If you live in one of the colder parts of the country, you have grown weary from all the shoveling. And if you live in a spot with milder winters, well you must at least be tired from sweeping your sidewalk…
No matter where you reside, spring also brings along with it the eagerly anticipated chance to plan a golf trip. But with so many options, where to go?
Today, we are going have a look at the Phoenix, Arizona area.
Boasting more than 300 sunshine-filled days, moderate winter temperatures, and more golf courses than you can shake a 7-iron at, the Phoenix area is truly a golfer’s mecca.
It’s not known as the “Valley of the Sun” for nothing.
So, let’s jump in. And while by no means exhaustive, this list will have you on your way to planning a great trip to Phoenix.
The Must Play
Perhaps unsurprisingly, many Phoenix golf getaways begin with a visit to North Scottsdale and Troon North. If you are looking for the quintessential “desert” golf experience, Troon offers that and more as it takes you on a journey through the Sonoran Desert along picturesque vistas, ravines, and foothills all under the watchful eye of Pinnacle Peak. Perhaps the golf itself is only matched or surpassed by the incredible service the staff at Troon provides in essence making each guest feel like a VIP.
The two immaculately-kept 18-hole Tom Weiskopf-designed championship courses at Troon include the Monument and the Pinnacle.
Offering a tricky, yet thoroughly enjoyable target golf experience, the Monument Course stretches out to more than 7,000 yards from the tips playing to a par of 72. While the track will undoubtedly test you, it encourages and even welcomes creativity and ingenuity. The par-72 Pinnacle Course also reaches over 7,000 yards from the back tees and will not only treat your golf game but also your senses with incredible views, natural flora, and towering saguaros.
Should Definitely Be On Your List
Papago Golf Course (par 72, 7,333 yards): A parkland-style course not too far from Tempe featuring pristine conditioning and the amazing Papago Buttes as a backdrop. Papago is the new home of the Arizona State golf teams.
We-Ko-Pa Golf Club (Saguaro-par 71, 6,966 yards; Cholla-par 72, 7,225 yards): Two incredible award-winning courses sitting on Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation land each offering a refreshing sense of seclusion in a natural desert setting.
SunRidge Canyon Golf Club (par 71, 6,823 yards): Just down the road in Fountain Hills at the feet of the McDowell Mountains sits this picturesque desert course featuring dramatic elevation changes and the diabolical “Wicked 6,” a stretch of six challenging finishing holes that includes two par-5’s, two par-4’s, and two par-3’s – all playing uphill.
Quintero Golf Club (par 72, 7,250 yards): This semi-private course in nearby Peoria, earmarked by lush desert scenery and a rolling terrain, offers a great experience for players of all abilities with its unique and flexible tee system.
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