Destination Guide

Destination: Southern Arizona

Make the trip out to Arizona for a golf vacation, and the Phoenix area will attract you like a magnet with its legion of golf courses and resorts, all fighting over your golfing dollar. If you are overwhelmed by the choices the Valley of the Sun has to offer, head south on Interstate 10 past Tucson into spacious, affordable Southern Arizona.

Following I-10 southeast, you will come to the southern most part of Arizona and Cochise County on the Mexican border. Summer temperatures are up to 15 degrees cooler than in Phoenix. In the winter comes frosty mornings and 75 degree afternoons.

The small towns of Southern Arizona have a certain charm large cities in Arizona such as Phoenix, Tucson and Scottsdale lack. No where is this more evident than in Green Valley, just 25 minutes south of Tucson. This "retirement" town is home to a handful of challenging, affordable golf courses including Torres Blancas, San Ignacio, Canoa Hills and Canoa Ranch.

South of Green Valley are two of Southern Arizona's most talked about golf properties - the Tubac Golf Resort and Rio Rico. Tubac, home to a U.S. Open qualifier in the movie "Tin Cup," is a classic Red Lawrence-designed course that winds its way around the lush turf of the Santa Cruz River Valley. Rio Rico is a classic Robert Trent Jones Sr. layout with a $2.5 million renovation that has given the resort a modern, pristine look.

Knowing it is easier to sink an 80-foot putt than to convince the millions of golfers in Arizona to head deep into the south, central part of the state, Turquoise Valley built a 727-yard par-6 monster to attract curious, heavy hitters. The original course was built in 1908 and is a integral part of Naco history.

Most of Southern Arizona is still at a lofty elevation of 4,000 feet. This means golfers of any ability can watch their drives sail through the lighter air for an extra few yards.

Southern Arizona also attracts golfers and tourists due to its rich American history. This includes Naco, home of Buffalo Bill and the first bombing by a foreign country in the U.S. The mountains around Rio Rico also served as a refuge for American soldiers during the Apache Wars.

Southern Arizona is home to some of the state's most intriguing, scenic and affordable resort and daily-fee golf. The stories surrounding the golf courses are often as captivating as the layouts themselves. Serious golfers and weekenders alike owe it to themselves to explore this untapped region of the Grand Canyon State.

Southern Arizona Frequently Asked Questions

What sets Southern Arizona apart from the rest of Arizona golf?
The towns in southern Arizona are much smaller and sparse. Golf is not found as much as the rest of the state, but courses reward travelers who make the trek down to the southern parts with much lower greens fees. Comparable golf courses in Scottsdale are usually at least $20 more.

How do I get to Southern Arizona?
Southern Arizona is accessible from Phoenix via I-10. Take I-10 southeast past Tucson all the way to Cochise County.

How is the restaurant scene different?
Chain restaurants are much less a part of the dining landscape in Southern Arizona. Most popular places serve authentic Mexican and Southwestern cuisine, but there is no shortage of Italian and American food.

Are Southern Arizona golf courses as crowded as the rest of the state?
It's a bit of a trek to get to Southern Arizona. But those who make it past Tucson and into Cochise County will be pleasantly surprised to see many golf courses in the area can be played without a tee time even during peak season. Play Southern Arizona golf in the summer and you may be the only person on the course, even at some of its best tracks.

Can I find golf resorts in Southern Arizona too?
Southern Arizona isn't viewed as a world-class golf getaway, meaning few golf resorts exist. Very few multi-course facilities inhabit the southern part of the state. Many one-course resorts are worthy of a stay, including Tubac Golf Resort and Rio Rico.

How hot does it get?
The highest temperature ever recorded was 127 degrees in Parker in 1905. More recently, Phoenix reached 122 degrees in 1992 and 121 degrees in 1995. But many areas of Southern Arizona are actually cooler than the Phoenix area because they're at higher elevations.

How much rain does Arizona get?
Precipitation varies according to elevation. In the deserts of the Southwest corner of the state, less than 5 inches fall annually. Most precipitation occurs during winter storms in December through March and summer thunderstorms from mid-July to mid-September. Summer storms provide up to 70 percent of the precipitation in the deserts.

