With 25 golf courses in Phoenix itself and 44 courses located within less than 20 miles of the city, the capital of Arizona is a golfer’s paradise. Thanks to breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape, 325 days of sunshine, abundant wildlife, and award-winning courses, the only problem you’ll have is choosing which one to visit. To help out, we’ve rounded up the ten best golf courses in Phoenix and ranked them. Without further ado, here they are.
10. Gold Canyon Golf Resort
The Gold Canyon Golf Resort offers two excellent 18-hole golf courses (Dinosaur Mountain and Sidewinde) featuring dramatic elevation changes, lots of local wildlife, breathtaking views, and some truly exceptional play that will challenge golfers of all abilities. Additional amenities include a salon, a spa and several dining opportunities, including the recently renovated Kokopelli’s Restaurant, the vibrant The Bar & Grill and, stretching between the two, “The Ledge”, an expansive patio offering stunning views, fire pits and a “best of” combination menu from both Kokopelli and The Bar & Grill.
9. Quintero Golf Club
Ranked as the “Best Public Course” by both Golf Digest and Golf Weekly Magazines in 2017, the Quintero Golf Club offers a suburb golfing experience that manages to be both fun and challenging. Designed by Rees Jones, the course has been masterminded to make the most of the surrounding landscape, offering superb views at every turn, expertly placed bunkers, and well-manicured greens. The excellent amenities, which include golf lessons with PGA pro Tyler Haynes and well-positioned accommodation for overnighters, round off the delights on offer at this world-class club.
8. Raven Golf Club – Phoenix
Voted #5 “Golf Course in the State" and "#1 “Guest Service in North America” by Arizona Magazine, the Raven Golf Club offers a great combination of world-class golfing, excellent service, well thought out amenities, and unique golfing experience in the foothills of the South Mountain. Well laid out fairways, expertly-manicured greens, and a superb practice facility complete the line up of great features.
7. Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club
Occupying 320 acres of desert expanse, Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club has the kind of welcoming, easy-going ambiance that makes a welcome relief to some of the stuffier golf clubs you’ll find in the area. The 18-hole golf course offers excellent playability along with stunning views over the surrounding landscape. Voted #5 Best Course You Can Play in Arizona and #84 Best Course You Can Play in the United States by Golf Magazine in 2016, it’s a great experience for all skill levels.
6. Sunridge Canyon Golf Club
Known for having one of the most scenic settings of any golf club in Phoenix, SunRidge Canyon’s Keith Foster-designed, 6,823-yard, par-71, golf course is a checkerboard of sparkling lakes, craggy ridges, majestic waterfalls, and shady canyons. Its award-winning course is a frequent fixture on “best of lists” (and was even voted Golfweek and Gol Magazines “Best Course You Can Play in Arizona”), offering the kind of challenging play that will test the skills of even the most experienced golfer - its signature “Wicked 6” stretch of finishing holes is particularly renowned for its exquisitely thought-provoking play.
5. TPC Scottsdale's Stadium Course
If you want to walk in the footsteps of some of golf’s most famous names, there’s one particular club in Phoenix that offers the ideal place to do it. As home to the PGA TOUR’s Waste Management Phoenix Open, TPC Scottsdale's Stadium Course offer a superlative game for both professionals and amateurs alike. The expertly laid out course, designed by the super duo of Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish, offers a supremely challenging but nonetheless rewarding game – watch out for its famous par-3, 16th hole in particular.
4. Troon North Golf Club
With two 18-hole courses that meander through the ravines and foothills that sit at the foot of the iconic Pinnacle Peak, the Troon North Golf Club guarantees one of the best games of golf you’ll likely experience in Phoenix… or it certainly will if its extensive list of accolades is to be believed. As well as featuring on Golfweek’s list of “Top 200 Resort courses”, it’s also been voted Golf Channel's number one "Top 10 Arizona Resort Courses", and one of Golf Magazine's "Top 100 Courses You Can Play" for 2017.
3. Verrado Golf Club
With its sublime location at the foot of the White Tank Mountains, Verrado Golf Club offers breathtaking views at every turn. The 2 expertly laid out courses, which were designed by PGA Tour star and Ryder Cup Captain, Tom Lehman, offer 36 holes of championship golf that will test the skills of even the most practiced golfer. The casual golfer, meanwhile, can have just as an enjoyable time with 5 sets of tee boxes. Add the exemplary Verrado Grille restaurant into the mix, and it’s easy to see why the Verrado Golf Club is such a huge hit with locals and visitors alike.
2. We-Ko-Pa Golf Club
“We-Ko-Pa offers the best desert golf; breathtaking scenery and the course layout is just simply gorgeous! The clubhouse is great with separate pro shop and restaurant separated by a wonderful seating area to have some drinks and watch some golf’ says one reviewer on Trip Advisor, which pretty much sums up everything you need to know about the excellent We-Ko-Pa Golf Club.
1. Wigwam Resort
If you get bored of desert golf, a visit to Wigwam Resort is guaranteed to please. Offering three championship-winning, traditional courses (two of which were designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr.) set amongst some of the best scenery in Arizona, the Wigwam Resort offers a perfect balance between a fun game and a challenging experience. If you really want to get the most out of the experience, treat yourself to one of the resort’s excellent range of specials: upcoming specials for October include a free drink of beer at the clubhouse for anyone who shows up wearing pink.
Written by Garrett Parker
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