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

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Coldwater Golf Club
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Avondale $22
Encanto Park Golf Course
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Phoenix $18
The Boulders Golf Club - North Course
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Carefree $55 - $165
Club West Golf Club
Tee Times
Phoenix $15
Golf Club of Estrella
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Goodyear $29
Aguila Golf Course
Tee Times
Laveen $16.57
Starfire Golf Club - Hawk/King
Tee Times
Scottsdale $21
Desert Canyon Golf Club
Tee Times
Fountain Hills $62
Arizona Grand Golf Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $59 - $89
The Boulders Golf Club - South Course
Tee Times
Carefree $55 - $165
Cave Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $8.31
Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort
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Chandler $22
Poston Butte Golf Club
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Florence $35
TPC Scottsdale - The Stadium Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $121.5
Western Skies Golf Club
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Gilbert $18
Golf Club at Johnson Ranch
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Queen Creek $25
Las Sendas Golf Club
Tee Times
Mesa $27.99 - $89.00
Kokopelli Golf Club
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Gilbert $15
Arizona Golf Resort
Tee Times
Mesa $15
Starfire Golf Club - Squire/King
Tee Times
Scottsdale $21
Bear Creek Golf Complex - Bear Course
Tee Times
Chandler $23
Lookout Mountain Golf Club
Tee Times
Phoenix $49
Foothills Golf Club
Tee Times
Phoenix $16
The Duke at Rancho El Dorado
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Maricopa $25
Los Caballeros Golf Club
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Wickenburg $27
Riverview Golf Course
Tee Times
Sun City $15
Legacy Golf Club
Tee Times
Phoenix $19
Starfire Golf Club - Squire/Hawk
Tee Times
Scottsdale $21
Whirlwind Golf Club - Devil's Claw
Tee Times
Chandler $69
Verrado Golf Club
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Buckeye $47
Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club
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Maricopa $65
Tres Rios Golf Course at Estrella Mountain Park
Tee Times
Goodyear $14.35
Ahwatukee Country Club
Tee Times
Phoenix $18
Adobe Dam Family Golf Center
Tee Times
Glendale $6
Sun City South Golf Course
Tee Times
Sun City $15
Villa De Paz Golf Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $15 - $37
Union Hills Country Club
Tee Times
Sun City $21.25
Apache Creek Golf Club
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Apache Junction $20
Ken McDonald Golf Course
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Tempe $15
Glen Lakes Municipal Golf Course
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Glendale $12.50
Wickenburg Country Club
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Wickenburg $11
Bear Creek Golf Complex - Cub Course
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Chandler $17
Pueblo El Mirage Golf Course
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El Mirage $10
Springfield Golf Course
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Chandler $16.65
Coronado Golf Course
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Scottsdale $8
Robson Ranch Golf Club
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Eloy $17
Willowcreek Golf Course
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Sun City $15
Las Colinas Golf Club
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Queen Creek $21.25
Viewpoint Golf Resort Championship Course
Tee Times
Mesa $16
Southern Ridge Golf Club
Tee Times
Phoenix $20
Oasis Golf Club
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Florence $9 - $19
Peoria Pines Golf Club
Tee Times
Peoria $15
Grand Canyon University Golf Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $10 - $55
Pebble Creek Resort - Eagle's Nest Golf Club
Tee Times
Goodyear $35
Tuscany Falls at Pebble Creek - Falls Nine
Tee Times
Goodyear $65
West Course at Sun City Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Sun City $15
Tuscany Falls at Pebble Creek - Palms Nine
Tee Times
Goodyear $65
Desert Sands Golf Course
Tee Times
Mesa $19.5
Greenfield Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Gilbert $23.19
Sundance Golf Club
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Buckeye $15
Rolling Hills Golf Course
Tee Times
Tempe $28
Desert Mirage Golf Course
Tee Times
Glendale $11
Tuscany Falls at Pebble Creek - Lakes Nine
Tee Times
Goodyear $65
Troon North Golf Club - Monument Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $139
Wildfire Golf Club - Faldo Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $69
Tierra Grande Country Club
Tee Times
Casa Grande $15
Talking Stick Golf Club - North Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $34
Moon Valley Country Club
Tee Times
Phoenix $79
Dove Valley Ranch Golf Club
Tee Times
Cave Creek $26 - $150
Tonto Verde Golf Club - Peaks Course
Tee Times
Rio Verde $35
Arizona Biltmore Country Club - Links Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $57
Palm Valley Golf Club - The Palms Course
Tee Times
Goodyear $22
