Golfing in Arizona
Without a doubt, Arizona is one of the great golf capitals of the United States. The clear weather and temperate winters make the state a main vacation destination for golfers. There are lesser known public golf courses throughout the state as well as courses well-known throughout the world in Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Tucson. In addition to incredible golf, these cities make available a cosmopolitan experience that can rival any luxury resort in the country.
Tucson maintains golf courses designed by many of the major names in golf history. The La Paloma course was designed by Jack Nicklaus and the Star Pass course was designed by Arnold Palmer. Tom Fazio designed the Ventana Canyon course, situated in the center of the awesome Arizona desert, surrounded by some of the best health spas and spa resorts in the world. Tucson is just two hours from the Phoenix Scottsdale resort corridor where many rentals are available.
Scottsdale offers something for golfers and non-golfers alike. The city is rich with shopping, dining, inns, and a nightlife that is next to none. There has been a substantial arrival of celebrity, money, and business to Scottsdale in the last decade, and so those who have not been in a while would scarcely recognize the city.
Golf in Scottsdale is truly world renowned, with the Troon North Golf Club’s Monument. Troon is a 36 hole golf course and can be a bit expensive for the casual golfer. Of course, for this fee, the greens are kept in excellent condition and rival the most well maintained greens in the world during the winter months. Pinnacle, Grayhawk, and Boulders offer golfers similarly luxurious greens, though at similarly high prices. Among these, Grayhawk is notable for being the site of many professional golfing events, such as the Frys.com Open, which is part of the PGA Tour’s Fall Series.
In addition to these courses, some newly designed courses have been creating buzz in the golfing world. The Saguaro Course at We-Ko-Pa and the recently redesigned Champions Course at TPC Scottsdale should certainly be on a golfer’s list of courses to visit.
Phoenix offers a different experience. After flying into the celebrated Sky Harbor airport, Phoenix is a cultural hub in the state and the region. It is a destination for many convention and business professionals, as well as those earnest about their golf. The Arizona Biltmore’s Adobe Course is one of the oldest courses in the state. For those interested in a completely natural setting, the Raven at South Mountain offers golfers more than 5,000 pine trees and a surprisingly green natural environment for being located in the center of the desert. The Wildfire Golf Club designed by Nick Faldo provides players the feeling of being at a vacation resort while still being situated in the city limits of Phoenix.