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Scottsdale/Phoenix Golf Course Top 35 Rankings

Information on each course and rankings have been gathered by local Phoenix Area PGA Professionals.

Scottsdale & Phoenix Area Golf Course Rating & Scale Guidelines

PGA

  1. Level of Difficulty: 1-10: 1 = Easiest / 10 Hardest
  2. Awe Factor: 1-10: 1 = Dud / 10 Amazing
  3. Value/Bang for your Buck: 1 = Lowest Value / 10 Amazing Bargain!!
  4. Course Layout: 1-10: 1 = Dud / 10 Amazing
  5. Service: 1-10: 1 = Terrible / 10 Amazing
  6. Proximity to Prime Hotels, Restaurants and Activities: 1-5:
    1 = Boondocks – 1hr+
    2 = Outskirts – 45+ mins
    3 = City fringe – 30+ mins
    4 = Sweet spot – 20+ mins
    5 = Stumble home – 10 mins or less

#1: Troon North Golf Club

Level Of Difficulty: 8 Level Of Difficulty: 8 Awe Factor: 9.5
Value/Bang for your Buck: 6.5 Course Layout: 9.5 Service: 9
Proximity to Prime Hotels, Restaurants and Activities: 2

Troon North Golf Club offers 36 holes of pristine golf and is undoubtedly the best public golf course in the state. Since being built in the 90’s Troon North has been the flagship of desert golf around the world. Troon North is one of two public golf c …

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#2: SunRidge Canyon Golf Club

Level Of Difficulty: 8 Level Of Difficulty: 8 Awe Factor: 9.5
Value/Bang for your Buck: 8.5 Course Layout: 9.5 Service: 9.5
Proximity to Prime Hotels, Restaurants and Activities: 4

SunRidge Canyon is a hidden gem located just outside of Scottsdale. SunRidge Canyon has the best vistas, golf property and design of any public golf course in the state. At SunRidge Canyon, each hole has a feel of its own and moves with the land, canyo …

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#3: We Ko Pa Golf Club

Level Of Difficulty: 7 Level Of Difficulty: 7 Awe Factor: 8.5
Value/Bang for your Buck: 7 Course Layout: 8 Service: 8.5
Proximity to Prime Hotels, Restaurants and Activities: 3

We Ko Pa Golf Club offers 36 holes of spectacular golf in the middle of the Sonoran desert. Located on the Fort McDowell Indian Reservation provides its visitors unspoiled desert vistas and landscape with zero interruptions from buildings or houses. Ot …

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#4: Boulders Golf Resort

Level Of Difficulty: 6 Level Of Difficulty: 6 Awe Factor: 9
Value/Bang for your Buck: 6 Course Layout: 8 Service: 8
Proximity to Prime Hotels, Restaurants and Activities: 2

The Boulders Golf Resort consists of 36 holes of true desert golf. The South course might be the most picturesque true desert golf course in the valley. The North Course, while not quite as picturesque is a better layout than the South course. The Sout …

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#5: Quinterro Golf Club

Level Of Difficulty: 8 Level Of Difficulty: 8 Awe Factor: 9.5
Value/Bang for your Buck: 7 Course Layout: 8 Service: 8.5
Proximity to Prime Hotels, Restaurants and Activities: 0

Quinterro Golf Club is located approx. 60 miles west of Scottsdale located on some of the best Sonoran desert terrain a person will find anywhere in the world. Elevation, elevation, elevation…..The changes in elevation are breathtaking and consistent t …

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#6: Grayhawk Golf Club

Level Of Difficulty: 7 Level Of Difficulty: 7 Awe Factor: 7
Value/Bang for your Buck: 4 Course Layout: 7 Service: 8.5
Proximity to Prime Hotels, Restaurants and Activities: 4

Grayhawk Golf Club is world renowned and one of the first public, desert golf courses built in the world. Following shortly behind Troon North’s entrance on the desert golf world, Grayhawk built a gem in the North Scottsdale desert. Boasting 36 holes a …

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#7: Verde River Golf & Social Club

Level Of Difficulty: 7 Level Of Difficulty: 7 Awe Factor: 8.5
Value/Bang for your Buck: 8 Course Layout: 7.5 Service: 7.5
Proximity to Prime Hotels, Restaurants and Activities: 2

Hidden gem and value! Verde River Golf & Social Club is perched just outside of the Tonto National Forrest and offers the best vistas in the Phoenix area, bar none! It is a reasonably new development, so there are very few house or structures on th …

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#8: The Raven at Verrado Golf Club

