You asked for it, so here you go! Half of my clients looking for homes for sale in Scottsdale or homes for sale in Paradise Valley are 100% Golf lovers. So, for you my friends, here is your guide to over 30 of Scottsdale, Paradise Valley and Phoenix's top golf courses, complete with Golf Course ratings and Scale Guidelines. We scoured over 25 publications and sites to bring you the fool TEE. 

1.      Level of Difficulty: 1-10: 1 = Easiest / 10 Hardest

2.      Awe Factor: 1-10: 1 = Dud / 10 Amazing

3.      Value/Bang for your Buck: 1 = Lowest Value / 10 Amazing Bargain!!

4.      Course Layout: 1-10: 1 = Dud / 10 Amazing

5.      Service: 1-10: 1 = Terrible / 10 Amazing

6.      Proximity to Prime Hotels, Restaurants and Activities: 1-5: 1 = Boondocks – 1hr+, 2 = Outskirts – 45+ min,3 = City fringe – 30+ mins, 4 = Sweet spot – 20+ mins, 5 = Stumble home!

# 1 - Troon North Golf Club
10320 E Dynamite Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ  85262 
480.585.5300
www.troonnorthgolf.com
Level of Difficulty: 8
Awe Factor: 9.5
Value/Bang for your Buck: 6.5
Course Layout: 9.5
Service: 9
Proximity to Prime Hotels, Restaurants and Activities: 2

Known as Scottsdale's "crown jewel," Troon North Golf Club offers players an unrivaled Scottsdale desert golf experience. The two 18-hole courses wind through scenic foothills and natural ravines in the cool shadows of Pinnacle Peak. The rugged landscape of Arizona's Sonoran Desert creates an iconic golf experience that remains unmatched in the Southwest. The course is famous for its ambiance, challenging natural terrain, and visual beauty. The fairways are immaculately groomed, featuring bent grass greens and impeccable customer service. The Monument and Pinnacle courses consistently rank as some of the best in the country and are at the top of many golfers’ must-play list.

What they say – “Still the king of the Scottsdale public “must-plays” thanks to a pair of courses that dish out cacti, arroyos, rock outcroppings and stunning vistas of Pinnacle Peak and the surrounding mountains. The Monument course is the more scenic of the two, but Pinnacle is the more cohesive test and is walkable, a rarity among modern real estate-oriented desert courses. A revitalized Dynamite Grille, with a new menu and bar, is now a highly regarded post-round option in the clubhouse.”  DG

#2 - SunRidge Canyon Golf Club
13100 Sunridge Dr., Fountain Hills, AZ 85268
480.837.5100
www.sunridgegolf.com
Level of Difficulty: 8
Awe Factor: 9.5
Value/Bang for your Buck: 8.5
Course Layout: 8.5
Service: 9.5
Proximity to Prime Hotels, Restaurants and Activities: 4

SunRidge Canyon is a hidden gem located just outside of Scottsdale. SunRidge Canyon has the best vistas, golf property and design of any public golf course in the state. At SunRidge Canyon, each hole has a feel of its own and moves with the land, canyon and terrain. The front nine runs down through a dramatic canyon, slowly dropping 200 feet over a 9-hole span. The back nine slowly runs back up the canyon, ending with the notorious “Wicked Six”. Just about every hole on the back nine belongs in some advertisement for desert golf.  The holes are that good! The course is awesome, but the Wicked Six restaurant is second to none; offering a breathtaking patio that overlooks the Verde Valley, huge fire pit, live entertainment and an open-air kitchen. Truly one of the best facilities and environment you find at any course. SunRidge Canyon’s location is very convenient for people staying in the Scottsdale area- only 20 minutes from the heart of Scottsdale.

# 3 - We-Ko-Pa Golf Club
18200 East Toh Vee Circle, Fountain Hills, AZ 85264
480.836.9000
www.wekopa.com 
Level of Difficulty: 7
Awe Factor: 8.5
Value/Bang for your Buck: 7
Course Layout: 8
Service: 8.5
Proximity to Prime Hotels, Restaurants and Activities: 3
Sister courses are Cholla, Saguaro & Walking Saguaro.  

The We-Ko-Pa Golf Club is located on the eastern edge of Scottsdale, blessed with stunning mountain vistas in nearly every direction. The Club offers players of all skill levels access to many great amenities, including a 21,000 square foot clubhouse featuring a full-service restaurant, bar and expansive patio. It's no surprise that Golf week magazine ranks the Saguaro course #67 in America's top 100 modern courses. The two courses are also the #1 and #2 rated public access courses in Arizona. The We-Ko-Pa's combination of beauty and accessibility is incomparable and unbeatable. Play the Cholla course to get a glimpse of desert wildlife.

