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