It’s not a huge secret that the Valley of the Sun is home to unending golf course options. With so many to choose from, consider teeing up at one of these that offers some of the best views of the Sonoran Desert landscape.
Troon North Golf Club
If you’re looking for classic desert golf, then tee up at Troon North Golf Club. Located in North Scottsdale near iconic Pinnacle Peak, golfers can choose between two 18-hole courses that wind through the rugged desert terrain. Designed by Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish, the 7,039-yard par 72 Monument is the original course at Troon North and winds through arroyos, washes, saguaros and boulders. The neighboring 7,009-yard par 72 Pinnacle course features a more rocky terrain that’s topped off with a final tee shot aimed directly at Pinnacle Peak.
We-Ko-Pa Golf Club
We-Ko-Pa is located at the edge of town in Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation about 20 miles from Phoenix. Home to two courses, Cholla and Saguaro, golfers can take in plenty of views of the McDowell Mountains, Red Mountain, Four Peaks and the Superstition Mountains. Designed by Scott Miller, the Cholla Course features a typical target-style play and throughout its 7,225-yard layout, players can take in sweeping views, sans homes and buildings. On the other end of the spectrum is the Saguaro course, designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw. Players here will encounter a more traditional style course ideal for walking, with greens near the tee.
Quintero Golf Club
Designed by Rees Jones, this must-play par-5 course has more than 7,200 yards of play from its championship tees. Located in Peoria, the challenging course offers generous landing areas with strategically placed bunkers. With as many as nine tees per hole, Quintero still caters to golfers of all skill levels. Its style is reminiscent of some of the world’s top courses and it’s often ranked among the very best in the country. With frequent elevation changes, a round at Quintero equates to breathtaking views of the surrounding Hieroglyphic Mountains. And don’t be surprised if it feels like you’re at a private club. Quintero formerly served as a private course until it opened up to the public in 2011.
Lookout Mountain Golf Club
For a slight change of scenery, tee up at Lookout Mountain Golf in the North Phoenix Mountains. As a nine-time winner of the Golf Digest Four Star Award, Lookout is home to 18 stunning holes at Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort. With many changes in elevation and many holes starting off from elevated tees, golfers can take in views of the Sonoran Desert and Piestewa Peak, along with the greater Phoenix area.
Gold Canyon Golf Resort
Nestled into the foothills of Superstition Mountains, Gold Canyon is far enough removed from town to be rural, but close enough to easily access. Home to two 18-hole championship courses, the Sidewinder and Dinosaur Mountain, there’s no shortage of views here. Dinosaur Mountain plays 6,583 yards from the back tees but its extreme elevation change adds an extra layer of challenge. Slightly less greuling, the Sidewinder course winds its way through high terrain and desert washes. Both are replete with desert wildlife like jackrabbits and roadrunners and offer panoramic views from nearly every hole.