TPC Scottsdale - The Champions Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $39
Quintero Golf Club
Tee Times
Peoria $125
Ocotillo Golf Resort - Blue/White
Tee Times
Chandler $29
Legend Trail Golf Club
Tee Times
Scottsdale $39
Kierland Golf Club - Mesquite/Ironwood
Tee Times
Scottsdale $79
Orange Tree Golf Resort
Tee Times
Scottsdale $22
McDowell Mountain Golf Club
Tee Times
Scottsdale $53
Mountain Brook Golf Club
Tee Times
Gold Canyon $40 - $67
Scottsdale Silverado Golf Club - Silver Pony Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $10
Gold Canyon Golf Resort - Dinosaur Mountain Course
Tee Times
Gold Canyon $65
Superstition Springs Golf Club
Tee Times
Mesa $18
Stonecreek Golf Club
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Phoenix $24.99
Coyote Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Surprise $19.65
Rancho Manana Golf Club
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Cave Creek $35
Mission Royale Golf Club
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Casa Grande $18
Kierland Golf Club - Acacia/Mesquite
Tee Times
Scottsdale $79
Bellair Golf Club
Tee Times
Glendale $15
Great Eagle Golf Club
Tee Times
Surprise $9.5
Karsten GC at ASU
Tee Times
Tempe $18
Painted Mountain Golf Resort
Tee Times
Mesa $14
Arizona Traditions Golf Club
Tee Times
Surprise $16
Red Mountain Ranch Country Club
Tee Times
Mesa $29 - $85
Wildfire Golf Club - Palmer Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $69
Ironwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Chandler $40
Talking Stick Golf Club - South Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $40
Cimarron Golf Club
Tee Times
Surprise $18 - $93
Toka Sticks Golf Club
Tee Times
Mesa $18
Ocotillo Golf Resort - White/Gold
Tee Times
Chandler $29
McCormich Ranch Golf Club - Pine Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $25
Gold Canyon Golf Resort - Sidewinder Course
Tee Times
Gold Canyon $40
Tonto Verde Golf Club - Ranch Course
Tee Times
Rio Verde $35
Wigwam Golf Club - Patriot Course
Tee Times
Litchfield Park $27
San Miguel Golf Club
Tee Times
Eloy $27
Eagle Mountain Golf Club
Tee Times
Fountain Hills $69 - $175
Palo Verde Golf Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $9
Corte Bella Golf Club
Tee Times
Sun City West $33
Encanto Park 9-hole Golf Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $9
McCormich Ranch Golf Club - Palm Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $24
The Links at Queen Creek
Tee Times
San Tan Valley $13
The Phoenician Resort - Oasis/Desert
Tee Times
Scottsdale $47
Wigwam Golf Club - Gold Course
Tee Times
Litchfield Park $29
Arizona Biltmore Country Club - Adobe Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $57
Ambiente Course at Camelback Golf Club
Tee Times
Scottsdale $70
Whirlwind Golf Club - Cattail
Tee Times
Chandler $69
Trilogy Golf Club at Power Ranch
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Gilbert $20
Silverado Golf Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $27.5
Wigwam Golf Club - Heritage Course
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Litchfield Park $80 - $160
Verde River Golf & Social Club
Tee Times
Rio Verde $75 - $95
Kierland Golf Club - Ironwood/Acacia
Tee Times
Scottsdale $79
Sun City Country Club
Tee Times
Sun City $22
The Phoenician Resort - Desert/Canyon
Tee Times
Scottsdale $47
The Legend at Arrowhead
Tee Times
Glendale $18
SunRidge Canyon Golf Club
Tee Times
Fountain Hills $36
Troon North Golf Club - Pinnacle Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $115
Palm Valley Golf Club - The Lakes Course
Tee Times
Goodyear $15
Camelback Golf Club - Padre Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $38
Continental Golf Club
Tee Times
Scottsdale $20
Francisco Grande Resort & Golf Club
Tee Times
Casa Grande $17
Aguila Par-3 Golf Course
Tee Times
Laveen $4.99
Papago Golf Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $46
The Phoenician Resort - Canyon/Oasis
Tee Times
Scottsdale $47
Ocotillo Golf Resort - Gold/Blue
Tee Times
Chandler $29
Raven Golf Club - Phoenix
Tee Times
Phoenix $55
Trilogy Golf Club at Vistancia
Tee Times
Peoria $29.35
Granite Falls Golf Club - North Course
Tee Times
Surprise $15 - $90
Longbow Golf Club
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Mesa $35 - $140
Lone Tree Golf Club
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Chandler $21
Viewpoint Golf Resort Executive Course
Tee Times
Mesa $28
Palmbrook Country Club
Tee Times
Sun City $25
Copper Canyon Golf Club
Tee Times
Buckeye $45
Hillcrest Golf Club at Sun City West
Tee Times
Sun City West $29 - $39
Granite Falls Golf Club - South Course
Tee Times
Surprise $15 - $90
Falcon Golf Club Litchfield Park $40
We-Ko-Pa Golf Club - Cholla Course Scottsdale $45 - $235
Tatum Ranch Golf Club Cave Creek $80 - $90
We-Ko-Pa Golf Club - Saguaro Course Scottsdale $45 - $235
Superstition Mountain Golf Club - Prospector Course Apache Junction $120
Mountain Shadows Resort and Golf Club Paradise Valley $185
Wickenburg Ranch Golf Course Wickenburg $40 - $95
Sunbird Golf Resort Chandler $14 - $20
Grayhawk Golf Club - Talon Course Scottsdale $165 - $255
Grayhawk Golf Club - Raptor Course Scottsdale $165 - $255
Superstition Mountain Golf Club - Lost Gold Course Apache Junction $120
Augusta Ranch Golf Club Mesa $7 - $36
Desert Springs Golf Club
Tee Times
Surprise $15 - $90
The First Tee of Phoenix Phoenix $5
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