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
Starfire Golf Club - Hawk/King
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Scottsdale $18
Verrado Golf Club
Tee Times
Buckeye $29
Golf Club at Johnson Ranch
Tee Times
Queen Creek $12
Foothills Golf Club
Tee Times
Phoenix $14
The Boulders Golf Club - South Course
Tee Times
Carefree $55 - $165
Poston Butte Golf Club
Tee Times
Florence $23
Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort
Tee Times
Chandler $10
Golf Club of Estrella
Tee Times
Goodyear $20
Los Caballeros Golf Club
Tee Times
Wickenburg $19
Bear Creek Golf Complex - Bear Course
Tee Times
Chandler $22
Lone Tree Golf Club
Tee Times
Chandler $21
Desert Canyon Golf Club
Tee Times
Fountain Hills $32
Kokopelli Golf Club
Tee Times
Gilbert $15
Encanto Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $18
Western Skies Golf Club
Tee Times
Gilbert $12
Cave Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $23.79
Tres Rios Golf Course at Estrella Mountain Park
Tee Times
Goodyear $10
Lookout Mountain Golf Club
Tee Times
Phoenix $25
Hillcrest Golf Club at Sun City West
Tee Times
Sun City West $29 - $39
Starfire Golf Club - Squire/Hawk
Tee Times
Scottsdale $18
TPC Scottsdale - The Stadium Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $88
The Duke at Rancho El Dorado
Tee Times
Maricopa $15
Legacy Golf Club
Tee Times
Phoenix $19
The Boulders Golf Club - North Course
Tee Times
Carefree $55 - $165
Starfire Golf Club - Squire/King
Tee Times
Scottsdale $18
Aguila Golf Course
Tee Times
Laveen $16.57
Las Sendas Golf Club
Tee Times
Mesa $27.99 - $89.00
Riverview Golf Course
Tee Times
Sun City $10
Arizona Grand Golf Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $59 - $89
Arizona Golf Resort
Tee Times
Mesa $32 - $90
Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club
Tee Times
Maricopa $35
Club West Golf Club
Tee Times
Phoenix $11
Coldwater Golf Club
Tee Times
Avondale $44
Ahwatukee Country Club
Tee Times
Phoenix $15
Robson Ranch Golf Club
Tee Times
Eloy $15
Pueblo El Mirage Golf Course
Tee Times
El Mirage $29.77 - $41.90
Viewpoint Golf Resort Championship Course
Tee Times
Mesa $10
Coronado Golf Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $8
Ken McDonald Golf Course
Tee Times
Tempe $9
Wickenburg Country Club
Tee Times
Wickenburg $10
Villa De Paz Golf Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $15 - $37
Willowcreek Golf Course
Tee Times
Sun City $15
Sundance Golf Club
Tee Times
Buckeye $10
Desert Mirage Golf Course
Tee Times
Glendale $7 - $14
West Course at Sun City Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Sun City $10
Peoria Pines Golf Club
Tee Times
Peoria $10
Adobe Dam Family Golf Center
Tee Times
Glendale $6
Tuscany Falls at Pebble Creek - Falls Nine
Tee Times
Goodyear $40
Glen Lakes Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Glendale $12.50
Desert Sands Golf Course
Tee Times
Mesa $11
Las Colinas Golf Club
Tee Times
Queen Creek $20
Tuscany Falls at Pebble Creek - Lakes Nine
Tee Times
Goodyear $40
Tuscany Falls at Pebble Creek - Palms Nine
Tee Times
Goodyear $40
Greenfield Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Gilbert $12.99
Union Hills Country Club
Tee Times
Sun City $17
Springfield Golf Course
Tee Times
Chandler $26.95
Bear Creek Golf Complex - Cub Course
Tee Times
Chandler $14
Southern Ridge Golf Club
Tee Times
Phoenix $14
Oasis Golf Club
Tee Times
Florence $9 - $19
Sun City South Golf Course
Tee Times
Sun City $10
Rolling Hills Golf Course
Tee Times
Tempe $28
Pebble Creek Resort - Eagle's Nest Golf Club
Tee Times
Goodyear $17
Grand Canyon University Golf Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $40
Apache Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Apache Junction $20
Ocotillo Golf Resort - Blue/White
Tee Times
Chandler $18
Francisco Grande Resort & Golf Club
Tee Times
Casa Grande $17
Karsten GC at ASU
Tee Times
Tempe $26
Tonto Verde Golf Club - Ranch Course
Tee Times
Rio Verde $35
Continental Golf Club
Tee Times
Scottsdale $16
Wildfire Golf Club - Faldo Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $29
Painted Mountain Golf Resort
Tee Times
Mesa $13
Palo Verde Golf Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $9
McDowell Mountain Golf Club
Tee Times
Scottsdale $25
Arizona Biltmore Country Club - Adobe Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $57
Kierland Golf Club - Ironwood/Acacia
Tee Times
Scottsdale $38
Troon North Golf Club - Pinnacle Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $75
Red Mountain Ranch Country Club
Tee Times
Mesa $29 - $85
Papago Golf Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $39
Dove Valley Ranch Golf Club
Tee Times
Cave Creek $26 - $150
Moon Valley Country Club
Tee Times
Phoenix $59