What they say - “The two layouts on tribal land owned by the Fort McDowell Yavapai nation just east of Scottsdale equal any in the area. The Cholla course, a Scott Miller design, has incomparable scenery and holes that zigzag artfully through canyons, over ridges and down mountain slopes. The Saguaro course, a 2006 Bill Coore/Ben Crenshaw design, is wide enough that a spray hitter will still find his tee shot. There are few forced carries, so a golfer who struggles to get it airborne can also enjoy. Strong players will bask in the challenge of strategic bunkers, superb risk/reward decisions and cleverly contoured greens. Add elevation changes, mountain vistas and a forest of cacti to the mix and you’ve got an unbeatable combination.” RC

# 4 - The Boulders Golf Club
34631 N. Tom Darlington Drive, Carefree, AZ 85377
480.488.9028
www.bouldersclub.com
Level of Difficulty: 6
Awe Factor: 9 
Value/Bang for your Buck: 6
Course Layout: 8
Service: 8
Proximity to Prime Hotels, Restaurants and Activities: 2

If you want to get away from it all, this is the place for you. The desert wildlife and breathtaking scenery make this one of the most relaxing resorts in the US. As for the golf, there is a good chance you will encounter the natural desert terrain, as it surrounds each of these holes and finds its way into several of these immaculate fairways. Accurate placement of your tee shots is desired if you want the best chance to hit these greens. The South Course is the main attraction here, featuring impeccable fairways that manage to stay green even at the height of summer.

What they say - “Jay Morrish sculpted two superb courses from the prehistoric rocks that define this property in the charmingly named town of Carefree. The North course is the stronger, better balanced of the two, but the South has the more spectacular holes, including the par-4 opener and the par-5 sixth, with green sites tucked into six-story high boulder complexes.” AK

# 5 - Quintero Golf Club
16752 West State Route 74, Peoria, AZ 85383 
928.501.1500
www.quinterogolf.com
Level of Difficulty: 8
Awe Factor: 9.5 
Value/Bang for your Buck: 7
Course Layout: 8 
Service: 8.5
Proximity to Prime Hotels, Restaurants and Activities: 0

For a world-class golfing experience in the tradition of the world’s most celebrated golf courses, Quintero Golf Club near Phoenix offers players the opportunity for a pure game on a magnificent, secluded, Rees Jones-designed course. Quintero is known for having the finest playing surfaces, and the best multi-level bent grass greens of any golf course in Phoenix-Scottsdale area, or any course in the Southwest. Quintero Golf Club is located approx. 60 miles west of Scottsdale located on some of the best Sonoran Desert terrain a person will find anywhere in the world. Elevation, elevation, elevation! The changes in elevation are breathtaking and consistent through all 18 holes. All 18 holes move upward or downward, with only 3-4 holes on flatter terrain. This promotes spectacular views of the box canyon the course is located in. Course conditions are always top notch and scenery is probably the best of all valley courses. If not for the lengthy drive, proximity to Scottsdale and 1-2 quirky holes, Quintero might have moved up a few notches on this ranking to 1 or 2. Located just 20 miles from Wickenburg and in the middle of the Sonoran Desert allows a visiting golfer to experience the unspoiled west.

#6 - Grayhawk Golf Club
8620 East Thompson Peak Parkway, Scottsdale, AZ 85255
480.502.1800
www.grayhawkgolf.com
Level of Difficulty: 7
Awe Factor: 7 
Value/Bang for your Buck: 4
Course Layout: 7
 
Service: 8.5
Proximity to Prime Hotels, Restaurants and Activities: 4

Grayhawk Golf Club is world renowned and one of the first public, desert golf courses built in the world. Following shortly behind Troon North’s entrance on the desert golf world, Grayhawk built a gem in the North Scottsdale desert. Boasting 36 holes and the best clubhouse in the Phoenix area, Grayhawk fulfills every golfer’s desires. The course designs and terrain are very good, but depending on opinions, might not be in the top 10 in the valley. The star is the clubhouse, practice facility and restaurants! The course offers 4 restaurants, 2 practice facilities, numerous putting greens and landscape that rivals many 5-star resorts. Grayhawk’s location is nicely located 20-25 minutes from the Scottsdale hot spots.

