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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

Course City Rates from
Course City Rates from
The Short Course at Mountain Shadows
Tee Times
Paradise Valley $24
Lookout Mountain Golf Club
Tee Times
Phoenix $45
Club West Golf Club
Tee Times
Phoenix $15
Golf Club of Estrella
Tee Times
Goodyear $20
Hillcrest Golf Club at Sun City West
Tee Times
Sun City West $16
Arizona Grand Golf Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $24
Ahwatukee Country Club
Tee Times
Phoenix $14
Encanto Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $18
Wigwam Golf Club - Gold Course
Tee Times
Litchfield Park $32
Riverview Golf Course
Tee Times
Sun City $22
Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club
Tee Times
Maricopa $39
Tres Rios Golf Course at Estrella Mountain Park
Tee Times
Goodyear $12
Coldwater Golf Club
Tee Times
Avondale $17
Legacy Golf Club
Tee Times
Phoenix $30
Trilogy Golf Club at Vistancia
Tee Times
Peoria $25
Foothills Golf Club
Tee Times
Phoenix $12
Cave Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $21.18
The Duke at Rancho El Dorado
Tee Times
Maricopa $12.5
Victory Course at Verrado Golf Club
Tee Times
Buckeye $35
Arizona Biltmore Country Club - Links Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $20
Aguila Golf Course
Tee Times
Laveen $17.95
Grand Canyon University Golf Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $15
Verrado Golf Club - Founders Course
Tee Times
Buckeye $32
Sundance Golf Club
Tee Times
Buckeye $15
Adobe Dam Family Golf Center
Tee Times
Glendale $5.99
Peoria Pines Golf Club
Tee Times
Peoria $16
Willowcreek Golf Course
Tee Times
Sun City $15
Glen Lakes Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Glendale $10
Wigwam Golf Club - Patriot Course
Tee Times
Litchfield Park $26
Whirlwind Golf Club - Cattail
Tee Times
Chandler $40
Sun City Country Club
Tee Times
Sun City $21
Great Eagle Golf Club
Tee Times
Surprise $6.22
Papago Golf Course Phoenix $14 - $36
Desert Mirage Golf Course
Tee Times
Glendale $11
Palm Valley Golf Club - The Palms Course Goodyear $36 - $69
Arizona Traditions Golf Club
Tee Times
Surprise $16
Southern Ridge Golf Club
Tee Times
Phoenix $16
Copper Canyon Golf Club
Tee Times
Buckeye $33
Desert Springs Golf Club
Tee Times
Surprise $6
Encanto Park 9-hole Golf Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $6.45
Wildfire Golf Club - Faldo Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $49
Pebble Creek Resort - Eagle's Nest Golf Club
Tee Times
Goodyear $30
Quintero Golf Club
Tee Times
Peoria $49
Bellair Golf Club
Tee Times
Glendale $18
Tuscany Falls at Pebble Creek - Falls Nine
Tee Times
Goodyear $35
Whirlwind Golf Club - Devil's Claw
Tee Times
Chandler $37
Palo Verde Golf Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $6.43
Falcon Golf Club
Tee Times
Litchfield Park $15
Aguila Par-3 Golf Course
Tee Times
Laveen $4.99
Granite Falls Golf Club - South Course
Tee Times
Surprise $28
West Course at Sun City Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Sun City $25.75
Union Hills Country Club
Tee Times
Sun City $20
The Legend at Arrowhead
Tee Times
Glendale $18
Cimarron Golf Club
Tee Times
Surprise $28
Stonecreek Golf Club Phoenix $115
Raven Golf Club - Phoenix Phoenix $55 - $135
Sun City South Golf Course
Tee Times
Sun City $16
Villa De Paz Golf Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $6.25
Corte Bella Golf Club
Tee Times
Sun City West $28
Palmbrook Country Club
Tee Times
Sun City $22
Granite Falls Golf Club - North Course
Tee Times
Surprise $28
Moon Valley Country Club Phoenix $65 - $120
Arizona Biltmore Country Club - Adobe Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $20
Wigwam Golf Club - Heritage Course
Tee Times
Litchfield Park $21
Dove Valley Ranch Golf Club
Tee Times
Cave Creek $20
Tuscany Falls at Pebble Creek - Palms Nine
Tee Times
Goodyear $35
Pueblo El Mirage Golf Course
Tee Times
El Mirage $15
Tuscany Falls at Pebble Creek - Lakes Nine
Tee Times
Goodyear $35
Coyote Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Surprise $17
Palm Valley Golf Club - The Lakes Course Goodyear $23 - $46
The First Tee of Phoenix Phoenix $5
Tatum Ranch Golf Club Cave Creek $80 - $90
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