This guide to Golf Courses and Resorts in Arizona is designed to provide you with access to all the information you need to successfully plan your golf vacation in Arizona. The opportunities for great golf in Arizona are as diverse as they are numerous. Only Florida offers more. Every major golf course designer from Pete Dye to Jack Nicklaus is represented in one form or another. Arizona’s golf courses and resorts are almost all located among some of the most scenic topography in the world: sweeping desert landscapes, rugged mountains, box canyons, vast tracts of giant Saguaro cacti, glittering lakes, unbelievable sunsets, and the eye-popping emerald green ribbons of the fairways set against the golden desert sands.
If you’ve ever visited one of these desert venues, you’ll know exactly what I mean. Arizona is a world of long, hot, dry days, cool clear evenings, mountain ranges and painted deserts; these are the images that come to mind when we think about playing golf in Arizona. But there's more, much more: Arizona is home to some of the most luxurious golf resorts and spas in the world: thus we have all the ingredients present for a grand golf vacation.
There are a half-dozen centers upon which the golf vacation industry has built its packages. These include Scottsdale, Phoenix and Tucson. There are more, of course, but these are the three locations most accessible to interstate and international travelers, and also where some of the finest golf courses in the US are to be found.
Scottsdale has much to offer the wandering golfer. Several world-class resorts with spectacular golf courses, along with weather that makes golf a year-round pastime, makes Scottsdale on of the premier destinations in the US.Where to Play Golf in Scottsdale
- The Boulders Resort & Golden Door Spa, Scottsdale, Arizona
- Camelback Inn, A JW Marriott Resort & Spa
- Orange Tree Golf Resort, Scottsdale
- The Phoenician at Scottsdale
- The TPC Scottsdale Champions Course
- The TPC Scottsdale Stadium Course
Even though I have listed Phoenix separately from Scottsdale, they are really one-and-the-same. Both are served by Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and both are less than 30 miles apart as the crow flies.Where to Play Golf in Phoenix
Gold Canyon is some 35 miles from Phoenix in the High Sonoran Desert and in the foothills of the Superstition Mountains.
Tucson is a true desert environment, and the golf courses there reflect that. The majestic Santa Catalina mountains and incredible desert sunsets provide the perfect setting for an ideal golf getaway. Lush green grass fairways contrast the stark desert landscape in a land where the sun almost always shines. In fact, they claim more days of sunshine than any other city in the United States and even in mid-winter the temperature rarely dips below freezing.Where to Play Golf in Tucson
- The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain
- Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort – Tucson, AZ
- The Arizona National Golf Course - Tucson - Arizona
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