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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Sun City $14.75 - $36.00
Falcon Golf Club
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Litchfield Park 20
Starfire Golf Club - Hawk/King
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Scottsdale 65
Foothills Golf Club, The
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Phoenix 18
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Crooked Tree Golf Course
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North at Boulders Golf Club & Resort
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Rio Rico Golf Course
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Rio Rico 16
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Western Skies Golf Club
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Gilbert 25
The Golf Club at Dove Mountain - Tortolita/Wild Burro
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Marana 99
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Fountain Hills 59
Whirlwind Golf Club - The Devil's Claw Course
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Buckeye $89 - $119
Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club
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Maricopa 104
Papago Golf Course
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Phoenix 45
Torres Blancas Golf Club
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Green Valley 19
Club West Golf Course
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Phoenix 25
Poston Butte Golf Club
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Florence 45
Superstition Mountain Club - Lost Gold Course
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Apache Junction $120
Ventana Canyon - Canyon Course
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Tucson 79
MountainView Country Club
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Tucson 18
Whirlwind Golf Club - The Cattail Course
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Chandler 89
Casablanca Resort & Casino
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Mesquite 70
The Golf Club of Estrella
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Goodyear 75
Conestoga Golf Club
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Mesquite 60
Los Caballeros Golf Club
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Wickenburg 55
Starfire Golf Club - Squire/Hawk
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Scottsdale 65
Legacy Golf Club
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Phoenix $67 - $109
Ventana Canyon - Mountain Course
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Tucson 79
Arizona Grand Resort
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Phoenix $59 - $89
Starfire Golf Club - Squire/King
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Scottsdale 65
Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort
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Chandler 25
The Golf Club at Dove Mountain - Wild Burro/Saguaro
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Marana 79
Golf Club at Vistoso
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Tucson 35
SaddleBrooke Ranch Golf Club
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Oracle 15
Aguila Golf Course
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Las Sendas Golf Club
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Mesa 59
Forty-Niner Country Club
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Tucson 15
The Duke at Rancho El Dorado
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Maricopa 25
South at Boulders Golf Club & Resort
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Carefree $55 - $165
Cave Creek Golf Course
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Phoenix 36.01
Superstition Mountain Club - Prospector Course
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Apache Junction $120
Encanto Golf Course
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Phoenix 32.32
Ahwatukee Country Club
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Phoenix 17
del Lago Golf Club
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Vail 25
Huukan Golf Club
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Fort Mohave $25 - $85
San Ignacio Golf Club
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Green Valley 35
Quarry Pines Golf Club
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Tucson 24.99
Pointe Hilton Golf Club on Lookout Mtn, The
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Phoenix 44
The Golf Club at Dove Mountain - Saguaro/Tortolita
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Marana 69
Pueblo El Mirage Golf Club
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El Mirage 25
Lakes Golf Course - Tuscany Falls Country Club
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Goodyear $65
Apache Stronghold Golf Course
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Globe 20
Mojave Resort Golf Club
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Laughlin $55 - $104
Royal Palms Golf Course
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Mesa $6 - $15
Union Hills Country Club
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Sun City 25
Kino Springs Golf Course
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Nogales 32
Ken McDonald Golf Course
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Tempe $16 - $30
Bear Creek Golf Complex - Cub Course
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Chandler 19
Continental Country Club
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Flagstaff $30 - $39
Quail Run Executive Golf Course
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Sun City $10 - $16
Dave White Municipal Golf Course
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Casa Grande 34
Southern Ridge Golf Club
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Phoenix $40 - $50
Longbow Golf Club
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Mesa 45
Rolling Hills Golf Course
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Tempe 20
Championship at Moon Valley Country Club
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Phoenix 49
Glen Lakes Municipal Golf Course
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Glendale 7
Palms Golf Course - Tuscany Falls Country Club
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Goodyear $65
Apache Creek Golf Club
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Apache Junction 29
Robson Ranch Golf Club
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Eloy 35
Tres Rios Golf Course at Estrella Mountain Park
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Goodyear 15
Wickenburg Country Club
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Wickenburg 34.99
Eagle's Nest Country Club at Pebble Creek Resort
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Goodyear 40
Sunbird Golf Resort
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Chandler 31
Springfield Golf Resort
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Chandler 25
Arizona City Club
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Arizona City 18
Desert Mirage Golf Course
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Glendale 7
Oasis Golf Club
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Florence 22
North Golf Course at Sun City
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Sun City $14.75 - $36.00
Willowcreek Golf Course
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Sun City 21.75
Blythe Golf Course
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Blythe 23
Sun City South Golf Course