Level Of Difficulty: 7 Level Of Difficulty: 7 Awe Factor: 8
Value/Bang for your Buck: 7 Course Layout: 8 Service: 8
Proximity to Prime Hotels, Restaurants and Activities: 0

Simply put, The Raven at Verrado Golf Club Golf Club is Grayhawk on steroids without the clubhouse. The Raven offers a spectacular course layout and great Sonoran desert terrain. The course is always in immaculate condition and clubhouse is awesome. If …

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#9: Southern Dunes

Level Of Difficulty: 5 Level Of Difficulty: 5 Awe Factor: 5.5
Value/Bang for your Buck: 7.5 Course Layout: 7 Service: 8.5
Proximity to Prime Hotels, Restaurants and Activities: 0

Southern Dunes started out as a private facility in the southernmost tip of the Phoenix area. This private feel is still in Southern Dunes bones and provides a very cool atmosphere for golfers vacationing in the Phoenix Area. It is hard to put a finger …

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#10: TPC Scottsdale Stadium

Level Of Difficulty: 6 Level Of Difficulty: 6 Awe Factor: 5
Value/Bang for your Buck: 2 Course Layout: 8 Service: 9
Proximity to Prime Hotels, Restaurants and Activities: 4.5

Host to the largest tour event in the world! TPC Scottsdale is a tough course to leave out of a golfer’s bucket list when traveling to Phoenix area. Pristine conditions, great course layout, newly remodeled clubhouse and wonderful practice facilities. …

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#11: Legend Trail Golf Club

Level Of Difficulty: 6 Level Of Difficulty: 6 Awe Factor: 7
Value/Bang for your Buck: 7 Course Layout: 7 Service: 8.5
Proximity to Prime Hotels, Restaurants and Activities: 2.5

Legend Trail is set 2,500 feet above sea level, which keeps the temperature very nice even in the shoulder months. This elevation also is set in the true Sonoran desert which gets more rain and has a better climate than many courses in the valley. The …

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#12: Wildfire Golf Club

Level Of Difficulty: 6 Level Of Difficulty: 6 Awe Factor: 6
Value/Bang for your Buck: 3 Course Layout: 7.5 Service: 8.5
Proximity to Prime Hotels, Restaurants and Activities: 4

36 holes of great golf located in the middle of a JW Marriott resort and next to “City North” complex. The two golf courses differ a bit, as one is a desert layout and the other has more of links feel to it. Both courses are immaculately maintained and …

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#13: Eagle Mountain Golf Club

Level Of Difficulty: 5 Level Of Difficulty: 5 Awe Factor: 7
Value/Bang for your Buck: 5 Course Layout: 6.5 Service: 8.5
Proximity to Prime Hotels, Restaurants and Activities: 4

Eagle Mountain offers 18 holes of great golf and dramatic views of the Phoenix skyline. Eagle Mountain is the only course in the valley that truly offers a panoramic view of the Scottsdale and Phoenix cityscape. The course is a rugged desert layout wit …

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#14: Whirlwind Golf Club

Level Of Difficulty: 5 Level Of Difficulty: 5 Awe Factor: 5
Value/Bang for your Buck: 4 Course Layout: 7 Service: 8.5
Proximity to Prime Hotels, Restaurants and Activities: 2.5

Whirlwind Golf Club offers 36 holes of pristine golf. Pristine conditions are the predominant feature at Whirlwind, as they are consistently in the top 3-4 courses in the valley. The course layouts are very solid, however, offer very little elevation c …

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#15: Talking Stick Golf Club

Level Of Difficulty: 5 Level Of Difficulty: 5 Awe Factor: 5
Value/Bang for your Buck: 3 Course Layout: 6 Service: 8.5
Proximity to Prime Hotels, Restaurants and Activities: 5

Talking Stick offers 36 holes of pristine golf located on Indian Reservation in the heart of Scottsdale. The course is always in impeccable condition, and design is above average on a flat piece of property. One of the courses is a resort/Parkland layo …

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#16: Gold Canyon Golf Club

Level Of Difficulty: 7 Level Of Difficulty: 7 Awe Factor: 9
Value/Bang for your Buck: 7 Course Layout: 7 Service: 7.5
Proximity to Prime Hotels, Restaurants and Activities: 1

Gold Canyon offers 36 holes of true desert golf. The sidewinder course is fairly quirky and unimpressive, but still a nice course for individuals looking for a quality rate. The star is the Dinosaur course, which is one of the best and most dramatic de …

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#17: Estrella Mountain Golf Club

Level Of Difficulty: 7 Level Of Difficulty: 7 Awe Factor: 9
Value/Bang for your Buck: 8 Course Layout: 7 Service: 7.5
Proximity to Prime Hotels, Restaurants and Activities: 0

