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
TPC Scottsdale - The Stadium Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $59.5
Hillcrest Golf Club at Sun City West
Tee Times
Sun City West $12
Poston Butte Golf Club
Tee Times
Florence $15
Arizona Golf Resort
Tee Times
Mesa $9
Lookout Mountain Golf Club
Tee Times
Phoenix $25
Golf Club at Johnson Ranch
Tee Times
Queen Creek $6
Western Skies Golf Club
Tee Times
Gilbert $9
Ahwatukee Country Club
Tee Times
Phoenix $12
Las Sendas Golf Club
Tee Times
Mesa $16
Verrado Golf Club - Founders Course
Tee Times
Buckeye $21
Wigwam Golf Club - Gold Course
Tee Times
Litchfield Park $15
Riverview Golf Course
Tee Times
Sun City $12
The Boulders Golf Club - North Course
Tee Times
Carefree $37
Arizona Biltmore Golf Club - Links Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $10.99
Longbow Golf Club
Tee Times
Mesa $24
Trilogy Golf Club at Power Ranch
Tee Times
Gilbert $13
Desert Canyon Golf Club
Tee Times
Fountain Hills $32
Tres Rios Golf Course at Estrella Mountain Park
Tee Times
Goodyear $9
Arizona Grand Golf Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $15
The Legacy Golf Club
Tee Times
Phoenix $12
Francisco Grande Resort & Golf Club
Tee Times
Casa Grande $12
Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club
Tee Times
Maricopa $30
Mountain Shadows Golf Course
Tee Times
Paradise Valley $12
Dove Valley Ranch Golf Club
Tee Times
Cave Creek $19
The Duke at Rancho El Dorado
Tee Times
Maricopa $12
Victory Course at Verrado Golf Club
Tee Times
Buckeye $35
Foothills Golf Club
Tee Times
Phoenix $12
Los Caballeros Golf Club
Tee Times
Wickenburg $12
Golf Club of Estrella
Tee Times
Goodyear $13
Club West Golf Club
Tee Times
Phoenix $15
Grand Canyon University Golf Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $15
Starfire Golf Club - Hawk/King
Tee Times
Scottsdale $14
Coldwater Golf Club
Tee Times
Avondale $12
The Boulders Golf Club - South Course
Tee Times
Carefree $37
Lone Tree Golf Club
Tee Times
Chandler $12
Wickenburg Country Club
Tee Times
Wickenburg $8
Trilogy Golf Club at Vistancia
Tee Times
Peoria $12
Ambiente Course at Camelback Golf Club
Tee Times
Scottsdale $27
Papago Golf Course Phoenix $14 - $36
Kokopelli Golf Club
Tee Times
Gilbert $10
Rancho Manana Golf Club
Tee Times
Cave Creek $12
Arizona Biltmore Golf Club - Adobe Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $10.99
Legend Trail Golf Club
Tee Times
Scottsdale $18
Tierra Grande Country Club Casa Grande $15
Ocotillo Golf Resort - White/Gold
Tee Times
Chandler $21
Troon North Golf Club - Pinnacle Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $25
Talking Stick Golf Club - O'odham Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $21
Whirlwind Golf Club - Cattail
Tee Times
Chandler $22
Viewpoint Golf Resort Championship Course
Tee Times
Mesa $8
Tuscany Falls at Pebble Creek - Lakes Nine
Tee Times
Goodyear $15
McCormich Ranch Golf Club - Palm Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $18
The Phoenician Resort - Desert/Canyon
Tee Times
Scottsdale $24
Tuscany Falls at Pebble Creek - Palms Nine
Tee Times
Goodyear $15
Bear Creek Golf Complex - Bear Course
Tee Times
Chandler $12
Moon Valley Country Club Phoenix $65 - $120
Greenfield Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Gilbert $9.99
SunRidge Canyon Golf Club
Tee Times
Fountain Hills $29
Sun City Country Club
Tee Times
Sun City $18
Rolling Hills Golf Course
Tee Times
Tempe $4
Wigwam Golf Club - Blue Course
Tee Times
Litchfield Park $13
Southern Ridge Golf Club
Tee Times
Phoenix $12
Wigwam Golf Club - Red Course
Tee Times
Litchfield Park $13
Superstition Springs Golf Club
Tee Times
Mesa $12
Wildfire Golf Club - Palmer Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $21
Wildfire Golf Club - Faldo Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $21
Wickenburg Ranch Golf & Social Club
Tee Times
Wickenburg $23
Palmbrook Country Club
Tee Times
Sun City $12
Sundance Golf Club
Tee Times
Buckeye $12
Desert Sands Golf Course
Tee Times
Mesa $10.75
Las Colinas Golf Club
Tee Times
Queen Creek $12
Aguila Par-3 Golf Course
Tee Times
Laveen $4.99
Willowcreek Golf Course
Tee Times
Sun City $12
Whirlwind Golf Club - Devil's Claw
Tee Times
Chandler $26
Mission Royale Golf Club
Tee Times
Casa Grande $12
Gold Canyon Golf Resort - Dinosaur Mountain Course
Tee Times
Gold Canyon $245
Granite Falls Golf Club - South Course
Tee Times
Surprise $12
Granite Falls Golf Club - North Course
Tee Times
Surprise $12
Camelback Golf Club - Padre Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $21
Robson Ranch Golf Club
Tee Times
Eloy $13
