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Phoenix and its neighboring communities are home to nearly 200 golf courses in a variety of styles, and Greater Phoenix is known as one of the top destinations for golf. And for good reason — you can get just about any kind of golf experience imaginable.
From lush Sonoran Desert scenery to the classic green grass and wide fairways located in resorts, remote landscapes, and city-owned courses, here's a few picks for the best golf courses in Greater Phoenix.
No matter which golf course you choose, you'll be getting some gorgeous greens. But if you still want that Sonoran Desert feel, tee off at spots such as Troon North, We-Ko-Pa, and Boulders Golf Club, where civilization feels a world away as you stand next to massive desert rock formations and towering saguaros.
Raven Golf Club skips the saguaros and boasts more than 6,000 mature pine trees along its lush fairways, and The Wigwam Golf Club — which has 54(!) holes — is all parkland, with the courses covered in eucalyptus and pine trees.
If you're looking for a post-round spa treatment, the best golf courses in Greater Phoenix include spots such as the Arizona Biltmore, JW Marriott Wildfire and Gainey Ranch golf clubs, which are part of opulent resorts where golfers can indulge themselves. Even if you're looking for something more laid back golf-wise, you can still find what you need at spots such as The Short Course, a nine-hole course at Mountain Shadows.
Phoenix owns and operates five 18-hole championship courses and three nine-hole courses throughout the city, including Cave Creek Golf Course and Papago Golf Course, the latter of which sits next to the iconic Papago Buttes in Papago Park. If you're a fan of Torrey Pines in San Diego, you may want to hit a few balls in Papago, since it was created by the same person, William Francis (Billy) Bell.
Phoenix is also home to some of the biggest golf tours and events in the country. Amateurs can walk in the footsteps of the pros at TPC Scottsdale’s Stadium course, home of the PGA Tour’s annual Waste Management Phoenix Open, known as the "people's open" and the "greatest show on grass", which sees hundreds of thousands of people attend every year for parties, concerts, and of course, golf. After the Phoenix Open in February, the LGPA Tour comes for the Bank of Hope Founders Cup at the end of March, while the PGA Tour Champions' Charles Schwab Cup returns in the fall.