. (Wigwam Resort) and Jr. (Dove Valley Ranch). Golfers still can find a round for under $50 in the West Valley, even in the peak winter season.

The East Valley also serves up some quality golf on the cheap, albeit slightly more publicized. In terms of population, the city of Mesa has quietly crept up to the 43rd largest city in America at 400,000 strong, and Chandler isn't far behind. Facilities such as Ocotillo, Las Sendas and Gold Canyon have put upscale golf on the East Valley map to stay.

Scottsdale, Phoenix, East Valley and West -- whatever your druthers, an amazing golf adventure awaits. A little suntan lotion, a good golf cap and an appreciation for incredible golf course architecture are all you need to have a memorable golf vacation it out in the desert.

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Destination: 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.
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Courses

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Course City Rates from
Los Caballeros Golf Club
Tee Times
Wickenburg $20
Victory Course at Verrado Golf Club
Tee Times
Buckeye N/A
Arizona Golf Resort
Tee Times
Mesa $20
Starfire Golf Club - Squire
Tee Times
Scottsdale $19.99
TPC Scottsdale - The Stadium Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $250
Club West Golf Club
Tee Times
Phoenix $22
Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club
Tee Times
Maricopa $49
Francisco Grande Resort & Golf Club
Tee Times
Casa Grande $18
Cave Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $23
Ahwatukee Country Club
Tee Times
Phoenix $14
Aguila Golf Course
Tee Times
Laveen $24
Desert Canyon Golf Club
Tee Times
Fountain Hills $39
The Boulders Golf Club - North Course
Tee Times
Carefree $103
The Boulders Golf Club - South Course
Tee Times
Carefree $103
Golf Club of Estrella
Tee Times
Goodyear $45
Tres Rios Golf Course at Estrella Mountain Park
Tee Times
Goodyear $11
Hillcrest Golf Club at Sun City West
Tee Times
Sun City West $15
Rolling Hills Golf Course
Tee Times
Tempe $12
Coldwater Golf Club
Tee Times
Avondale $24
Verrado Golf Club - Founders Course
Tee Times
Buckeye $36
Foothills Golf Club
Tee Times
Phoenix $24
Trilogy Golf Club at Power Ranch
Tee Times
Gilbert $29
Poston Butte Golf Club
Tee Times
Florence $38
Riverview Golf Course
Tee Times
Sun City $12
Las Sendas Golf Club
Tee Times
Mesa $39
Legacy Golf Club
Tee Times
Phoenix $39
Arizona Grand Golf Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $21
Western Skies Golf Club
Tee Times
Gilbert $20
Ken McDonald Golf Course
Tee Times
Tempe $16
The Duke at Rancho El Dorado
Tee Times
Maricopa $25
Encanto Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $19.34
Lookout Mountain Golf Club
Tee Times
Phoenix $54
Golf Club at Johnson Ranch
Tee Times
Queen Creek $15
Starfire Golf Club - Hawk/King
Tee Times
Scottsdale $20
Bear Creek Golf Complex - Cub Course
Tee Times
Chandler $10
Wickenburg Ranch Golf & Social Club
Tee Times
Wickenburg $40
Glen Lakes Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Glendale $10
Tonto Verde Golf Club - Peaks Course
Tee Times
Rio Verde $25
Mountain Brook Golf Club
Tee Times
Gold Canyon $23
Adobe Dam Family Golf Center
Tee Times
Glendale $5.99
San Miguel Golf Club
Tee Times
Eloy $11.99
Quintero Golf Club
Tee Times
Peoria $75
Pueblo El Mirage Golf Course
Tee Times
El Mirage $19
Wildfire Golf Club - Faldo Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $76
Falcon Golf Club
Tee Times
Litchfield Park $10
Desert Springs Golf Club
Tee Times
Surprise $56
Gold Canyon Golf Resort - Sidewinder Course
Tee Times
Gold Canyon $55
Great Eagle Golf Club
Tee Times
Surprise $6.22
Trilogy Golf Club at Vistancia
Tee Times
Peoria $29
Southern Ridge Golf Club
Tee Times
Phoenix $13
Aguila Par-3 Golf Course
Tee Times
Laveen $4.99
Papago Golf Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $30
Granite Falls Golf Club - South Course
Tee Times
Surprise $56
Verde River Golf & Social Club
Tee Times
Rio Verde $41
Greenfield Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Gilbert $17
West Course at Sun City Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Sun City $17
Toka Sticks Golf Club
Tee Times
Mesa $21
Bellair Golf Club
Tee Times
Glendale $10
Talking Stick Golf Club - South Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $47
McDowell Mountain Golf Club
Tee Times
Scottsdale $64
Ocotillo Golf Resort - Blue/White
Tee Times
Chandler $30
Moon Valley Country Club
Tee Times
Phoenix $10
TPC Scottsdale - The Champions Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $89
Peoria Pines Golf Club
Tee Times
Peoria $15
Palm Valley Golf Club - The Palms Course
Tee Times
Goodyear $17
Camelback Golf Club - Padre Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $65
Stonecreek Golf Club
Tee Times
Phoenix $19.99
Viewpoint Golf Resort Executive Course
Tee Times
Mesa $10
Kierland Golf Club - Ironwood/Acacia
Tee Times
Scottsdale $76
Cobre Valle Country Club
Tee Times
Globe $8
Whirlwind Golf Club - Devil's Claw
Tee Times
Chandler $49
Raven Golf Club - Phoenix
Tee Times
Phoenix $45
Kokopelli Golf Club
Tee Times
Gilbert $20
Willowcreek Golf Course
Tee Times
Sun City $13
