Arizona is known as a land of sunshine. With approximately 300 days of sunshine throughout the year, Scottsdale is the perfect place to enjoy outdoor activities. And one of the most popular pastimes for Scottsdale residents is playing golf.
Scottsdale and its surrounding cities are filled with gorgeous golf courses for every level of golfer. Whether you’re playing at the ASU Karsten Course in Tempe, playing a more high-tech and temperature comfortable version at Top Golf, or heading north to Fountain Hills to play at the Sunridge Canyon Golf Club, there’s a course that’s perfect for everyone. Stop by the PGA Tours Superstore to pick up some fresh new clubs and cleats before you head out to tee time at one of these top Scottsdale golf courses.
The most famous golf course in town is TPC Scottsdale, the home to the annual Waste Management Phoenix Open golf tournament. Every year, the Phoenix Open brings some of the top golfers and the largest crowds on the entire PGA tour into town for a weekend of fun, food, and entertainment. During the nights after the games, the course becomes home to the Coors LIght Birds Nest nightclub, and holds sold out concerts to golf fans from all over town.
TPC offers two major courses, the Stadium Course and the Champion Course. The Stadium Course well-known par-3, 16th hole is turned into a structure known as the Coliseum during official PGA tournaments. The Champion course is considered to be the more natural of the two, and takes advantage of the natural desert landscape the golf course resides in.
Located in North Scottsdale near Pinnacle Peak is Troon North Golf Club home to two 18-hole golf courses, Monument and Pinnacle, and the Dynamite Grille. This golf course is also nestled in the natural splendor of Scottsdale’s desert landscape, offering some of the most spectacular natural beauty on any course in town.
This fairway is perfect for golfers of all ages and levels, and even offers a Summer Junior Camp every year. Outside of golf, the course offers tasty meals at the on-site restaurant and is a scenic wedding location for Arizona natives ready to tie the knot in some of the most iconic desert scenery available.
Near Kierland Commons, the Westin Kierland Golf Club has been listed by Golf Digest as one of “America’s 9 Most Cheerful Golf Courses.” The course is home to 27 holes among the most geographically varying course in Scottsdale, and offers a slew of instructors, lessons, and clinics for all levels.
After your game, finish up with a meal at Brittlebush Bar & Grille. Or, travel the course on some of Kierland’s most iconic transportation features, including the Segways, multi-seater golf carts, Golf Bikes, and the latest addition, the motorized scooter known as the TurfRider.
Just west of the Loop 101 is Talking Stick Golf Club, found on the Talking Stick Resort grounds. Talking Stick is home to two courses, the more angular of the two, and the Pippassh Course, favored by those who prefer a more straightforward game.
The resort, casino, and golf shop designs are all inspired by location and proprietors of the area, the local Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. The walls and indoor decor are inspired by Native American contemporary and traditional art, and take visitors on a cultural experience unmatched by anywhere else in Arizona. Be sure to stop by in the summer for some of the best weekly pool parties in the Greater Phoenix area.
Located in the heart of the city off of Scottsdale Road and Indian Bend Road is McCormick Ranch Golf Course. Here golfers can find two courses that have been approved for both professional tours and ametuer games.
Both courses, known as the Palm and Pine respectively, offer unique views of the surrounding mountains and have a number of lakes. And in addition to golf, McCormick Ranch is the perfect place to host a variety of personal and corporate events, including weddings, meetings, and conventions. Call ahead to contact them online to learn more about their catering services.
For a more historical experience, consider driving up to Cave Creek and playing a round at Rancho Manana Golf Club. The par 70 championship course is located on the grounds of Rancho Manana Resort, a local favorite hidden on the edge of historic Cave Creek.