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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Dates: January 1, 2014 - December 31, 2014
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Courses

Course City Rates from
Course City Rates from
Whirlwind Golf Club - Devil's Claw
Tee Times
Chandler $74
Superstition Mountain Golf Club - Prospector Course
Tee Times
Apache Junction $120
Ambiente Course at Camelback Golf Club
Tee Times
Scottsdale $62
Camelback Golf Club - Padre Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $48
Riverview Golf Course
Tee Times
Sun City $14.75 - $36.00
Starfire Golf Club - Hawk/King
Tee Times
Scottsdale $25
The Duke at Rancho El Dorado
Tee Times
Maricopa $20
Aguila Golf Course
Tee Times
Laveen $31
Starfire Golf Club - Squire/Hawk
Tee Times
Scottsdale $25
Superstition Mountain Golf Club - Lost Gold Course
Tee Times
Apache Junction $120
Western Skies Golf Club
Tee Times
Gilbert $22
Club West Golf Club
Tee Times
Phoenix $39
Desert Canyon Golf Club
Tee Times
Fountain Hills $42
Los Caballeros Golf Club
Tee Times
Wickenburg $25
Verrado Golf Club
Tee Times
Buckeye $55
Cave Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $13.85
Legacy Golf Club
Tee Times
Phoenix $35
Arizona Grand Golf Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $59 - $89
Whirlwind Golf Club - Cattail
Tee Times
Chandler $74
Encanto Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $14
Starfire Golf Club - Squire/King
Tee Times
Scottsdale $25
Ahwatukee Country Club
Tee Times
Phoenix $17
Foothills Golf Club
Tee Times
Phoenix $18
Falcon Golf Club
Tee Times
Litchfield Park $18
Golf Club at Johnson Ranch
Tee Times
Queen Creek $40
Bear Creek Golf Complex - Bear Course
Tee Times
Chandler $26
The Golf Club of Estrella
Tee Times
Goodyear $55
Pointe Golf Club on Lookout Mtn
Tee Times
Phoenix $35
Las Sendas Golf Club
Tee Times
Mesa $64
Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort
Tee Times
Chandler $25
Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club
Tee Times
Maricopa $94
The Boulders Golf Club - South Course
Tee Times
Carefree $55 - $165
Poston Butte Golf Club
Tee Times
Florence $39.99
Papago Golf Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $55
The Boulders Golf Club - North Course
Tee Times
Carefree $55 - $165
Pebble Creek Resort - Eagle's Nest Golf Club
Tee Times
Goodyear $35
Pueblo El Mirage Golf Course
Tee Times
El Mirage $27
Tuscany Falls at Pebble Creek - Lakes Nine
Tee Times
Goodyear $65
Bear Creek Golf Complex - Cub Course
Tee Times
Chandler $16
Longbow Golf Club
Tee Times
Mesa $45
Tuscany Falls at Pebble Creek - Palms Nine
Tee Times
Goodyear $65
Moon Valley Country Club
Tee Times
Phoenix $69
Willowcreek Golf Course
Tee Times
Sun City $21.75
Glen Lakes Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Glendale $7
Oasis Golf Club
Tee Times
Florence $18
Tres Rios Golf Course at Estrella Mountain Park
Tee Times
Goodyear $15
Tuscany Falls at Pebble Creek - Falls Nine
Tee Times
Goodyear $65
Apache Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Apache Junction $32
Coronado Golf Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $11.5
Springfield Golf Course
Tee Times
Chandler $25
Arizona Golf Resort
Tee Times
Mesa $24.99
Sunbird Golf Resort
Tee Times
Chandler $29
Ken McDonald Golf Course
Tee Times
Tempe $30
Union Hills Country Club
Tee Times
Sun City $25
Rolling Hills Golf Course
Tee Times
Tempe $11
Sun City South Golf Course
Tee Times
Sun City $21.75
Southern Ridge Golf Club
Tee Times
Phoenix $18
Villa De Paz Golf Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $13.85
Desert Mirage Golf Course
Tee Times
Glendale $7
The Phoenician Resort - Canyon/Oasis
Tee Times
Scottsdale $45
Greenfield Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Gilbert $22.09
Tonto Verde Golf Club - Ranch Course
Tee Times
Rio Verde $55
Viewpoint Golf Resort Championship Course
Tee Times
Mesa $25
McDowell Mountain Golf Club
Tee Times
Scottsdale $41
Wildfire Golf Club - Faldo Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $79
Maryvale Golf Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $20
Corte Bella Golf Club
Tee Times
Sun City West $65
Aguila Par-3 Golf Course
Tee Times
Laveen $8
TPC Scottsdale - The Champions Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $69
Bellair Golf Club
Tee Times
Glendale $22
Wigwam Golf Club - Gold Course
Tee Times
Litchfield Park $32
Quintero Golf Club
Tee Times
Peoria $90
Coyote Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Surprise $20
Palo Verde Golf Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $10
Wigwam Golf Club - Heritage Course
Tee Times
Litchfield Park $30 - $40
Mountain Shadows Resort and Golf Club
Tee Times
Paradise Valley $20
Copper Canyon Golf Club
Tee Times
Buckeye $65