What they say  - “This facility didn’t invent the “country club for a day,” theme, but it may have perfected it in the 1990s when Phil’s Grill (named for Phil Mickelson) was a beehive for tour pros. Lefty has moved back to his native San Diego, but the ‘Hawk still brims with ambiance, excellent service, above-average dining options and classic rock tunes piped to the practice range via faux-rock speakers. The Tom Fazio-designed Raptor course has hosted most of the big events, including the PGA Tour’s Frys.com Open (2007-2009), but the David Graham/Gary Panks-crafted Talon course offers more drama, notably at the par-3 11th, where golfers traverse a swinging bridge to reach the back tee, and at the island-green, par-3 17th that’s rimmed with colorful flowers.” BD

#7 - Verde River Golf & Social Club
29005 N. Verde River Way, Rio Verde, AZ 85263
480.471.3232
www.verderivergolf.com
Level of Difficulty: 7
Awe Factor: 8.5
Value/Bang for your Buck: 8
Course Layout: 7.5
Service: 7.5
Proximity to Prime Hotels, Restaurants and Activities: 2

Hidden gem and value! Verde River Golf & Social Club is perched just outside of the Tonto National Forrest and offers the best vistas in the Phoenix area, bar none! It is a reasonably new development, so there are very few houses or structures on the property, which enhances the golfer’s experience. The layout is very good, but again the views and vistas take the show here. Turf conditions consistently rival the best courses in the valley. Value, Value, Value! Verde River Golf & Social Club offers value second only to Sunridge Canyon. You can enjoy Verde River Golf & Social Club for 2/3 the cost of many other valley courses while enjoying the same quality conditions and views of a Troon North or Grayhawk. If not for the proximity to Phoenix and Scottsdale, Verde River Golf & Social Club might be a bit higher on this list.

#8 – Verrado Golf Club
4242 North Golf Drive, Buckeye, AZ 85396
623.388.3000
www.verradogolfclub.com
Level of Difficulty: 7
Awe Factor: 8
Value/Bang for your Buck: 7
Course Layout: 8
Service: 8
Proximity to Prime Hotels, Restaurants and Activities: 0

Simply put, The Verrado Golf Club is Grayhawk on steroids without the clubhouse. The Verrado Golf Club offers a spectacular course layout and great Sonoran Desert terrain. The course is always in immaculate condition and clubhouse is awesome. If not for the proximity to Scottsdale and Phoenix hotels and other courses, The Verrado Golf Club is a must play!

# 9 - Southern Dunes
48456 AZ-238, Maricopa, AZ 85139
480.367.8949
www.akchinsoutherndunes.com
Level of Difficulty: 5
Awe Factor: 5.5
Value/Bang for your Buck: 7.5
Course Layout: 7
Service: 8.5
Proximity to Prime Hotels, Restaurants and Activities: 0

Southern Dunes started out as a private facility in the southernmost tip of the Phoenix area. This private feel is still in Southern Dunes bones and provides a very cool atmosphere for golfers vacationing in the Phoenix Area. It is hard to put a finger on what makes this course so alluring.  Course condition is fantastic, the clubhouse is intimate and is decked out in dark wood accents throughout the building and the practice facility makes you feel like you’re at a private club on the east coast. The course layout is very solid but offers little in the way of views and elevation changes. With that being said, the course hosts many professional tournaments throughout the year and holds up against the very best in the valley. Proximity is the key to Southern Dunes not ranking a bit higher, as this course is 1+ hour drive from central Scottsdale.

What they say - “Located in Maricopa, 25 minutes south of Phoenix’s Sky Harbor International Airport, Southern Dunes is a big, bold, 7,300-yard layout and possibly the very best work that Lee Schmidt and Brian Curley have done (Fred Couples consulting). Broad, fescue-framed fairways, artfully contoured bunkers and masterfully crafted undulating greens are framed by unobstructed mountain and desert vistas. Add a green fee that’s less than half of some of Scottsdale’s trophy courses and you have one of Arizona’s best values.” MC

#10 – TPC Scottsdale Stadium
17020 North Hayden Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85255
480.585.4334
www.tpc.com/scottsdale
Level of Difficulty: 6
Awe Factor: 5
Value/Bang for your Buck: 2
Course Layout: 8
Service: 9
Proximity to Prime Hotels, Restaurants and Activities: 4.5

Host to the largest tour event in the world! TPC Scottsdale is a tough course to leave out of a golfer’s bucket list when traveling to Phoenix area. Pristine conditions, great course layout, newly remodeled clubhouse and wonderful practice facilities. All of the aforementioned coupled with a great location right in the heart of north Scottsdale allows TPC Scottsdale Stadium course to make our top 10.