Cimarron Golf Club
Tee Times
Surprise $18 - $93
Quintero Golf Club
Tee Times
Peoria $125
Longbow Golf Club
Tee Times
Mesa $35 - $140
Talking Stick Golf Club - North Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $29
Encanto Park 9-hole Golf Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $9
Legend Trail Golf Club
Tee Times
Scottsdale $29
Kierland Golf Club - Acacia/Mesquite
Tee Times
Scottsdale $38
Copper Canyon Golf Club
Tee Times
Buckeye $25 - $80
Tonto Verde Golf Club - Peaks Course
Tee Times
Rio Verde $55
Aguila Par-3 Golf Course
Tee Times
Laveen $7.39
Mission Royale Golf Club
Tee Times
Casa Grande $15
Wigwam Golf Club - Gold Course
Tee Times
Litchfield Park $25
Granite Falls Golf Club - North Course
Tee Times
Surprise $15 - $90
Palm Valley Golf Club - The Palms Course
Tee Times
Goodyear $22
Stonecreek Golf Club
Tee Times
Phoenix $24.99
TPC Scottsdale - The Champions Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $39
Eagle Mountain Golf Club
Tee Times
Fountain Hills $69 - $175
McCormich Ranch Golf Club - Palm Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $24
SunRidge Canyon Golf Club
Tee Times
Fountain Hills $13
Ocotillo Golf Resort - White/Gold
Tee Times
Chandler $18
The Links at Queen Creek
Tee Times
San Tan Valley $10
Trilogy Golf Club at Power Ranch
Tee Times
Gilbert $20
McCormich Ranch Golf Club - Pine Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $22
Silverado Golf Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $24.5
Viewpoint Golf Resort Executive Course
Tee Times
Mesa $28
Trilogy Golf Club at Vistancia
Tee Times
Peoria $17
Tierra Grande Country Club
Tee Times
Casa Grande $15
Ambiente Course at Camelback Golf Club
Tee Times
Scottsdale $31
Ocotillo Golf Resort - Gold/Blue
Tee Times
Chandler $18
Palm Valley Golf Club - The Lakes Course
Tee Times
Goodyear $14
San Miguel Golf Club
Tee Times
Eloy $35
Wigwam Golf Club - Heritage Course
Tee Times
Litchfield Park $80 - $160
Coyote Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Surprise $15
Great Eagle Golf Club
Tee Times
Surprise $9.5
Wildfire Golf Club - Palmer Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $29
Arizona Biltmore Country Club - Links Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $57
Orange Tree Golf Resort
Tee Times
Scottsdale $14
Bellair Golf Club
Tee Times
Glendale $10
Sun City Country Club
Tee Times
Sun City $15
Arizona Traditions Golf Club
Tee Times
Surprise $16
Camelback Golf Club - Padre Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $27
Granite Falls Golf Club - South Course
Tee Times
Surprise $15 - $90
Whirlwind Golf Club - Cattail
Tee Times
Chandler $23
The Phoenician Resort - Canyon/Oasis
Tee Times
Scottsdale $31
Ironwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Chandler $40
The Legend at Arrowhead
Tee Times
Glendale $13
Troon North Golf Club - Monument Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $63
Wigwam Golf Club - Patriot Course
Tee Times
Litchfield Park $21
Mountain Brook Golf Club
Tee Times
Gold Canyon $40 - $67
Raven Golf Club - Phoenix
Tee Times
Phoenix $40
Rancho Manana Golf Club
Tee Times
Cave Creek $26
Gold Canyon Golf Resort - Dinosaur Mountain Course
Tee Times
Gold Canyon $45
Palmbrook Country Club
Tee Times
Sun City $15
Talking Stick Golf Club - South Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $29
Corte Bella Golf Club
Tee Times
Sun City West $21
The Phoenician Resort - Oasis/Desert
Tee Times
Scottsdale $31
Gold Canyon Golf Resort - Sidewinder Course
Tee Times
Gold Canyon $35
Kierland Golf Club - Mesquite/Ironwood
Tee Times
Scottsdale $38
Whirlwind Golf Club - Devil's Claw
Tee Times
Chandler $26
Verde River Golf & Social Club
Tee Times
Rio Verde $75 - $95
Scottsdale Silverado Golf Club - Silver Pony Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $10
The Phoenician Resort - Desert/Canyon
Tee Times
Scottsdale $31
Toka Sticks Golf Club
Tee Times
Mesa $18
Superstition Springs Golf Club
Tee Times
Mesa $13
Mountain Shadows Resort and Golf Club Paradise Valley $185
Grayhawk Golf Club - Raptor Course Scottsdale $165 - $255
Superstition Mountain Golf Club - Lost Gold Course Apache Junction $120
The First Tee of Phoenix Phoenix $5
Falcon Golf Club Litchfield Park $40
Superstition Mountain Golf Club - Prospector Course Apache Junction $120
We-Ko-Pa Golf Club - Cholla Course Scottsdale $45 - $235
Tatum Ranch Golf Club Cave Creek $80 - $90
Augusta Ranch Golf Club Mesa $7 - $36
Grayhawk Golf Club - Talon Course Scottsdale $165 - $255
Wickenburg Ranch Golf Course Wickenburg $40 - $95
We-Ko-Pa Golf Club - Saguaro Course Scottsdale $45 - $235
Desert Springs Golf Club
Tee Times
Surprise $15 - $90
Sunbird Golf Resort Chandler $14 - $20
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