Destination: Arizona

Perhaps the biggest misconception is that Arizona is nothing more than a large desert. And while the Sonoran Desert with its majestic saguaros certainly dominates the landscape, the Grand Canyon State offers so much more, including mountains, rivers, big-time sports, skiing and great golf.

For golf there are three main regions - Phoenix/Scottsdale, Tucson and Northern Arizona. The Phoenix/Scottsdale region has more than 200 golf courses, arguably making it the golf capital of the United States. With Phoenix now the fifth-largest city in the United States (and climbing) and Scottsdale one of the country's top tourist and retirement destinations, the area has something for everyone.

The Phoenix area (as well as Tucson) is the spring training home to nearly a dozen Major League Baseball teams, and the city is also the regular-season home of the Arizona Diamondbacks, the NFL's Arizona Cardinals and NBA's Phoenix Suns.

The area is also rich in Native American heritage, as evidenced by its restaurants, resorts and even golf courses, some of which are owned and operated by local tribes.

With the PGA Tour's Waste Management Open being played at the TPC Scottsdale Stadium Course, the area is loaded with great venues, which are heavily overseeded in the fall to produce pristine playing conditions. Setting the standard in the area is Troon North, which features a pair of Tom Weiskopf designs that were recently improved through rerouting and a few other cosmetic improvements. Venues such as We-Ko-Pa and Grayhawk are usually at the top of everyone's desert golf course lists as well. The Phoenix area is also home to the always-affordable, Pete Dye-designed Karsten Course on Arizona State University campus in Tempe, and the classic William Bell-designed Papago Golf Course, which recently underwent a complete facelift, bringing better views of the wonderful Papago Buttes next to the course.

In Peoria, less than 30 minutes northwest of Phoenix, lies Trilogy Golf Club at Vistancia, the only golf course in Arizona to receive a coveted five-star rating from Golf Digest.

Further south in the Tucson area, you get a little different experience. The name Tucson is derived from the a Native American word for "spring at the foot of black mountain," which is just southwest of downtown. Tucson is also home to Arizona's "other" national park. Saguaro National Park, one of the country's newest, is second only to the Grand Canyon in number of annual visitors. The city is also known as great bicycling and spa location.

In nearby Marana, the WGC Accenture Match play is conducted at the Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain, which has 27 holes of Jack Nicklaus signature golf. But Tucson golf has always had a good golf reputation. Its municipal system is considered one of the best in the country, and venues such as Tucson National (former home of the Tucson Open), The Golf Club at Vistoso, The Lodge at Ventana Canyon, The Westin La Paloma Resort, and Tubac Golf Resort and Spa are but of few examples of the area's outstanding golf offerings.

Northern Arizona, of course, is a totally different world than Tucson and Phoenix. During the late fall through spring, it is skiing, not golf that dominates the landscape. But when the snow starts to melt, golf courses from Prescott to Flagstaff provide an affordable and cooler alternative to the rest of the state.

Sedona Golf Resort, for example, is a terrific Gary Panks design with views of the surrounding red rocks that will make you forget what you shot. And as you make your way toward Flagstaff, the desert seems to disappear and the Rockies take over, giving you more of a tree-lined Alpine feel. Courses such as the Hale Irwin-designed Prescott Lakes Golf Club and the 36 holes at Antelope Hills near Prescott provide the perfect environmental contrast to Phoenix and Tucson.

