Golf in Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Tempe

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Arizona has more golf courses per capita than any other state west of the Mississippi River, making it one of the most popular golf destinations in the United States. The sport is also one of Arizona's major industries, and the greens fee can run from $35 at a public course to more than $500 at some of Arizona's premier golfing spots. New courses seem to pop up routinely: there are more than 200 in the Valley (some lighted at night), and the PGA's Southwest section has its headquarters here.

Municipal Courses

ASU Karsten Golf Course. NCAA champions train at this Arizona State University 18-hole golf course. 1125 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, AZ, 85281. 480/921–8070. www.asukarsten.com. 18 holes. 4765–7002 yds. Par 70. Slope 115–131. Greens Fee: $36–$130. Facilities: Driving range, putting green, golf carts, rental clubs, pro shop, lessons, restaurant, bar.

Encanto Park. There are attractive, affordable public 9- and 18-hole courses at Encanto Park. 2775 N. 15th Ave., Phoenix, AZ, 85007. 602/253-3963. phoenix.gov/parks. 18 holes. 6052–6361 yds. Par 70. Slope 113–114. Green Fee: $25–$43. Facilities: Driving range, putting green, golf carts, rental clubs, pro shop, restaurant, bar.

Papago Golf Course. Phoenix's best municipal course, Papago Golf Course is low-priced and has 18 holes. 5595 E. Moreland St., Phoenix, AZ, 85008. 602/275–8428. papagogolfcourse.net. 18 holes. 5404–7333 yds. Par 72. Slope 121–130. Greens Fee: $15–$75. Facilities: Driving range, putting green, golf carts, rental clubs, pro shop, restaurant, bar.

Public Courses

Gold Canyon Golf Club. Near Apache Junction in the East Valley, Gold Canyon Golf Club offers fantastic views of the Superstition Mountains and challenging golf. 6100 S. King's Ranch Rd., Gold Canyon, AZ, 85218. 480/982–9090 or 800/827–5281. www.gcgr.com. Dinosaur Mountain: 18 holes. 5368–6653 yds. Par 72. Slope 117–143. Greens Fee: $69–$199. Sidewinder: 18 holes. 4064–6533 yds. Par 72. Slope 112–132. Greens Fee: $50–$109. Facilities: Driving range, putting green, golf carts, rental clubs, pro shop, lessons, restaurant, bar.

Grayhawk. This 36-hole course has beautiful mountain views. In summer the greens fee is much lower. 8620 E. Thompson Peak Pkwy., North Scottsdale, Scottsdale, AZ, 85255. 480/502–1800. www.grayhawkgolf.com. Talon: 18 holes. 5143–6973 yds. Par 72. Slope 126/146. Raptor: 18 holes. 5309–7135 yds. Par 72. Slope 124/143. Green Fee: $100–$235. Facilities: Driving range, putting green, golf carts, rental clubs, pro shop, lessons, restaurant, bar.

Hillcrest Golf Club. With 18 holes on 179 acres of well-designed turf, Hillcrest Golf Club is the best course in the Sun Cities development. 20002 Star Ridge Dr., Sun City West, AZ, 85375. 623/584–1500. www.hillcrestgolfclub.com. 18 holes. 5512–7002 yds. Par 70. Slope 120–126. Greens Fee: $27–$55. Facilities: Driving range, putting green, golf carts, rental clubs, pro shop, lessons, restaurant, bar.

Raven Golf Club – Phoenix. Thousands of Aleppo pines and Lombardy poplars at this course make it a cool, shady 18-hole haven for summertime golfers. 3636 E. Baseline Rd., South Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ, 85042. 602/243–3636. www.ravenphx.com. 18 holes. 5759–7078 yds. Par 72. Slope 119–130. Greens Fee: $110–$150. Facilities: Driving range, putting green, golf carts, rental clubs, pro shop, lessons, restaurant, bar.

SunRidge Canyon. East of Scottsdale, SunRidge Canyon is a great 18-hole course for both the low handicapper and those who score above 100. The incredible mountain views are almost distracting. 13100 N. SunRidge Dr., Fountain Hills, AZ, 85268. 480/837–5100. www.sunridgegolf.com. 18 holes. 5944–6823 yds. Par 72. Slope 128–142. Greens Fee: $65–$170. Facilities: Driving range, putting green, golf carts, rental clubs, pro shop, lessons, restaurant, bar.

Troon North. This course is a challenge for the length alone (7,070 yards). The million-dollar views add to the experience at this perfectly maintained 36-hole course. 10320 E. Dynamite Blvd., North Scottsdale, Scottsdale, AZ, 85254. 480/585–7700. www.troonnorthgolf.com. Monument: 18 holes. 5099–7070 yds. Par 72. Slope 118–147. Pinnacle: 18 holes. 4883–7025 yds. Par 71. Slope 116–149. Greens Fee: $99–$295. Facilities: Driving range, putting green, golf carts, rental clubs, pro shop, lessons, restaurant, bar.