Stonecreek Golf Club Phoenix $115
Bear Creek Golf Complex - Cub Course
Tee Times
Chandler $12
Villa De Paz Golf Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $12
Cobre Valle Country Club Globe $18
Copper Canyon Golf Club
Tee Times
Buckeye $15
Troon North Golf Club - Monument Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $25
Painted Mountain Golf Resort
Tee Times
Mesa $10
Ocotillo Golf Resort - Gold/Blue
Tee Times
Chandler $21
Tuscany Falls at Pebble Creek - Falls Nine
Tee Times
Goodyear $15
Ironwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Chandler $15
Desert Mirage Golf Course
Tee Times
Glendale $9
Red Mountain Ranch Country Club
Tee Times
Mesa $12
Pueblo El Mirage Golf Course
Tee Times
El Mirage $8
The Legend at Arrowhead
Tee Times
Glendale $12
Coronado Golf Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $7.5
Sun City South Golf Course
Tee Times
Sun City $12
Ken McDonald Golf Course
Tee Times
Tempe $11
The Phoenician Resort - Canyon/Oasis
Tee Times
Scottsdale $24
Adobe Dam Family Golf Center
Tee Times
Glendale $5.99
Peoria Pines Golf Club
Tee Times
Peoria $10
Kierland Golf Club - Mesquite/Ironwood Scottsdale $69 - $179
Palm Valley Golf Club - The Palms Course Goodyear $36 - $69
Bellair Golf Club
Tee Times
Glendale $12
The Phoenician Resort - Oasis/Desert
Tee Times
Scottsdale $24
Silverado Golf Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $12
McDowell Mountain Golf Club
Tee Times
Scottsdale $20
Glen Lakes Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Glendale $7
Coyote Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Surprise $12
Eagle Mountain Golf Club Fountain Hills $69 - $175
Great Eagle Golf Club
Tee Times
Surprise $6.22
Karsten GC at ASU Tempe $26 - $149
Sunbird Golf Resort
Tee Times
Chandler $14
Corte Bella Golf Club
Tee Times
Sun City West $21
McCormich Ranch Golf Club - Pine Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $15
Mountain Brook Golf Club
Tee Times
Gold Canyon $12
Kierland Golf Club - Acacia/Mesquite Scottsdale $69 - $179
Orange Tree Golf Resort
Tee Times
Scottsdale $12
Continental Golf Club
Tee Times
Scottsdale $12
Gold Canyon Golf Resort - Sidewinder Course
Tee Times
Gold Canyon $69.99
Talking Stick Golf Club - Piipaash Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $21
Springfield Golf Course
Tee Times
Chandler $10
Falcon Golf Club
Tee Times
Litchfield Park $9
Cimarron Golf Club
Tee Times
Surprise $12
The Links at Queen Creek
Tee Times
San Tan Valley $12
West Course at Sun City Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Sun City $11.99
Ocotillo Golf Resort - Blue/White
Tee Times
Chandler $21
Quintero Golf Club
Tee Times
Peoria $25
Encanto Park 9-hole Golf Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $6.45
Arizona Traditions Golf Club
Tee Times
Surprise $11
Desert Springs Golf Club
Tee Times
Surprise $12
Apache Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Apache Junction $12
Scottsdale Silverado Golf Club - Silver Pony Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $12
Union Hills Country Club
Tee Times
Sun City $12
Starfire Golf Club - Squire
Tee Times
Scottsdale $19.99
Tonto Verde Golf Club - Peaks Course
Tee Times
Rio Verde $12
Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort
Tee Times
Chandler $12
Pebble Creek Resort - Eagle's Nest Golf Club
Tee Times
Goodyear $15
Tonto Verde Golf Club - Ranch Course
Tee Times
Rio Verde $12
Kierland Golf Club - Ironwood/Acacia Scottsdale $69 - $179
Toka Sticks Golf Club
Tee Times
Mesa $12
Raven Golf Club - Phoenix Phoenix $55 - $135
Palo Verde Golf Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $6.43
Viewpoint Golf Resort Executive Course
Tee Times
Mesa $8
TPC Scottsdale - The Champions Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $35
Palm Valley Golf Club - The Lakes Course Goodyear $23 - $46
Aguila Golf Course Laveen $12 - $35
San Miguel Golf Club Eloy $40 - $50
Encanto Park Golf Course Phoenix $16 - $43
We-Ko-Pa Golf Club - Cholla Course Scottsdale $45 - $235
Grayhawk Golf Club - Talon Course Scottsdale $165 - $255
Tatum Ranch Golf Club Cave Creek $80 - $90
We-Ko-Pa Golf Club - Saguaro Course Scottsdale $45 - $235
Oasis Golf Club Florence $9 - $19
Verde River Golf & Social Club
Tee Times
Rio Verde $15
Grayhawk Golf Club - Raptor Course Scottsdale $165 - $255
Superstition Mountain Golf Club - Lost Gold Course Apache Junction $120
Superstition Mountain Golf Club - Prospector Course Apache Junction $120
Augusta Ranch Golf Club Mesa $7 - $36
Cave Creek Golf Course Phoenix $12 - $35
The First Tee of Phoenix Phoenix $5
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