Desert courses are rarely walkable, mainly because of great distances between greens and tee boxes, but when Jay Morrish designed Talking Rock, a couple hours north of Scottsdale, he set out to create a walker-friendly layout. With a relatively flat design and minimal distances between holes, Talking Rock is a relatively easy walk. A housing development lines many holes on the front, but the back side is a little more secluded, with holes framed by trees and large, softly-rising bunkers.
Best in State: Ranked 11th, 2013-'14. Ranked 15th, 2015-'16. Ranked 19th, 2011-'12. Ranked inside the top 20, 2005, 2009-'10. Ranked inside the top 25, 2007. Ranked 31st, 2023-'24.
2023-'24 ranking: 31st.