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Destination: Scottsdale

Scottsdale, Arizona is one of the largest cities in the Valley of the Sun with nearly 250,000 residents, and golf has played a large part in its rapid expansion over the past three decades. Annually, visitors and residents play 12 million rounds on 51 Scottsdale courses. The city includes some of the nation's best public and resort courses and many of the top multi-course facilities in Arizona.
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Mojave Resort Golf Club
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Laughlin $55 - $104
Club West Golf Course
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Phoenix 15
Superstition Mountain Club - Prospector Course
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Apache Junction $120
Casablanca Resort & Casino
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Mesquite 53
Palms Golf Club
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Littlefield 48
Western Skies Golf Club
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Gilbert 19
Ventana Canyon - Mountain Course
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Tucson 79
Falcon Golf Club
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Litchfield Park 16
Superstition Mountain Club - Lost Gold Course
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Apache Junction $120
Preserve Golf Course
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Tucson 20
Las Sendas Golf Club
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Mesa 49
Torres Blancas Golf Club
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Green Valley 20
San Ignacio Golf Club
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Green Valley $34.95 - $64.95
Arizona Grand Resort
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Phoenix $59 - $89
Quarry Pines Golf Club
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Tucson 24.99
Camelback Golf Club - Padre Course
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Scottsdale $39 - $139
The Duke at Rancho El Dorado
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Maricopa 25
The Golf Club of Estrella
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Goodyear 55
Ventana Canyon - Canyon Course
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Tucson 39
The Golf Club at Dove Mountain - Wild Burro/Saguaro
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Marana 59
Los Caballeros Golf Club
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Wickenburg 60
Verrado Golf Club
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Buckeye $89 - $119
Huukan Golf Club
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Fort Mohave $25 - $85
Whirlwind Golf Club - The Devil's Claw Course
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Chandler 49
Rio Rico Golf Course
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Rio Rico 13
The Golf Club at Dove Mountain - Saguaro/Tortolita
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Marana 59
Encanto Golf Course
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Phoenix $16 - $43
Legacy Golf Club
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Phoenix $67 - $109
Starfire Golf Club - Hawk/King
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Scottsdale 25
Pointe Hilton Golf Club on Lookout Mtn, The
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Phoenix 55
Cave Creek Golf Course
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Phoenix 22
Golf Club at Vistoso
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Tucson $25 - $99
Whirlwind Golf Club - The Cattail Course
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Chandler $60 - $135
Golf Club at Johnson Ranch, The
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Queen Creek 39
Riverview Golf Course
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Sun City 18.5
Camelback Golf Club - Ambiente Course
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Scottsdale 62
del Lago Golf Club
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Vail 39
Foothills Golf Club, The
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Phoenix 18
Starfire Golf Club - Squire/King
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Scottsdale 25
Aguila Golf Course
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Laveen 12
South at Boulders Golf Club & Resort
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Carefree $55 - $165
Poston Butte Golf Club
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Florence 39.99
Crooked Tree Golf Course
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Tucson 26
Ahwatukee Country Club
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Phoenix N/A
Starfire Golf Club - Squire/Hawk
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Scottsdale 25
Papago Golf Course
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Phoenix 49
Desert Canyon Golf Club
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Fountain Hills 34
Forty-Niner Country Club
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Tucson 19
The Golf Club at Dove Mountain - Tortolita/Wild Burro
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Marana 89
Southern Dunes Golf Club
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Maricopa $100
MountainView Country Club
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Tucson 19
Bear Creek Golf Complex - Bear Course
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Chandler 29
Canoa Ranch Golf Club
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Green Valley 20
SaddleBrooke Ranch Golf Club
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Oracle 16
Conestoga Golf Club
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Mesquite 69
Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort
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North at Boulders Golf Club & Resort
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Carefree $55 - $165
Quail Run Executive Golf Course
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Sun City $10 - $16
Oakcreek Country Club, The
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Sedona 49
Sun City South Golf Course
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Sun City $14.75 - $36.00
Championship at Moon Valley Country Club
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Phoenix 59
Palms Golf Course - Tuscany Falls Country Club
