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.

    The 18-hole Stadium Course at TPC Scottsdale in Scottsdale, Arizona is a resort golf course that opened in 1986. Designed by Jay Morrish and Tom Weiskopf, Stadium Course at TPC Scottsdale measures 7261 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 142 and a 74.
    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.
  • 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.

    Sewailo Golf Club is the centerpiece of the luxurious Casino Del Sol Resort in Tucson. The Pascua Yaqui Tribe developed the course and they wanted to utilize the natural features of the rugged landscape. To design the course, they hired fellow Native American and PGA Tour player Notah Begay III and course architect Ty Butler.
    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.
    Located just 30 miles southeast of Tucson, San Pedro Golf Course sits along the river of the same name. The scenic layout has a front nine that winds through mesquite groves and a back nine that plays across natural canyons. You'll find very few manmade features on the course, instead the design takes advantage of the terrain's many natural elevation changes.
  • 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 Verrado Golf Club in Buckeye, Arizona is a public golf course that opened in 2004. Designed by John Fought and Tom Lehman, Verrado Golf Club measures 7258 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 139 and a 73.
    About an hour from Scottsdale in the foothills of the Sierra Estrella Mountains is the Golf Club of Estrella. Jack Nicklaus II designed this modern, imaginative desert gem.
    The 18-hole Tres Rios GC at Estrella Mountain Park in Goodyear, Arizona is a public golf course that opened in 1962. Designed by Red Lawrence, Tres Rios measures 6767 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 117 and a 71.