Arizona Golf Destinations: Our Top 15 Picks

Golfing The Grand Canyon state involves lots of cactus, sun, fun, a little dry heat and the occassional haboob. Home to more than 300 golf courses, Arizona, and the Phoenix-Scottsdale area in particular, has developed into one of the world's top golf destinations.

1. Troon North Golf Club

This course is a "must-plays" thanks to a pair of courses that dish out cacti, arroyos, rock outcroppings and stunning vistas of Pinnacle Peak and the surrounding mountains. The crown jewel of golf clubs in the Valley, the club features two courses: the Pinnacle and Monument. The Monument Course, designed by Tom Weiskopf and Jay Moorish, is an ode to British Open golf with its bump-and-run shots and hole names: No. 9 is affectionately called Hell's Bunker. Troon North's Pinnacle Course is known for its greens; they're elevated, tiered significantly, sloped from back to front, and protected by long, deep bunkers.
Troon North Scottsdale Arizona (Rent Golf Clubs from ClubHub)

Phone: 480-585-7700

Cost: $189-$249

2. TPC Scottsdale's Stadium Course

Home to the Waste Management Phoenix Open, the best-attended (and rowdiest) stop on the PGA Tour, the TPC Scottsdale Stadium course is nobody's idea of a beauty queen, but what it lacks in looks, it makes up for in thrills. No hole in the Valley is more intimidating than the infamous par-3 16th.
TPC Scottsdale's Stadium Course Scottsdale Arizona (Golf Club Rentals)

Phone: 480-585-4334

Cost: $108-$299

3. Talking Stick Golf Club

Challenging greens and a relatively flat course with wide fairways are the hallmarks of this club. Though their flat fairways provide less drama than many Valley courses, you won't find a more artfully crafted set of bunkers in town than at Talking Stick.
Talking Stick Arizona (Arizona Golf Club Rentals)

Phone: 480-860-2221

Cost: $110-$175

4. Ventana Canyon

At the highest point on this Tom Fazio-designed golf course sits Ventana Canyon's signature third hole. One of the most photographed holes west of the Mississippi, this short par three is tucked into the rugged rocks of the Santa Catalina mountains and plays across a canyon of cacti. The tee offers a breathtaking panorama that stretches across the Sonoran desert into Mexico. Bring your camera, you'll want to remember this!
Ventana Canyon Arizona (Rent Golf Clubs)

Phone: 520-577-4092

Cost: $79 - $119

5. Sunridge Canyon Golf Club

Designed by Keith Foster in 1995, this 6,823-yard par 71 course is a shot-maker's delight. Golfers can't just grip it and rip it from the tees. Washes intersect nine fairways, forcing players to think about their club selection. Sunridge features perhaps the best closing stretch of holes in the Valley.
Sunridge Canyon Golf Club Arizona 

Phone: 480-837-5100

Cost: $65 - $150

6. Longbow Golf Club

Longbow Golf Club was honored as one of the "Top 100 Resort Courses in the Country" and ranked as "One of The Top 20 Best Courses You Can Play In Arizona", by Golfweek Magazine.
Longbow Golf Club Arizona

Phone: 480-807-5400

Cost: $45 - $148

7. Sewailo Golf Club

Sewailo, meaning €œthe land where flowers grow€ in the Pascua Yaqui language, blends the native landscape with picturesque lakes and streams. This challenging course measures 7,283 yards from the championship tee. Designed by Native American, Notah Begay, a Navajo and Pueblo, who wanted to work within the land and honor its natural gifts and wonders when it came to designing a golf course.
Sewailo Golf Club Arizona

Phone: 520-838-6623

Cost: $47 - $108

8. We-Ko-Pa Golf Club

We-Ko-Pa may be the most peaceful first-class experience in the Valley. There are no houses on the course or traffic to distract golfers. The Cholla course, a Scott Miller design, has incomparable scenery and holes that zigzag artfully through canyons, over ridges and down mountain slopes. The Saguaro course, a 2006 Bill Coore/Ben Crenshaw design, is wide enough that a spray hitter will still find his tee shot.
We-Ko-Pa Golf Club Arizona

Phone: 866-660-7700

Cost: $195-$225

9. Camelback Golf Club

Designed by notable golf architects Jason Straka and Arthur Hills, the club presents two distinct challenges for golfers: the Padre course and the Ambiente course. The Padre Golf Course in Scottsdale features towering trees, subtle landforms and impressive bunkering to sharpen your game. Ambiente presents a distinct challenge where accuracy and a good strategy command the day, as every hole will force even the best players to focus on each and every shot.
Camelback Golf Club Arizona

Phone: 480-596-7050

Cost: $99 - $219

10. Southern Dunes Golf Club

Just 25 minutes south of Phoenix's Sky Harbor International Airport, Southern Dunes is a big, bold, 7,300-yard layout and possibly the very best work that Lee Schmidt and Brian Curley have done. Ak-Chin Southern Dunes is an Australian links layout that features 129 sand traps and high grasses bordering nearly every fairway. It also can play long: From the tips the course has a 76.2 rating, a 141 slope and five par 4s of at least 463 yards.
Southern Dunes Golf Club Arizona

Phone: 480-367-8949

Cost: $49-$179

11. Verrado Golf Club

Stretching to more than 7,000 yards, and offering jaw dropping views and rugged natural beauty, Verrado Golf Club is an exceptional West Phoenix Valley golf experience that can accommodate golfers of all levels.
Verrado Golf Club Arizona

Phone: 623-388-3000

Cost: $75 - $129

12. Raven Golf Club

The design team of Gary Panks and former PGA Tour Pro David Graham took cotton and alfalfa fields and turned them into Midwest feel with pine trees lining every hole. The Raven is located in the middle of Phoenix, but to get on the course is to feel like you're somewhere in the parklands.
Raven Golf Club Arizona

Phone: 602-243-3636

Cost: $49 - $85

13. Laughlin Ranch Golf Course

Nestled at the foot of the majestic Black Mountains, just above the Colorado River, Laughlin Ranch offers the best in desert golf.
Laughlin Ranch Golf Course Arizona

Phone: 866-684-4653

Cost: $65 - $99

14. Wickenburg Ranch Golf & Social Club

Recently named by Golf Digest as a Top 10 Best New Course in North America, the Bill Brownlee and Wendell Pickett-designed course features a variety of holes, elevated tees and natural beauty. Nothing about this golf course, which has five par 3s and five par 5s, is boring.
Wickenburg Ranch Golf & Social Club Arizona

Phone: 928-668-5535

Cost: Private, with limited outside bookings

15. Westin Kierland Resort and Spa

There's nothing about the Westin Kierland that isn't fun. On one nine, tee shots even funnel toward the middle of generous fairways, so it's difficult to get in trouble off the tee. But really, all three nines at this wonderful resort are player friendly, in great shape and easy to navigate.
Westin Kierland Resort and Spa Arizona

Phone: 480-922-9283

Cost: $55 - $150

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