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Destination: Northern Arizona

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Courses

Course City Rates from
Course City Rates from
Verrado Golf Club
Tee Times
Buckeye $64
Foothills Golf Club
Tee Times
Phoenix $17
Desert Canyon Golf Club
Tee Times
Fountain Hills $27 - $79
The Golf Club at Dove Mountain - Wild Burro/Saguaro
Tee Times
Marana $94 - $189
Golf Club of Estrella
Tee Times
Goodyear $20
The Lodge at Ventana Canyon - Canyon Course
Tee Times
Tucson $41
Tres Rios Golf Course at Estrella Mountain Park
Tee Times
Goodyear $11.5
Crooked Tree Golf Course
Tee Times
Tucson $45
Mountain Brook Golf Club
Tee Times
Gold Canyon $40 - $67
Riverview Golf Course
Tee Times
Sun City $10
Bear Creek Golf Complex - Bear Course
Tee Times
Chandler $10
Starfire Golf Club - Squire/King
Tee Times
Scottsdale $15
The Boulders Golf Club - South Course
Tee Times
Carefree $55 - $165
Torres Blancas Golf Club
Tee Times
Green Valley $35 - $59
Club West Golf Club
Tee Times
Phoenix $19 - $45
TPC Scottsdale - The Stadium Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $52.50 - $95.00
The Lodge at Ventana Canyon - Mountain Course
Tee Times
Tucson $79
Legacy Golf Club
Tee Times
Phoenix $10
Ahwatukee Country Club
Tee Times
Phoenix $15
Cave Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $12
The Golf Club at Dove Mountain - Saguaro/Tortolita
Tee Times
Marana $94 - $189
Golf Club at Johnson Ranch
Tee Times
Queen Creek $10
The Boulders Golf Club - North Course
Tee Times
Carefree $55 - $165
Encanto Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $15
SaddleBrooke Ranch Golf Club
Tee Times
Oracle $55
Los Caballeros Golf Club
Tee Times
Wickenburg $14
MountainView Golf Club at Saddlebrooke
Tee Times
Tucson $37 - $70
Aguila Golf Course
Tee Times
Laveen $12 - $35
The Preserve Golf Club at SaddleBrooke
Tee Times
Tucson $42.01 - $74.32
Lookout Mountain Golf Club
Tee Times
Phoenix $25
Arizona Golf Resort
Tee Times
Mesa $32 - $90
Canoa Ranch Golf Club
Tee Times
Green Valley $39 - $89 (Includes Green Fee, Golf Cart Rental and use of Practice Facilities)
The Duke at Rancho El Dorado
Tee Times
Maricopa $12
Francisco Grande Resort & Golf Club
Tee Times
Casa Grande $10
Arizona Grand Golf Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $59 - $89
The Golf Club at Dove Mountain - Tortolita/Wild Burro
Tee Times
Marana $94 - $189
Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club
Tee Times
Maricopa $25
Western Skies Golf Club
Tee Times
Gilbert $10
Starfire Golf Club - Squire/Hawk
Tee Times
Scottsdale $15
Poston Butte Golf Club
Tee Times
Florence $15
Ken McDonald Golf Course
Tee Times
Tempe $10
Coldwater Golf Club
Tee Times
Avondale $18
Starfire Golf Club - Hawk/King
Tee Times
Scottsdale $15
del Lago Golf Club
Tee Times
Vail $33 - $79
Forty-Niner Country Club
Tee Times
Tucson $15
Sewailo Golf Club
Tee Times
Tucson $32 - $54
San Ignacio Golf Club
Tee Times
Green Valley $22 - $55
San Pedro Golf Course
Tee Times
Benson $21
Rio Rico Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Rio Rico $13
Las Sendas Golf Club
Tee Times
Mesa $27.99 - $89.00
Hillcrest Golf Club at Sun City West
Tee Times
Sun City West $29 - $39
Peoria Pines Golf Club
Tee Times
Peoria $10
Union Hills Country Club
Tee Times
Sun City $15
Southern Ridge Golf Club
Tee Times
Phoenix $40 - $50
Oasis Golf Club
Tee Times
Florence $9 - $19
Robson Ranch Golf Club
Tee Times
Eloy $10
Bear Creek Golf Complex - Cub Course
Tee Times
Chandler $50 - $60
Adobe Dam Family Golf Center
Tee Times
Glendale $6
Pebble Creek Resort - Eagle's Nest Golf Club
Tee Times
Goodyear $11 - $20
Wickenburg Country Club
Tee Times
Wickenburg $9
Las Colinas Golf Club
Tee Times
Queen Creek $17
Tuscany Falls at Pebble Creek - Falls Nine
Tee Times
Goodyear $65
Desert Mirage Golf Course
Tee Times
Glendale $7 - $14
Sundance Golf Club
Tee Times
Buckeye $13
Pueblo El Mirage Golf Course
Tee Times
El Mirage $29.77 - $41.90
Tuscany Falls at Pebble Creek - Lakes Nine
Tee Times
Goodyear $65
Kino Springs Golf Course
Tee Times
Nogales $13
Desert Sands Golf Course
Tee Times
Mesa $21 - $34
West Course at Sun City Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Sun City $19.75
