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

Course City Rates from
Course City Rates from
Trilogy Golf Club at Power Ranch
Tee Times
Gilbert $29.99
Legacy Golf Club
Tee Times
Phoenix $50
Las Sendas Golf Club
Tee Times
Mesa $35
The Boulders Golf Club - North Course
Tee Times
Carefree $123
Golf Club at Johnson Ranch
Tee Times
Queen Creek $16
Francisco Grande Resort & Golf Club
Tee Times
Casa Grande $22
Riverview Golf Course
Tee Times
Sun City $12
Arizona Golf Resort
Tee Times
Mesa $27
Golf Club of Estrella
Tee Times
Goodyear $42
Los Caballeros Golf Club
Tee Times
Wickenburg $28
Starfire Golf Club - Hawk/King
Tee Times
Scottsdale $29.99
Lookout Mountain Golf Club
Tee Times
Phoenix $69
TPC Scottsdale - The Stadium Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $249
Aguila Golf Course
Tee Times
Laveen $24
Starfire Golf Club - Squire
Tee Times
Scottsdale $24.99
Encanto Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $19.34
Rolling Hills Golf Course
Tee Times
Tempe $22
Ken McDonald Golf Course
Tee Times
Tempe $29
Tres Rios Golf Course at Estrella Mountain Park
Tee Times
Goodyear $14
Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club
Tee Times
Maricopa $59
The Boulders Golf Club - South Course
Tee Times
Carefree $123
Arizona Grand Golf Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $49
Club West Golf Club
Tee Times
Phoenix $27
The Duke at Rancho El Dorado
Tee Times
Maricopa $25
Hillcrest Golf Club at Sun City West
Tee Times
Sun City West $18
Coldwater Golf Club
Tee Times
Avondale $26
Poston Butte Golf Club
Tee Times
Florence $39
Victory Course at Verrado Golf Club
Tee Times
Buckeye $76
Ahwatukee Country Club
Tee Times
Phoenix $15.95
Desert Canyon Golf Club
Tee Times
Fountain Hills $41
Foothills Golf Club
Tee Times
Phoenix $24
Western Skies Golf Club
Tee Times
Gilbert $20
Cave Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $21.18
Verrado Golf Club - Founders Course
Tee Times
Buckeye $65
Painted Mountain Golf Resort
Tee Times
Mesa $21
Moon Valley Country Club
Tee Times
Phoenix $10
Lone Tree Golf Club
Tee Times
Chandler $27
Sun City South Golf Course
Tee Times
Sun City $22
Continental Golf Club
Tee Times
Scottsdale $15
West Course at Sun City Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Sun City $25.75
Aguila Par-3 Golf Course
Tee Times
Laveen $4.99
Copper Canyon Golf Club
Tee Times
Buckeye $25
Whirlwind Golf Club - Cattail
Tee Times
Chandler $52
Southern Ridge Golf Club
Tee Times
Phoenix $22
Coronado Golf Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $7.99
Wildfire Golf Club - Faldo Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $105
Silverado Golf Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $34.5
McDowell Mountain Golf Club
Tee Times
Scottsdale $63
Troon North Golf Club - Monument Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $147
Eagle Mountain Golf Club
Tee Times
Fountain Hills $31
Granite Falls Golf Club - North Course
Tee Times
Surprise $56
Kierland Golf Club - Ironwood/Acacia
Tee Times
Scottsdale $76
Verde River Golf & Social Club
Tee Times
Rio Verde $69
Wigwam Golf Club - Heritage Course
Tee Times
Litchfield Park $39
Las Colinas Golf Club
Tee Times
Queen Creek $20
Glen Lakes Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Glendale $10
Pebble Creek Resort - Eagle's Nest Golf Club
Tee Times
Goodyear $26
Superstition Springs Golf Club
Tee Times
Mesa $16
Viewpoint Golf Resort Championship Course
Tee Times
Mesa $30
Gold Canyon Golf Resort - Sidewinder Course
Tee Times
Gold Canyon $89.99
Granite Falls Golf Club - South Course
Tee Times
Surprise $56
Bear Creek Golf Complex - Bear Course
Tee Times
Chandler $29
Rancho Manana Golf Club
Tee Times
Cave Creek $49
The Phoenician Resort - Oasis/Desert
Tee Times
Scottsdale $68
Peoria Pines Golf Club
Tee Times
Peoria $15
Wigwam Golf Club - Patriot Course
Tee Times
Litchfield Park $34
Bear Creek Golf Complex - Cub Course
Tee Times
Chandler $22
Troon North Golf Club - Pinnacle Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $147
Tierra Grande Country Club
Tee Times
Casa Grande $10
Kierland Golf Club - Mesquite/Ironwood
Tee Times
Scottsdale $76
The Legend at Arrowhead
Tee Times
Glendale $16
Cobre Valle Country Club
Tee Times
Globe $8
Karsten GC at ASU
Tee Times
Tempe $64.99
Mission Royale Golf Club
Tee Times
Casa Grande $25
Encanto Park 9-hole Golf Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $8.29
Pueblo El Mirage Golf Course
Tee Times
El Mirage $18
Greenfield Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Gilbert $20
San Miguel Golf Club
Tee Times
Eloy $11.99
The Links at Queen Creek
Tee Times
San Tan Valley $25
Quintero Golf Club
Tee Times
Peoria $89
Palm Valley Golf Club - The Palms Course
Tee Times
Goodyear $17
