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.
    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.
    Ahwatukee Country Club is part of the Foothills Golf Group, which also includes the adjacent Lakes at Ahwatukee, an executive golf course that is the annual host of the Arizona short course championship. The lengthier Ahwatukee Course is still gentle enough for beginners to approach with confidence.
  • 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.

    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.
    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.
  • 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.

    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.
    The Mountain Course at The Lodge at Ventana Canyon, one of two Tom Fazio designs at this Tucson resort, is a classic desert-style target golf course has quick, undulating greens, elevated tee shots and a number of memorable holes.
    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.