Destination Guide

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
Tres Rios Golf Course at Estrella Mountain Park
Tee Times
Goodyear $11.5
Verrado Golf Club
Tee Times
Buckeye $64
Legacy Golf Club
Tee Times
Phoenix $10
Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club
Tee Times
Maricopa $25
The Duke at Rancho El Dorado
Tee Times
Maricopa $12
Riverview Golf Course
Tee Times
Sun City $10
Encanto Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $15
Golf Club of Estrella
Tee Times
Goodyear $20
Club West Golf Club
Tee Times
Phoenix $19 - $45
Aguila Golf Course
Tee Times
Laveen $12 - $35
Ahwatukee Country Club
Tee Times
Phoenix $15
Foothills Golf Club
Tee Times
Phoenix $17
Hillcrest Golf Club at Sun City West
Tee Times
Sun City West $29 - $39
Arizona Grand Golf Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $59 - $89
Cave Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $12
Lookout Mountain Golf Club
Tee Times
Phoenix $25
Coldwater Golf Club
Tee Times
Avondale $18
Desert Mirage Golf Course
Tee Times
Glendale $7 - $14
Southern Ridge Golf Club
Tee Times
Phoenix $40 - $50
Pebble Creek Resort - Eagle's Nest Golf Club
Tee Times
Goodyear $11 - $20
Tuscany Falls at Pebble Creek - Falls Nine
Tee Times
Goodyear $65
Tuscany Falls at Pebble Creek - Palms Nine
Tee Times
Goodyear $65
West Course at Sun City Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Sun City $19.75
Adobe Dam Family Golf Center
Tee Times
Glendale $6
Willowcreek Golf Course
Tee Times
Sun City $10
Glen Lakes Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Glendale $12.50
Tuscany Falls at Pebble Creek - Lakes Nine
Tee Times
Goodyear $65
Sundance Golf Club
Tee Times
Buckeye $13
Villa De Paz Golf Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $15 - $37
Sun City South Golf Course
Tee Times
Sun City $10
Union Hills Country Club
Tee Times
Sun City $16
Pueblo El Mirage Golf Course
Tee Times
El Mirage $29.77 - $41.90
Peoria Pines Golf Club
Tee Times
Peoria $12
Arizona Biltmore Country Club - Links Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $39
Palmbrook Country Club
Tee Times
Sun City $15
Arizona Traditions Golf Club
Tee Times
Surprise $11
Granite Falls Golf Club - North Course
Tee Times
Surprise $19
Moon Valley Country Club
Tee Times
Phoenix $65 - $120
Cimarron Golf Club
Tee Times
Surprise $18 - $93
Granite Falls Golf Club - South Course
Tee Times
Surprise $19
Stonecreek Golf Club
Tee Times
Phoenix $24.99
Wildfire Golf Club - Faldo Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $23
Quintero Golf Club
Tee Times
Peoria $125
Palo Verde Golf Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $8 - $10
Palm Valley Golf Club - The Palms Course
Tee Times
Goodyear $36 - $69
Dove Valley Ranch Golf Club
Tee Times
Cave Creek $26 - $150
Great Eagle Golf Club
Tee Times
Surprise $5.5
Desert Springs Golf Club
Tee Times
Surprise $15 - $90
Whirlwind Golf Club - Cattail
Tee Times
Chandler $24
Palm Valley Golf Club - The Lakes Course
Tee Times
Goodyear $23 - $46
Copper Canyon Golf Club
Tee Times
Buckeye $12
Wigwam Golf Club - Heritage Course
Tee Times
Litchfield Park $80 - $160
Arizona Biltmore Country Club - Adobe Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $39
Raven Golf Club - Phoenix
Tee Times
Phoenix $39
Aguila Par-3 Golf Course
Tee Times
Laveen $8
Wigwam Golf Club - Patriot Course
Tee Times
Litchfield Park $19
Coyote Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Surprise $7
Wigwam Golf Club - Gold Course
Tee Times
Litchfield Park $80 - $160
Whirlwind Golf Club - Devil's Claw
Tee Times
Chandler $60 - $135
Bellair Golf Club
Tee Times
Glendale $10
Trilogy Golf Club at Vistancia
Tee Times
Peoria $15
Corte Bella Golf Club
Tee Times
Sun City West $10
The Legend at Arrowhead
Tee Times
Glendale $10
Papago Golf Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $20
Sun City Country Club
Tee Times
Sun City $15
Encanto Park 9-hole Golf Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $9
Tatum Ranch Golf Club Cave Creek $80 - $90
Falcon Golf Club Litchfield Park $40
Grand Canyon University Golf Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $10 - $55
The First Tee of Phoenix Phoenix $5
Mountain Shadows Resort and Golf Club Paradise Valley $185
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