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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Courses

Course City Rates from
Course City Rates from
Arizona Golf Resort
Tee Times
Mesa $20
Hillcrest Golf Club at Sun City West
Tee Times
Sun City West $17
Poston Butte Golf Club
Tee Times
Florence $49
Encanto Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $19.34
Forty-Niner Country Club
Tee Times
Tucson $19
SaddleBrooke Ranch Golf Club
Tee Times
Oracle $15
Verrado Golf Club - Founders Course
Tee Times
Buckeye $63
Rio Rico Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Rio Rico $12
San Ignacio Golf Club
Tee Times
Green Valley $25
Riverview Golf Course
Tee Times
Sun City $22
MountainView Golf Club at Saddlebrooke
Tee Times
Tucson $18
The Preserve Golf Club at SaddleBrooke
Tee Times
Tucson $18
Western Skies Golf Club
Tee Times
Gilbert $20
Arizona Grand Golf Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $39
Tres Rios Golf Course at Estrella Mountain Park
Tee Times
Goodyear $15
Club West Golf Club
Tee Times
Phoenix $22
San Pedro Golf Course
Tee Times
Benson $20
The Boulders Golf Club - North Course
Tee Times
Carefree $169
Trilogy Golf Club at Power Ranch
Tee Times
Gilbert $29.99
The Duke at Rancho El Dorado
Tee Times
Maricopa $20
The Boulders Golf Club - South Course
Tee Times
Carefree $169
Los Caballeros Golf Club
Tee Times
Wickenburg $25.65
The Views Golf Club at Oro Valley
Tee Times
Oro Valley $48
Lookout Mountain Golf Club
Tee Times
Phoenix $57
Golf Club of Estrella
Tee Times
Goodyear $16
The Golf Club at Dove Mountain - Tortolita/Wild Burro
Tee Times
Marana $81
The Golf Club at Dove Mountain - Wild Burro/Saguaro
Tee Times
Marana $81
El Conquistador Golf & Tennis - Canada Course
Tee Times
Tucson $26
Canoa Ranch Golf Club
Tee Times
Green Valley $26
del Lago Golf Club
Tee Times
Vail $25
Starfire Golf Club - Hawk/King
Tee Times
Scottsdale $29.99
Coldwater Golf Club
Tee Times
Avondale $17
Crooked Tree Golf Course
Tee Times
Tucson $26
The Lodge at Ventana Canyon - Mountain Course
Tee Times
Tucson $59
Foothills Golf Club
Tee Times
Phoenix $24
Ken McDonald Golf Course
Tee Times
Tempe $26
The Golf Club at Dove Mountain - Saguaro/Tortolita
Tee Times
Marana $81
Torres Blancas Golf Club
Tee Times
Green Valley $27
Las Sendas Golf Club
Tee Times
Mesa $24
Francisco Grande Resort & Golf Club
Tee Times
Casa Grande $18
Victory Course at Verrado Golf Club
Tee Times
Buckeye $40
Aguila Golf Course
Tee Times
Laveen $31
Golf Club at Johnson Ranch
Tee Times
Queen Creek $24
Rolling Hills Golf Course
Tee Times
Tempe $17
The Lodge at Ventana Canyon - Canyon Course
Tee Times
Tucson $59
El Conquistador - Conquistdor Course
Tee Times
Tucson $26
Legacy Golf Club
Tee Times
Phoenix $29
Desert Canyon Golf Club
Tee Times
Fountain Hills $41
Starfire Golf Club - Squire
Tee Times
Scottsdale $24.99
Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club
Tee Times
Maricopa $59
Ahwatukee Country Club
Tee Times
Phoenix $18.75
TPC Scottsdale - The Stadium Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $170
Cave Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $21.18
Continental Golf Club
Tee Times
Scottsdale $15
Whirlwind Golf Club - Devil's Claw
Tee Times
Chandler $88
Willowcreek Golf Course
Tee Times
Sun City $25.75
Starr Pass - Coyote/Roadrunner
Tee Times
Tucson $49
Gold Canyon Golf Resort - Sidewinder Course
Tee Times
Gold Canyon $69.99
Viewpoint Golf Resort Championship Course
Tee Times
Mesa $25
Tubac Golf Resort - Otero/Anza
Tee Times
Tubac $30
Desert Sands Golf Course
Tee Times
Mesa $14.25
Wigwam Golf Club - Gold Course
Tee Times
Litchfield Park $29
Starr Pass - Rattler/Coyote
Tee Times
Tucson $49
Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort
Tee Times
Chandler $26
Wildfire Golf Club - Faldo Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $85
Legend Trail Golf Club
Tee Times
Scottsdale $45
Toka Sticks Golf Club
Tee Times
Mesa $21
Tonto Verde Golf Club - Peaks Course
Tee Times
Rio Verde $49
The Legend at Arrowhead
Tee Times
Glendale $19
