Golf courses in Scottsdale
Many superlatives have been spent lauding Scottsdale's status as what many
consider the world's consummate golf destination. Little wonder. At last count,
sunny Scottsdale was home to nearly 200 fine public, resort and private courses
designed by some of the best golf architects in the business. From classic, traditional
courses with immaculate greens to desert staging that pits golfers against natural desert
challenges such as boulders and cactus, the choices seem endless.
Quite naturally, then, this land of links also has managed to attract the very best of what
is associated with the sport, from schools to perfect one's putt to the home base of numerous
golf equipment manufacturers. And speaking of home, Scottsdale is the perennial paradise for
legendary tournaments such as the PGA Tour’s FBR Open (formerly called the Phoenix Open) and is
the permanent address for almost 20 nationally known golf pros. While other golf destinations
would consider it a major coup to flaunt just one of these facets, for Scottsdale, being on top
of the game is just par for the course. Location, Location, Location
The diversity of courses in Scottsdale is staggering.
From challenging courses that contour to the desert's natural features to
traditional links with rolling greens, golfers are treated to seemingly endless
options that provide only one problem – where to start. Not only will enthusiasts be
treated to the unblemished greens and challenging holes for which Scottsdale is famous,
but many of the courses are paired with accommodations and amenities such as professional
golf schools and world-class spas that are second to none.
These efforts to provide the best golf experience possible have not gone unnoticed.
Upscale lifestyle magazine, The Robb Report, recently ranked Scottsdale as a top golf
destination, while tapping The Phoenician as a premier golf resort.
Following are just a few of the golf-themed possibilities that make Scottsdale the king of swing.
Named for the majestic boulders that tower over its pristine
Sonoran Desert location, The Boulders’ Resort course
ranks as one of
the finest in the world. Accolades such as Golf Magazine's “Gold Medal” and Golf Digest's “Top 25 United States Resorts” only
serve to confirm what many aficionados already know – when it comes to breathtaking desert panoramas paired with a signature target
golf design, The Boulders reputation is rock solid. The resort's vaunted reputation, combined with the recent addition of The Golden Door Spa,
only add to this coveted cachet.
Among the many “must-play” holes and courses in Scottsdale, there is one standout many golfers speak of
with reverence – number 14 at Troon North’s Monument course.
Voted by Golf Digest one of the “Best 18 Holes You Can Play,” it
is the jewel in the course crown. Its equally famous sibling, the Pinnacle course, also has been named one of the best upscale
courses in the state, as well as one of the top 10 courses in Arizona.
The Grayhawk Golf Club
is home to the Tom Fazio-designed Raptor course,
one of the highest rated public courses in the country, and the artfully crafted Talon
course by David Graham and Gary Panks. Even the most skilled players will find their shot-making pushed to
the edge by holes such as the Raptor’s par-3 Number 8, respectfully known as “Aces & Eights.”
Nestled in the ravines of the McDowell Mountains, the Golf Club at Eagle Mountain
is in harmony with nature as it
winds through box canyons, rolling hills and lush desert valleys. The award-winning course not only provides a
challenging but fair experience on the links, but also is paired with the luxurious Southwest Inn at Eagle Mountain.