The best courses you can play in Arizona
With over 200 courses in the Scottsdale area alone (and plenty more in Tucson), there’s no shortage of desert golf options in The Grand Canyon State. So, how do you pick which layouts to add to your next trip with so much golf to choose from?
Whether planning a golf getaway or looking for a local public option, we’re here to help you narrow down your Arizona golf search. We pulled our panelists’ scores from our most recent America’s 100 Greatest and Best in State rankings to determine the Best Courses You Can Play in Arizona.
Quintero Golf Club
We-Ko-Pa Golf Club: Saguaro
Fort McDowell, AZ
Wickenburg Ranch: Big Wick
Golf Club At Dove Mountain: Saguaro/Tortolita/Wild Burro
TPC Scottsdale: Stadium
Troon North Golf Club: Monument
We-Ko-Pa Golf Club: Cholla
Fort McDowell, AZ
Troon North Golf Club: Pinnacle
Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club
The Boulders Club: South
Grayhawk Golf Club: Talon
Verrado Golf Club: Founders
Ventana Canyon: Canyon
The Boulders Club: North
Verrado Golf Club: Victory
From Golf Digest Architecture Editor emeritus Ron Whitten: Every so often I come across a golf hole so compelling that it overshadows my memory of every other hole on the course. The par-5 18th at The Victory at Verrado is such a hole. It’s a dogleg right from the back tee (590 yards) over an irrigation pond (not really in play for big hitters) to a wide diagonal fairway with a rock escarpment on the left. The second shot is uphill to a green that’s tucked into a box canyon and protected front right by boulder outcroppings. It’s an unusual hole visually, the first hole you see driving up the street toward the course entrance, and it sets the tone for this very unusual course that was built partly on the site of an old Caterpillar Tractor testing grounds where operators learned to shove around chunks of rock using D-9 dozers. Victory is golf on the moon, but with some grass and full gravity, around rockscapes and washes, buttes and canyons.
For the complete review from our architecture editor, click here.