Located on both our Ocotillo and Saguaro Golf Trails, Scottsdale is a golf mecca! With more than 200 golf courses in the area, and a portfolio of luxury resorts and year-round sunny skies, it’s no wonder Scottsdale is known as The World’s Finest Golf Destination. Check out our picks for Scottsdale’s best golf courses below.
Make sure you pick the right time of year to visit this desert destination! Baseball spring training, sizzling summer heat, and “snowbird season” are just a few things to be aware of when planning your trip. For golf, February – April and November are the best times of year. Great values can be found starting mid-April thru May; before it starts heating up!
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Golfing in Scottsdale brings endless possibilities! With over 200 courses in the area, you can play as much golf as you can manage. Some of the more popular courses are listed below… Just click the arrow to learn more about the courses.
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- Rancho Mañana
- The Boulders
- Sunridge Canyon
- Lookout Mountain
- TPC Scottsdale
- Troon North
- Legend Trail
- Arizona Biltmore
- McCormick Ranch
- Orange Tree
- The Phoenician
- Talking Stick
With two award-winning golf courses set in the thriving Sonoran Desert, We-Ko-Pa Golf Club delivers one of the best golf experiences in the Scottsdale/Phoenix area. Scott Miller designed the Cholla Course, while Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw teamed up to create Saguaro. The results have captivated the golf world ever since opening for public play to much acclaim by industry leading publications such as Golf Magazine, Golfweek and Golf Digest.
Offering breathtaking views of the McDowell Mountains, Red Mountain, Four Peaks and the Superstitions, We-Ko-Pa Golf Club lies on Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation land that will never be commercially developed.
Pronunciations: Saguaro - Sa-war-o
Cholla - Choy-ya
Located in the heart of the Sonoran Desert in historic Cave Creek, Arizona, Rancho Mañana Golf Club features a par 70 championship course with dramatic elevation changes and unspoiled desert terrain. Our stunning, high desert course invites you to match your skills against nature while enjoying the unparalleled and unforgettable surrounding desert.
The Boulders Club, a semi-private country club for members, resort guests, and daily fee players, features a 6,811 yard, par 72, championship North Course and a 6,726 yard, par 71 championship South Course, both designed by Jay Morrish. The Boulders is world renowned as one of the finest golf resorts in the western United States. The courses are considered the most demanding in the Southwest, and are known for their rugged beauty. The course offers 36 challenging holes, golf pro shop, fitness center, restaurant, and a residential home development.
Boulders North Course
The North course, the older of the two courses, features spectacular views of Black Mountain as the course meanders through the Boulders community. Both courses are built right into the desert foothills and offer breathtaking panoramas - including stunning boulder formations, striking Sonoran Desert sunsets and natural desert terrain. Keep your eyes open because desert wildlife is often visible during play. Every day, golfers are surprised to see a bobcat, rabbits, coyotes or a javelina while hunting for a wayward shot. In short, your experience should be a scenic and natural wonder.
Boulders South Course
The South course provides its players with much of the same experience they would find on the North course. The scenic views and desert beauty continue - with even more locations for the perfect KODAK moment. While the North course is the original offering from the resort, many people believe that the South course is the most scenic. In fact, it has holes that go right up into the boulder formations. During your round you will encounter the signature "Boulder Pile" and also "Rosie's Rock", two of the resort's most recognizable rock formations.
Golfers of all ages and levels can test their skills at one of Wildfire Golf Club's two 18-hole championship golf courses. Surrounding both courses are the majestic McDowell Mountains and century-old saguaro cacti, providing a spectacular setting for golfers.
The Palmer Signature Course at Wildfire Golf Club offers scenic and expansive fairways allowing the ball to remain in play even on an errant shot.
The Faldo Championship Course features generous fairways, large greens and 108 deep pot bunkers.
Forecaddies are available with a minimum 2 week advance notice.
Scottsdale Silverado’s par 70, 18-hole championship layout offers a challenging and enjoyable golf experience at an affordable price. Centrally located in Scottsdale, Silverado lures golfers of all skill levels with its undulating terrain, elevated tee boxes and state of the art clubhouse.
Hole #18, a 157 yard par 3, has an elevated teeing area which allows for a great visual view of the hole as well as the most picturesque setting imaginable with the Mummy Mountains serving as the backdrop. Surrounded by water and four well positioned bunkers, this is definitely one of the top par 3 finishing holes in the entire Valley.
Keith Foster designed the par 71 championship golf course in 1995, making use of the course's natural views and natural rugged desert terrain with intertwining fairways, strategically-placed hazards and approach shots to naturally undulating greens. The final six holes are appropriately named the "Wicked Six" for their difficult climb up the canyon and the prevailing wind that challenges golfers, setting up a daunting finish. With the recent enhancements such as our Champion Ultradwarf Bermuda greens and stacked sod bunkers we can offer a Desert Links Golf Experience unique to the Valley.