Glen Lakes Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Glendale $12.50
Viewpoint Golf Resort Championship Course
Tee Times
Mesa $10
Apache Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Apache Junction $20
Springfield Golf Course
Tee Times
Chandler $20 - $30
Sun City South Golf Course
Tee Times
Sun City $10
Greenfield Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Gilbert $24.99 - $36.99
Villa De Paz Golf Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $15 - $37
Coronado Golf Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $8
Apache Stronghold Golf Course
Tee Times
Globe $10
Willowcreek Golf Course
Tee Times
Sun City $10
Tuscany Falls at Pebble Creek - Palms Nine
Tee Times
Goodyear $65
Rolling Hills Golf Course
Tee Times
Tempe $28
Haven Golf Course
Tee Times
Green Valley $19.5
Troon North Golf Club - Pinnacle Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $41
SunRidge Canyon Golf Club
Tee Times
Fountain Hills $100 - $150
Bison Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Show Low $32
Arizona Traditions Golf Club
Tee Times
Surprise $10
Kierland Golf Club - Ironwood/Acacia
Tee Times
Scottsdale $30
Whirlwind Golf Club - Cattail
Tee Times
Chandler $24
Tonto Verde Golf Club - Ranch Course
Tee Times
Rio Verde $25
Randolph North at Randolph Golf Course
Tee Times
Tucson $34 - $56
El Conquistador Golf & Tennis - Canada Course
Tee Times
Tucson N/A
Great Eagle Golf Club
Tee Times
Surprise $5.5
Coyote Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Surprise $7
Quarry Pines Golf Club
Tee Times
Tucson $14.98 - $31.98
Ocotillo Golf Resort - White/Gold
Tee Times
Chandler $18
The Golf Club at Vistoso
Tee Times
Tucson $21
Kokopelli Golf Club
Tee Times
Gilbert $8
Longbow Golf Club
Tee Times
Mesa $35 - $140
Whirlwind Golf Club - Devil's Claw
Tee Times
Chandler $60 - $135
Toka Sticks Golf Club
Tee Times
Mesa $10
The Phoenician Resort - Desert/Canyon
Tee Times
Scottsdale $20
Twin Lakes Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Willcox $13
Raven Golf Club - Phoenix
Tee Times
Phoenix $27
Painted Mountain Golf Resort
Tee Times
Mesa $10
McCormich Ranch Golf Club - Palm Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $18
Dove Valley Ranch Golf Club
Tee Times
Cave Creek $26 - $150
Granite Falls Golf Club - North Course
Tee Times
Surprise $19
Kierland Golf Club - Acacia/Mesquite
Tee Times
Scottsdale $30
Palo Verde Golf Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $8 - $10
Omni Tucson National - Catalina Course
Tee Times
Tucson $185
The Links at Queen Creek
Tee Times
San Tan Valley $45
McDowell Mountain Golf Club
Tee Times
Scottsdale $17
Trilogy Golf Club at Power Ranch
Tee Times
Gilbert $12
Highlands at Dove Mountain
Tee Times
Marana $10 - $69
TPC Scottsdale - The Champions Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $39
Tonto Verde Golf Club - Peaks Course
Tee Times
Rio Verde $160
Papago Golf Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $20
Copper Canyon Golf Club
Tee Times
Buckeye $12
Encanto Park 9-hole Golf Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $9
Silverbell Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Tucson $20 - $37
Trini Alvarez El Rio Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Tucson $18 - $36
Stonecreek Golf Club
Tee Times
Phoenix $24.99
Kierland Golf Club - Mesquite/Ironwood
Tee Times
Scottsdale $30
The Phoenician Resort - Canyon/Oasis
Tee Times
Scottsdale $20
Mission Royale Golf Club
Tee Times
Casa Grande $50
Omni Tucson National - Sonoran Course
Tee Times
Tucson $185
Viewpoint Golf Resort Executive Course
Tee Times
Mesa $10
Tubac Golf Resort - Rancho/Otero
Tee Times
Tubac $27
San Miguel Golf Club
Tee Times
Eloy $40 - $50
Starr Pass - Rattler/Coyote
Tee Times
Tucson $205
Camelback Golf Club - Padre Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $18
El Conquistador - Pusch Ridge Course
Tee Times
Tucson N/A
Ambiente Course at Camelback Golf Club
Tee Times
Scottsdale $12
Lone Tree Golf Club
Tee Times
Chandler $11
Verde River Golf & Social Club
Tee Times
Rio Verde $75 - $95
Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort
Tee Times
Chandler $19
Red Mountain Ranch Country Club
Tee Times
Mesa $29 - $85
Wigwam Golf Club - Gold Course
Tee Times
