Scottsdale and neighboring communities are home to over 200 golf courses. Whether you are a beginner and just want a nice weekend of golf, or you are an avid golfer and wanting to find some of the best golf courses in the country, the Scottsdale area can certainly deliver. Being that there are so many courses to choose from in the area, we suggest that you do your research and start with those that we list below.
The beautiful Sonoran Desert is an exquisite setting for a golf course, averaging around 330 days of sunshine a year and offering some dramatic play areas and gorgeous scenery. If you are looking for the perfect weekend golf getaway, then you should certainly consider Scottsdale when planning your trip. To help make it a bit easier for you, we have decided to put together a list of some of the best golf courses in Scottsdale.
We will give you some details about each, ensuring that you find the perfect course(s) to play on during your time in Scottsdale. And if you live in the area, then you will have time to visit all of the courses listed in this post!
Without any further ado, let’s take a look at the best golf courses in Scottsdale.
Boulders Golf Club
If you are looking for a beautiful place away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, then Boulders Golf Club is for you. The setting is unlike any other you’ve ever played on, winding through ancient boulders and located directly in the Sonoran Desert, it is the perfect place to unwind. Boasting two courses, the South course is really the main attraction as it features impeccable fairways that stay green all year round. What’s more? Boulders Golf Club has launched a new program called Birdies, Birds, and Beyond which includes an enjoyable combination of golf instruction and a nature journey in which you will spot different types of indigenous birds.
Troon North Golf Club
Sometimes referred to as Scottsdale’s “crown jewel”, Troon North offers two distinct 18-hole golf courses that are unrivaled in their beauty and playability. Set in the natural ravines of the Sonoran Desert, the beautiful scenery and natural, rugged landscape are what makes this course worthy of our best golf courses list. It is recommended for serious golfers for its challenging courses that wind through natural washes, dramatic boulder formations, and large saguaros. It has also undergone recent renovations, which are in line with the designer’s original plan.
Stadium Course at TPC Scottsdale
Set in the scenic McDowell Mountains, TPC has two golf courses, the Stadium Course being its most well-known one. Known for its excellent service, impeccable conditions, and PGA-level golf, this course is all that you are looking for in a weekend golf getaway. It is Arizona’s only PGA tour facility, which means that you can get the full professional golf experience, even as a recreational golfer. Also, each year in February, TPC is home to The Waste Management Phoenix Open, which attracts hundreds of thousands of fans and is known as “The Greatest Show on Grass”. If you are a serious golfer and want the chance to play through a professional course, then this is where you should go. The Stadium course is perfect for just that.
Legend Trail Golf Club
This beautifully manicured par 72 course boasts some of Scottsdale’s best panoramic views, including a view of Pinnacle Peak which is one of Scottsdale’s most popular natural landmarks. The diversity offered on this course appeases golfers of all levels and the great challenges include very unique shots. It is listed as one of the top 100 golf facilities in the country for great reason. Even though it is far from the city, the beautiful panoramic views cannot be beat.
Grayhawk Golf Club - Raptor Course
Boasting a breathtaking view of the McDowell Mountains, as well as of the surrounding desert, this par-72 course deceivingly looks like an easy day out on the greens. However, don’t be fooled. This course offers some great challenges with approach shots. Most of the greens are surrounded by deep bunkers that have been strategically placed to ensure that you are playing your best game. The NCAA’s men’s and women’s golf championships chose Grayhawk as their site from 2020 to 2022 because of its immaculate condition and impressive layout.
Orange Tree Golf Resort
This beautifully maintained course rests on the site of an old orange grove and has been considered one of Arizona’s most highly regarded golf courses for many years. The resort itself has gone green in recent years and is a very popular weekend getaway for golfers and non-golfers alike. The course, itself, is beautifully manicured and offers great amenities such as GPS-enabled golf carts and an academy for private and group golf lessons.
The Phoenician Golf Club
This golf club has received several top awards over the years and offers a different experience than other desert golf courses. The front 9 holes offer a more traditional, tree-lined course including a water feature, and the back 9 are located in the foothills and feature amazing views of Scottsdale and Phoenix, as well as dramatic elevation changes. The course caters to golfers of all skill levels, offering several different tee box options. It has also recently been redesigned to reroute the course and turning the previous 27 holes into a perfect layout for 18 holes.
There are several amazing golf clubs and courses around the Scottsdale area, and these certainly are not the only ones to check out. However, if you are trying to narrow down your search, then we suggest starting with these. These are some of the best courses in the area and you will not be disappointed. Whether you are a recreational golfer or a serious golfer, these courses will not disappoint.
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