Lone Tree Golf Club
Tee Times
Chandler $15
Longbow Golf Club
Tee Times
Mesa $44
Palmbrook Country Club
Tee Times
Sun City $22
Pueblo El Mirage Golf Course
Tee Times
El Mirage $18
Tuscany Falls at Pebble Creek - Falls Nine
Tee Times
Goodyear $35
Ocotillo Golf Resort - Gold/Blue
Tee Times
Chandler $35
Highlands at Dove Mountain
Tee Times
Marana $45
Tonto Verde Golf Club - Ranch Course
Tee Times
Rio Verde $49
Ironwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Chandler $36
West Course at Sun City Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Sun City $25.75
Red Mountain Ranch Country Club
Tee Times
Mesa $39
Arizona Traditions Golf Club
Tee Times
Surprise $16
Apache Stronghold Golf Course
Tee Times
Globe $30
Silverbell Municipal Golf Course Tucson $20 - $37
Palm Valley Golf Club - The Lakes Course Goodyear $23 - $46
Apache Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Apache Junction $21
Arizona Biltmore Country Club - Links Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $25
Union Hills Country Club
Tee Times
Sun City $25
Arizona Biltmore Country Club - Adobe Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $35
Sun City South Golf Course
Tee Times
Sun City $22
The Phoenician Resort - Desert/Canyon
Tee Times
Scottsdale $68
Sun City Country Club
Tee Times
Sun City $35
Wickenburg Ranch Golf & Social Club
Tee Times
Wickenburg $58
Troon North Golf Club - Pinnacle Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $103
Pebble Creek Resort - Eagle's Nest Golf Club
Tee Times
Goodyear $35
Coronado Golf Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $7.99
Kokopelli Golf Club
Tee Times
Gilbert $20
Wigwam Golf Club - Heritage Course
Tee Times
Litchfield Park $28
Great Eagle Golf Club
Tee Times
Surprise $6.22
Coyote Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Surprise $19
Falcon Golf Club
Tee Times
Litchfield Park $15
Villa De Paz Golf Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $12
Papago Golf Course Phoenix $14 - $36
Trilogy Golf Club at Vistancia
Tee Times
Peoria $35
Aguila Par-3 Golf Course
Tee Times
Laveen $4.99
The Links at Queen Creek
Tee Times
San Tan Valley $20
Haven Golf Course - Tortuga Par-3
Tee Times
Green Valley $8.99
Tierra Grande Country Club Casa Grande $15
Greenfield Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Gilbert $12
Wildfire Golf Club - Palmer Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $65
Desert Springs Golf Club
Tee Times
Surprise $49
Wigwam Golf Club - Patriot Course
Tee Times
Litchfield Park $35
Stonecreek Golf Club Phoenix $115
Granite Falls Golf Club - South Course
Tee Times
Surprise $49
Silverado Golf Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $29.5
McDowell Mountain Golf Club
Tee Times
Scottsdale $62
Wickenburg Country Club
Tee Times
Wickenburg $26
Raven Golf Club - Phoenix Phoenix $55 - $135
McCormich Ranch Golf Club - Palm Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $35
Gold Canyon Golf Resort - Dinosaur Mountain Course
Tee Times
Gold Canyon $245
Troon North Golf Club - Monument Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $103
Tuscany Falls at Pebble Creek - Lakes Nine
Tee Times
Goodyear $35
Sewailo Golf Club
Tee Times
Tucson $59
Painted Mountain Golf Resort
Tee Times
Mesa $16
TPC Scottsdale - The Champions Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $79
Cimarron Golf Club
Tee Times
Surprise $49
Bellair Golf Club
Tee Times
Glendale $18
Orange Tree Golf Resort
Tee Times
Scottsdale $25
Scottsdale Silverado Golf Club - Silver Pony Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $29.5
Viewpoint Golf Resort Executive Course
Tee Times
Mesa $10
McCormich Ranch Golf Club - Pine Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $35
El Conquistador - Pusch Ridge Course
Tee Times
Tucson $18
Kierland Golf Club - Ironwood/Acacia Scottsdale $69 - $179
Bear Creek Golf Complex - Bear Course
Tee Times
Chandler $25
Southern Ridge Golf Club
Tee Times
Phoenix $19
Granite Falls Golf Club - North Course
Tee Times
Surprise $49
