It’s no secret that Phoenix is home to near limitless options when it come to choosing a golf course. While many to choose from, not all are public. Here’s our list of the top 10 public golf courses to help you choose where to tee up next.
Lookout Mountain Golf Club
A great mix of challenging play and stunning Valley views, tee up at Lookout Mountain, conveniently located at Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort. Nestled into the Phoenix North Mountain Preserve, the 18-hole course has been recognized with the Golf Digest Four Star Award nine times and even offers access to the Hilton Golf Academy for players to perfect their game.
Home to the PGA TOUR’s fan favorite tournament the Waste Management Phoenix Open, TPC Scottsdale boasts two championship courses surrounded by the McDowell Mountains. Tee up on the world-famous Stadium Course, designed by Jay Moorish and Tom Weikopf specifically for the tournament or the beautiful Randy Heckenkemper-designed Championship Course for classic desert play.
The Boulders Golf Club
Home to stunning views and located at the Boulders Resort & Spa, The Boulders Golf Club is often considered the most demanding in the Southwest. The award-winning Jay Moorish-designed courses include the 6,811-yard par 72 championship North Course with great views of the Black Mountain and the 6,726-yard par 71 championship South Course with holes that border the iconic boulder formations.
Grayhawk Golf Club
One of Scottsdale’s best public courses, Grayhawk offers two par-72 courses Talon and Raptor. The two offer distinctively different types of play. Generous fairways and deep greenside bunkers make Raptor more challenging yet traditional of the two but Talon boasts classic desert-style golf with multi-tiered greens and box canyons.
Arizona Biltmore Golf Club
Home to two stunning championship courses built in the 1920’s, the centrally located golf club is situated adjacent to the historic Arizona Biltmore resort. The 6,586-yard par-71 Adobe Course is a true parkland golf course that offers a traditional style of play with spacious fairways and numerous bunkers and water hazards. The 6,300-yard par-71 Links Course features desert ravines, rolling fairways and lakes.
Troon North Golf Club
The recently renovated 18-hole Tom Weiskopf-designed courses Monument and Pinnacle are the epitome of classic desert golf. Expect huge greens, large boulders, perched tees, arroyos and desert elements on the 7,039-yard Monument Course, while high-lipped bunkers and mounds characterize the Pinnacle course.
We-Ko-Pa Golf Club
Look forward to stunning views, multi-tiered putting surfaces and elevated tee boxes at these two courses. The Scott Miller-designed Cholla is a classic target-style, desert course while the Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw-designed Saguaro Course leans more traditional with a walkable layout that flows with the land.
Quintero Golf Club
While on the outskirts of town, this Rees Jones-designed course often tops many “must-play” lists. The 7,200-yard course is in a secluded desert location offering dynamic fun for players of all skill levels. Expect strategic bunker placements, generous landing areas and smooth bentgrass greens.
Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club
Designed by Schmidt-Curley Design, Inc. with help from Fred Couples, this course honors the great links-land courses. Golfers will want to use their driver on nearly every hole here due to strategically placed, flashed-up bunkers. But, varying tee placements and well-designed greens means all skill levels will enjoy a round of golf here.
Talking Stick Golf Club
Featuring Coore and Crenshaw Inc.-designed courses, players will have their pick of two different types of play. Golfers can tee up at the O’odham Course which features broad holes and a low profile and is great for those who enjoy thoughtful play. On the other hand, the Piipaash Course is a straightforward course with tree-lined fairways and raised greens for a clear, yet rewarding challenge.