Resort Courses

Arizona Biltmore Country Club. The granddaddy of Valley golf courses, Arizona Biltmore Country Club has two 18-hole PGA championship courses, lessons, and clinics. Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, 24th St. and Missouri Ave., Camelback Corridor, Phoenix, AZ, 85016. 602/955-9655. www.arizonabiltmore.com. Adobe: 18 holes. 5417–6428 yds. Par 71. Slope 119–123. Links: 18 holes. 4747–6300 yds. Par 71. Slope 110–125. Greens Fee: $49–$185. Facilities: Driving range, putting green, golf carts, rental clubs, pro shop, lessons, restaurant, bar.

Camelback Golf Club. Summer twilight greens fees are as low as $29 at the two 18-hole courses at the JW Marriott's Camelback Golf Club. JW Marriott Camelback Inn, 7847 N. Mockingbird Lane, Paradise Valley, AZ, 85253. 480/948–1700. www.camelbackinn.com. Padre: 18 holes. 6903 yds. Par 72. Slope 125. Greens Fee: $69–$159. Indian Bend: 18 holes. 7014 yds. Par 72. Slope 122. Greens Fee: $69-$159. Facilities: Driving range, putting green, golf carts, rental clubs, pro shop, lessons, restaurant, bar.

Lookout Mountain Golf Club. This property at the Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs has pristine greens, beautiful mountain views, and one 18-hole, par-71 course. Pointe Hilton at Tapatio Cliffs, 1111 N. 7th St., North Central Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ, 85020. 602/866–6356. www.tapatiocliffshilton.com. 18 holes. 4557–6535 yds. Par 71. Slope 113–135. Greens Fee: $79–$149. Facilities: Driving range, putting green, golf carts, rental clubs, pro shop, lessons, restaurant, bar.

Ocotillo Golf Resort. There's water in play on nearly all 27 holes at Ocotillo Golf Resort, which was designed around 95 acres of man-made lakes. Summer twilight greens fee is $29. 3751 S. Clubhouse Dr., Chandler, AZ, 85248. 480/917–6660. www.ocotillogolf.com. Blue/Gold: 18 holes. 5128–7016 yds. Par 72. Slope 124–133. White/Gold: 18 holes. 5124–6804 yds. Par 70. Slope 118–128. Blue/White: 18 holes. 5134–6782 yds. Par 71. Slope 117–133. Greens Fee: $79–$129. Facilities: Driving range, putting green, golf carts, rental clubs, pro shop, lessons, restaurant, bar.

The Phoenician Golf Club. Set at the base of Camelback Mountain, the Phoenician offers three nine-hole courses in one of the most picturesque settings in the Valley. Summer fees after 11 am start at $39. The Phoenician, 6000 E. Camelback Rd., Camelback Corridor, Scottsdale, AZ, 85251. 480/941–8200. www.thephoenician.com. Canyon/Oasis: 18 holes. 4871–6258 yds. Par 70. Slope 111–131. Desert/Canyon: 18 holes. 4777–6068 yds. Par 70. Slope 107–130. Oasis/Desert: 18 holes. 5024–6310 yds. Par 70. Slope 113–130. Greens Fee: $79–$209. Facilities: Driving range, putting green, golf carts, rental clubs, pro shop, lessons, restaurant, bar.

Tournament Players Club of Scottsdale. This 36-hole course by Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish is the site of the PGA Waste Management Phoenix Open, which takes place in January/February. Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Resort, 17020 N. Hayden Rd., North Scottsdale, Scottsdale, AZ, 85255. 480/585–4334 or 888/400–4001. www.tpc.com. Stadium: 18 holes. 5455–7216 yds. Par 71. Slope 124–141. Greens Fee: $75–299. Champions: 18 holes. 5342–7115 yds. Par 71. Slope 120–140. Greens Fee: $63–139. Facilities: Driving range, putting green, golf carts, rental clubs, pro shop, lessons, restaurant, bar.

Wigwam Golf and Country Club. This country club is the home of the famous Gold Course, as well as two other 18-hole courses. Wigwam Resort, 300 East Wigwam Blvd., Litchfield Park, AZ, 85340. 623/935–3811. www.wigwamresort.com. Patriot: 18 holes. 4791–6001 yds. Par 70. Slope 113–123. Gold: 18 holes. 5885–7430 yds. Par 72. Slope 119–135. Heritage: 18 holes. 5806–6852 yds. Par 72. Slope 118–126. Greens Fee: $109. Facilities: Driving range, putting green, golf carts, rental clubs, pro shop, lessons, restaurant, bar.

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