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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The Legacy Golf Club
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Phoenix $14
Aguila Golf Course Laveen $14 - $19
TPC Scottsdale - The Stadium Course
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Scottsdale $69
Arizona Golf Resort
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Mesa $11
Springfield Golf Course
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Chandler $10
Robson Ranch Golf Club
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Eloy $14
Western Skies Golf Club
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Gilbert $10
Encanto Golf Course Phoenix $24 - $32
Arizona Grand Golf Course
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Phoenix $17
Cave Creek Golf Course Phoenix $26 - $34
Coldwater Golf Club
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Avondale $10
Starfire Golf Club - King
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Scottsdale $19.99
Poston Butte Golf Club
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Florence $15
Painted Mountain Golf Resort
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Mesa $10
Longbow Golf Club
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Mesa $24
Golf Club at Johnson Ranch
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Queen Creek $12
Las Sendas Golf Club
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Mesa $16
Riverview Golf Course
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Sun City $10
Palmbrook Country Club
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Sun City $10
Red Mountain Ranch Country Club
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Mesa $11
Las Colinas Golf Club
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Queen Creek $10
Hillcrest Golf Club at Sun City West
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Sun City West $10
Apache Creek Golf Club
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Apache Junction $10
Great Eagle Golf Club
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Surprise $5.5
Viewpoint Golf Resort Executive Course
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Mesa $9
Palo Verde Golf Course
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Phoenix $9
Coronado Golf Course
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Scottsdale $7.99
Wigwam Golf Club - Blue Course
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Litchfield Park $13
Rolling Hills Golf Course
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Tempe $10
Silverado Golf Course
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Scottsdale $19.5
Sun City Country Club
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Sun City $27
Verde River Golf & Social Club
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Rio Verde $15
Ambiente Course at Camelback Golf Club
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Scottsdale $35
Victory Course at Verrado Golf Club
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Buckeye $16
Wickenburg Country Club
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Wickenburg $13
Ocotillo Golf Resort - Blue/White
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Chandler $25
Mission Royale Golf Club
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Casa Grande $10
The Phoenician Golf Club
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Scottsdale $24
Encanto Park 9-hole Golf Course
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Phoenix $8
Peoria Pines Golf Club
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Peoria $10
Wildfire Golf Club - Faldo Course
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Phoenix $16
Ahwatukee Country Club
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Phoenix $10
Copper Canyon Golf Club - Mountain/Vista Course
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Buckeye $18
Granite Falls Golf Club - North Course
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Surprise $18
McCormich Ranch Golf Club - Pine Course
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Scottsdale $16
Legend Trail Golf Club
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Scottsdale $4
McCormich Ranch Golf Club - Palm Course
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Scottsdale $16
Golf Club of Estrella
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Goodyear $13
Starfire Golf Club - Mulligan 9
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Scottsdale $19.99
Kierland Golf Club - Acacia/Mesquite Scottsdale $69 - $179
Bellair Golf Club
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Glendale $10
Toka Sticks Golf Club
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Mesa $15
Wildfire Golf Club - Palmer Course
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Phoenix $30
Kierland Golf Club - Ironwood/Acacia Scottsdale $69 - $179
Bear Creek Golf Complex - Cub Course
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Chandler $10
Dove Valley Ranch Golf Club
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Cave Creek $19
Granite Falls Golf Club - South Course
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Surprise $18
Raven Golf Club - Phoenix Phoenix $55 - $109
Mountain Shadows Golf Course
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Paradise Valley $10
Viewpoint Golf Resort Championship Course
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Mesa $10
Arizona Biltmore Golf Club - Links Course
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Phoenix $19.29
Power Ranch Golf Club
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Gilbert $13
Desert Canyon Golf Club
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Fountain Hills $13
Bear Creek Golf Complex - Bear Course
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Chandler $15
Ironwood Golf Club
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Chandler $15
Francisco Grande Hotel & Golf Resort
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Casa Grande $12
Eagle Mountain Golf Club
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Fountain Hills $33
Desert Sands Golf Course
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Mesa $8
Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort
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Chandler $15
Cimarron Golf Club
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Surprise $14
Tonto Verde Golf Club - Peaks Course
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Rio Verde $12
Whirlwind Golf Club - Devil's Claw
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Chandler $19
Whirlwind Golf Club - Cattail
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Chandler $34
Papago Golf Course Phoenix $60 - $110
The Boulders Golf Club - North Course
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Carefree $38
Lone Tree Golf Club