Litchfield Park $80 - $160
Quintero Golf Club
Tee Times
Peoria $125
The Views Golf Club at Oro Valley
Tee Times
Oro Valley $50 - $100
Tierra Grande Country Club
Tee Times
Casa Grande $15
Granite Falls Golf Club - South Course
Tee Times
Surprise $19
Arizona Biltmore Country Club - Adobe Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $39
Corte Bella Golf Club
Tee Times
Sun City West $10
Palm Valley Golf Club - The Lakes Course
Tee Times
Goodyear $23 - $46
Arizona Biltmore Country Club - Links Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $39
Palm Valley Golf Club - The Palms Course
Tee Times
Goodyear $36 - $69
Sun City Country Club
Tee Times
Sun City $15
Country Club of Green Valley
Tee Times
Green Valley N/A
Wigwam Golf Club - Heritage Course
Tee Times
Litchfield Park $80 - $160
McCormich Ranch Golf Club - Pine Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $18
Starr Pass - Coyote/Roadrunner
Tee Times
Tucson $205
Trilogy Golf Club at Vistancia
Tee Times
Peoria $13
Scottsdale Silverado Golf Club - Silver Pony Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $10
Legend Trail Golf Club
Tee Times
Scottsdale $18
Gold Canyon Golf Resort - Sidewinder Course
Tee Times
Gold Canyon $26
Dell Urich at Randolph Golf Course
Tee Times
Tucson $34 - $56
Palmbrook Country Club
Tee Times
Sun City $15
Fred Enke Golf Course
Tee Times
Tucson $32
Continental Golf Club
Tee Times
Scottsdale $8
Tubac Golf Resort - Anza/Rancho
Tee Times
Tubac $27
The Legend at Arrowhead
Tee Times
Glendale $10
Aguila Par-3 Golf Course
Tee Times
Laveen $8
Wildfire Golf Club - Faldo Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $21
Moon Valley Country Club
Tee Times
Phoenix $65 - $120
Rancho Manana Golf Club
Tee Times
Cave Creek $26
Talking Stick Golf Club - North Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $19
Superstition Springs Golf Club
Tee Times
Mesa $10
Karsten GC at ASU
Tee Times
Tempe $26 - $149
Troon North Golf Club - Monument Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $51
Wigwam Golf Club - Patriot Course
Tee Times
Litchfield Park $19
Wildfire Golf Club - Palmer Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $21
Ocotillo Golf Resort - Blue/White
Tee Times
Chandler $18
Starr Pass - Roadrunner/Rattler
Tee Times
Tucson $205
Silverado Golf Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $17.5
Desert Springs Golf Club
Tee Times
Surprise $15 - $90
El Conquistador - Conquistdor Course
Tee Times
Tucson N/A
Bellair Golf Club
Tee Times
Glendale $10
Arizona National Golf Club
Tee Times
Tucson $24
Eagle Mountain Golf Club
Tee Times
Fountain Hills $69 - $175
Ironwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Chandler $40
Ocotillo Golf Resort - Gold/Blue
Tee Times
Chandler $18
Orange Tree Golf Resort
Tee Times
Scottsdale $37
Tubac Golf Resort - Otero/Anza
Tee Times
Tubac $27
Gold Canyon Golf Resort - Dinosaur Mountain Course
Tee Times
Gold Canyon $42
The Phoenician Resort - Oasis/Desert
Tee Times
Scottsdale $20
Haven Golf Course - Tortuga Par-3
Tee Times
Green Valley $8.48
Talking Stick Golf Club - South Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $19
Cimarron Golf Club
Tee Times
Surprise $18 - $93
Sunbird Golf Resort Chandler $14 - $20
Grayhawk Golf Club - Talon Course Scottsdale $165 - $255
Wickenburg Ranch Golf Course Wickenburg $40 - $95
Augusta Ranch Golf Club Mesa $7 - $36
Turquoise Valley Golf & RV Park Naco $40
Palo Duro Creek Golf Course Nogales less than $50
Turquoise Hills Family Golf Center Benson $25 - $30
We-Ko-Pa Golf Club - Saguaro Course Scottsdale $45 - $235
We-Ko-Pa Golf Club - Cholla Course Scottsdale $45 - $235
Tatum Ranch Golf Club Cave Creek $80 - $90
Grand Canyon University Golf Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $10 - $55
Superstition Mountain Golf Club - Lost Gold Course Apache Junction $120
Santa Rita Golf Club Corona $19
Grayhawk Golf Club - Raptor Course Scottsdale $165 - $255
Mountain Shadows Resort and Golf Club Paradise Valley $185
The First Tee of Phoenix Phoenix $5
Superstition Mountain Golf Club - Prospector Course Apache Junction $120
Canoa Hills Green Valley $34.95 - $64.95
Falcon Golf Club Litchfield Park $40
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