Sundance Golf Club
Tee Times
Buckeye $13
Painted Mountain Golf Resort
Tee Times
Mesa $21
Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort
Tee Times
Chandler $24
Eagle Mountain Golf Club
Tee Times
Fountain Hills $31
Tuscany Falls at Pebble Creek - Falls Nine
Tee Times
Goodyear $26
The Phoenician Resort - Canyon/Oasis
Tee Times
Scottsdale $72
Ocotillo Golf Resort - White/Gold
Tee Times
Chandler $30
Pebble Creek Resort - Eagle's Nest Golf Club
Tee Times
Goodyear $59
SunRidge Canyon Golf Club
Tee Times
Fountain Hills $89
Wigwam Golf Club - Gold Course
Tee Times
Litchfield Park $35
Ocotillo Golf Resort - Gold/Blue
Tee Times
Chandler $30
Superstition Springs Golf Club
Tee Times
Mesa $29
Legend Trail Golf Club
Tee Times
Scottsdale $40
Tuscany Falls at Pebble Creek - Palms Nine
Tee Times
Goodyear $26
The Phoenician Resort - Oasis/Desert
Tee Times
Scottsdale $72
Rancho Manana Golf Club
Tee Times
Cave Creek $35
Kierland Golf Club - Mesquite/Ironwood
Tee Times
Scottsdale $76
Ambiente Course at Camelback Golf Club
Tee Times
Scottsdale $70
Union Hills Country Club
Tee Times
Sun City $20
Lone Tree Golf Club
Tee Times
Chandler $27
Las Colinas Golf Club
Tee Times
Queen Creek $20
Granite Falls Golf Club - North Course
Tee Times
Surprise $56
Springfield Golf Course
Tee Times
Chandler $11
Gold Canyon Golf Resort - Dinosaur Mountain Course
Tee Times
Gold Canyon $179.99
Arizona Biltmore Country Club - Links Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $25
Wigwam Golf Club - Heritage Course
Tee Times
Litchfield Park $35
Coyote Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Surprise $21
Arizona Traditions Golf Club
Tee Times
Surprise $11
Sun City South Golf Course
Tee Times
Sun City $13
Troon North Golf Club - Monument Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $100
Mission Royale Golf Club
Tee Times
Casa Grande $24
Ironwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Chandler $35
McCormich Ranch Golf Club - Palm Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $30
Coronado Golf Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $7.99
Bear Creek Golf Complex - Bear Course
Tee Times
Chandler $30
Palo Verde Golf Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $8.29
Encanto Park 9-hole Golf Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $8.29
Silverado Golf Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $29.5
Scottsdale Silverado Golf Club - Silver Pony Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $29.5
Tonto Verde Golf Club - Ranch Course
Tee Times
Rio Verde $25
Palm Valley Golf Club - The Lakes Course
Tee Times
Goodyear $12
Sun City Country Club
Tee Times
Sun City $22
Longbow Golf Club
Tee Times
Mesa $44
Talking Stick Golf Club - North Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $47
Arizona Biltmore Country Club - Adobe Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $35
Viewpoint Golf Resort Championship Course
Tee Times
Mesa $26
Red Mountain Ranch Country Club
Tee Times
Mesa $33
Apache Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Apache Junction $14
Orange Tree Golf Resort
Tee Times
Scottsdale $29
Troon North Golf Club - Pinnacle Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $100
The Links at Queen Creek
Tee Times
San Tan Valley $10
McCormich Ranch Golf Club - Pine Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $30
Desert Sands Golf Course
Tee Times
Mesa $14.25
Tierra Grande Country Club
Tee Times
Casa Grande $10
Cimarron Golf Club
Tee Times
Surprise $56
Dove Valley Ranch Golf Club
Tee Times
Cave Creek $35
Wigwam Golf Club - Patriot Course
Tee Times
Litchfield Park $28
The Legend at Arrowhead
Tee Times
Glendale $18
Villa De Paz Golf Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $10.5
Continental Golf Club
Tee Times
Scottsdale $16
Wildfire Golf Club - Palmer Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $76
Tuscany Falls at Pebble Creek - Lakes Nine
Tee Times
Goodyear $26
Karsten GC at ASU
Tee Times
Tempe $64.99
Copper Canyon Golf Club
Tee Times
Buckeye $25
Wickenburg Country Club
Tee Times
Wickenburg $10
Robson Ranch Golf Club
Tee Times
Eloy $22
Palmbrook Country Club
Tee Times
Sun City $19
The Phoenician Resort - Desert/Canyon
Tee Times
Scottsdale $72
Desert Mirage Golf Course
Tee Times
Glendale $10
Whirlwind Golf Club - Cattail
Tee Times
Chandler $49
Kierland Golf Club - Acacia/Mesquite
Tee Times
Scottsdale $76
Corte Bella Golf Club
Tee Times
Sun City West $52
Tatum Ranch Golf Club Cave Creek $80 - $90
We-Ko-Pa Golf Club - Saguaro Course Scottsdale $45 - $235
Sunbird Golf Resort Chandler $14 - $20
Superstition Mountain Golf Club - Prospector Course Apache Junction $120
Grand Canyon University Golf Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $25
Mountain Shadows Resort and Golf Club Paradise Valley $185
Augusta Ranch Golf Club Mesa $7 - $36
We-Ko-Pa Golf Club - Cholla Course Scottsdale $45 - $235
The First Tee of Phoenix Phoenix $5
Grayhawk Golf Club - Raptor Course Scottsdale $165 - $255
Superstition Mountain Golf Club - Lost Gold Course Apache Junction $120
Grayhawk Golf Club - Talon Course Scottsdale $165 - $255
Oasis Golf Club Florence $9 - $19
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