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 value/cost for golf is in the top 10 for valley courses.
Golf Course Cities Archives: Phoenix
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 spots and sometimes tough to find good aiming spots. Arizona Grand is located 20 minutes from downtown Phoenix and 5 minutes to Tempe provides quick access to some of the best bars in town. The Staff at AZ Grand is second to none in the valley.
Arizona Grand Course Rating:
1. Level of Difficulty
2. Awe Factor
4. Value/Bang for your Buck
5. Course Layout
7. Proximity to Prime Hotels, Restaurants and Activities
8. Overall Ranking (40 courses reviewed)
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. Furthermore, there are many world class restaurants near the resort (Camelback corridor). Both of the 18 holes are very unassuming, but very playable and fun courses. The Links course has more character, but a touch more difficult than the Adobe course.
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 can have you scratching your head. The location, service and resort really shine at this facility and allow a vacation traveler to enjoy the valley of the sun lifestyle.
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 good. This course would be rated higher on this scale if not for the location and proximity to homes and other obstructions visible from the course.
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 Jones got a bit over his skis on this one, which makes you scratch your head on a few holes and has you licking your wounds after the round. The setting is superb and is set overlooking the West Valley and is a great spot at sunset and at night. Conditions at this course always very good!
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 best maintained courses in the valley. The course is located about 10 minutes from Sky Harbor airport which makes for a great first or last round for travelers leaving or arriving on their day of play.
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 and designing the course. The course is superbly designed, without any bad/quirky holes. The course is located about 10 minutes from Sky Harbor airport which makes for a great first or last round for travelers leaving or arriving on their day of play.
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 golfers. The clubhouse is elegant and very well equipped for groups and couples alike. The only downside to Trilogy at Vistancia is the location is about 50 minutes from the Scottsdale area and can make for a long drive to and from the course. Conversely, if you are staying near Cardinal stadium or Coyotes stadium, then this course is only a 15-20 drive.
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 would’ve ranked higher on this list.