Destination Guide

Destination: 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. The average high in December and January of 68 degrees caters to snowbirds, and though temperatures eclipse 100 degrees in the summer, Golfers on a budget can find some real savings with green fees half off or more during the hot months.

There are more than 200 courses cut out of the rocky terrain of the Sonoran Desert in the area. And there are dozens of must-play golf courses, from the Stadium Course at TPC Scottsdale, home to the Waste Management Phoenix Open, to the Monument and Pinnacle Courses at Troon North, and the Talon and Raptor Courses at Grayhawk Golf Club, a venue associated with Phil Mickelson, who played college golf at nearby Arizona State University.

Getting to Scottsdale is easy, too. It's just a half hour from Phoenix Sky Harbour Airport, and is only a few hours from Los Angeles.

Scottsdale is hardwired toward keeping tourists happy. This affluent city ranks third, after New York City and Las Vegas, respectively, for having the most AAA Five-Diamond hotels and resorts in the United States. The Phoenician, Camelback Inn, Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North, the Boulders Resort & Golden Door Spa in nearby Carefree, and the Fairmont Princess Resort and Spa have all been so honored in recent years. All these resorts add up to more spas per capita than anywhere in the country. If you can't relax here, then you're out of luck.

The culturally rich Scottsdale includes more than 125 professional art galleries and studios, rivaling trendy Santa Fe, N.M., and even New York City. There's something always cooking in town: an annual auto show in January, a culinary festival in April, a film festival in September-October, and a fashion week in November.

Scottsdale gives off a party vibe without being over the top. Bars and restaurants are aplenty, all supported by the region's avid sports scene. The NBA's Phoenix Suns, the NHL's Phoenix Coyotes, the NFL's Phoenix Cardinals and MLB's Arizona Diamondbacks (and don't overlook the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury) keep fans cheering in every season.

For those looking to get away from the crush of these sprawling metropolises, hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing are all nearby at the Camelback Mountain or the McDowell Mountains in the McDowell-Sonoran Preserve. Lakes tucked inside desert canyons are great for boating and fishing.

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Courses

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Desert Canyon Golf Club
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Fountain Hills $13
Longbow Golf Club
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Mesa $24
Las Sendas Golf Club
Tee Times
Mesa $16
North at Boulders Golf Club & Resort
Tee Times
Carefree $38
TPC Scottsdale - The Stadium Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $69
Hawk at StarFire Country Club
Tee Times
Scottsdale $19.99
South at Boulders Golf Club & Resort
Tee Times
Carefree $38
Monument at Troon North Golf Club
Tee Times
Scottsdale $35
Mulligan 9 at StarFire Country Club
Tee Times
Scottsdale $19.99
SunRidge Canyon Golf Club
Tee Times
Fountain Hills $20
Ranch at Tonto Verde Golf Club
Tee Times
Rio Verde $12
Palm at McCormick Ranch Golf Club
Tee Times
Scottsdale $16
Camelback Golf Club - Padre Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $20
Ambiente Course at Camelback Golf Club
Tee Times
Scottsdale $35
Legend Trail Golf Club
Tee Times
Scottsdale $4
Golf Club at Eagle Mountain
Tee Times
Fountain Hills $33
Coronado Golf Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $7.99
Peaks at Tonto Verde Golf Club
Tee Times
Rio Verde $12
Silverado Golf Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $19.5
Scottsdale Silverado Golf Club - Silver Pony Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $19.5
Mesquite/Ironwood at Kierland Golf Club Scottsdale $69 - $179
Xalychidom Piipaash at Talking Stick Golf Club
Tee Times
Scottsdale $29
Acacia/Mesquite at Kierland Golf Club Scottsdale $69 - $179
Ironwood/Acacia at Kierland Golf Club Scottsdale $69 - $179
Continental Golf Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $10
Orange Tree Golf Club
Tee Times
Scottsdale $13
Red Mountain Ranch Country Club
Tee Times
Mesa $11
Pine at McCormick Ranch Golf Club
Tee Times
Scottsdale $16
Rancho Manana Golf Club
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Cave Creek $12
Akimel O'odham at Talking Stick Golf Club Scottsdale $59 - $165
TPC Scottsdale - The Champions Course
Tee Times
Scottsdale $41
Quail Run at Rio Verde Country Club
Tee Times
Rio Verde $80 - $90
The Phoenician Golf Club
Tee Times
Scottsdale $24
Pinnacle at Troon North Golf Club
Tee Times
Scottsdale $35
McDowell Mountain Golf Club
Tee Times
Scottsdale $37
Silverleaf Golf Club Scottsdale $146
Raptor at Grayhawk Golf Club Scottsdale $80 - $115
Lower Course at Whisper Rock Golf Club Scottsdale $125
Ancala Country Club Scottsdale $90
White Wing at Rio Verde Country Club Rio Verde $80 - $90
Saguaro Course at We-Ko-Pa Golf Club Scottsdale $75 - $190
Estancia Club Scottsdale $100 - $170
Terravita Golf Club Scottsdale $100 - $140
Renegade Course at Desert Mountain Golf Club Scottsdale $88 - $175
Arroyo/Lakes at Gainey Ranch Golf Club Scottsdale $125 - $176
Apache Course at Desert Mountain Golf Club Scottsdale $88 - $175
Desert Forest Golf Club Carefree $120 - $140
The Mirabel Club Scottsdale $100 - $135
Scottsdale National Golf Club Scottsdale $123
Geronimo Course at Desert Mountain Golf Club Scottsdale $88 - $175
Dunes/Arroyo at Gainey Ranch Golf Club Scottsdale $125 - $176
Upper Course at Whisper Rock Golf Club Scottsdale $125
No. 7 at Desert Mountain Golf Club Scottsdale N/A
Lakes/Dunes at Gainey Ranch Golf Club Scottsdale $125 - $176
Cochise Course at Desert Mountain Golf Club Scottsdale $88 - $175
Country Club at DC Ranch Scottsdale $45 - $200
Chiricahua Course at Desert Mountain Golf Club Scottsdale $88 - $175
Cholla Course at We-Ko-Pa Golf Club Scottsdale $75 - $190
Arizona Country Club Phoenix $98 - $109
FireRock Country Club Fountain Hills $127
Desert Highlands Golf Club Scottsdale $100 - $150
Verde River Golf & Social Club
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Rio Verde $15
Troon Country Club Scottsdale $125
Outlaw Course at Desert Mountain Golf Club Scottsdale $88 - $175
Pinnacle Peak Country Club Scottsdale $90 - $100
Talon at Grayhawk Golf Club Scottsdale $79 - $114
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