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Goodyear $65
Union Hills Country Club
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Sun City $80
Ken McDonald Golf Course
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Tempe $16 - $30
Eagle's Nest Country Club at Pebble Creek Resort
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Goodyear 20
Desert Mirage Golf Course
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Glendale 9
Sunbird Golf Resort
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Chandler $14 - $20
Lakes Golf Course - Tuscany Falls Country Club
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Goodyear $65
Apache Creek Golf Club
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Apache Junction 20
Bear Creek Golf Complex - Cub Course
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Chandler $50 - $60
Pueblo El Mirage Golf Club
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El Mirage $29.77 - $41.90
Royal Palms Golf Course
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Mesa $6 - $15
Falls Golf Course - Tuscany Falls Country Club
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Goodyear $65
Arizona Golf Resort
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Mesa 15
Apache Stronghold Golf Course
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Globe 25
Willowcreek Golf Course
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Sun City 18.5
Blythe Golf Course
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Blythe 21
Southern Ridge Golf Club
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Phoenix $40 - $50
San Pedro Golf Course
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Benson 25.95
Rolling Hills Golf Course
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Tempe $28
North Golf Course at Sun City
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Sun City $14.75 - $36.00
Continental Country Club
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Flagstaff 38
Haven at Haven Public Golf Club
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Green Valley 12
Wickenburg Country Club
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Wickenburg 32
Villa de Paz Golf Course
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Phoenix 13.85
Coronado Golf Course
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Scottsdale 7
Springfield Golf Resort
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Chandler 25
Tres Rios Golf Course at Estrella Mountain Park
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Goodyear 16
Kino Springs Golf Course
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Nogales 20
Glen Lakes Municipal Golf Course
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Glendale $12.50
Shalimar Country Club
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Tempe 14
Arizona City Club
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Arizona City $17 - $35
Oasis Golf Club
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Florence $9 - $19
Palm Creek Golf Club
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Casa Grande $18 - $27
Longbow Golf Club
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Mesa 45
Palm at McCormick Ranch Golf Club
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Scottsdale $35 - $126
Quintero Golf Club
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Peoria 89
McDowell Mountain Golf Club
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Scottsdale 35
Blue/White at Ocotillo Golf Course
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Chandler 29
Canyon/Oasis at Phoenician, The
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Scottsdale $60 - $189
Scottsdale Silverado Golf Club - Silver Pony Course
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Scottsdale $10
Maryvale Golf Course
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Phoenix 23
Encanto Nine Golf Course
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Phoenix $8 - $10
Catalina Course at Omni Tucson National Golf Resort & Spa
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Tucson 22
Kokopelli Golf Course
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Gilbert 19
TPC Scottsdale - The Stadium Course
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Scottsdale $63 - $299
Scottsdale Silverado Golf Club
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Scottsdale 27.5
Championship at Viewpoint Golf Resort
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Mesa 20
Greenfield Lakes Golf Course
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Gilbert 19.99
Desert Sands Golf Course
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Mesa 20.5
Las Colinas Golf Club
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Queen Creek 21
Robson Ranch Golf Club
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Eloy 28
Copper Canyon Golf Club
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Buckeye 39
Mission Royale Golf Club
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Casa Grande 21
Canyons at Oasis Golf Club
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Mesquite 50
SunRidge Canyon Golf Club
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Fountain Hills 49
Seven Canyons - Four Seasons Golf Course
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Sedona $50 - $110
Sundance Golf Club
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Buckeye $24 - $69
Lake Powell National Golf Course
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Fred Enke Golf Course
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Tucson 19
Stonecreek Golf Club
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Phoenix 27
Queen Valley Golf Course
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Queen Valley $30 - $40
Starr Pass Golf Club - Roadrunner/Rattler
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Tucson $205
Conquistador at Hilton El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort
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Tucson 29
Four Peaks Course at Sunland Springs Village
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Mesa 12
Legend at Arrowhead, The
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Glendale 15
Tubac Golf Resort - Otero/Anza
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Tubac $109
Dinosaur Mountain at Gold Canyon Golf Resort
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Gold Canyon $79 - $185
