Mention that you’re planning to golf in Phoenix anytime June to August and you’re likely to get a few people questioning your sanity. But as I showed in a few posts last summer, summertime golf in Phoenix is actually something to take advantage of. Get up with the sun, slather on the sunscreen, get a jumbo ice water, and tee it up and some of Phoenix’s finest courses for a fraction of their peak season rates.
Out of all the good deals at courses during the summer, one of the best is at the Arizona Biltmore Golf Club at the Arizona Biltmore resort. Just a few weeks ago, my buddies and I teed it up at 7:00 on a Sunday morning — prime time for summer golf — for just $25. Even the non-Arizona resident rates are only in the $32-36 range this time of year. And no, you don’t have to play when the temps go past 100 degrees to get that rate. Check out the weather on the day we played, a typical July morning:
As if the $25 price tag and morning temperatures weren’t enticing enough, the two courses at the club are worth any golfer’s time. The Adobe 18 dates back to 1928 and is a traditional parkland course. Though the course’s fairways are generously wide and may seem a tad plain at first glance, the course’s personality shines through as you make your way around. Bunkers, lakes, mounding, and towering trees all provide a bit of a challenge while still making for a very playable course. If your game does go awry that day, there are always the views of nearby Piestewa Peak to enjoy.
My favorite of the two courses, and the one I played recently, is the Links. The Links 18 features more challenges such as tighter fairways and doglegs that need to be taken into account, but it’s still a scoreable course. My favorite part of the Links track is the stretch of holes from 13-17 that play against the backdrop of Piestewa Peak. Get your camera ready for panoramic views of downtown, Camelback Mountain and Piestewa Peak from the course’s signature hole, the par-3 15th.
The summer season still runs for several weeks until overseeding begins and rates head up for the fall season. The course uses a dynamic pricing system so rates vary, but $25-$36 is the range you’re likely to find this time of year. The course’s Adobe Grill is a popular spot for golfers and non-duffers alike and offers quality breakfast and lunch options. The pro shop is currently undergoing renovation, but they are still offering a limited retail selection.
Arizona Biltmore Golf Club
2400 E Missouri Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85016