Best golf courses in Arizona
From TPC Scottsdale to Seven Canyons Golf Club, Arizona’s collection of courses and the unique dry climate make it a superb destination for a golf vacation.
2. TPC Scottsdale
4. Troon North
5. Ak-Chin Southern Dunes
Saguaro Course, We-Ko-Pa Golf Club
7. Wickenburg Ranch Golf Club
The desert theme at Wickenburg Ranch Golf Club is a celebration of its surroundings yet it also provides a tantalizing challenge. The course, known as Big Wick, opened in 2015 and was designed by Bill Brownlee.
Since opening it has received numerous accolades, the best of which was its number 4 position in Golf Digest’s Top 10 New Courses in North America. With sweeping mountain views, lush, flawless bentgrass greens and pin positions that will demand excellent ball-striking, Wickenburg Ranch is the centerpiece of the Wickenburg community.
8. The Golf Club at Dove Mountain
The Golf Club at Dove Mountain is a collection of three nine’s (Saguaro, Tortolita and Wild Burro) all of which were designed by Jack Nicklaus, and as a visitor you have the choice of which 18-hole combination you would like to play. The venue hosted the WGC Accenture Match Play from 2009 to 2014, where Jason Day won the final edition at the property. Elevation changes are found throughout the courses, with some holes at 3,000 feet above sea level – creating surreal views of the valley below.
The Saguaro is set against the backdrop of a Saguaro cactus forest to the West, while the third hole on the Tortolita marks the highest elevation on the course. Finally, the Wild Burro is Nicklaus’ favorite with beautiful vistas of the Tortolita Mountains.
9. Ventana Canyon Golf & Racquet Club
Surrounded by the Santa Catalina Mountains, Ventana Canyon Golf & Racquet Club is located in a visually striking environment. Tom Fazio is responsible for the creation of two wonderful yet strikingly different courses.
The Mountain is the more picturesque of the two – with the signature third hole sitting at the highest point of the golf club. The Canyon layout will divert you through an alternative route, with the impressive backdrop of the Esperero Canyon always in your eye-line. Both award-winning courses offer generous fairways and beautiful views – a typical evaluation of golf in Arizona.
10. Seven Canyons Golf Club
Seven Canyons Golf Club is situated in the Coconino National Forest, 8 miles north of Sedona in a truly spectacular setting with the course surrounded on three sides by the steeply eroded Vermilion Cliffs. Designed by Tom Weiskopf, the layout blends exquisitely into the natural surroundings.
Jagged cliff faces, ancient pine trees, well-placed bunkers and natural arroyos all play their part throughout the 18 holes. Accuracy, strategic thinking and some risk/reward will help put together a good score. Visually stunning, a day at Seven Canyons is a must if you are in the Sedona area.