What they say - “Home to the Waste Management Phoenix Open, the best-attended (and rowdiest) stop on the PGA Tour, the TPC Scottsdale Stadium course is nobody’s idea of a beauty queen, but what it lacks in looks, it makes up for in thrills. The island-green, par-5 15th and drivable par-4 17th are two water-tinged, risk/reward greats. For trivia fans, note that the latter is the site of the only ace on a par-4 in PGA Tour history (Andrew Magee, 2001), while the loudest hole in golf, the par-3 16th, reached its zenith in 1997 when Tiger Woods carded a memorable hole-in-one.” AM

#11 – Legend Trail Golf Club
9462 E. Legendary Lane, Scottsdale, AZ 85262
480.488.7434
www.legendtrailgc.com
Level of Difficulty: 6
Awe Factor: 7
Value/Bang for your Buck: 7
Course Layout: 7
Service: 8.5
Proximity to Prime Hotels, Restaurants and Activities: 2.5

Legend Trail is set 2,500 feet above sea level, which keeps the temperature very nice even in the shoulder months. This elevation also is set in the true Sonoran Desert which gets more rain and has a better climate than many courses in the valley. The front nine is a high quality nine, however, offers very little dramatic views or holes. Conversely, the back nine is one of the best public nines in the valley. The back nine offers sweeping views of the valley, ravines and many elevation changes.

#12 -Wildfire Golf Club
5350 E. Marriott Drive, Phoenix, AZ 85054
888.705.7775
www.marriott.com
Level of Difficulty: 6
Awe Factor: 6
Value/Bang for your Buck: 3
Course Layout: 7.5
Service: 8.5
Proximity to Prime Hotels, Restaurants and Activities: 4

36 holes of great golf located in the middle of a JW Marriott resort and next to “City North” complex. The two golf courses differ a bit, as one is a desert layout and the other has more of links feel to it. Both courses are immaculately maintained, and both layouts are highly regarded – Really a cool location and lots to do before and after golf within a couple miles.

#13 – Eagle Mountain Golf Club
14915 E. Eagle Mountain Parkway, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268
480.816.1234
www.eaglemtn.com 
Level of Difficulty: 5
Awe Factor: 7
Value/Bang for your Buck: 5
Course Layout: 6.5
Service: 8.5
Proximity to Prime Hotels, Restaurants and Activities: 4

Eagle Mountain offers 18 holes of great golf and dramatic views of the Phoenix skyline. Eagle Mountain is the only course in the valley that truly offers a panoramic view of the Scottsdale and Phoenix cityscape. The course is a rugged desert layout with much elevation change, which keeps golfers guessing on each shot. Mounding effects throughout the course provide gentle bounces and kicks back into play, rather than out of play. This distinct factor makes Eagle Mountain one of the most playable desert courses in the valley.

#14 - Whirlwind Golf Club
5692 W North Loop Rd, Chandler, AZ 85226
 480.940.1500
www.whirlwindgolf.com
Level of Difficulty: 5
Awe Factor: 5
Value/Bang for your Buck: 4
Course Layout: 7
Service: 8.5
Proximity to Prime Hotels, Restaurants and Activities: 2.5

Whirlwind Golf Club offers 36 holes of pristine golf. Pristine conditions are the predominant feature at Whirlwind, as they are consistently in the top 3-4 courses in the valley. The course layouts are very solid, however, offer very little elevation change or dramatic character seen on many dessert courses. As stated the clubhouse and turf conditions make up for dramatic features. Close to Sheraton Wild Horse Casino and only 20 minutes from Tempe, allows golfers plenty of nearby attractions.

#15 – Talking Stick Golf Course
9998 Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale, AZ 85256
480.860.2221
www.talkingstickgolfclub.com
Level of Difficulty: 5
Awe Factor: 5
Value/Bang for your Buck: 3
Course Layout: 6
Service: 8.5
Proximity to Prime Hotels, Restaurants and Activities: 5

Talking Stick offers 36 holes of pristine golf located on Indian Reservation in the heart of Scottsdale. The course is always in impeccable condition, and design is above average on a flat piece of property. One of the courses is a resort/Parkland layout and the other is a links-style course. A beautiful view of the surrounding mountains, unobstructed by any buildings or homes, makes for an enjoyable experience for any range of golfer. With all of the aforementioned, the star of this course is the location and the best Casino (Talking Stick) in the valley.

