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
Legacy Golf Club
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Phoenix $14
Tres Rios Golf Course at Estrella Mountain Park
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Goodyear $14
Lone Tree Golf Club
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Chandler $15
Golf Club of Estrella
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Goodyear $20
Arizona Grand Golf Course
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Phoenix $59 - $89
Starfire Golf Club - Squire/Hawk
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Scottsdale $19.99
The Boulders Golf Club - North Course
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Carefree $55 - $165
Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort
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Chandler $10
Encanto Park Golf Course
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Phoenix $18
Foothills Golf Club
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Phoenix $10
Las Sendas Golf Club
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Mesa $27.99 - $89.00
Arizona Golf Resort
Tee Times
Mesa $32 - $90
Desert Canyon Golf Club
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Fountain Hills $32
The Duke at Rancho El Dorado
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Maricopa $15
Starfire Golf Club - Squire/King
Tee Times
Scottsdale $19.99
Western Skies Golf Club
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Gilbert $16
Poston Butte Golf Club
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Florence $13
Club West Golf Club
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Phoenix $50
TPC Scottsdale - The Stadium Course
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Scottsdale $52.50 - $95.00
Cave Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $15
Bear Creek Golf Complex - Bear Course
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Chandler $17
The Boulders Golf Club - South Course
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Carefree $55 - $165
Golf Club at Johnson Ranch
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Queen Creek $14
Coldwater Golf Club
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Avondale $15 - $55
Starfire Golf Club - Hawk/King
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Scottsdale $19.99
Ahwatukee Country Club
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Phoenix $15
Hillcrest Golf Club at Sun City West
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Sun City West $29 - $39
Lookout Mountain Golf Club
Tee Times
Phoenix $25
Aguila Golf Course
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Laveen $16.57
Riverview Golf Course
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Sun City $13
Verrado Golf Club
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Buckeye $19
Kokopelli Golf Club
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Gilbert $10
Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club
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Maricopa $35
Los Caballeros Golf Club
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Wickenburg $15
Grand Canyon University Golf Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $10 - $55
Villa De Paz Golf Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $15 - $37
Tuscany Falls at Pebble Creek - Falls Nine
Tee Times
Goodyear $65
Las Colinas Golf Club
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Queen Creek $20.35
Bear Creek Golf Complex - Cub Course
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Chandler $10
Viewpoint Golf Resort Championship Course
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Mesa $10
Glen Lakes Municipal Golf Course
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Glendale $12.50
Adobe Dam Family Golf Center
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Glendale $6
Robson Ranch Golf Club
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Eloy $13
Ken McDonald Golf Course
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Tempe $9
Tuscany Falls at Pebble Creek - Palms Nine
Tee Times
Goodyear $65
Springfield Golf Course
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Chandler $23.25
Sundance Golf Club
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Buckeye $11
Pueblo El Mirage Golf Course
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El Mirage $29.77 - $41.90
Union Hills Country Club
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Sun City $16
Desert Mirage Golf Course
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Glendale $7 - $14
Greenfield Lakes Golf Club
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Gilbert $24.99 - $36.99
Coronado Golf Course
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Scottsdale $8
Oasis Golf Club
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Florence $9 - $19
Sun City South Golf Course
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Sun City $14
Apache Creek Golf Club
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Apache Junction $18
Southern Ridge Golf Club
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Phoenix $14
Pebble Creek Resort - Eagle's Nest Golf Club
Tee Times
Goodyear $11 - $20
Tuscany Falls at Pebble Creek - Lakes Nine
Tee Times
Goodyear $65
Desert Sands Golf Course
Tee Times
Mesa $21 - $34
West Course at Sun City Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Sun City $10
Willowcreek Golf Course
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Sun City $13
Peoria Pines Golf Club
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Peoria $10
Rolling Hills Golf Course
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Tempe $28
Wickenburg Country Club
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Wickenburg $10
Stonecreek Golf Club
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Phoenix $24.99
Talking Stick Golf Club - North Course
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Scottsdale $13
Whirlwind Golf Club - Devil's Claw
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Chandler $24
Palm Valley Golf Club - The Lakes Course
Tee Times
Goodyear $12.6
