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

Course City Rates from
Course City Rates from
Foothills Golf Club
Tee Times
Phoenix $10
Verrado Golf Club - Founder's Course
Tee Times
Buckeye $16
Coldwater Golf Club
Tee Times
Avondale $10
Dove Valley Ranch Golf Club
Tee Times
Cave Creek $19
The Duke at Rancho El Dorado
Tee Times
Maricopa $11.25
Club West Golf Club
Tee Times
Phoenix $15
Wigwam Golf Club - Gold Course
Tee Times
Litchfield Park $16
Lookout Mountain Golf Club
Tee Times
Phoenix $18
Tres Rios Golf Course at Estrella Mountain Park
Tee Times
Goodyear $10
Mountain Shadows Golf Course
Tee Times
Paradise Valley $10
Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club
Tee Times
Maricopa $32
Ahwatukee Country Club
Tee Times
Phoenix $10
Victory Course at Verrado Golf Club
Tee Times
Buckeye $16
Grand Canyon University Golf Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $12
Arizona Grand Golf Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $17
The Legacy Golf Club
Tee Times
Phoenix $14
Arizona Biltmore Golf Club - Links Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $19.29
Hillcrest Golf Club at Sun City West
Tee Times
Sun City West $10
Golf Club of Estrella
Tee Times
Goodyear $13
Riverview Golf Course
Tee Times
Sun City $10
Great Eagle Golf Club
Tee Times
Surprise $5.5
Sun City South Golf Course
Tee Times
Sun City $10
Pebble Creek Resort - Eagle's Nest Golf Club
Tee Times
Goodyear $15
Moon Valley Country Club Phoenix $69
Desert Mirage Golf Course
Tee Times
Glendale $9
Granite Falls Golf Club - South Course
Tee Times
Surprise $18
Palm Valley Golf Club - The Palms Course Goodyear $20 - $53
Palmbrook Country Club
Tee Times
Sun City $10
Tuscany Falls at Pebble Creek - West Course Goodyear $15 - $75
Papago Golf Course Phoenix $44 - $88
Aguila Par-3 Golf Course
Tee Times
Laveen $5
Arizona Traditions Golf Club
Tee Times
Surprise $8
Copper Canyon Golf Club - Lake/Mountain Course
Tee Times
Buckeye $18
Adobe Dam Family Golf Center
Tee Times
Glendale $5.99
Bellair Golf Club
Tee Times
Glendale $10
Raven Golf Club - Phoenix Phoenix $55 - $109
Coyote Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Surprise $12
Trilogy Golf Club at Vistancia
Tee Times
Peoria $19
Southern Ridge Golf Club
Tee Times
Phoenix $9
Stonecreek Golf Club Phoenix $65 - $115
Whirlwind Golf Club - Devil's Claw
Tee Times
Chandler $19
Wigwam Golf Club - Red Course
Tee Times
Litchfield Park $13
Corte Bella Golf Club
Tee Times
Sun City West $22
Palm Valley Golf Club - The Lakes Course Goodyear $23 - $46
Granite Falls Golf Club - North Course
Tee Times
Surprise $18
Wildfire Golf Club - Faldo Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $16
Falcon Golf Club
Tee Times
Litchfield Park $20
Sun City Country Club
Tee Times
Sun City $27
Pueblo El Mirage Golf Course
Tee Times
El Mirage $10
Peoria Pines Golf Club
Tee Times
Peoria $10
Encanto Park 9-hole Golf Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $8
Quintero Golf Club
Tee Times
Peoria $25
Union Hills Country Club
Tee Times
Sun City $16
Copper Canyon Golf Club - Mountain/Vista Course
Tee Times
Buckeye $18
Tuscany Falls at Pebble Creek - East Course
Tee Times
Goodyear $15
Desert Springs Golf Club
Tee Times
Surprise $18
Cimarron Golf Club
Tee Times
Surprise $14
Glen Lakes Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Glendale $7
Whirlwind Golf Club - Cattail
Tee Times
Chandler $34
Willowcreek Golf Course
Tee Times
Sun City $12
Palo Verde Golf Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $9
West Course at Sun City Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Sun City $11.99
Wigwam Golf Club - Blue Course
Tee Times
Litchfield Park $13
Copper Canyon Golf Club - Vista/Lake Course
Tee Times
Buckeye $18
Sundance Golf Club
Tee Times
Buckeye $10
Arizona Biltmore Golf Club - Adobe Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $25
The Legend at Arrowhead
Tee Times
Glendale $15
Encanto Golf Course Phoenix $24 - $32
Cave Creek Golf Course Phoenix $26 - $34
Tatum Ranch Golf Club Cave Creek $80 - $90
The First Tee of Phoenix Phoenix $5
Aguila Golf Course Laveen $14 - $19
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