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Sun City 21.75
Palm Creek Golf Club
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Casa Grande $18 - $27
Arizona Golf Resort
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Mesa 19.99
San Pedro Golf Course
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Benson 27.95
Oakcreek Country Club, The
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Sedona 49
Coronado Golf Course
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Scottsdale 11.5
Haven at Haven Public Golf Club
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Green Valley 20
Villa de Paz Golf Course
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Phoenix 15
Shalimar Country Club
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Tempe 14
Falls Golf Course - Tuscany Falls Country Club
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Goodyear $65
North at Randolph Golf Course
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Tucson 36
Wigwam Resort - Gold Course
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Litchfield Park 49
London Bridge Golf Club - Nassau Course
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Lake Havasu City 25
Four Peaks Course at Sunland Springs Village
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Mesa 28
Palm Valley Golf Club - Palms Course
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Goodyear 41
Rancho Manana Golf Club
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Cave Creek 45
Sunland Village Golf Course
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Mesa 37
Pinewood Country Club
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Munds Park $53 - $59
Pebblebrook Golf Course
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Sun City West 53
Silverbell Municipal Golf Course
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Tucson 32
SunRidge Canyon Golf Club
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Fountain Hills 75
Trini Alvarez El Rio Municipal Golf Course
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Tucson 30
Quail Creek Golf Club - Coyote/Road Runner Course
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Green Valley 34
Sonoran Golf Course at Oakwood Country Club
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Sun Lakes $79
Palms Golf Course at Oakwood Country Club
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Sun Lakes $75
Starr Pass Golf Club - Rattler/Coyote
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Tucson $205
Golf Club at Johnson Ranch, The
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Queen Creek 40
Mesa Del Sol Golf Course
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Yuma 30
Dove Valley Ranch Golf Club
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Cave Creek 49
Gold/Blue at Ocotillo Golf Course
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Chandler 29
The Links At Coyote Wash
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Wellton $35
Legend Trail Golf Club
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Scottsdale 49
Tatum Ranch Golf Club
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Cave Creek $80 - $90
Sewailo Golf Club
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Tucson 71
Tubac Golf Resort - Otero/Anza
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Tubac $109
Executive at Continental Golf Course
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Scottsdale 19
Tegavah Golf Club
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Rio Verde 75
Lake Powell National Golf Course
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Palm Valley Golf Club - Lakes Course
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Goodyear 29
Great Eagle Golf Club
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Palmer Course at Wildfire Golf Club at Desert Ridge
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Phoenix 129
Toka Sticks Golf Club
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Mesa 19
Championship at Viewpoint Golf Resort
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Mesa 35
Apache Wells Country Club
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South at Antelope Hills Golf Course
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Prescott 20
Links Golf Club at Queen Creek, The
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Queen Creek 20
Bellaire Golf Course
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Glendale 22
Peoria Pines Golf Club
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Peoria 24.81
Sundance Golf Club
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Buckeye 15
Corte Bella Golf Club
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Sun City West 50
Aguila Nine Golf Course
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Laveen 5.54
Trilogy Golf Course
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Gilbert 35
Vistal Golf Club
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Phoenix 29
Grandview Golf Course at Sun City West
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Sun City West 35
Palmbrook Country Club
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Sun City 39
Quail Creek Golf Club - Road Runner/Quail Course
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Green Valley 34
Monument at Troon North Golf Club
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Scottsdale 175
Palo Verde Golf Course
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Phoenix 15.7
Raven Golf Club - Phoenix
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Phoenix 55
Desert/Canyon at Phoenician, The
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Scottsdale 100.99
The Views Golf Club
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Oro Valley 20
Quail Creek Golf Club - Quail/Coyote Course
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Green Valley 46
Pusch Ridge at Hilton El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort
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Tucson 18
Canyon/Oasis at Phoenician, The
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Scottsdale 110
North at Talking Stick Golf Club
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Scottsdale 80
Scottsdale Silverado Golf Club - Silver Pony Course
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Scottsdale $10
North Golf Course at Granite Falls Golf Club
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Surprise $15 - $90
Blue/White at Ocotillo Golf Course
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Chandler 29
Chaparral Country Club
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Bullhead City 35
Scottsdale Silverado Golf Club
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Scottsdale 29.5
Ranch at Tonto Verde Golf Club
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Rio Verde 59
Red Mountain Ranch Country Club
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Mesa N/A
Trilogy Golf Club at Vistancia
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Peoria 59
Francisco Grande Resort & Golf Club
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Casa Grande 22
Links at Arizona Biltmore Country Club
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Phoenix 70
Falcon Dunes Golf Course
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Waddell $14 - $36
Peaks at Tonto Verde Golf Club
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Rio Verde 59
Maryvale Golf Course
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Phoenix $16 - $43
Cimarron Golf Club
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Sun City Country Club
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Sun City 32
