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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Continental Country Club
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Southern Ridge Golf Club
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El Mirage 12.95
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Blythe 21
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Arizona City Club
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Lakes Golf Course - Tuscany Falls Country Club
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The Links At Coyote Wash
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Laughlin Ranch Golf Club
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Lake Powell National Golf Course
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Apache Wells Country Club
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Scottsdale 24.99
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Highlands at Dove Mountain
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Marana 19
Twin Lakes Municipal Golf Course
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Willcox $14
Elephant Rocks at Williams
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Williams 20
Orange Tree Golf & Conference Resort
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Scottsdale 20
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Tubac 22
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Robson Ranch Golf Club
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Eloy 15
Executive at Continental Golf Course
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Scottsdale 9.99
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Tucson 24
The Links at Las Palomas Resort Golf Club
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Puerto Peñasco $75
Sedona Golf Resort
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Dove Valley Ranch Golf Club
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Cave Creek 31
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Rio Salado Golf Course
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Tempe $19
Vistal Golf Club
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Phoenix 15
Great Eagle Golf Club
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London Bridge Golf Club - Olde London Course
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Lake Havasu City 19
Sidewinder at Gold Canyon Golf Resort
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Gold Canyon 30
City of Douglas Municipal Golf Course
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Douglas 10.89
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Tucson $205
London Bridge Golf Club - Nassau Course
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Lake Havasu City $25 - $49
Red Mountain Ranch Country Club
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Palm at McCormick Ranch Golf Club
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Scottsdale $35 - $126
Trini Alvarez El Rio Municipal Golf Course
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Prescott 27
Tatum Ranch Golf Club
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Cave Creek 30
Arizona National Golf Club
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Kokopelli Golf Course
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Gilbert 10
Toka Sticks Golf Club
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Mesa 19
Francisco Grande Resort & Golf Club
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Casa Grande 12
Desert/Canyon at Phoenician, The
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Scottsdale 24.99
Prescott Country Club
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Dewey 16
Acacia/Mesquite at Kierland Golf Club
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Scottsdale 39
Aguila Nine Golf Course
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Laveen 8
Pinnacle at Troon North Golf Club
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Scottsdale 39
Grandview Golf Course at Sun City West
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Sun City West 36
Scottsdale Silverado Golf Club
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Scottsdale 17.5
Maryvale Golf Course
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Phoenix 19
North Golf Course at Granite Falls Golf Club
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Surprise 18
Pebblebrook Golf Course
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Sun City West 36
Championship at Viewpoint Golf Resort
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Mesa 12
Ranch at Tonto Verde Golf Club
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Rio Verde 29
Pinewood Country Club
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Munds Park 35
Quail Creek Golf Club - Coyote/Road Runner Course
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Green Valley 15
Palms Golf Course at Oakwood Country Club
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Sun Lakes 17
Trilogy Golf Course
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Gilbert 20
Queen Valley Golf Course
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Queen Valley 15
TPC Scottsdale - The Stadium Course
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Wigwam Resort - Patriot Course
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Litchfield Park 20
Country Club of Green Valley
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Green Valley 25
Mission Royale Golf Club
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Casa Grande 20
Faldo at Wildfire Golf Club at Desert Ridge Resort
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Sewailo Golf Club
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Tucson 32
Superstition Springs Golf Club
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Mesa 18
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Quail Creek Golf Club - Quail/Coyote Course
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Green Valley 15
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Monument at Troon North Golf Club
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Scottsdale 39
Tegavah Golf Club
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Rio Verde 30
White/Gold at Ocotillo Golf Course
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Pine at McCormick Ranch Golf Club
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Scottsdale 25
Mesa Del Sol Golf Course
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Yuma 15
ASU Karsten Golf Course
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Tempe 21
Verde Santa Fe Golf Course
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Cornville $32 - $53
Blue/White at Ocotillo Golf Course
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Chandler 25
Cobre Valle Country Club
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Globe 15
Dave White Municipal Golf Course
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Casa Grande 19
Palm Valley Golf Club - Palms Course
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Goodyear 16
Falcon Ridge Golf Club
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Peoria 15
Bison Golf & Country Club
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Greenfield Lakes Golf Course
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Gilbert 14.99
Dell Urich at Randolph Golf Course
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Tubac Golf Resort - Anza/Rancho
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Tubac 22
Legend Trail Golf Club
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Scottsdale 25
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TPC Scottsdale - The Champions Course
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Scottsdale 29
Adobe at Arizona Biltmore Country Club
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Championship at Painted Mountain Golf Club
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Mesa 17
Peoria Pines Golf Club
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Peoria 13.81
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Tortuga at Haven Public Golf Club
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Green Valley 7
Lakes Golf Course at Oakwood Country Club
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Mesa 15
Encanto Nine Golf Course
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Phoenix 10
Paradise Valley Park Golf Course
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Cimarron Golf Club
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Scottsdale 69
Wigwam Resort - Gold Course
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Coldwater Golf Club
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Legend at Arrowhead, The
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