What they say - “Though their flat fairways provide less drama than many Valley courses, you won’t find a more artfully crafted set of bunkers in town than at Talking Stick, which sports a pair of Bill Coore/Ben Crenshaw-designed tracks on tribal land, complete with mountain views but thankfully no houses. The North is the more strategic of the two, but the South features more trees, making it a better summer course.” KL

#16 – Gold Canyon Golf Club
6100S. Kings Ranch Rd, Gold Canyon, AZ 85118
480.982.9090
www.weddinsofgoldcanyon.com
Level of Difficulty: 7
Awe Factor: 9
Value/Bang for your Buck: 7
Course Layout: 7
Service: 7.5
Proximity to Prime Hotels, Restaurants and Activities: 1

Gold Canyon offers 36 holes of true desert golf. The Sidewinder course is quirky and unimpressive, but still a nice course for individuals looking for a quality rate. The star is the Dinosaur course, which is one of the best and most dramatic desert courses in the valley. With towering saguaros, deep ravines and vistas of The Superstition Mountains, the Dinosaur course is on one of the best pieces of land in the Phoenix area. Furthermore, the Dinosaur course would certainly rank higher if not for the 1 hour plus drive from Phoenix or Scottsdale.

What they say - “Forty-five minutes east of Phoenix’s Sky Harbor International Airport is Gold Canyon Golf Resort’s Dinosaur Mountain course, a Ken Kavanaugh design that should be mentioned in any discussion of Scottsdale’s best layouts. Home construction in the last decade has detracted from the aesthetics, but the elevation changes, the sheer variety of holes and in-your-face encounters with the Superstition Mountains make this worth the drive, no matter where you’re staying in town.” HK

#17 – Estrella Mountain Ranch Golf Club
11800 S. Golf Club Dr., Goodyear, AZ 85338
623.386.2600
www.estrellagolf.com
Level of Difficulty: 7
Awe Factor: 9
Value/Bang for your Buck: 8
Course Layout: 7
Service: 7.5
Proximity to Prime Hotels, Restaurants and Activities: 0

Mountain is a wonderful Jack Nicklaus Jr. designed golf course set in the foothills of South Phoenix. The design is superb, and the course views are very, very impressive. If not for the 1 hour plus drive from the Scottsdale area, this course would’ve ranked higher on this list.

#18 – Trilogy Golf Club at Vistancia
12575 W. Golf Club Dr., Peoria, AZ 85383
623.328.5100
www.trilogygolfclub.com
Level of Difficulty: 6
Awe Factor: 6
Value/Bang for your Buck: 7
Course Layout: 6
Service: 8.5
Proximity to Prime Hotels, Restaurants and Activities: 2

Trilogy at Vistancia is an 18-hole links style golf course located on the outer edge of the Phoenix area. This location allows for a nice piece of property, set in a beautiful desert surrounding. The golf course is very solid and will test all types of golfers. The clubhouse is elegant and very well equipped for groups and couples alike. The only downside to Trilogy at Vistancia is the location is about 50 minutes from the Scottsdale area and can make for a long drive to and from the course. Conversely, if you are staying near Cardinal stadium or Coyotes stadium, then this course is only a 15-20 drive.

#19 – The Raven Golf Club at South Mountain
3636 E. Baseline Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85042
602.243.3636
www.ravenphx.com
Level of Difficulty: 5
Awe Factor: 4
Value/Bang for your Buck: 6
Course Layout: 7.5
Service: 8.5
Proximity to Prime Hotels, Restaurants and Activities: 2.5

The Raven is an interesting property lined with pine tree and pine straw, which harkens a golfer back to the East coast. The property the course sits on is flat and unimpressive, however, the architect and builders did a great job of mounding and designing the course. The course is superbly designed, without any bad/quirky holes. The course is located about 10 minutes from Sky Harbor airport which makes for a great first or last round for travelers leaving or arriving on their day of play.

#20 – Legacy Golf Resort
7205 South 24
th Place, Phoenix, AZ 85042
866.729.7182
www.shellhospitality.com
Level of Difficulty: 4
Awe Factor: 4
Value/Bang for your Buck: 6
Course Layout: 6.5
Service: 8.5
Proximity to Prime Hotels, Restaurants and Activities: 2.5

The Legacy is located right across the street from The Raven and has a very similar feel. The course is maintained better than The Raven but doesn’t quite offer the layout The Raven offers. The Legacy has a large, beautiful clubhouse and is one of the best-maintained courses in the valley. The course is located about 10 minutes from Sky Harbor airport which makes for a great first or last round for travelers leaving or arriving on their day of play.

#21 – Las Sendas Golf Course
7555 East Eagle Crest Drive, Mesa, AZ 85207
480.396.4000
www.lassendas.com
Level of Difficulty: 10
Awe Factor: 7
Value/Bang for your Buck: 6
Course Layout: 7
Service: 7
Proximity to Prime Hotels, Restaurants and Activities: 2

Let us start by stating Las Sendas is a golfer’s course! It is by far, the toughest course in the valley, which makes for a tricky rating on this ranking chart. Design wise, the course only has a few quirky holes, but is pretty solid. It seems Robert Trent Jones got a bit over his skis on this one, which makes you scratch your head on a few holes and has you licking your wounds after the round. The setting is superb and is set overlooking the West Valley and is a great spot at sunset and at night. Conditions at this course always very good!