Gold Canyon Golf Resort - Dinosaur Mountain Course
Tee Times
Gold Canyon $42
Verde River Golf & Social Club
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Rio Verde $75 - $95
Palmbrook Country Club
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Sun City $12
Wigwam Golf Club - Heritage Course
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Litchfield Park $80 - $160
San Miguel Golf Club
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Eloy $40 - $50
Tonto Verde Golf Club - Ranch Course
Tee Times
Rio Verde $160
Arizona Biltmore Country Club - Adobe Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $57
Sun City Country Club
Tee Times
Sun City $10
Ocotillo Golf Resort - White/Gold
Tee Times
Chandler $17
SunRidge Canyon Golf Club
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Fountain Hills $24
Coyote Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Surprise $10
Aguila Par-3 Golf Course
Tee Times
Laveen $8
Scottsdale Silverado Golf Club - Silver Pony Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $10
The Phoenician Resort - Canyon/Oasis
Tee Times
Scottsdale $23
Red Mountain Ranch Country Club
Tee Times
Mesa $29 - $85
Legend Trail Golf Club
Tee Times
Scottsdale $19
Continental Golf Club
Tee Times
Scottsdale $8
Ocotillo Golf Resort - Gold/Blue
Tee Times
Chandler $17
Kierland Golf Club - Ironwood/Acacia
Tee Times
Scottsdale $39
Kierland Golf Club - Acacia/Mesquite
Tee Times
Scottsdale $39
Granite Falls Golf Club - North Course
Tee Times
Surprise $15 - $90
Painted Mountain Golf Resort
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Mesa $12
Corte Bella Golf Club
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Sun City West $18
Arizona Biltmore Country Club - Links Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $57
Silverado Golf Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $17.5
Troon North Golf Club - Monument Course
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Scottsdale $41
Great Eagle Golf Club
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Surprise $6
Quintero Golf Club
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Peoria $125
Eagle Mountain Golf Club
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Fountain Hills $69 - $175
Moon Valley Country Club
Tee Times
Phoenix $35
The Phoenician Resort - Oasis/Desert
Tee Times
Scottsdale $23
Kierland Golf Club - Mesquite/Ironwood
Tee Times
Scottsdale $39
TPC Scottsdale - The Champions Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $39
Wildfire Golf Club - Faldo Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $25
Copper Canyon Golf Club
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Buckeye $29
Wigwam Golf Club - Patriot Course
Tee Times
Litchfield Park $80 - $160
Tonto Verde Golf Club - Peaks Course
Tee Times
Rio Verde $27
Camelback Golf Club - Padre Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $22
Wildfire Golf Club - Palmer Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $29
Orange Tree Golf Resort
Tee Times
Scottsdale $12
Toka Sticks Golf Club
Tee Times
Mesa $17
McDowell Mountain Golf Club
Tee Times
Scottsdale $18
The Phoenician Resort - Desert/Canyon
Tee Times
Scottsdale $23
Dove Valley Ranch Golf Club
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Cave Creek $26 - $150
McCormich Ranch Golf Club - Palm Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $17
Troon North Golf Club - Pinnacle Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $51
Granite Falls Golf Club - South Course
Tee Times
Surprise $15 - $90
Palo Verde Golf Course
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Phoenix $8 - $10
Longbow Golf Club
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Mesa $35 - $140
Viewpoint Golf Resort Executive Course
Tee Times
Mesa $8
Trilogy Golf Club at Vistancia
Tee Times
Peoria $11
The Legend at Arrowhead
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Glendale $10
Ocotillo Golf Resort - Blue/White
Tee Times
Chandler $17
Whirlwind Golf Club - Cattail
Tee Times
Chandler $16
Talking Stick Golf Club - South Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $18
Cimarron Golf Club
Tee Times
Surprise $18 - $93
Superstition Springs Golf Club
Tee Times
Mesa $11
Wigwam Golf Club - Gold Course
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Litchfield Park $17
Mission Royale Golf Club
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Casa Grande $50
Trilogy Golf Club at Power Ranch
Tee Times
Gilbert $14
The Links at Queen Creek
Tee Times
San Tan Valley $10
Tierra Grande Country Club
Tee Times
Casa Grande $15
Ironwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Chandler $40
Palm Valley Golf Club - The Palms Course
Tee Times
Goodyear $18
Rancho Manana Golf Club
Tee Times
Cave Creek $26
Gold Canyon Golf Resort - Sidewinder Course
Tee Times
Gold Canyon $28
Mountain Brook Golf Club
Tee Times
Gold Canyon $40 - $67
Arizona Traditions Golf Club
Tee Times
Surprise $10
McCormich Ranch Golf Club - Pine Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $35 - $126
Raven Golf Club - Phoenix
Tee Times
Phoenix $16
Karsten GC at ASU
Tee Times
Tempe $28
Papago Golf Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $22
Francisco Grande Resort & Golf Club
Tee Times
Casa Grande $12
Bellair Golf Club
Tee Times
Glendale $14
Encanto Park 9-hole Golf Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $9
Ambiente Course at Camelback Golf Club
Tee Times
Scottsdale $19
Desert Springs Golf Club
Tee Times
Surprise $15 - $90
Tatum Ranch Golf Club Cave Creek $80 - $90
Sunbird Golf Resort Chandler $14 - $20
We-Ko-Pa Golf Club - Saguaro Course Scottsdale $45 - $235
Grayhawk Golf Club - Raptor Course Scottsdale $165 - $255
Superstition Mountain Golf Club - Prospector Course Apache Junction $120
Wickenburg Ranch Golf Course Wickenburg $40 - $95
Augusta Ranch Golf Club Mesa $7 - $36
Falcon Golf Club Litchfield Park $40
Grayhawk Golf Club - Talon Course Scottsdale $165 - $255
We-Ko-Pa Golf Club - Cholla Course Scottsdale $45 - $235
Mountain Shadows Resort and Golf Club Paradise Valley $185
Superstition Mountain Golf Club - Lost Gold Course Apache Junction $120
The First Tee of Phoenix Phoenix $5
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