Lookout Mountain Golf Club at Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort receives distinctions: Golf Digest placed it among the top 450 U.S. public courses, and it regularly features among Arizona's best 25 golf course. It doesn't hurt that the golf club regularly hosts eye-catching affairs like the Harmon Killebrew Invitational, the Royce Clayton Charity Classic and the Phoenix Suns Scramble. The golf course itself offers lush greens that entwine with the Sonora Desert's terrain, which the golf club says it carefully preserves, and features 18 holes of championship golf in tandem with magnificent scenery and plenty of challenges.
Established in 1994, Grayhawk Golf Club features two par-72 golf courses – Talon and Raptor – engineered with their own distinctive personalities. Talon offers a desert-style test of golf that skirts thick stands of Sonoran Desert and box canyons on the way to large multi-tiered greens. Raptor delivers more traditional challenges clearly laid out come-and-get-it style with generous fairways and deep greenside bunkers guarding crowned greens. Both of the highly acclaimed layouts at Grayhawk Golf Club are widely considered to be among the best golf courses in Scottsdale.
The Westin Kierland Golf Club provides three 18-hole combinations. Named after indigenous plant life found on the course; Acacia, Ironwood and Mesquite offer three championship-style nines – each with its own flavor and strategy.
Emerald green fairways are etched into golden-colored desert grasses, sweeping over constantly changing elevations to flawless greens. More than three hundred bunkers guard the way, along with lakes, dry desert washes and strands of desert trees. The signature TifEagle greens offer up subtle contours that challenge even the best players.
The Westin Kierland Golf Club designer Scott Miller, formerly a senior designer for Jack Nicklaus, designed many of the America’s finest courses including Coeur d’Alene Resort Golf Course in Idaho and We-Ko-Pa Golf Club in Scottsdale among many others.
Every year, Quintero Golf Club in Phoenix is ranked among the country’s best golf courses, comparable to the country’s most acclaimed championship courses -- a “must-play” for committed golfers. Quintero offers fresh challenges for scratch players, demanding exacting shots from tee to green.
Located less than an hour northwest of Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport and artfully sculpted from the High Sonoran Desert, playing our Scottsdale golf course, Quintero, is simply extraordinary. Visitors have the option to stay and play in one of the designer-decorated homes located on the grounds of the Club, with units that provide guests with every amenity imaginable, for a carefree, luxurious, relaxing golf vacation.
Woven into the Sonoran Desert with stunning panoramic views of the McDowell Mountains, TPC Scottsdale showcases 36 holes of inspiring golf and upscale amenities that let everyday golfers experience “a day in the life” of a PGA TOUR player. As Arizona’s professional golf headquarters, TPC Scottsdale offers an unparalleled sporting experience. The club boasts two championship courses and 36 professional-level holes – including the world famous Stadium Course, designed by Jay Morrish and Tom Weiskopf, and the newly-renovated Champions Course, crafted by Randy Heckenkemper.
The Stadium Course
Home to the PGA TOUR’s fan-favorite Waste Management Phoenix Open, The Stadium Course at TPC Scottsdale has hosted some of contemporary golf’s greatest moments since opening in 1986. The course was designed by Jay Morrish and Tom Weiskopf specifically to serve as the stage for the tournament – what’s now become the largest spectator golf event in the world.
The Champions Course
Rivaling its famous sister course in both beauty and playability, the Randy Heckenkemper-designed Champions Course offers an ideal desert golf experience. Built on the former site of TPC Scottsdale’s Desert Course, the layout was completely revamped in 2007 to flow seamlessly within the naturally rugged terrain, meandering between natural ravines and through picturesque foothills.
Troon North Golf Club stands as a hallmark of the Scottsdale desert golf experience with two 18-hole courses stretching through the natural ravines and foothills in the shadows of Pinnacle Peak. Giant granite boulders lie strewn across the rugged landscape of Arizona’s Sonoran Desert, where Troon North Golf Club combines iconic golf with the visual sensation of desert landscape, providing a standard unmatched in the American Southwest.
Revered as Scottsdale’s crown jewel, the challenge, visual sensation, and special ambiance of Troon North sets the standard by which all other courses are measured. The immaculately groomed fairways, bentgrass greens and exceptional customer service create the renowned Troon Golf Experience. Troon North’s Monument and Pinnacle courses consistently rank at the top of every golfer’s must-play list. Recent course renovations by original designer and British Open Champion Tom Weiskopf have created two new layouts that bring his original concept to life. Golfers in search of the classic desert golf experience are returning to Troon North Golf Club again and again to enjoy Weiskopf’s true vision. Whether you’re playing for the first time or a regular at Troon North, these two Scottsdale courses in sunny Arizona offer golf connoisseurs the best in desert golf!