#22 – Camelback Golf Course
7847 N. Mockingbird Lane, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
480.596.7050
www.marriott.com
Level of Difficulty: 6
Awe Factor: 6
Value/Bang for your Buck: 4
Course Layout: 8
Service: 9
Proximity to Prime Hotels, Restaurants and Activities: 1

Camelback has 18 holes of resort golf (Padre) and 18 holes of links-style golf. This rating is all about the new course Ambience! This course is set on an unimpressive piece of land; however, the builders and designers did amazing work to transform this course into a real gem. If this was only 18 holes, the overall ranking would’ve been higher as this course is brilliant.  A must see in the springtime when the native wildflowers are blooming.

#23 – McCormick Ranch Golf Club
7505 E. McCormick Pkwy, Scottsdale, AZ 85258
480.948.0260
www.mccormickranchgolf.com

Level of Difficulty: 7.5
Awe Factor: 3
Value/Bang for your Buck: 7
Course Layout: 9
Service: 7
Proximity to Prime Hotels, Restaurants and Activities: 10

McCormick Ranch has 36 holes of championship golf, set right in the middle of everything. Both courses are superbly designed and have zero bad holes. Both courses are also very challenging but fair and are the local golfers' favorite spot. The clubhouse is a bit dated and the course offers travelers not much in the way of the true desert golf experience (saguaros, canyons or vistas). But, if you are looking for a great tree lined/parkland course, with a design second to none, then this is your course.

#24 – Dove Valley Golf Club
7505 E. McCormick Pkwy, Scottsdale, AZ 85258
480.948.0260
www.mccormickranchgolf.com
Level of Difficulty: 6
Awe Factor: 4
Value/Bang for your Buck: 7.5
Course Layout: 8
Service: 8
Proximity to Prime Hotels, Restaurants and Activities: 1.5

Dove Valley is another course set in the Sonoran Desert on the fringes of the Phoenix Area. A Robert Trent Jones design enhances this course’s appeal. The course design is very, very good (especially the back nine) and the conditions are always very good. This course would be rated higher on this scale if not for the location and proximity to homes and other obstructions visible from the course.

#25 - Kierland Golf Club 
15636 Club Gate Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85254 
480.922.9283
www.kierlandgolf.com
Level of Difficulty: 4
Awe Factor: 4
Value/Bang for your Buck: 3
Course Layout: 6
Service: 9
Proximity to Prime Hotels, Restaurants and Activities: 5

The Kierland Golf Club, located at The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, is the perfect place to savor the essence of championship-level golf in the desert. Located in the heart of "new" Scottsdale, Kierland Golf Club is set against the dramatic skies and picturesque mountain ranges of Arizona's beautiful Sonoran Desert, making this a must-play course for lovers of rugged outdoor play. This is one of the country's most luxurious resort destinations, and the three award-winning courses have won numerous distinctions, including being named one of the best courses in America by Golf week and Best Golf Shop 2011 by Golf World.

# 26 - The Pointe Golf Club at Lookout Mountain Golf Club
11111 N 7th Street, Phoenix, Arizona 85020
602.866.6356
www.tapatiocliffshilton.com
Level of Difficulty: 6.5
Awe Factor: 7
Value/Bang for your Buck: 5
Course Layout: 5
Service: 8.5
Proximity to Prime Hotels, Restaurants and Activities: 4

The Lookout Mountain Golf Club is part of the Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort, which has helped the resort become one of Phoenix's most popular golfing destinations. It is consistently ranked as one of Arizona's top 25 golf courses and it is a favorite of local golfers who are in the know. Adjacent to the Phoenix Mountain Reserve, the course tumbles across a rugged landscape that offers plenty of changes in elevation. Many holes play from elevated tees that offer both a challenge and a stunning view of the surrounding Sonoran Desert and Piestewa Peak. A great amount of variety is incorporated into the design, which is most clearly seen in the fairways that range from wide and open to narrow and tree lined.

