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

  • 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 San Ignacio Golf Club in Green Valley, Arizona is a semi-private golf course that opened in 1989. Designed by Arthur Hills, San Ignacio Golf Club measures 6704 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 136 and a 71.
    The 18-hole Golf Club at Vistoso/ in Tucson, Arizona is a public golf course that opened in 1995. Designed by Tom Weiskopf, Golf Club at Vistoso/ measures 6954 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 143 and a 72.
  • 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.

    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.
    The 18-hole North at Boulders Golf Club & Resort in Carefree, Arizona is a resort golf course that opened in 1985. Designed by Jay Morrish, North at Boulders Golf Club & Resort measures 6731 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 144 and a 73.
    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.
  • 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 Encanto Park Golf Course in Phoenix, Arizona is a public golf course that opened in 1935. Designed by William P. Bell, Encanto Park Golf Course measures 6404 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 114 and a 69.
    Papago Golf Course in Phoenix is one of the best public courses in Arizona. William Francis Bell, designer of Torrey Pines in San Diego, crafted the course from the rugged terrain at the base of Papago Buttes. Although it's only 15 minutes from downtown Phoenix, its location within Papago Park provides peace and seclusion.
    Foothills Golf Club is nestled next to South Mountain, providing the course with a rugged landscape of craggy ridges and buttes. It is the centerpiece of the four Phoenix-area golf courses that are a part of the Foothills Golf Group. The design team of Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish dreamed up an imaginative links layout on desert terrain that is highly atypical for links courses.