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 Hillcrest Golf Club at Sun City West in Sun City West, Arizona is a public golf course that opened in 1978. Hillcrest Golf Club at Sun City West measures 7002 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 126 and a 72.
    Club West Golf Club enjoys a spectacular setting framed by stunning mountains views. The club is part of the Foothills Golf Group, which includes four of the Phoenix/Scottsdale area's most popular golf courses including the Duke, Ahwatukee, the Lakes, and the Foothills.
    Foothills Golf Club is nestled next to South Mountain, providing the course with a rugged landscape of craggy ridges and buttes. It is the centerpiece of the four Phoenix-area golf courses that are a part of the Foothills Golf Group. The design team of Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish dreamed up an imaginative links layout on desert terrain that is highly atypical for links courses.
  • 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.

    Desert Canyon Golf Club boasts some spectacular views thanks to its dramatic mountain setting. The layout features narrow fairways that dogleg around high desert barrancas and arroyos and sculpted tees with stunning mountain backdrops.
    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.
    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.
  • 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.

    del Lago Golf Club sits at an elevation of 3,400 feet, enjoying a temperature that is five degrees cooler than Tucson in the summer, which makes a big difference under the hot Arizona sun. Winding through the hills and valleys of the high desert, the golf course features over 120 feet of elevation changes that present tricky uneven lies. The dramatic undulations also offer beautiful views of the Rincon and Santa Catalinas Mountain ranges.
    Sewailo Golf Club is the centerpiece of the luxurious Casino Del Sol Resort in Tucson. The Pascua Yaqui Tribe developed the course and they wanted to utilize the natural features of the rugged landscape. To design the course, they hired fellow Native American and PGA Tour player Notah Begay III and course architect Ty Butler.

Whirlwind Golf Club - Devil's Claw

Located just off of Maricopa Road and I-10, Whirlwind Golf Club offers 18 holes of championship golf at the 7017-yard Devil's Claw course, as well as the new and longer, Cattail course. Both Gary Panks-designed a masterpieces will challenge players of all levels while maintaining playability.

Devil's Claw encompasses 242 acres of land comprised of 92 acres of turfed area and 150 acres of native landscape enhanced by indigenous grasses and plants, and stands of Mesquite, Saguaro, Palo Verde and Cottonwoods.

Cattail incorporates three lake features and the 2.5 mile, man-made recreation of the original Gila River.

5692 W. North Loop Road
Chandler, AZ 85226

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Whirlwind Golf Club - The Cattail

In just over five years, the Cattail Course has earned a reputation as a can't-miss golf course when it comes to those looking to get the most out of their Arizona golf vacation. This Gary Panks-designed gem in Chandler plays to a rollicking 7,218 yards from the back tees and a challenging slope rating of 132. Having been praised by magazines from Golf World to Golf Digest and even Zagat, the Cattail course at the remarkable Whirlwind Golf Club has quickly become a Southwest standout.

While just 12 miles from the metropolis of Phoenix, Whirlwind Golf Club's Cattail Course takes golfers to a secluded and scenic environment, where desert tranquility and beauty is a silent playing partner throughout. Combining great golf - managed by Troon Golf - it's easy to see why the Cattail Course at Whirlwind is at the top of the list for so many golfers looking to put together the perfect Arizona Golf Package.

5692 W. North Loop Road
Chandler, AZ 85226

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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 Hillcrest Golf Club at Sun City West in Sun City West, Arizona is a public golf course that opened in 1978. Hillcrest Golf Club at Sun City West measures 7002 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 126 and a 72.
    Club West Golf Club enjoys a spectacular setting framed by stunning mountains views. The club is part of the Foothills Golf Group, which includes four of the Phoenix/Scottsdale area's most popular golf courses including the Duke, Ahwatukee, the Lakes, and the Foothills.
    Foothills Golf Club is nestled next to South Mountain, providing the course with a rugged landscape of craggy ridges and buttes. It is the centerpiece of the four Phoenix-area golf courses that are a part of the Foothills Golf Group. The design team of Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish dreamed up an imaginative links layout on desert terrain that is highly atypical for links courses.
  • 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.

    Desert Canyon Golf Club boasts some spectacular views thanks to its dramatic mountain setting. The layout features narrow fairways that dogleg around high desert barrancas and arroyos and sculpted tees with stunning mountain backdrops.
    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.
    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.
  • 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.

    del Lago Golf Club sits at an elevation of 3,400 feet, enjoying a temperature that is five degrees cooler than Tucson in the summer, which makes a big difference under the hot Arizona sun. Winding through the hills and valleys of the high desert, the golf course features over 120 feet of elevation changes that present tricky uneven lies. The dramatic undulations also offer beautiful views of the Rincon and Santa Catalinas Mountain ranges.
    Sewailo Golf Club is the centerpiece of the luxurious Casino Del Sol Resort in Tucson. The Pascua Yaqui Tribe developed the course and they wanted to utilize the natural features of the rugged landscape. To design the course, they hired fellow Native American and PGA Tour player Notah Begay III and course architect Ty Butler.