Ironwood Country Club
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Chandler $40
Catalina Course at Omni Tucson National Golf Resort & Spa
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Tucson 85
Lakes Golf Course at Oakwood Country Club
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Sun Lakes $79
Las Colinas Golf Club
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Queen Creek 25
Wigwam Resort - Patriot Course
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Litchfield Park 49
Hillcrest Golf Club at Sun City West
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Sun City West $29 - $39
Kokopelli Golf Course
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Gilbert 18
Dobson Ranch Golf Course
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Mesa 24
Golf Club at Eagle Mountain, The
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Fountain Hills 59
Championship at Painted Mountain Golf Club
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Mesa 22
Adobe at Arizona Biltmore Country Club
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Phoenix 70
Wigwam Resort - Heritage Course
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Litchfield Park $30 - $40
San Tan Course at Sunland Springs Village
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Mesa 28
Encanto Nine Golf Course
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Phoenix 16.62
Palmer at Oasis Golf Club
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Mesquite $130
City of Douglas Municipal Golf Course
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Douglas 10.89
Twin Lakes Municipal Golf Course
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Willcox 17
Canyons at Oasis Golf Club
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Country Club of Green Valley
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Green Valley 40
Superstition Springs Golf Club
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Mesa 25
Greenfield Lakes Golf Course
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Gilbert 22.09
Quintero Golf Club
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Peoria 99
London Bridge Golf Club - Olde London Course
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Lake Havasu City 25
Orange Tree Golf & Conference Resort
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Scottsdale 39
Pine at McCormick Ranch Golf Club
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Scottsdale 25
TPC Scottsdale - The Stadium Course
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Scottsdale $63 - $299
Starr Pass Golf Club - Roadrunner/Rattler
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Tucson $205
Faldo at Wildfire Golf Club at Desert Ridge Resort
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Phoenix 129
Pinnacle at Troon North Golf Club
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Scottsdale 175
TPC Scottsdale - The Champions Course
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Scottsdale 111
South Golf Course at Granite Falls Golf Club
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Surprise $15 - $90
Palm at McCormick Ranch Golf Club
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Scottsdale 25
Ironwood/Acacia at Kierland Golf Club
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Scottsdale 149
Arizona National Golf Club
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Tucson 50
Tubac Golf Resort - Rancho/Otero
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Tubac $109
Coyote Lakes Golf Club
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Surprise 23
Marriott's Mountain Shadows Resort & Golf Club
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Paradise Valley 23
Tubac Golf Resort - Anza/Rancho
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Tubac $109
ASU Karsten Golf Course
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Tempe 94
Sonoran Course at Omni Tucson National Golf Resort & Spa
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Tucson 85
The Links at Las Palomas Resort Golf Club
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Puerto Peñasco $75
Canada at Hilton El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort
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Tucson 29
Mesquite/Ironwood at Kierland Golf Club
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Scottsdale 209
North at Antelope Hills Golf Course
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Prescott 20
Tortuga at Haven Public Golf Club
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Green Valley 15
Superstition Course at Sunland Springs Village
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Mesa 28
Dinosaur Mountain at Gold Canyon Golf Resort
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Gold Canyon $79 - $185
Dorado Golf Course
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Tucson 22
Bison Golf & Country Club
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Show Low $32
Elephant Rocks at Williams
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Williams $10 - $48
Starr Pass Golf Club - Coyote/Roadrunner
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Tucson $205
Westbrook Village Golf Club - Lakes Course
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Peoria 35
Falcon Ridge Golf Club
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Arizona Traditions Golf Club
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Surprise 16
Conquistador at Hilton El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort
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Tucson 29
Queen Valley Golf Course
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Queen Valley $30 - $40
Rivers Edge Golf Course
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Needles $12 - $39
South at Talking Stick Golf Club
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Scottsdale 80
Highlands at Dove Mountain
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Marana 69
Paradise Valley Park Golf Course
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Phoenix 30
Mission Royale Golf Club
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Casa Grande 38
Dell Urich at Randolph Golf Course
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Tucson 36
Desert Sands Golf Course
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Mesa 20.5
Westbrook Village Golf Club - Vistas Course
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Peoria 35
Acacia/Mesquite at Kierland Golf Club
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Scottsdale 149
White/Gold at Ocotillo Golf Course
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Chandler 29
Fred Enke Golf Course
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Tucson 30
StoneRidge Golf Course
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Prescott Valley 35
Stonecreek Golf Club
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Phoenix 33
Prescott Country Club
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Dewey 9.95
Lone Tree Golf Club
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Chandler 30
Cobre Valle Country Club
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Globe $18
Copper Canyon Golf Club
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Buckeye 59
McDowell Mountain Golf Club
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Scottsdale 56
Coldwater Golf Club
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Avondale 15
Oasis/Desert at Phoenician, The
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Scottsdale 100.99
Legend at Arrowhead, The
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