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Chandler $12
Scottsdale Silverado Golf Club - Silver Pony Course
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Scottsdale $19.5
Palm Valley Golf Club - North/West
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Goodyear $27
Los Caballeros Golf Club
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Wickenburg $22
Grand Canyon University Golf Course
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Phoenix $12
Sunbird Golf Resort
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Chandler $12
Desert Mirage Golf Course
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Glendale $9
Wigwam Golf Club - Gold Course
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Litchfield Park $16
Arizona Traditions Golf Club
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Surprise $8
Corte Bella Golf Club
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Sun City West $22
Orange Tree Golf Club
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Scottsdale $13
Kokopelli Golf Club
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Gilbert $10
West Course at Sun City Lakes Golf Club
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Sun City $11.99
Ken McDonald Golf Course
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Tempe $10
Kierland Golf Club - Mesquite/Ironwood Scottsdale $69 - $179
Desert Springs Golf Club
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Surprise $18
Wickenburg Ranch Golf & Social Club
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Wickenburg $17
Tuscany Falls at Pebble Creek - East Course
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Goodyear $15
SunRidge Canyon Golf Club
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Fountain Hills $20
Ocotillo Golf Resort - Gold/Blue
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Chandler $25
Arizona Biltmore Golf Club - Adobe Course
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Phoenix $25
Troon North Golf Club - Pinnacle Course
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Scottsdale $35
Copper Canyon Golf Club - Lake/Mountain Course
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Buckeye $18
Coyote Lakes Golf Club
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Surprise $12
Copper Canyon Golf Club - Vista/Lake Course
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Buckeye $18
Verrado Golf Club - Founder's Course
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Buckeye $16
Sun City South Golf Course
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Sun City $10
TPC Scottsdale - The Champions Course
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Scottsdale $41
The Duke at Rancho El Dorado
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Maricopa $11.25
Stonecreek Golf Club Phoenix $20 - $30
Palm Valley Golf Club - North/South Goodyear $20 - $53
McDowell Mountain Golf Club
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Scottsdale $37
The Legend at Arrowhead
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Glendale $15
Aguila Par-3 Golf Course
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Laveen $5
Continental Golf Club
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Scottsdale $10
Pueblo El Mirage Golf Course
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El Mirage $10
Tonto Verde Golf Club - Ranch Course
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Rio Verde $12
Tuscany Falls at Pebble Creek - West Course
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Goodyear $15 - $75
Rancho Manana Golf Club
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Cave Creek $12
Troon North Golf Club - Monument Course
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Scottsdale $35
The Boulders Golf Club - South Course
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Carefree $38
Willowcreek Golf Course
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Sun City $12
Wigwam Golf Club - Red Course
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Litchfield Park $13
Foothills Golf Club
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Phoenix $10
Union Hills Country Club
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Sun City $16
Lookout Mountain Golf Club
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Phoenix $18
Superstition Springs Golf Club
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Mesa $10
Sundance Golf Club
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Buckeye $10
Talking Stick Golf Club - Piipaash Course
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Scottsdale $29
Mountain Brook Golf Club
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Gold Canyon $10
Trilogy Golf Club at Vistancia
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Peoria $19
Ocotillo Golf Resort - White/Gold
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Chandler $25
Quintero Golf Club
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Peoria $25
Camelback Golf Club - Padre Course
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Scottsdale $20
Pebble Creek Resort - Eagle's Nest Golf Club
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Goodyear $15
Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club
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Maricopa $32
Superstition Mountain Golf & Country Club - Lost Gold Course Gold Canyon $120
Gold Canyon Golf Resort - Sidewinder Course
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Gold Canyon $69.99
We-Ko-Pa Golf Club - Saguaro Course Scottsdale $75 - $190
We-Ko-Pa Golf Club - Cholla Course Scottsdale $75 - $190
The First Tee of Phoenix Phoenix $5
Greenfield Lakes Golf Club
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Gilbert $9.99
Falcon Golf Club
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Litchfield Park $20
Southern Ridge Golf Club
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Phoenix $9
Grayhawk Golf Club - Talon Course Scottsdale $79 - $114
Superstition Mountain Golf & Country Club - Prospector Course Gold Canyon $120
Cobre Valle Country Club Globe $18
Tatum Ranch Golf Club Cave Creek $80 - $90
Augusta Ranch Golf Club Mesa $20.25- $62.75
Tres Rios Golf Course at Estrella Mountain Park
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Goodyear $10
Talking Stick Golf Club - O'odham Course Scottsdale $59 - $165
Grayhawk Golf Club - Raptor Course Scottsdale $80 - $115
Palm Valley Golf Club - South/West
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Goodyear $27
Tierra Grande Country Club Casa Grande $10
Oasis Golf Club Florence $9 - $19
Moon Valley Country Club Phoenix $39 - $49
The Links at Queen Creek
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San Tan Valley $15
Gold Canyon Golf Resort - Dinosaur Mountain Course
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Gold Canyon $245
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