# 27 -  ASU Karsten Golf Course
1125 West 1
st Street, Tempe, AZ 85281
480.921.8070 
www.asukarsten.com
Level of Difficulty: 7.5
Awe Factor: 3
Value/Bang for your Buck: 5
Course Layout: 7
Service: 7
Proximity to Prime Hotels, Restaurants and Activities: 4

ASU Karsten Golf Course is the birthplace of Phil Mickelson, so there is some history here that cannot be duplicated. Proximity to Central Scottsdale and 2 minutes from Tempe makes for a perfect location. The course itself is a Pete Dye course with some incredibly tough holes. If you like Pete Dye courses and the tricks he plays, this is the course for you. The scenery is spotted with a few power lines and buildings which take a bit away from the course and its offerings.

# 28 – Arizona Biltmore Golf Club
2400 E. Missouri Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85016
602.955.9655
www.azbiltmoregc.com
Level of Difficulty: 5
Awe Factor: 5
Value/Bang for your Buck: 3
Course Layout: 6
Service: 8
Proximity to Prime Hotels, Restaurants and Activities: 4

Arizona Biltmore Golf Club has 36 holes of resort-style golf. Both courses have tree-lined and generous fairways. Centrally located and only 15 minutes from downtown Phoenix, this course is a great site for groups heading to D-Backs or Suns games. Furthermore, there are many world-class restaurants near the resort (Camelback corridor). Both of the 18 holes are very unassuming, but very playable and fun courses. The Links course has more character, but a touch more difficult than the Adobe course.

# 29- Arizona Grand Golf Course
8000 South Arizona Grand Pkwy, Phoenix, AZ 85044
602.431.6488
www.arizonagrandgolf.com
Level of Difficulty: 6
Awe Factor: 8
Value/Bang for your Buck: 7
Course Layout: 6
Service: 9.5
Proximity to Prime Hotels, Restaurants and Activities: 3.5

The Arizona Grand Golf Course has 18 holes of desert/resort style golf. The course is a combination of easy fun holes, coupled with nice desert holes and scenery. There are a few quirky holes and dramatic elevations, which make the course tight in spots and sometimes tough to find good aiming spots. Arizona Grand is located 20 minutes from downtown Phoenix and 5 minutes to Tempe provides quick access to some of the best bars in town. The Staff at AZ Grand is second to none in the valley.

# 30 - The Phoenician Golf Club
6000 E Camelback Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251 
480.423.2450 
phoeniciangolf@troon.com
Level of Difficulty: 6
Awe Factor: 7
Value/Bang for your Buck: 3
Course Layout: 5
Service: 9.5
Proximity to Prime Hotels, Restaurants and Activities: 5

The Phoenician Golf Course is one of Scottsdale's most popular golf destinations. The Phoenician is home to three courses: The Desert Nine, Oasis Nine, and Canyon Nine. The Desert Nine is the most popular course because of its unique layout, awesome desert views, and dramatic elevation changes. The Oasis Nine is a more traditional course, featuring tree-lined fairways and serene water features. The Canyon Nine is the lushest of the three courses. It’s located on the southern slope of Camelback Mountain, offering amazing views of the city and desert-landscaped terrain. Afterward, players can enjoy a post-round bite or meal at one of the resort's award-winning restaurants.

Other Great Golf Courses:

The Estancia Golf Club
27998 N 99th Place, Scottsdale, AZ 85262
480.473.4400
www.estanciaclub.com

Opened in 1995, Estancia is nestled on 640 acres of the northern slope of Scottsdale's famed landmark
Pinnacle Peak in a private, gated community. Honored internationally, the Tom Fazio designed 18-hole championship golf course offers 7,314 yards of superb golf, bent grass greens, and breathtaking views. Ease of play is impressive at 17,000 annual rounds and enhanced by an active caddy program. Estancia is a private club, owned and operated by its members.  Supporting a legacy of ambiance and friendship, a wide array of social-based activities presents numerous options for Estancia members and their guests. Our clubhouse amenities include dining, fitness center, tennis, pickleball and basketball courts, swimming pool, steam room, jacuzzi and massage therapy. Groups meet often for hiking, book club and bridge games.

Whisper Rock Golf Course
32002 N Old Bridge Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85266
480.575.8700
www.whisperrockgolf.com

Whisper Rock Golf Club provides its members with a pure golf environment. It is not a country club in the traditional sense. Rather, it is a private members’ facility focused solely on providing players with the finest traditional golf experience possible and a great ‘hang.’

Membership in Whisper Rock Golf Club is based solely upon sponsorship and invitation and is not tied to property ownership in any way. This allows residents to enjoy the cachet and ambiance of living in a private golf community without the financial commitment generally required to do so while also creating and protecting the core golf experience of the golf club.  The Lower Course, designed by PGA Tour player Phil Mickelson and architect Gary Stephenson, opened in February 2001. It features an exceptional design that emphasizes the “down in the desert” beauty of Whisper Rock’s lush natural washes and rolling desert topography. The Upper Course, created by celebrated designer Tom Fazio, opened for member play in January of 2005. This course highlights the stunning beauty of Whisper Rock’s numerous rock outcroppings and dramatic “uplands.” 

