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Destination: Phoenix

When it comes to golf, the city of Phoenix finishes second -- and a distant second at that -- to the almost ridiculous surplus of top-10 courses in north Scottsdale.

But that doesn't mean Phoenix is bereft of quality 18-hole layouts. In fact, golfers can still play terrific venues and not have 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 golf courses can be had for as low as $50 in the winter and $20 in the hot summer months.

Any discussion of the Phoenix golf scene has to start with the Raven Golf Club near South Mountain. It's one of the unique golfing experiences in the Valley. More than 7,000 pine trees were imported to give the course a parkland feel, and the Raven's diversity of holes are as great as any club in the Valley.

Oh, the Raven also has a $1,800 beer mug chiller. Just saying!

Phoenix has more than its share of resort courses, including three nine-hole layouts at The Phoenician, the easy-to-get-around Adobe Course at the Arizona Biltmore, and the quirky Arizona Grand, which features three par 5s, five par 3s and a par-71 course that measures 6,288 yards from the tips.

The suburbs of Phoenix are awash in possibilities. On the west side, golfers can test the elevation changes at Raven Verrado, the 83 steep-faced bunkers at The Golf Club of Estrella in Goodyear, or stay-and-play at the Wigwam Resort, which has three 18-hole courses, two of which were designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr.

The East Valley features a bevy of beauties, from Dinosaur Mountain in Gold Canyon -- it's arguably the most underrated golf course in Arizona -- to Superstition Mountain, former site of an LPGA tournament, and Ocotillo Golf Resort in Chandler, which features water on 23 of its 27 holes.

On the northwest side, head out to Quintero Golf Club. Once a private club, Quintero has the best collection of par 3s in the state.

Weekend hackers can enjoy as well: The Greater Phoenix area has some quality municipal layouts, including Dobson Ranch and Maryvale Golf Course.

Phoenix never will be able to match Scottsdale's cache when it comes to golf. But that's okay. It more than stands on its own.

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Courses

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Course City Rates from
Cave Creek Golf Course Phoenix $26 - $34
Coldwater Golf Club
Tee Times
Avondale $10
Hillcrest Golf Club at Sun City West
Tee Times
Sun City West $10
Arizona Grand Golf Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $17
Encanto Golf Course Phoenix $24 - $32
Aguila Golf Course Laveen $14 - $19
Riverview Golf Course
Tee Times
Sun City $10
The Legacy Golf Club
Tee Times
Phoenix $14
Palmbrook Country Club
Tee Times
Sun City $10
Encanto Park 9-hole Golf Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $8
Arizona Traditions Golf Club
Tee Times
Surprise $8
Arizona Biltmore Golf Club - Adobe Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $25
Lookout Mountain Golf Club
Tee Times
Phoenix $18
Corte Bella Golf Club
Tee Times
Sun City West $22
Foothills Golf Club
Tee Times
Phoenix $10
West Course at Sun City Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Sun City $11.99
Grand Canyon University Golf Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $12
Trilogy Golf Club at Vistancia
Tee Times
Peoria $19
Desert Mirage Golf Course
Tee Times
Glendale $9
Wigwam Golf Club - Red Course
Tee Times
Litchfield Park $13
Golf Club of Estrella
Tee Times
Goodyear $13
The Duke at Rancho El Dorado
Tee Times
Maricopa $11.25
Coyote Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Surprise $12
The Legend at Arrowhead
Tee Times
Glendale $15
Sun City South Golf Course
Tee Times
Sun City $10
Arizona Biltmore Golf Club - Links Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $19.29
Copper Canyon Golf Club - Vista/Lake Course
Tee Times
Buckeye $18
Raven Golf Club - Phoenix Phoenix $55 - $109
Union Hills Country Club
Tee Times
Sun City $16
Wildfire Golf Club - Faldo Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $16
Bellair Golf Club
Tee Times
Glendale $10
Victory Course at Verrado Golf Club
Tee Times
Buckeye $16
Mountain Shadows Golf Course
Tee Times
Paradise Valley $10
Granite Falls Golf Club - North Course
Tee Times
Surprise $18
Quintero Golf Club
Tee Times
Peoria $25
Copper Canyon Golf Club - Mountain/Vista Course
Tee Times
Buckeye $18
Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club
Tee Times
Maricopa $32
Cimarron Golf Club
Tee Times
Surprise $14
Sundance Golf Club
Tee Times
Buckeye $10
Palo Verde Golf Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $9
Whirlwind Golf Club - Cattail
Tee Times
Chandler $34
Verrado Golf Club - Founder's Course
Tee Times
Buckeye $16
Whirlwind Golf Club - Devil's Claw
Tee Times
Chandler $19
Pebble Creek Resort - Eagle's Nest Golf Club
Tee Times
Goodyear $15
Palm Valley Golf Club - North/South Goodyear $20 - $53
Wigwam Golf Club - Blue Course
Tee Times
Litchfield Park $13
Tuscany Falls at Pebble Creek - West Course
Tee Times
Goodyear $15 - $75
Sun City Country Club
Tee Times
Sun City $27
Copper Canyon Golf Club - Lake/Mountain Course
Tee Times
Buckeye $18
Dove Valley Ranch Golf Club
Tee Times
Cave Creek $19
Desert Springs Golf Club
Tee Times
Surprise $18
Ahwatukee Country Club
Tee Times
Phoenix $10
Palm Valley Golf Club - North/West
Tee Times
Goodyear $27
Great Eagle Golf Club
Tee Times
Surprise $5.5
Peoria Pines Golf Club
Tee Times
Peoria $10
Wildfire Golf Club - Palmer Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $30
Aguila Par-3 Golf Course
Tee Times
Laveen $5
Pueblo El Mirage Golf Course
Tee Times
El Mirage $10
Wigwam Golf Club - Gold Course
Tee Times
Litchfield Park $16
Willowcreek Golf Course
Tee Times
Sun City $12
Stonecreek Golf Club Phoenix $20 - $30
Granite Falls Golf Club - South Course
Tee Times
Surprise $18
Papago Golf Course Phoenix $60 - $110
Tuscany Falls at Pebble Creek - East Course
Tee Times
Goodyear $15
Tatum Ranch Golf Club Cave Creek $80 - $90
Falcon Golf Club
Tee Times
Litchfield Park $20
Southern Ridge Golf Club
Tee Times
Phoenix $9
Palm Valley Golf Club - South/West
Tee Times
Goodyear $27
Moon Valley Country Club Phoenix $39 - $49
The First Tee of Phoenix Phoenix $5
Tres Rios Golf Course at Estrella Mountain Park
Tee Times
Goodyear $10
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