When the architect Rees Jones created the golf course at the Legend Trail Golf Club, he created a golf course that brings out the Old West-style air of Scottsdale and a fun and testing golf course with greens made of bent grass. It's a premium golf course smack dab in the Sonora Desert.
The golf course at the Legend Trail Golf Club features broad fairways, diminutive bunkering and tees placed on islands, and has been called one of the Top 100 golf courses by Golf Magazine. The magazine also gives Legend Trail 4.5 stars out of five among its Best Places to Play, and has one of the Top 100 Woman-Friendly Fairways, according to Golf For Women magazine. MoneyInc. also ranks Legend Trail Golf Club as the #6 best course in Scottsdale, AZ. Panoramas include local sites like Pinnacle Peak, and a round at Legend Trail Golf Club gives all levels of golfer several different shot-making options.
The Links and The Adobe Courses
These Phoenix golf courses are located in the heart of the Phoenix Mountain Preserve, the Arizona Biltmore Golf Club is as convenient as it is exclusive. Adjacent to the legendary Arizona Biltmore Hotel and Resort, these two storied golf courses stand as testimony to some of the greatest golf outings in all of Arizona.
With U.S. Presidents, Foreign Leaders, Hollywood celebrities, and yes, millions of individuals from Arizona and even afar will recall their own memorable memories of the two golf courses. Learn more about Arizona Biltmore’s history.
An oasis in the desert, the Palm Course offers panoramic mountain vistas beyond vast, sparkling lakes. Course Designer Desmond Muirhead created a classic in 1972. Water comes into play on 10 holes, and the signature hole number 9 has been featured in Golf Illustrated’s Top 18 Water Holes of America. The Palm Course has been a destination on the Canadian Tour, previously hosting the Scottsdale Swing.
A desert oasis located in what was once an orange grove, the Orange Tree Golf Club is one of Arizona’s finest luxury golf vacation destinations. Recently awarded a Green Award for the Scottsdale Green by Design Award from the Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Orange Tree Golf Club has been recognized by the community for its green efforts in reducing non-recyclable waste, reducing water usage and implementing a recycling program on property.
In contrast with all other Scottsdale Golf Group courses, Orange Tree offers a Midwest landscape where the terrain is relatively level with very tall mature trees and great views of Camelback Mountain. The course began in the late 50’s and since has grown into a fun well known track as well as a newly remodeled driving range with some of the best turf to hit on, two putting greens as well as two short game areas where one can practice or get a lesson. With all the trees and 110 acres of turf, Orange Tree is the ideal golf course to play in during the hot Arizona summer months as one can gain temporary relief from the sun.
The Starfire Golf Course (formerly Scottsdale Country Club) is located in the heart of Scottsdale, AZ. Starfire is a daily fee public golf course that provides an exceptional golf experience at an affordable price. Starfire is proud to offer 27 holes situated on our 3, 9 hole layouts (King, Hawk and Squire). The Hawk was an original Arnold Palmer design, and Mr. Palmer also redesigned the existing King and Squire layouts.
JW MARRIOTT SCOTTSDALE CAMELBACK INN RESORT & SPA, offers 36 holes of championship golf on the Ambiente and Padre courses. Camelback Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona, offers one of the most spectacular golf experiences in the Southwest – just as you would expect at one of the country's most decorated resorts.
After a 10-month redesign, the new Phoenician Golf Course has reopened as an outstanding facility for golf enthusiasts. Using previously existing fairway corridors to reroute the course and develop new holes with re-contoured fairways as well as rebuilt and resurfaced green complexes, Architect Phil Smith transformed the previous 27-hole facility into a cohesive 18-hole golf course with a natural rhythm and flow.
Everything is in front of the golfer, with no surprise bunkers or blind hazards. Showcasing the unique beauty of Arizona’s Sonoran Desert, the course plays to a par 71 and offers four sets of player-friendly tees, ranging from 4,594 yards from the forward tees to 6,518 yards from the championship tees. Complementing it are The Phoenician Golf Shop, locker rooms and 19th Hole dining venue, which were all renovated and expanded.
Having opened in 1998, both the O’odham and Piipaash golf courses (formerly North and South courses) were designed by the design team of Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw. The O’odham (North) Course is a links style adventure through grasslands and ingenious bunkering, while the Piipaash (South) Course is a more traditional layout with its tree-lined fairways, creative water hazards and smaller, sloped greens, showing that even our golf courses are so much more than common.
O'odham: ah-awesome - means pima (river) - previously the North course
Piipaash: pa-pash - means maricopa (toward the river) - previously the South course