Whisper Rock’s membership is limited to 580 golf memberships for the 36-hole facility. This allows the focus to be on ensuring members the best possible access to their golf course while offering a large enough membership that individual members do not have to “bring their own game.”  Whisper Rock is committed to providing a golf experience and environment that has the chance to stand the test of time.

 

Desert Mountain Golf Course
37700 Desert Mountain Parkway, Scottsdale, AZ 85262
480.595.4000
www.desertmountain.com

Situated on 8,000 acres in the high Sonoran Desert. Tucked into the rolling hills and dramatic scenery of north Scottsdale, Arizona, Desert Mountain is among the finest private golf and recreational communities in the world and is consistently ranked among the top private clubs in the nation. It is the only private community worldwide with six Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Courses, each one designed to offer an individual playing experience at all skill levels. But great golf is just the beginning. A wide variety of amenities, activities and events for every member of the family makes the Desert Mountain lifestyle like no other. Always evolving with new opportunities and experiences, this legendary community defines the ultimate in high desert living.

Mirabel Golf Club
37100 N Mirabel Club Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85262
480.437.1500
www.mirabel.com

This stunning Tom Fazio 7,147-yard, par-71 course is an exceptional example of the outstanding quality, craftsmanship and beauty that are the hallmarks of Mr. Fazio’s global reputation. Above all, he designs to create a unique golf experience for each player that is challenging, enjoyable, and memorable.  Tee boxes, fairways and greens that reveal a dramatic expanse of lush Sonoran Desert and majestic mountain vistas.  Thoughtful design that includes generous landing areas and forward tee positions for golfers from pros to beginners.  The age-old tradition of a caddie program, which places Mirabel among the most prestigious of golf clubs anywhere.  Highly qualified staff ensure a memorable Mirabel Experience every round.  On-Course Chef & Comfort Stations keeping golfers refreshed with complimentary snacks, cold beverages, home-made Mirabel treats and more!

 

Silverleaf Club
18701 N Silverleaf Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85255
480.515.3200
www.silverleafclub.com

At Silverleaf, golf returns to the golden age of its origins. Tom Weiskopf has crafted a signature course like no other for members of the private Silverleaf Club, where play is steeped in the game’s most anointed traditions of challenge and reward. With the par-72 championship golf course winding along 7,322 yards of inspiring terrain, it’s golf as it was meant to be played−rounds hard-fought and won in the spirit of competitive camaraderie.  Its breadth and spaciousness, splendid views and reliance on natural contours result in play that neatly balances the Weiskopf signatures of exciting risk and ample reward.  The par 72 course presents a degree of challenge that all players will applaud. Playability for every skill level is key. Multiple tees offer panoramic views along a course where, at every turn, the dramatic scenery inspires. Members just don’t play the course, they experience it.

Wigwam Golf Course
451 N Old Litchfield Rd, Litchfield Park, AZ 85340
623.935.9414
www.wigwamgolf.com

With three golf courses and multiple dining options from which to choose, The Wigwam is the ideal location for your next charity golf tournament, corporate golf outing or special event.  Are your tournament participants hardcore golfers? Then an outing on our “tough-as-nails” Gold Course would be a great challenge for them.  Or, are your tournament participants new to the game? If that’s the case, we suggest playing your tournament on our shorter, more user-friendly Blue Course.  Or, if you have a mix of new players and seasoned golfers, then our Red Course, with its wide fairways and generously-sized greens, is the perfect course for mixed groups.  In addition to golf tournament planning, The Wigwam offers a full assortment of catering options. Our team of catering experts can work with you and your budget to deliver the product that’s right for you.

The Club at DC Ranch
9290 E Thompson Peak Pkwy #1, Scottsdale, AZ 85255
480.342.7200
www.ccdcranch.com

Designed by Tom Lehman and John Fought, The Country Club at DC Ranch is a wonderful private course at the base of the McDowell Mountains in Scottsdale, Arizona. Spectacular views frame all 18 holes making the course one of the most prime locations in the entire valley. The Country Club at DC Ranch was designed for all levels of golfers. Kids and beginning players can comfortably develop their games, while the more accomplished players can certainly be challenged by the course's length, its deep bunkers and the subtle breaks on the greens. Our members call The Country Club at DC Ranch home. The community, the friendships and the course make this private gem a wonderful experience all around. 

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