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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
Aguila Golf Course
Tee Times
Laveen $16.57
Coldwater Golf Club
Tee Times
Avondale $15 - $55
Riverview Golf Course
Tee Times
Sun City $15
Tres Rios Golf Course at Estrella Mountain Park
Tee Times
Goodyear $11.5
Ahwatukee Country Club
Tee Times
Phoenix $15
Cave Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $15
Verrado Golf Club
Tee Times
Buckeye $18
Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club
Tee Times
Maricopa $30
Hillcrest Golf Club at Sun City West
Tee Times
Sun City West $29 - $39
Foothills Golf Club
Tee Times
Phoenix $13
Legacy Golf Club
Tee Times
Phoenix $15
Golf Club of Estrella
Tee Times
Goodyear $20
Lookout Mountain Golf Club
Tee Times
Phoenix $25
Encanto Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $14
Arizona Grand Golf Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $59 - $89
Club West Golf Club
Tee Times
Phoenix $19 - $45
Willowcreek Golf Course
Tee Times
Sun City $13.50 - $27.00
West Course at Sun City Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Sun City $10
Tuscany Falls at Pebble Creek - Lakes Nine
Tee Times
Goodyear $65
Union Hills Country Club
Tee Times
Sun City $15
Sun City South Golf Course
Tee Times
Sun City $15
Adobe Dam Family Golf Center
Tee Times
Glendale $6
Pebble Creek Resort - Eagle's Nest Golf Club
Tee Times
Goodyear $11 - $20
Peoria Pines Golf Club
Tee Times
Peoria $10
Tuscany Falls at Pebble Creek - Falls Nine
Tee Times
Goodyear $65
Pueblo El Mirage Golf Course
Tee Times
El Mirage $29.77 - $41.90
Sundance Golf Club
Tee Times
Buckeye $10
Desert Mirage Golf Course
Tee Times
Glendale $10
Southern Ridge Golf Club
Tee Times
Phoenix $12
Tuscany Falls at Pebble Creek - Palms Nine
Tee Times
Goodyear $65
Glen Lakes Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Glendale $12.50
Villa De Paz Golf Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $15 - $37
Whirlwind Golf Club - Cattail
Tee Times
Chandler $17
Granite Falls Golf Club - North Course
Tee Times
Surprise $19
Sun City Country Club
Tee Times
Sun City $14
Whirlwind Golf Club - Devil's Claw
Tee Times
Chandler $60 - $135
Bellair Golf Club
Tee Times
Glendale $12
Palo Verde Golf Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $9
Aguila Par-3 Golf Course
Tee Times
Laveen $8
Wildfire Golf Club - Faldo Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $21
Coyote Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Surprise $10
The Legend at Arrowhead
Tee Times
Glendale $10
Palm Valley Golf Club - The Palms Course
Tee Times
Goodyear $36 - $69
Arizona Traditions Golf Club
Tee Times
Surprise $10
Wigwam Golf Club - Patriot Course
Tee Times
Litchfield Park $16
Granite Falls Golf Club - South Course
Tee Times
Surprise $19
Quintero Golf Club
Tee Times
Peoria $125
Dove Valley Ranch Golf Club
Tee Times
Cave Creek $26 - $150
Wigwam Golf Club - Heritage Course
Tee Times
Litchfield Park $80 - $160
Corte Bella Golf Club
Tee Times
Sun City West $13
Raven Golf Club - Phoenix
Tee Times
Phoenix $19
Great Eagle Golf Club
Tee Times
Surprise $5.5
Papago Golf Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $21
Stonecreek Golf Club
Tee Times
Phoenix $24.99
Arizona Biltmore Country Club - Links Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $35
Cimarron Golf Club
Tee Times
Surprise $18 - $93
Wigwam Golf Club - Gold Course
Tee Times
Litchfield Park $18
Palm Valley Golf Club - The Lakes Course
Tee Times
Goodyear $13.5
Encanto Park 9-hole Golf Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $9
Palmbrook Country Club
Tee Times
Sun City $12
Copper Canyon Golf Club
Tee Times
Buckeye $29
Trilogy Golf Club at Vistancia
Tee Times
Peoria $12
Arizona Biltmore Country Club - Adobe Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $35
Moon Valley Country Club
Tee Times
Phoenix $35
Tatum Ranch Golf Club Cave Creek $80 - $90
Grand Canyon University Golf Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $10 - $55
Mountain Shadows Resort and Golf Club Paradise Valley $185
Falcon Golf Club Litchfield Park $40
Desert Springs Golf Club
Tee Times
Surprise $15 - $90
The First Tee of Phoenix Phoenix $5
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