Coldwater Golf Club
Tee Times
Avondale $15
Trilogy Golf Club at Power Ranch
Tee Times
Gilbert $25
Arizona Traditions Golf Club
Tee Times
Surprise $15
Granite Falls Golf Club - South Course
Tee Times
Surprise $15 - $90
Tatum Ranch Golf Club
Tee Times
Cave Creek $80 - $90
Tegavah Golf Club
Tee Times
Rio Verde $60
The Links at Queen Creek
Tee Times
Queen Creek $20
Gold Canyon Golf Resort - Dinosaur Mountain Course
Tee Times
Gold Canyon $79 - $185
SunRidge Canyon Golf Club
Tee Times
Fountain Hills $65
Sundance Golf Club
Tee Times
Buckeye $15
Continental Golf Club
Tee Times
Scottsdale $16
Wigwam Golf Club - Patriot Course
Tee Times
Litchfield Park $32
Great Eagle Golf Club
Tee Times
Surprise $9
Superstition Springs Golf Club
Tee Times
Mesa $20
Arizona Biltmore Country Club - Adobe Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $57
Palmbrook Country Club
Tee Times
Sun City $29
Ironwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Chandler $40
Arizona Biltmore Country Club - Links Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $57
The Legend at Arrowhead
Tee Times
Glendale $15
Desert Sands Golf Course
Tee Times
Mesa $20.5
Kierland Golf Club - Ironwood/Acacia
Tee Times
Scottsdale $99
Silverado Golf Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $27.5
Karsten GC at ASU
Tee Times
Tempe $71
McCormich Ranch Golf Club - Pine Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $25
Mission Royale Golf Club
Tee Times
Casa Grande $22
Talking Stick Golf Club - South Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $60
Troon North Golf Club - Monument Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $95
Orange Tree Golf Resort
Tee Times
Scottsdale $26.95
Robson Ranch Golf Club
Tee Times
Eloy $39
Talking Stick Golf Club - North Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $60
Troon North Golf Club - Pinnacle Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $95
Palm Valley Golf Club - The Lakes Course
Tee Times
Goodyear $24
McCormich Ranch Golf Club - Palm Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $25
Las Colinas Golf Club
Tee Times
Queen Creek $25
Kierland Golf Club - Mesquite/Ironwood
Tee Times
Scottsdale $99
Vistal Golf Club
Tee Times
Phoenix $25
Wildfire Golf Club - Palmer Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $79
Ocotillo Golf Resort - Blue/White
Tee Times
Chandler $29
Painted Mountain Golf Resort
Tee Times
Mesa $18
Peoria Pines Golf Club
Tee Times
Peoria $22.06
Legend Trail Golf Club
Tee Times
Scottsdale $35
Tonto Verde Golf Club - Peaks Course
Tee Times
Rio Verde $59
Eagle Mountain Golf Club
Tee Times
Fountain Hills $69
Francisco Grande Resort & Golf Club
Tee Times
Casa Grande $20
The Phoenician Resort - Oasis/Desert
Tee Times
Scottsdale $45
Ocotillo Golf Resort - Gold/Blue
Tee Times
Chandler $29
Palm Valley Golf Club - The Palms Course
Tee Times
Goodyear $25
Ocotillo Golf Resort - White/Gold
Tee Times
Chandler $29
Granite Falls Golf Club - North Course
Tee Times
Surprise $15 - $90
Stonecreek Golf Club
Tee Times
Phoenix $23
Cimarron Golf Club
Tee Times
Surprise $18 - $93
Rancho Manana Golf Club
Tee Times
Cave Creek $36
Red Mountain Ranch Country Club
Tee Times
Mesa $65
Toka Sticks Golf Club
Tee Times
Mesa $19
TPC Scottsdale - The Stadium Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $99
Sun City Country Club
Tee Times
Sun City $25
The Phoenician Resort - Desert/Canyon
Tee Times
Scottsdale $45
Kokopelli Golf Club
Tee Times
Gilbert $19
Encanto Park 9-hole Golf Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $12
Dove Valley Ranch Golf Club
Tee Times
Cave Creek $35
Lone Tree Golf Club
Tee Times
Chandler $26
Hillcrest Golf Club at Sun City West
Tee Times
Sun City West $29 - $39
Trilogy Golf Club at Vistancia
Tee Times
Peoria $49
Raven Golf Club - Phoenix
Tee Times
Phoenix $35
Scottsdale Silverado Golf Club - Silver Pony Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $10
Kierland Golf Club - Acacia/Mesquite
Tee Times
Scottsdale $99
San Miguel Golf Club Eloy $40 - $50
The First Tee of Phoenix Phoenix $5
Mountain Brook Golf Club Gold Canyon $52 - $79
Riverview Golf Course Mesa $15 - $17
Grayhawk Golf Club - Talon Course Scottsdale $125
Adobe Dam Family Golf Center Glendale $9.50 - $14.00
Viewpoint Golf Resort Executive Course Mesa $14 - $22
Tierra Grande Country Club Casa Grande $15 - $19
Desert Springs Golf Club
Tee Times
Surprise $15 - $90
Augusta Ranch Golf Club Mesa $7 - $36
Grayhawk Golf Club - Raptor Course Scottsdale $110 - $190
Sun City Lakes West Sun City $14.75 - $36.00
Gold Canyon Golf Resort - Sidewinder Course Gold Canyon $55 - $95
We-Ko-Pa Golf Club - Cholla Course Scottsdale $45 - $225
We-Ko-Pa Golf Club - Saguaro Course Scottsdale $45 - $225
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