Arizona Golf Guide

Arizona's weather - including some of the best winters in the world - help make it one of the top golf vacation getaways in America. Golf in Arizona, which includes world-known hot spots Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tucson, can provide desert escapes, big city life and five-star luxury golf resorts in the same trip.

Golfers and non-golfers alike know that Scottsdale boasts hip nightclubs, unique shopping and top-rated restaurants, spurred by a recent influx of celebrity chefs at hotels like Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. Scottsdale's golf features some of the top-rated golf courses in the country, including Troon North Golf Club's Monument and Pinnacle, Grayhawk and Boulders. There are also some new additions creating plenty of buzz, including Saguaro Course at We-Ko-Pa and the redesigned Champions Course at TPC Scottsdale.

Phoenix, home to the international Sky Harbor airport that most Scottsdale golfers fly into and only a short drive away, can give you golf in the middle of a cosmopolitan city that has a major convention center and sports teams like the Phoenix Suns and the Arizona Diamondbacks. Arizona Biltmore's Adobe Course is one of the oldest courses in the state. Raven at South Mountain features more than 5,000 pine trees in an anything-but-desert feel. And both, as well as other top Phoenix golf courses like the Nick Faldo-designed Wildfire Golf Club, let you swing within the city limits while still providing a vacation retreat feel.

Only two hours from the Phoenix-Scottsdale resort corridor, Tucson is known for providing even more natural desert golf while being home to some of the best spas - including its world-famous medical and health spas - in the world. You can take on Tom Fazio's design work at Ventana Canyon, Arnold Palmer's at Starr Pass or Jack Nicklaus' at La Paloma. Then, there's time for hikes in natural scenery or just kicking back under the stars.

Arizona Golf Destinations

  • Phoenix

    The sun always seems to shine on the world-class golf destination that is Phoenix, the fifth largest city in the United States with unlimited things to do and the weather to do them in.

    The 18-hole Riverview Golf Course in Sun City, Arizona is a semi-private golf course that opened in 1972. Designed by Jeff Hardin, Riverview Golf Course measures 6391 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 117 and a 69.3 USGA rating. The course features 3 sets of tees for different skill levels.
    PGA Tour star Fred Couples teamed up with the Scottsdale-based design team of Lee Schmidt and Brian Curley to deliver Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club, located 15 minutes south of Chandler. Managed by Troon Golf, the golf course winds through rolling hills and native grasses and has six sets of tees that stretch from 5,100 to 7,500 yards.
    The 18-hole Verrado Golf Club - Founders Course in Buckeye, Arizona is a public golf course that opened in 2004. Designed by John Fought and Tom Lehman, Verrado Golf Club - Founders Course measures 7258 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 139 and a 73.
  • Tucson

    With 350 days of sunshine each year, Arizona's second largest city, Tucson, is especially ideal for visitors who prefer outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, sightseeing, and, of course, golf. Rich with natural and geographical treasures, the name Tucson is derived from the Indian word for "spring at the foot of black mountain," and you'll find that spring is just southwest of downtown.

    Star Pass Tucson Golf Club offers 27 holes of championship golf that have been host to legends such as Arnold Palmer and Phil Mickelson. The holes are divided into three nines that are played in three different 18-hole combinations. Coyote is the club's signature course and while the Roadrunner nine might be the shortest, it has plenty of elevation changes.
    When Jack Nicklaus designed the 27 holes at The Golf Club at Dove Mountain, he made sure to utilize the plentiful saguaros and the rolling hills. The Wild Burro/Saguaro combination winds along the base of the Tortolita Mountain Range with a backdrop of a vast cacti forest to the west.
  • 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. There are more than 200 courses cut out of the rocky terrain of the Sonoran Desert in the area.

    With a slope rating of 144, the beautiful scenery surrounding Las Sendas will likely help take your mind off the astronomical numbers you'll be putting on your scorecard. This Robert Trent Jones Jr.
    The 18-hole North at Boulders Golf Club & Resort in Carefree, Arizona is a resort golf course that opened in 1985. Designed by Jay Morrish, North at Boulders Golf Club & Resort measures 6731 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 144 and a 73.

SunRidge Canyon Golf Club

The adventure begins at the SunRidge Canyon Golf Club! This 6,823-yard, par-71 Keith Foster layout is hidden among the foothills of the McDowell Mountains, widely considered one of the most picturesque and dramatic stretches of land in the Southwest. The natural, strategic desert design has subtle changes in topography that give the course a dramatic effect. But, don't let this tranquil desert setting fool you: this course's rare beauty tests every aspect of your game.