Canada at Hilton El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort
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Tucson 29
Dove Valley Ranch Golf Club
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Cave Creek 60
Acacia/Mesquite at Kierland Golf Club
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Scottsdale 99
Tubac Golf Resort - Anza/Rancho
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Tubac $109
Palmbrook Country Club
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Sun City 44
Executive at Continental Golf Course
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Scottsdale 10
Falcon Ridge Golf Club
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Mesquite $27 - $115
Ranch at Tonto Verde Golf Club
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Rio Verde 59
London Bridge Golf Club - Olde London Course
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Lake Havasu City $25 - $49
Toka Sticks Golf Club
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Mesa $19
South Golf Course at Granite Falls Golf Club
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Surprise $15 - $90
Superstition Springs Golf Club
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Mesa 20
Quail Creek Golf Club - Quail/Coyote Course
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Green Valley $50 - $55
Faldo at Wildfire Golf Club at Desert Ridge Resort
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Phoenix 79
Palms Golf Course at Oakwood Country Club
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Sun Lakes $75
The Links At Coyote Wash
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Wellton $35
Starr Pass Golf Club - Coyote/Roadrunner
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Tucson $205
Grandview Golf Course at Sun City West
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Sun City West 25
Sidewinder at Gold Canyon Golf Resort
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Gold Canyon $55 - $95
South at Antelope Hills Golf Course
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Prescott $22 - $32
Peoria Pines Golf Club
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Peoria 16.56
Pine at McCormick Ranch Golf Club
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Scottsdale 25
Palm Valley Golf Club - Lakes Course
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Goodyear 21
Arizona Traditions Golf Club
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Surprise 20
Rivers Edge Golf Course
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Needles $12 - $39
Rancho Manana Golf Club
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Cave Creek 36
Sonoran Golf Course at Oakwood Country Club
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Sun Lakes $79
Lone Tree Golf Club
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Chandler 26
Westbrook Village Golf Club - Vistas Course
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Peoria 25
Tegavah Golf Club
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Rio Verde 45
Mesa Del Sol Golf Course
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Yuma 15
Coldwater Golf Club
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Avondale 15
Dorado Golf Course
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Tucson 22
Hillcrest Golf Club at Sun City West
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Sun City West $29 - $39
Corte Bella Golf Club
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Sun City West 35
Tortuga at Haven Public Golf Club
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Green Valley 7
Ironwood/Acacia at Kierland Golf Club
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Scottsdale 99
Sedona Golf Resort
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Sedona $95
Arizona National Golf Club
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Tucson 32
Cobre Valle Country Club
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Globe 15
Pinewood Country Club
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Munds Park 27
Adobe at Arizona Biltmore Country Club
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Phoenix 57
Ironwood Country Club
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Chandler $40
Aguila Nine Golf Course
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Laveen 8
Pusch Ridge at Hilton El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort
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Tucson 18
Las Barrancas Golf Course
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Yuma $10 - $36
Peaks at Tonto Verde Golf Club
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Rio Verde $160
Laughlin Ranch Golf Club
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Bullhead City $59 - $107
Twin Lakes Municipal Golf Course
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Willcox $14
Beaver Dam Lodge, Golf & RV Resort
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Beaver Dam $16
Verde Santa Fe Golf Course
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Cornville $32 - $53
Lakes Golf Course at Oakwood Country Club
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Sun Lakes $79
Trini Alvarez El Rio Municipal Golf Course
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Tucson 15
Silverbell Municipal Golf Course
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Tucson 22
Falcon Dunes Golf Course
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Waddell $14 - $36
Country Club of Green Valley
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Green Valley 35
Wigwam Resort - Heritage Course
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Litchfield Park $30 - $40
Tatum Ranch Golf Club
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Cave Creek $80 - $90
Links at Arizona Biltmore Country Club
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Phoenix 50
The Links at Las Palomas Resort Golf Club
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Puerto Peñasco $75
South at Talking Stick Golf Club
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Scottsdale 80
Trail Ridge Golf Course at Sun City West
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Sun City West $35 - $45
Sewailo Golf Club
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Tucson 54
Red Mountain Ranch Country Club
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Mesa N/A
Starr Pass Golf Club - Rattler/Coyote
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Tucson $205
