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

  • 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.
    With views of the McDowell Mountains, Starfire Country Club is located in north-central Scottsdale and features 27 holes of golf. The Squire and King 18-hole combination blends the longest and shortest of the three nines together.
    The JW Marriott Camelback Golf Club boasts 36 holes of championship golf. The two 18-hole courses are the Padre, a parkland layout with water and trees coming into play, and the Ambiente. The Ambiente Course underwent a $10 million renovation that transformed it into a completely different layout.
  • 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 Canoa Ranch Golf Club in Green Valley, Arizona is a public golf course that opened in 2003. Canoa Ranch Golf Club was designed by Brian Curley and Lee E. Schmidt.
    The 18-hole Crooked Tree Golf Course in Tucson, Arizona is a public golf course that opened in 1977. Designed by Dave Bennett and Lee Trevino, Crooked Tree Golf Course measures 6896 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 130 and a 71.
    del Lago Golf Club sits at an elevation of 3,400 feet, enjoying a temperature that is five degrees cooler than Tucson in the summer, which makes a big difference under the hot Arizona sun. Winding through the hills and valleys of the high desert, the golf course features over 120 feet of elevation changes that present tricky uneven lies. The dramatic undulations also offer beautiful views of the Rincon and Santa Catalinas Mountain ranges.
  • 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.

    PGA Tour star Fred Couples teamed up with the Scottsdale-based design team of Lee Schmidt and Brian Curley to deliver Southern Dunes Golf Club, located 15 minutes south of Chandler. Managed by Troon Golf, the golf course winds through rolling hills and native grasses and has six sets of tees that stretch from 5,100 to 7,500 yards.
    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.
    Club West Golf Club enjoys a spectacular setting framed by stunning mountains views. The club is part of the Foothills Golf Group, which includes four of the Phoenix/Scottsdale area's most popular golf courses including the Duke, Ahwatukee, the Lakes, and the Foothills.