SunRidge Canyon was selected No. 42 on Golf Magazine's list of "The Top 100 Courses You Can Play in the United States," has been chosen by Arizona tournament players as the top-ranked daily-fee golf club, and was the host of the 1997 USGA State Team Championship.

The 18,000-square-foot SunRidge Canyon Golf Club's clubhouse is the ideal place to begin and end your golf adventure. Built to resemble a large Spanish hacienda from Arizona's territorial days, the clubhouse provides a full-service golf shop, men's and women's locker facilities, and a conference room.

13100 N SunRidge Dr
Fountain Hills, Arizona 85268

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Arizona Golf Guide

Arizona's weather - including some of the best winters in the world - help make it one of the top golf vacation getaways in America. Golf in Arizona, which includes world-known hot spots Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tucson, can provide desert escapes, big city life and five-star luxury golf resorts in the same trip.

Golfers and non-golfers alike know that Scottsdale boasts hip nightclubs, unique shopping and top-rated restaurants, spurred by a recent influx of celebrity chefs at hotels like Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. Scottsdale's golf features some of the top-rated golf courses in the country, including Troon North Golf Club's Monument and Pinnacle, Grayhawk and Boulders. There are also some new additions creating plenty of buzz, including Saguaro Course at We-Ko-Pa and the redesigned Champions Course at TPC Scottsdale.

Phoenix, home to the international Sky Harbor airport that most Scottsdale golfers fly into and only a short drive away, can give you golf in the middle of a cosmopolitan city that has a major convention center and sports teams like the Phoenix Suns and the Arizona Diamondbacks. Arizona Biltmore's Adobe Course is one of the oldest courses in the state. Raven at South Mountain features more than 5,000 pine trees in an anything-but-desert feel. And both, as well as other top Phoenix golf courses like the Nick Faldo-designed Wildfire Golf Club, let you swing within the city limits while still providing a vacation retreat feel.

Only two hours from the Phoenix-Scottsdale resort corridor, Tucson is known for providing even more natural desert golf while being home to some of the best spas - including its world-famous medical and health spas - in the world. You can take on Tom Fazio's design work at Ventana Canyon, Arnold Palmer's at Starr Pass or Jack Nicklaus' at La Paloma. Then, there's time for hikes in natural scenery or just kicking back under the stars.

Arizona Golf Destinations

  • Phoenix

    The sun always seems to shine on the world-class golf destination that is Phoenix, the fifth largest city in the United States with unlimited things to do and the weather to do them in.

    The 18-hole Riverview Golf Course in Sun City, Arizona is a semi-private golf course that opened in 1972. Designed by Jeff Hardin, Riverview Golf Course measures 6391 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 117 and a 69.3 USGA rating. The course features 3 sets of tees for different skill levels.
    PGA Tour star Fred Couples teamed up with the Scottsdale-based design team of Lee Schmidt and Brian Curley to deliver Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club, located 15 minutes south of Chandler. Managed by Troon Golf, the golf course winds through rolling hills and native grasses and has six sets of tees that stretch from 5,100 to 7,500 yards.
    The 18-hole Verrado Golf Club - Founders Course in Buckeye, Arizona is a public golf course that opened in 2004. Designed by John Fought and Tom Lehman, Verrado Golf Club - Founders Course measures 7258 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 139 and a 73.
  • Tucson

    With 350 days of sunshine each year, Arizona's second largest city, Tucson, is especially ideal for visitors who prefer outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, sightseeing, and, of course, golf. Rich with natural and geographical treasures, the name Tucson is derived from the Indian word for "spring at the foot of black mountain," and you'll find that spring is just southwest of downtown.

    Star Pass Tucson Golf Club offers 27 holes of championship golf that have been host to legends such as Arnold Palmer and Phil Mickelson. The holes are divided into three nines that are played in three different 18-hole combinations. Coyote is the club's signature course and while the Roadrunner nine might be the shortest, it has plenty of elevation changes.
    When Jack Nicklaus designed the 27 holes at The Golf Club at Dove Mountain, he made sure to utilize the plentiful saguaros and the rolling hills. The Wild Burro/Saguaro combination winds along the base of the Tortolita Mountain Range with a backdrop of a vast cacti forest to the west.
  • 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. There are more than 200 courses cut out of the rocky terrain of the Sonoran Desert in the area.

    With a slope rating of 144, the beautiful scenery surrounding Las Sendas will likely help take your mind off the astronomical numbers you'll be putting on your scorecard. This Robert Trent Jones Jr.
    The 18-hole North at Boulders Golf Club & Resort in Carefree, Arizona is a resort golf course that opened in 1985. Designed by Jay Morrish, North at Boulders Golf Club & Resort measures 6731 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 144 and a 73.