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
Encanto Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $15
Pointe Golf Club on Lookout Mtn
Tee Times
Phoenix $65
Western Skies Golf Club
Tee Times
Gilbert $19
Verrado Golf Club
Tee Times
Buckeye $39
Arizona Grand Golf Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $59 - $89
Ambiente Course at Camelback Golf Club
Tee Times
Scottsdale $62
Desert Canyon Golf Club
Tee Times
Fountain Hills $35
Los Caballeros Golf Club
Tee Times
Wickenburg $25
Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort
Tee Times
Chandler $18 - $75
Las Sendas Golf Club
Tee Times
Mesa $49
Whirlwind Golf Club - Cattail
Tee Times
Chandler $69
The Golf Club of Estrella
Tee Times
Goodyear $55
Golf Club at Johnson Ranch
Tee Times
Queen Creek $39
Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club
Tee Times
Maricopa $99
Legacy Golf Club
Tee Times
Phoenix $39
Papago Golf Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $49
Whirlwind Golf Club - Devil's Claw
Tee Times
Chandler $49
Bear Creek Golf Complex - Bear Course
Tee Times
Chandler $23
Riverview Golf Course
Tee Times
Sun City $18.5
Aguila Golf Course
Tee Times
Laveen $12
Starfire Golf Club - Squire/King
Tee Times
Scottsdale $25
Club West Golf Club
Tee Times
Phoenix $15
Cave Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $22
Superstition Mountain Golf Club - Prospector Course
Tee Times
Apache Junction $120
The Boulders Golf Club - South Course
Tee Times
Carefree $55 - $165
Foothills Golf Club
Tee Times
Phoenix $18
Superstition Mountain Golf Club - Lost Gold Course
Tee Times
Apache Junction $120
Falcon Golf Club
Tee Times
Litchfield Park $40
Starfire Golf Club - Squire/Hawk
Tee Times
Scottsdale $25
Camelback Golf Club - Padre Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $39 - $139
The Duke at Rancho El Dorado
Tee Times
Maricopa $25
Starfire Golf Club - Hawk/King
Tee Times
Scottsdale $25
Ahwatukee Country Club
Tee Times
Phoenix N/A
Poston Butte Golf Club
Tee Times
Florence $20
The Boulders Golf Club - North Course
Tee Times
Carefree $55 - $165
Tuscany Falls at Pebble Creek - Falls Nine
Tee Times
Goodyear $65
Ken McDonald Golf Course
Tee Times
Tempe $17.5
Willowcreek Golf Course
Tee Times
Sun City $18.5
Rolling Hills Golf Course
Tee Times
Tempe $10
Tres Rios Golf Course at Estrella Mountain Park
Tee Times
Goodyear $21
Union Hills Country Club
Tee Times
Sun City $80
Arizona Golf Resort
Tee Times
Mesa $19.99
Longbow Golf Club
Tee Times
Mesa $35
Tuscany Falls at Pebble Creek - Palms Nine
Tee Times
Goodyear $65
Oasis Golf Club
Tee Times
Florence $10
Pebble Creek Resort - Eagle's Nest Golf Club
Tee Times
Goodyear $11 - $20
Glen Lakes Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Glendale $8
Coronado Golf Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $7
Sun City South Golf Course
Tee Times
Sun City $18.5
Apache Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Apache Junction $20
Tuscany Falls at Pebble Creek - Lakes Nine
Tee Times
Goodyear $65
Southern Ridge Golf Club
Tee Times
Phoenix $15
Sunbird Golf Resort
Tee Times
Chandler $39
Villa De Paz Golf Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $13.85
Moon Valley Country Club
Tee Times
Phoenix $59
Bear Creek Golf Complex - Cub Course
Tee Times
Chandler $14
Springfield Golf Course
Tee Times
Chandler $25
Desert Mirage Golf Course
Tee Times
Glendale $8
Pueblo El Mirage Golf Course
Tee Times
El Mirage $29.77 - $41.90
Arizona Biltmore Country Club - Links Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $50
Painted Mountain Golf Resort
Tee Times
Mesa $22
Vistal Golf Club
Tee Times
Phoenix $25
Troon North Golf Club - Pinnacle Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $95
Cimarron Golf Club
Tee Times
Surprise $18 - $93
Tegavah Golf Club
Tee Times
Rio Verde $45
Eagle Mountain Golf Club
Tee Times
Fountain Hills $49
McCormich Ranch Golf Club - Palm Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $35 - $126
Wigwam Golf Club - Gold Course
Tee Times
Litchfield Park $29
Continental Golf Club
Tee Times
Scottsdale $12
Wildfire Golf Club - Palmer Course
Tee Times
Phoenix N/A
Silverado Golf Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $27.5
Maryvale Golf Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $13
Sundance Golf Club
Tee Times
Buckeye $13
Hillcrest Golf Club at Sun City West
Tee Times
Sun City West $29 - $39
Wigwam Golf Club - Patriot Course
Tee Times
Litchfield Park $30 - $40
Bellair Golf Club
Tee Times
Glendale $18
Tonto Verde Golf Club - Peaks Course
Tee Times
Rio Verde $160
Tonto Verde Golf Club - Ranch Course
Tee Times
Rio Verde $55
Arizona Biltmore Country Club - Adobe Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $57
