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