Arizona, homeland of desert golf vacations

Nestled in Arizona's iconic American Frontier, discover the ultimate golf destination. Renowned for desert golf, Arizona offers breathtaking mountain ranges, endless blue skies, and pristine courses. Scottsdale, a golfing hotspot, boasts top-tier courses and luxury resorts like The Westin Kierland and Boulders.

Explore our customizable Arizona golf packages for an unforgettable getaway. Whether you choose Downtown Scottsdale for vibrant nightlife or embrace the desert's tranquillity, there are enough options to cater to any sort of trip. Craft lasting memories on the greens with our Arizona golf trips and vacations. Elevate your golfing experience amid Arizona's beauty, where each moment is a stroke of perfection.

Why book an Arizona golf package?

  • Play world class desert courses in Scottsdale, Arizona’s premier destination
  • Enjoy a visit to TPC Scottsdale, home to the Waste Management Phoenix Open
  • Escape the winter cold to this stunning desert oasis
  • Plenty to see & do, including a day trip to the Grand Canyon
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Best golf courses in Arizona

Arizona, dominated by its desert landscape, may not seem like an obvious golf haven, but the reality is quite the opposite. With over 300 high-quality golf clubs and a wealth of top-notch accommodations statewide, Arizona has become a golf vacation hotspot.

At the heart of Arizona's golf scene are Scottsdale and Phoenix, which are particularly appealing destinations. Scottsdale’s challenging courses set the stage for a satisfying round. Pheonix has a golf passion that runs deep in this region. The Phoenix Open, boasting the highest attendance in PGA TOUR history, and the alma mater of Phil Mickelson, Arizona State University, underscoring the state's golfing pedigree.

Arizona is the ultimate destination for golf enthusiasts. Wondering about the best golf courses in Arizona? Explore our curated list of top 5 golf courses for your Arizona golf trip.

  1. Gray Hawk

Grayhawk Golf Club boasts two distinct and high-quality courses. The Talon, designed by Graham & Parks International in 1994, showcases a true desert theme with deep box canyons on the back nine and wastelands that challenge off-target shots. In contrast, the Raptor, envisioned by Tom Fazio a year later, is the preferred choice. It offers a more traditional golf experience with generous fairways yet presents challenges through deep greenside bunkers and strategically placed water hazards throughout the course.

  1. TPC Scottsdale

Nestled in the Sonoran Desert, TPC Scottsdale boasts two remarkable courses: the Stadium, host to the Phoenix Open, and the Champions. The Stadium, a classic desert-style course, is meticulously maintained to PGA TOUR standards, featuring fast greens and lush fairways. Its signature hole, the par-3 16th known as "The Coliseum," becomes the only fully enclosed hole on the PGA TOUR during tournament week with huge grandstands which make up a lively atmosphere.

  1. Quintero

Crafted meticulously from a portion of the densely vegetated Arizona desert, the Quintero course is often hailed as one of the most genuine playing experiences in the Southwest. Designed by Rees Jones, the course features thoughtful bunkering and multi-tiered bentgrass greens, providing a challenging yet equitable golfing experience. The panoramic views of the rugged, mountainous desert terrain further enhance the overall enjoyment of the course.

  1. We-Ko-Pa

Situated on Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation land, We-Ko-Pa Golf Club is dedicated to preserving the natural landscape, protected against commercial development. The Cholla and Saguaro courses, both highly acclaimed, offer unique golfing experiences. Saguaro, designed for walking, enhances the challenging layout, seamlessly carved into the natural landscape with elevation changes and picturesque mountain views throughout the round.

  1. Ak-Chin Southern Dunes

Ak-Chin Southern Dunes sprawls across 320 acres of the Ak-Chin Indian Reservation, showcasing stunning 360-degree views of Arizona's expansive desert. Designed by Brian Curley and Fred Couples in Australian Sand Belt style, this once-private club, now community-owned, is a regular U.S. Open qualifying site. A prime example of desert golf, Ak-Chin Southern Dunes offers a challenging experience on historically significant land, making it a must-play for those seeking both golfing thrills and rich history.

The best stay & play resorts in Arizona

Experience luxury and golf seamlessly intertwining at Arizona's stay-and-play packages. Set against the picturesque desert backdrop, these resorts offer a golfer's dream, featuring top-notch accommodations and access to impeccably designed courses.

From renowned fairways to upscale rooms, Arizona's stay-and-play resorts create an unforgettable golf experience. Whether you seek challenging rounds, stunning views, or relaxation, these destinations cater to both avid golfers and those looking to unwind in a scenic oasis.

Explore our list of the best resorts in Arizona.

1. Boulders Resort & Spa

For a five-star Arizona escape, choose Boulders Resort & Spa, 25 miles north of Scottsdale in Carefree. Spanning 1300 acres, this luxurious property offers 200+ accommodation options, including casitas, suites, and villas. Rooms feature modern southwestern décor, fireplaces, patios, and stone showers. Play Jay Morrish-designed golf courses at the Boulders Club—the 6,950-yard North Course and scenic 6,900-yard South Course alongside boulder formations. On-site amenities include tennis, pickleball courts, and a refreshing pool for a perfect post-golf retreat. Boulders Resort & Spa ensures an unforgettable luxury stay in Arizona.

2. Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa

For a convenient city stay & play golf package, choose the Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa, just 5 miles north of Scottsdale. This spacious resort offers nearly 500 rooms, with options to upgrade to suites or casitas for added comfort. All accommodations feature balconies, king or two queen plush beds and large-screen TVs. The resort boasts three distinct Benz & Poellet-designed courses: the Lakes Course, Dunes Course, and Arroyo Course. Each course presents a unique challenge with its layout. The Lakes Course features water hazards on eight of the nine holes, wide fairways, large greens, and lush greenery, providing a refreshing contrast to the desert surroundings.

3. The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa

Just 5 miles north of Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort, discover The Westin Kierland Resort, a stunning four-star property offering over 700 rooms, a 27-hole golf course, spa, and on-site restaurants. Luxury accommodations range from traditional guest rooms to suites and casitas, all featuring mountain, resort, or pool views. Each room is well-appointed with a Westin comfortable bed, flat-screen TV, mini-fridge, and complimentary WiFi. For golf enthusiasts, the 27-hole Westin Kierland Golf Club is conveniently on-site, providing a seamless stay-and-play experience. Like Gainey Ranch, Kierland Golf Club features three 9-hole courses, each designed by Scott Miller, offering unique layouts and challenges.

4. We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort

We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort, situated in the Sonoran Desert near Scottsdale, Arizona, celebrates its one-year milestone as a premier destination for gaming and entertainment. With a perfect blend of modern luxury and Native American culture, the resort offers a top-notch casino experience featuring a variety of slot machines, table games, and poker. Guests can enjoy fine dining, luxurious accommodations, and world-class golf courses.

Our experts say...

"The weather is ideal for golf from November through to March with average highs of 74 °F, and this is the time to enjoy the courses at their best. You’ll catch a price break at the end of the year, with January to March then becoming peak season. Summers get very hot, however, hotel and golf prices are seriously reduced at this time of year."

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Golf travel tips for Arizona

Best months for golfing weather:

January to April

Best months for value:

April, May & November

Most popular months:

February & March

Our experts recommend:

May & November

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Off the course on an Arizona golf vacation

Beyond the fairways, Arizona offers a diverse array of off-course activities to enhance your visit. Explore the stunning landscapes with hikes in the picturesque desert, discovering hidden canyons and breathtaking vistas. Immerse yourself in the rich cultural scene by visiting art galleries or experiencing Native American heritage at tribal museums.

Indulge in world-class dining in vibrant cities like Scottsdale, savoring southwestern cuisine with a mix of flavors. For a more relaxed day, unwind in luxurious spas, receiving treatments with a desert backdrop. Arizona provides a captivating experience beyond the golf course.

  • Tombstone

Tombstone, Arizona, embodies the Wild West's spirit, immersing visitors in frontier tales. Known for the historic O.K. Corral gunfight, this iconic town preserves its 19th-century charm with wooden boardwalks, saloons, and cowboy culture. Stroll through dusty streets, witness reenactments, and explore landmarks like the Tombstone Courthouse and Boothill Graveyard for a glimpse into the town's past. From the infamous Bird Cage Theatre to Western-themed events, Tombstone offers a condensed yet captivating journey into the untamed spirit of the Wild West.

  • Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon, located just a 3-hour drive from Scottsdale, an awe-inspiring natural wonder, reveals Earth's geological history through its vast, multicolored landscapes carved by the Colorado River over millions of years. Stretching over 277 miles and reaching depths of up to a mile, the canyon's layers of rock tell a captivating tale of time. Visitors can marvel at its breathtaking panoramic views from the rim, showcasing the intricate details and sheer magnitude of this remarkable creation. Whether at sunrise or sunset, the Grand Canyon evokes a sense of wonder and reverence for the forces of nature.

  • Monument Valley

Monument Valley, a captivating masterpiece of nature, boasts iconic red sandstone buttes and mesas that rise dramatically from the Arizona-Utah border. This sacred Navajo Nation site has served as the breathtaking backdrop for countless Western films, creating an instantly recognizable landscape. Visitors can embark on guided tours led by Navajo guides, exploring the valley's mystical terrain and learning about its rich cultural significance.

  • Antelope Canyon

Antelope Canyon, a surreal slot canyon near Page, Arizona, is a mesmerizing display of nature's sculptural brilliance. Carved by wind and water over centuries, the smooth, flowing sandstone walls create a stunning interplay of light and shadow. Guided tours navigate visitors through the narrow passages, revealing intricate patterns and ethereal beams of sunlight that cascade onto the canyon floor. Antelope Canyon is a must-visit destination.

  • Route 66

Route 66, often dubbed the "Main Street of America," is an iconic highway that winds through the heart of the United States, connecting Chicago to Los Angeles. This historic route, immortalized in songs and literature, captures the spirit of American road trips and the allure of the open road. Traveling along Route 66 allows explorers to witness a tapestry of landscapes, quirky roadside attractions, and vintage Americana. From diners and motels frozen in time to nostalgic neon signs, each mile tells a story of the nation's past. Today, Route 66 stands as a symbol of adventure, offering a nostalgic journey through the cultural and scenic tapestry of America's heartland.

  • Scottsdale City

Nestled in the Sonoran Desert, Scottsdale, Arizona, seamlessly blends natural beauty with urban sophistication. Known for its vibrant arts, upscale shopping, and renowned golf courses, Scottsdale offers diverse experiences. The city's iconic saguaro cacti and Old Town's historic charm add unique character, complemented by luxurious resorts and spas for relaxation. Scottsdale is a distinctive destination where desert allure meets modern elegance, offering a perfect balance of outdoor exploration, upscale shopping, and culinary delights.

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