Tubac Golf Resort - Anza/Rancho
Tee Times
Tubac $30
Sundance Golf Club
Tee Times
Buckeye $22
Trini Alvarez El Rio Municipal Golf Course Tucson $18 - $36
The Phoenician Resort - Canyon/Oasis
Tee Times
Scottsdale $68
Tubac Golf Resort - Rancho/Otero
Tee Times
Tubac $30
Palo Verde Golf Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $8.29
Mountain Brook Golf Club
Tee Times
Gold Canyon $33
Moon Valley Country Club Phoenix $65 - $120
Whirlwind Golf Club - Cattail
Tee Times
Chandler $90
Talking Stick Golf Club - Piipaash Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $49
Bear Creek Golf Complex - Cub Course
Tee Times
Chandler $27
Quintero Golf Club
Tee Times
Peoria $102
Quarry Pines Golf Club
Tee Times
Tucson $20
Superstition Springs Golf Club
Tee Times
Mesa $25
The Phoenician Resort - Oasis/Desert
Tee Times
Scottsdale $68
The Golf Club at Vistoso Tucson $25 - $99
Bison Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Show Low $22
Robson Ranch Golf Club
Tee Times
Eloy $21
Corte Bella Golf Club
Tee Times
Sun City West $60
Fred Enke Golf Course Tucson $32
Glen Lakes Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Glendale $10
Ocotillo Golf Resort - White/Gold
Tee Times
Chandler $35
Cobre Valle Country Club Globe $18
Dove Valley Ranch Golf Club
Tee Times
Cave Creek $30
Eagle Mountain Golf Club Fountain Hills $69 - $175
Copper Canyon Golf Club
Tee Times
Buckeye $47
SunRidge Canyon Golf Club
Tee Times
Fountain Hills $72
Tuscany Falls at Pebble Creek - Palms Nine
Tee Times
Goodyear $35
Palm Valley Golf Club - The Palms Course Goodyear $36 - $69
Talking Stick Golf Club - O'odham Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $49
Rancho Manana Golf Club
Tee Times
Cave Creek $36
Starr Pass - Roadrunner/Rattler
Tee Times
Tucson $49
Peoria Pines Golf Club
Tee Times
Peoria $15
Encanto Park 9-hole Golf Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $8.29
Las Colinas Golf Club
Tee Times
Queen Creek $20
Ambiente Course at Camelback Golf Club
Tee Times
Scottsdale $75
Karsten GC at ASU Tempe $26 - $149
Haven Golf Course
Tee Times
Green Valley $18
Country Club of Green Valley
Tee Times
Green Valley $25
Kierland Golf Club - Acacia/Mesquite Scottsdale $69 - $179
Camelback Golf Club - Padre Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $49
Kierland Golf Club - Mesquite/Ironwood Scottsdale $69 - $179
Desert Mirage Golf Course
Tee Times
Glendale $11
Verde River Golf & Social Club
Tee Times
Rio Verde $75
The Short Course at Mountain Shadows
Tee Times
Paradise Valley $27
Arizona National Golf Club Tucson $29 - $99
Ocotillo Golf Resort - Blue/White
Tee Times
Chandler $35
Springfield Golf Course
Tee Times
Chandler $15
Kino Springs Golf Course
Tee Times
Nogales $21.5
Mission Royale Golf Club
Tee Times
Casa Grande $17.5
Twin Lakes Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Willcox $12
Adobe Dam Family Golf Center
Tee Times
Glendale $5.99
Oasis Golf Club Florence $9 - $19
Tatum Ranch Golf Club Cave Creek $80 - $90
Palo Duro Creek Golf Course Nogales less than $50
Randolph North at Randolph Golf Course Tucson $34 - $56
Superstition Mountain Golf Club - Prospector Course Apache Junction $120
Omni Tucson National - Sonoran Course Tucson $185
We-Ko-Pa Golf Club - Cholla Course Scottsdale $45 - $235
Grayhawk Golf Club - Raptor Course Scottsdale $165 - $255
Superstition Mountain Golf Club - Lost Gold Course Apache Junction $120
Turquoise Valley Golf & RV Park Naco $40
Turquoise Hills Family Golf Center Benson $25 - $30
We-Ko-Pa Golf Club - Saguaro Course Scottsdale $45 - $235
Grayhawk Golf Club - Talon Course Scottsdale $165 - $255
Omni Tucson National - Catalina Course Tucson $185
Canoa Hills Green Valley $34.95 - $64.95
Sunbird Golf Resort Chandler $14 - $20
Santa Rita Golf Club Corona $19
San Miguel Golf Club Eloy $40 - $50
Dell Urich at Randolph Golf Course Tucson $34 - $56
Augusta Ranch Golf Club Mesa $7 - $36
Grand Canyon University Golf Course
Tee Times
Phoenix $15
The First Tee of Phoenix Phoenix $5
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