Las Colinas Golf Club
Tee Times
Queen Creek $21
Encanto Park 9-hole Golf Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $12
Gold Canyon Golf Resort - Sidewinder Course
Tee Times
Gold Canyon $55 - $95
Copper Canyon Golf Club
Tee Times
Buckeye $39
Granite Falls Golf Club - North Course
Tee Times
Surprise $15 - $90
Orange Tree Golf Resort
Tee Times
Scottsdale $26.95
The Phoenician Resort - Oasis/Desert
Tee Times
Scottsdale $39
Coyote Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Surprise $18
TPC Scottsdale - The Stadium Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $63 - $299
The Legend at Arrowhead
Tee Times
Glendale $15
The Links at Queen Creek
Tee Times
Queen Creek $25
Mission Royale Golf Club
Tee Times
Casa Grande $15
Raven Golf Club - Phoenix
Tee Times
Phoenix $65
Mountain Shadows Resort and Golf Club
Tee Times
Paradise Valley $25
Great Eagle Golf Club
Tee Times
Surprise $9
Ironwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Chandler $40
Superstition Springs Golf Club
Tee Times
Mesa $20
TPC Scottsdale - The Champions Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $84
Arizona Traditions Golf Club
Tee Times
Surprise $16.5
Ocotillo Golf Resort - Blue/White
Tee Times
Chandler $35
Palmbrook Country Club
Tee Times
Sun City $44
Kokopelli Golf Club
Tee Times
Gilbert $15
Granite Falls Golf Club - South Course
Tee Times
Surprise $15 - $90
McCormich Ranch Golf Club - Pine Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $25
Karsten GC at ASU
Tee Times
Tempe $71
Greenfield Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Gilbert $17
Desert Sands Golf Course
Tee Times
Mesa $20.5
Sun City Country Club
Tee Times
Sun City $30
Troon North Golf Club - Monument Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $95
Gold Canyon Golf Resort - Dinosaur Mountain Course
Tee Times
Gold Canyon $79 - $185
Wigwam Golf Club - Heritage Course
Tee Times
Litchfield Park $30 - $40
Trilogy Golf Club at Vistancia
Tee Times
Peoria $39
Lone Tree Golf Club
Tee Times
Chandler $26
Trilogy Golf Club at Power Ranch
Tee Times
Gilbert $25
Coldwater Golf Club
Tee Times
Avondale $15
Red Mountain Ranch Country Club
Tee Times
Mesa $50
Aguila Par-3 Golf Course
Tee Times
Laveen $8
Lakes At Ahwatukee
Tee Times
Phoenix N/A
Talking Stick Golf Club - South Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $80
Kierland Golf Club - Acacia/Mesquite
Tee Times
Scottsdale $99
Viewpoint Golf Resort Championship Course
Tee Times
Mesa $20
The Phoenician Resort - Canyon/Oasis
Tee Times
Scottsdale $39
Ocotillo Golf Resort - White/Gold
Tee Times
Chandler $35
Palo Verde Golf Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $10
The Phoenician Resort - Desert/Canyon
Tee Times
Scottsdale $39
McDowell Mountain Golf Club
Tee Times
Scottsdale $35
Palm Valley Golf Club - The Palms Course
Tee Times
Goodyear $25
Kierland Golf Club - Mesquite/Ironwood
Tee Times
Scottsdale $99
Tatum Ranch Golf Club
Tee Times
Cave Creek $60
Palm Valley Golf Club - The Lakes Course
Tee Times
Goodyear $21
Francisco Grande Resort & Golf Club
Tee Times
Casa Grande $20
Corte Bella Golf Club
Tee Times
Sun City West $50
Stonecreek Golf Club
Tee Times
Phoenix $27
SunRidge Canyon Golf Club
Tee Times
Fountain Hills $55
Scottsdale Silverado Golf Club - Silver Pony Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $10
Robson Ranch Golf Club
Tee Times
Eloy $50
Quintero Golf Club
Tee Times
Peoria $89
Dove Valley Ranch Golf Club
Tee Times
Cave Creek $60
Legend Trail Golf Club
Tee Times
Scottsdale $49
Peoria Pines Golf Club
Tee Times
Peoria $22.06
Ocotillo Golf Resort - Gold/Blue
Tee Times
Chandler $35
Toka Sticks Golf Club
Tee Times
Mesa $19
Talking Stick Golf Club - North Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $60 - $175
Kierland Golf Club - Ironwood/Acacia
Tee Times
Scottsdale $99
Rancho Manana Golf Club
Tee Times
Cave Creek $36
Wildfire Golf Club - Faldo Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $79
Viewpoint Golf Resort Executive Course Mesa $14 - $22
Adobe Dam Family Golf Center Glendale $9.50 - $14.00
San Miguel Golf Club Eloy $40 - $50
Desert Springs Golf Club
Tee Times
Surprise $15 - $90
We-Ko-Pa Golf Club - Cholla Course Scottsdale $45 - $225
Riverview Golf Course Mesa $15 - $17
Sun City Lakes West Sun City $52
Grayhawk Golf Club - Talon Course Scottsdale $125
Mountain Brook Golf Club Gold Canyon $52 - $79
Augusta Ranch Golf Club Mesa $7 - $36
Tierra Grande Country Club Casa Grande $15 - $19
The First Tee of Phoenix Phoenix $5
Grayhawk Golf Club - Raptor Course Scottsdale $110 - $190
We-Ko-Pa Golf Club - Saguaro Course Scottsdale $45 - $225
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