Arizona Golf Guide

Arizona's weather - including some of the best winters in the world - help make it one of the top golf vacation getaways in America. Golf in Arizona, which includes world-known hot spots Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tucson, can provide desert escapes, big city life and five-star luxury golf resorts in the same trip.

Golfers and non-golfers alike know that Scottsdale boasts hip nightclubs, unique shopping and top-rated restaurants, spurred by a recent influx of celebrity chefs at hotels like Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. Scottsdale's golf features some of the top-rated golf courses in the country, including Troon North Golf Club's Monument and Pinnacle, Grayhawk and Boulders. There are also some new additions creating plenty of buzz, including Saguaro Course at We-Ko-Pa and the redesigned Champions Course at TPC Scottsdale.

Phoenix, home to the international Sky Harbor airport that most Scottsdale golfers fly into and only a short drive away, can give you golf in the middle of a cosmopolitan city that has a major convention center and sports teams like the Phoenix Suns and the Arizona Diamondbacks. Arizona Biltmore's Adobe Course is one of the oldest courses in the state. Raven at South Mountain features more than 5,000 pine trees in an anything-but-desert feel. And both, as well as other top Phoenix golf courses like the Nick Faldo-designed Wildfire Golf Club, let you swing within the city limits while still providing a vacation retreat feel.

Only two hours from the Phoenix-Scottsdale resort corridor, Tucson is known for providing even more natural desert golf while being home to some of the best spas - including its world-famous medical and health spas - in the world. You can take on Tom Fazio's design work at Ventana Canyon, Arnold Palmer's at Starr Pass or Jack Nicklaus' at La Paloma. Then, there's time for hikes in natural scenery or just kicking back under the stars.

Arizona Golf Destinations

  • Phoenix

    The sun always seems to shine on the world-class golf destination that is Phoenix, the fifth largest city in the United States with unlimited things to do and the weather to do them in.

    The 18-hole Whirlwind Golf Club - The Cattail Course in Chandler, Arizona is a public golf course that opened in 2002. Designed by Gary Panks, Whirlwind Golf Club - The Cattail Course measures 7218 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 132 and a 73.4 USGA rating. The course features 5 sets of tees for different skill levels. The greens are winter: rye, summer: bermuda.
    When the Duke at Rancho El Dorado first opened in 2003, TravelGolf.com named it the "Best New Course in Arizona" and it has also been ranked is the most player-friendly golf course in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area. The course is conveniently situated less than a half hour from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport. It offers championship golf that is player friendly enough for players of all skill levels.
    Located just west of Phoenix, Coldwater Golf Club in Avondale stretches across a unique landscape of rolling hills and deep swales. The course is framed by mountain views and the diverse topography provides cascading fairways bordered by mounding and slopes that were carefully crafted to have a subtle bowl effect.
  • Tucson

    With 350 days of sunshine each year, Arizona's second largest city, Tucson, is especially ideal for visitors who prefer outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, sightseeing, and, of course, golf. Rich with natural and geographical treasures, the name Tucson is derived from the Indian word for "spring at the foot of black mountain," and you'll find that spring is just southwest of downtown.

    The 18-hole Views Golf Club at Oro Valley in Tucson, Arizona is a private golf course that opened in 1986. Designed by Greg Nash and Jeff Hardin, The Views Golf Club at Oro Valley measures 6723 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 137 and a 71.
    The 18-hole Torres Blancas Golf Club in Green Valley, Arizona is a public golf course that opened in 1995. Designed by Lee Trevino, Torres Blancas Golf Club measures 6782 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 125 and a 71.
  • Scottsdale

    Arguably the golf capital of the United States, it's hard to beat the weather and the number of high-quality golf courses in Scottsdale, Ariz. There are more than 200 courses cut out of the rocky terrain of the Sonoran Desert in the area.

    With a slope rating of 144, the beautiful scenery surrounding Las Sendas will likely help take your mind off the astronomical numbers you'll be putting on your scorecard. This Robert Trent Jones Jr.
    Desert Canyon Golf Club boasts some spectacular views thanks to its dramatic mountain setting. The layout features narrow fairways that dogleg around high desert barrancas and arroyos and sculpted tees with stunning mountain backdrops.