Estrella Mountain is a wonderful Jack Nicklaus Jr. designed golf course set in the foothills of South Phoenix. The design is superb and the course views are very, very impressive. If not for the 1 hour plus drive from the Scottsdale area, this course w …

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#18: Trilogy at Vistancia

Level Of Difficulty: 6 Level Of Difficulty: 6 Awe Factor: 6
Value/Bang for your Buck: 7 Course Layout: 6 Service: 8
Proximity to Prime Hotels, Restaurants and Activities: 2

Trilogy at Vistancia is an 18 hole links style golf course located on the outer edge of the Phoenix area. This location allows for a nice piece of property, set in a beautiful desert surrounding. The golf course is very solid and will test all types of …

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#19: The Raven Golf Club

Level Of Difficulty: 5 Level Of Difficulty: 5 Awe Factor: 4
Value/Bang for your Buck: 6 Course Layout: 7.5 Service: 8.5
Proximity to Prime Hotels, Restaurants and Activities: 2.5

The Raven is an interesting property lined with pine tree and pine straw, which harkens a golfer back to the East coast. The property the course sits on is flat and fairly unimpressive, however, the architect and builders did a great job of mounding an …

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#20: Legacy Golf Resort

Level Of Difficulty: 4 Level Of Difficulty: 4 Awe Factor: 4
Value/Bang for your Buck: 6 Course Layout: 6.5 Service: 8.5
Proximity to Prime Hotels, Restaurants and Activities: 2.5

The Legacy is located right across the street from The Raven and has a very similar feel. The course is maintained better than The Raven, but doesn’t quite offer the layout The Raven offers. The Legacy has a large, beautiful clubhouse and is one of the …

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#21: Las Sendas Golf Course

Level Of Difficulty: 10 Level Of Difficulty: 10 Awe Factor: 7
Value/Bang for your Buck: 6 Course Layout: 7 Service: 7
Proximity to Prime Hotels, Restaurants and Activities: 2

Let us start by stating Las Sendas is a golfer’s course! It is by far, the toughest course in valley, which makes for a tricky rating on this ranking chart. Design wise, the course only has a few quirky holes, but is pretty solid. It seems Robert Trent …

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#22: Camelback Golf Course

Level Of Difficulty: 6 Level Of Difficulty: 6 Awe Factor: 6
Value/Bang for your Buck: 4 Course Layout: 8 Service: 9
Proximity to Prime Hotels, Restaurants and Activities: 1

Camelback has 18 holes of resort golf (Padre) and 18 holes of links style golf (Ambiente). This rating is all about the new course Ambiente…..Fantastic design!! This course is set on an unimpressive piece of land, however, the builders and designers di …

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#23: McCormick Ranch Golf Club

Level Of Difficulty: 7.5 Level Of Difficulty: 7.5 Awe Factor: 3
Value/Bang for your Buck: 7 Course Layout: 9 Service: 7
Proximity to Prime Hotels, Restaurants and Activities: 10

McCormick Ranch has 36 holes of championship golf, set right in the middle of everything. Both course are superbly designed and have zero bad holes on either course. Both courses are very challenging, but fair and are local golfer’s favorite spot. The …

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#24: Dove Valley Golf Club

Level Of Difficulty: 6 Level Of Difficulty: 6 Awe Factor: 4
Value/Bang for your Buck: 7.5 Course Layout: 8 Service: 8
Proximity to Prime Hotels, Restaurants and Activities: 1.5

Dove Valley is another course set in the Sonoran desert on the fringes of the Phoenix Area. A Robert Trent Jones design enhances this course’s appeal. The course design is very, very good (especially the back nine) and the conditions are always very go …

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#25: Kierland Golf Club

Level Of Difficulty: 4 Level Of Difficulty: 4 Awe Factor: 4
Value/Bang for your Buck: 3 Course Layout: 6 Service: 9
Proximity to Prime Hotels, Restaurants and Activities: 5

Kierland is set right next to Kierland commons a wonderful spot for restaurants and nightlife. Kierland is A Troon managed facility located at the foot of a spectacular Westin Resort, so conditions are always perfection. Kierland has 27 holes of resort …

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#26: The Pointe Golf Club

Level Of Difficulty: 6.5 Level Of Difficulty: 6.5 Awe Factor: 7
Value/Bang for your Buck: 5 Course Layout: 5 Service: 8.5
Proximity to Prime Hotels, Restaurants and Activities: 4