The Views Golf Club
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Oro Valley 20
Gold/Blue at Ocotillo Golf Course
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Chandler 29
Lakes At Ahwatukee, The
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Phoenix N/A
Wigwam Resort - Gold Course
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Litchfield Park 29
Dave White Municipal Golf Course
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Casa Grande $28 - $35
Paradise Valley Park Golf Course
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Phoenix 11
Great Eagle Golf Club
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Surprise $20 - $55
North at Antelope Hills Golf Course
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Prescott $22 - $32
Mesquite/Ironwood at Kierland Golf Club
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Scottsdale $69 - $179
San Tan Course at Sunland Springs Village
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Mesa 12
Orange Tree Golf & Conference Resort
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Scottsdale 37
ASU Karsten Golf Course
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Tempe 71
TPC Scottsdale - The Champions Course
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Scottsdale 84
Francisco Grande Resort & Golf Club
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Casa Grande 20
Rio Salado Golf Course
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Tempe $19
Dobson Ranch Golf Course
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Mesa 15
North Golf Course at Granite Falls Golf Club
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Surprise $15 - $90
Sun City Country Club
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Sun City 32
Palo Verde Golf Course
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Phoenix 10
North at Randolph Golf Course
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Tucson 26
Los Lagos Golf Club
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Fort Mohave $39 - $85
Superstition Course at Sunland Springs Village
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Mesa 12
Canoa Hills Golf Course
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Green Valley $34.95 - $64.95
Monument at Troon North Golf Club
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Scottsdale 75
Deer Valley Golf Course at Sun City West
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Sun City West $30 - $40
White/Gold at Ocotillo Golf Course
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Chandler 29
Sonoran Course at Omni Tucson National Golf Resort & Spa
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Tucson 22
North at Talking Stick Golf Club
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Scottsdale $60 - $175
Trilogy Golf Club at Vistancia
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Peoria 49
Championship at Painted Mountain Golf Club
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Mesa 22
Cimarron Golf Club
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Surprise $18 - $93
Wigwam Resort - Patriot Course
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Litchfield Park $30 - $40
London Bridge Golf Club - Nassau Course
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Lake Havasu City 32
Prescott Country Club
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Dewey 16
Desert/Canyon at Phoenician, The
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Scottsdale $60 - $189
Highlands at Dove Mountain
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Marana 61
Quail Creek Golf Club - Road Runner/Quail Course
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Green Valley $50 - $55
Palmer Course at Wildfire Golf Club at Desert Ridge
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Phoenix N/A
Chaparral Country Club
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Bullhead City $12 - $25
Palm Valley Golf Club - Palms Course
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Goodyear 25
StoneRidge Golf Course
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Prescott Valley 35
Raven Golf Club - Phoenix
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Phoenix 65
Cocopah Rio Colorado Golf Course
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Somerton $5 - $10
Pebblebrook Golf Course
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Sun City West $54
Golf Club at Eagle Mountain, The
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Fountain Hills 49
Apache Wells Country Club
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Mesa $25 - $39
City of Douglas Municipal Golf Course
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Douglas 10.89
Legend Trail Golf Club
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Scottsdale 49
Palmer at Oasis Golf Club
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Mesquite 50
Bellaire Golf Course
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Glendale 18
Pinnacle at Troon North Golf Club
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Scottsdale 75
Bison Golf & Country Club
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Show Low $32
Dell Urich at Randolph Golf Course
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Tucson 26
Trilogy Golf Course
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Gilbert $80 - $100
Westbrook Village Golf Club - Lakes Course
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Peoria 25
Quail Creek Golf Club - Coyote/Road Runner Course
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Green Valley $50 - $55
Vistal Golf Club
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Phoenix 25
Tubac Golf Resort - Rancho/Otero
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Tubac $109
Elephant Rocks at Williams
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Williams 20
Links Golf Club at Queen Creek, The
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Queen Creek 30
Coyote Lakes Golf Club
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Surprise 19
Marriott's Mountain Shadows Resort & Golf Club
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Paradise Valley 20
Oasis/Desert at Phoenician, The
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Scottsdale $60 - $189
Sunland Village Golf Course
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Mesa 15
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