5 Best Phoenix and Scottsdale Area Golf Courses

By Ryan Watson

Best Phoenix Scottsdale Golf Courses

The dry desert environment of the Phoenix/Scottsdale area seems an odd place to find world class golf courses, but with modern technology, central Arizona has become one of the nation's premier golf destinations.

Full of challenging courses and beautiful views of desert, canyons, and mountains, the Phoenix/Scottsdale area is easily accessible by the Sky Harbor International Airport. Come enjoy the sunshine and mild winters at these top-ranked courses that are available for all golfers.

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Troon North Golf Club

10320 E Dynamite Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ 85262

The Pinnacle Course and The Monument Course

On the top of any list of courses in Arizona is Scottsdale’s Troon North. Featuring two courses, The Pinnacle course is wonderfully designed and walkable, but many visitors prefer the spectacular desert views of The Monument course.

The Boulders Resort

34631 N Tom Darlington Dr. Scottsdale, AZ 85262

North Course and South Course

The Boulders features two unique desert courses that live up to its name. With boulders over 50 feet tall dotting the course, the South course gives some of the best views of any desert golf course in America. The Boulders is located in the town of Carefree.

We-Ko-Pa Golf Club

18200 E. Toh Vee Circle, Fort McDowell, AZ 85264

Cholla Course and Saguaro Course

Another course located in the Scottsdale area, the We-Ko-Pa Golf Club provides two challenging courses snaking through the canyonlands of Central Arizona. Located on land owned by the Yavapai Nation, We-Ko-Pa uses the desert geography to create unique wide-open courses.

TPC Scottsdale

17020 N Hayden Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85255

Champions Course and Stadium Course

Any list of courses in the Phoenix and Scottsdale region has to include the site of the Phoenix Open, the TPC Scottsdale. Home to the best attended golf tournament, this course features many interesting holes. While not boasting the same beautiful views as the other courses on this list, the TPC Scottsdale course is a must for fans of the PGA Tour who want their own chance to play the same course as the pros.

Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club

48456 W Highway 238, Maricopa, AZ 85139

Located in the town of Maricopa, the Southern Dunes Golf Club might be overlooked by golfers visiting the region. But for those who know, the 7,300 yard course boasts one of the best courses in the area. Even better, Southern Dunes is much cheaper than its Phoenix and Scottsdale counterparts.

About the Author

Ryan Watson is a freelance sportswriter and history professor. He has been an avid fan of golf since his father signed him up for golf camp as a young child. Ryan enjoys following the professional game and learning about new equipment and gadgets.