The Pointe Golf Club is located in between two foothills, right in the center of north Phoenix. The setting and resort are breathtaking and offer some the best views in the north valley. The course is always very well maintained, but some of the holes …

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#27: ASU Karsten Golf Course

Level Of Difficulty: 7.5 Level Of Difficulty: 7.5 Awe Factor: 3
Value/Bang for your Buck: 5 Course Layout: 7 Service: 7
Proximity to Prime Hotels, Restaurants and Activities: 4

ASU Karsten Golf Course is the birthplace of Phil Mickelson, so there is some history here that cannot be duplicated. Proximity to Central Scottsdale and 2 minutes from Tempe makes for a perfect location. The course itself is a Pete Dye course with som …

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#28: Arizona Biltmore Golf Club

Level Of Difficulty: 5 Level Of Difficulty: 5 Awe Factor: 5
Value/Bang for your Buck: 3 Course Layout: 6 Service: 8
Proximity to Prime Hotels, Restaurants and Activities: 4

Arizona Biltmore Golf Club has 36 holes of resort style golf. Both courses have tree lined and generous fairways. Centrally located and only 15 minutes from downtown Phoenix, makes this course a great site for groups heading to D-Backs or Suns games. F …

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#29: Arizona Grand Golf Course

Level Of Difficulty: 6 Level Of Difficulty: 6 Awe Factor: 8
Value/Bang for your Buck: 7 Course Layout: 6 Service: 9.5
Proximity to Prime Hotels, Restaurants and Activities: 3.5

The Arizona Grand Golf Course has 18 holes of desert/resort style golf. The course is a combination of easy fun holes, coupled with nice desert holes and scenery. There are a few quirky holes and dramatic elevations, which make the course tight in spot …

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#30: The Phoenician Golf Club

Level Of Difficulty: 6 Level Of Difficulty: 6 Awe Factor: 7
Value/Bang for your Buck: 3 Course Layout: 5 Service: 9.5
Proximity to Prime Hotels, Restaurants and Activities: 5

The Phoenician offer 27 holes of pristine resort golf conditions. A Troon managed facility and a 5 star resort guarantee golf travelers from around the world the best service and conditions in the valley. The course itself is a bit quirky in spots and …

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#31: Rancho Manana Golf Club

Level Of Difficulty: 6 Level Of Difficulty: 6 Awe Factor: 8
Value/Bang for your Buck: 8 Course Layout: 3 Service: 8
Proximity to Prime Hotels, Restaurants and Activities: 1

Rancho Manana Golf Club is located in the northern most part of the Phoenix area. This location offers golfers a secluded, intimate experience of the Sonoran desert perched atop 3,000 ft. of elevation. The property Rancho sits on is spectacular and the …

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#32: Longbow Golf Club

Level Of Difficulty: 6 Level Of Difficulty: 6 Awe Factor: 3
Value/Bang for your Buck: 7 Course Layout: 6 Service: 8
Proximity to Prime Hotels, Restaurants and Activities: 1

Longbow Golf Club is named after the famed Longbow Apache Helicopter and facility located directly across the street from the golf club. This course is a very well maintained course located just on the outskirts of Mesa. The course is true desert cours …

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#33: Orange Tree Golf Resort

Level Of Difficulty: 4 Level Of Difficulty: 4 Awe Factor: 4
Value/Bang for your Buck: 8 Course Layout: 7 Service: 8
Proximity to Prime Hotels, Restaurants and Activities: 4

Orange Tree Golf Resort is one of the most playable and enjoyable courses in the valley. The course is set on a flat piece of land centrally located between Scottsdale and Paradise Valley. The course is the epitome of an old school resort course – Shor …

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#34: Stonecreek Golf Club

Level Of Difficulty: 6 Level Of Difficulty: 6 Awe Factor: 4
Value/Bang for your Buck: 8 Course Layout: 8 Service: 8
Proximity to Prime Hotels, Restaurants and Activities: 3.5

Stonecreek is located in north Phoenix/Paradise Valley and is set upon an old creek bed. The design is truly enjoyable and the facilities match the course design. Stonecreek is a really a nice value course for those vacationing to the Phoenix area that …

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#35: Desert Canyon Golf Club

Level Of Difficulty: 6 Level Of Difficulty: 6 Awe Factor: 8
Value/Bang for your Buck: 7 Course Layout: 5 Service: 7
Proximity to Prime Hotels, Restaurants and Activities: 3

Desert Canyon Golf Club is located in beautiful Fountain Hills Arizona, which is just east of Scottsdale. This course offers some of the best vistas and views of any course in the valley. The clubhouse has been recently re-done and the restaurant offer …

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