Coyote Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Surprise $23
Arizona Traditions Golf Club
Tee Times
Surprise $16
Wildfire Golf Club - Palmer Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $119
Desert Springs Golf Club
Tee Times
Surprise $56
Desert Mirage Golf Course
Tee Times
Glendale $11
Tuscany Falls at Pebble Creek - Lakes Nine
Tee Times
Goodyear $26
Orange Tree Golf Resort
Tee Times
Scottsdale $29.95
Ocotillo Golf Resort - Blue/White
Tee Times
Chandler $35
Talking Stick Golf Club - North Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $39
Dove Valley Ranch Golf Club
Tee Times
Cave Creek $35
Corte Bella Golf Club
Tee Times
Sun City West $66
Toka Sticks Golf Club
Tee Times
Mesa $21
Springfield Golf Course
Tee Times
Chandler $19
McCormich Ranch Golf Club - Palm Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $35
Tuscany Falls at Pebble Creek - Palms Nine
Tee Times
Goodyear $26
Ambiente Course at Camelback Golf Club
Tee Times
Scottsdale $49.99
Whirlwind Golf Club - Devil's Claw
Tee Times
Chandler $73
Arizona Biltmore Country Club - Adobe Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $20
Mountain Brook Golf Club
Tee Times
Gold Canyon $47
TPC Scottsdale - The Champions Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $89
Desert Sands Golf Course
Tee Times
Mesa $14.25
Bellair Golf Club
Tee Times
Glendale $17
Papago Golf Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $30
Gold Canyon Golf Resort - Dinosaur Mountain Course
Tee Times
Gold Canyon $245
Robson Ranch Golf Club
Tee Times
Eloy $25
Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort
Tee Times
Chandler $31
Great Eagle Golf Club
Tee Times
Surprise $6.22
Falcon Golf Club
Tee Times
Litchfield Park $15
McCormich Ranch Golf Club - Pine Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $35
Union Hills Country Club
Tee Times
Sun City $25
Wickenburg Ranch Golf & Social Club
Tee Times
Wickenburg $67
Villa De Paz Golf Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $12
Raven Golf Club - Phoenix
Tee Times
Phoenix $42
Sun City Country Club
Tee Times
Sun City $26
Wigwam Golf Club - Gold Course
Tee Times
Litchfield Park $39
The Phoenician Resort - Desert/Canyon
Tee Times
Scottsdale $68
Tonto Verde Golf Club - Peaks Course
Tee Times
Rio Verde $58
Camelback Golf Club - Padre Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $49
Willowcreek Golf Course
Tee Times
Sun City $15
Palm Valley Golf Club - The Lakes Course
Tee Times
Goodyear $12
Tonto Verde Golf Club - Ranch Course
Tee Times
Rio Verde $58
Trilogy Golf Club at Vistancia
Tee Times
Peoria $35
Ironwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Chandler $25
Ocotillo Golf Resort - White/Gold
Tee Times
Chandler $35
Kokopelli Golf Club
Tee Times
Gilbert $18
Red Mountain Ranch Country Club
Tee Times
Mesa $35
Arizona Biltmore Country Club - Links Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $20
Kierland Golf Club - Acacia/Mesquite
Tee Times
Scottsdale $76
Talking Stick Golf Club - South Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $39
Palo Verde Golf Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $8.29
Stonecreek Golf Club
Tee Times
Phoenix $19.99
Tuscany Falls at Pebble Creek - Falls Nine
Tee Times
Goodyear $26
Apache Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Apache Junction $21
Wickenburg Country Club
Tee Times
Wickenburg $24
Cimarron Golf Club
Tee Times
Surprise $49
SunRidge Canyon Golf Club
Tee Times
Fountain Hills $89
Legend Trail Golf Club
Tee Times
Scottsdale $40
Scottsdale Silverado Golf Club - Silver Pony Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $34.5
Viewpoint Golf Resort Executive Course
Tee Times
Mesa $10
Longbow Golf Club
Tee Times
Mesa $44
The Phoenician Resort - Canyon/Oasis
Tee Times
Scottsdale $68
Palmbrook Country Club
Tee Times
Sun City $19
Sundance Golf Club
Tee Times
Buckeye $17
Adobe Dam Family Golf Center
Tee Times
Glendale $5.99
Ocotillo Golf Resort - Gold/Blue
Tee Times
Chandler $35
Oasis Golf Club Florence $9 - $19
Sunbird Golf Resort Chandler $14 - $20
Augusta Ranch Golf Club Mesa $7 - $36
The First Tee of Phoenix Phoenix $5
Grand Canyon University Golf Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $34
Tatum Ranch Golf Club Cave Creek $80 - $90
We-Ko-Pa Golf Club - Saguaro Course Scottsdale $45 - $235
Mountain Shadows Resort and Golf Club Paradise Valley $185
Superstition Mountain Golf Club - Lost Gold Course Apache Junction $120
We-Ko-Pa Golf Club - Cholla Course Scottsdale $45 - $235
Superstition Mountain Golf Club - Prospector Course Apache Junction $120
Grayhawk Golf Club - Talon Course Scottsdale $165 - $255
Grayhawk Golf Club - Raptor Course Scottsdale $165 - $255
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