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