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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Desert Canyon Golf Club
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Fountain Hills 42
Torres Blancas Golf Club
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Green Valley 35
SaddleBrooke Ranch Golf Club
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Oracle 19
Poston Butte Golf Club
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Florence 39.99
Forty-Niner Country Club
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Tucson 19
Ventana Canyon - Mountain Course
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Tucson 79
Camelback Golf Club - Ambiente Course
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Scottsdale 62
Mojave Resort Golf Club
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Laughlin $55 - $104
Canoa Ranch Golf Club
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Green Valley 35
Papago Golf Course
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Phoenix 55
The Golf Club of Estrella
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Goodyear 55
Legacy Golf Club
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Conestoga Golf Club
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Mesquite 49
Golf Club at Vistoso
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Tucson 34
Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort
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Chandler 25
The Duke at Rancho El Dorado
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Maricopa 20
Club West Golf Course
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Phoenix 15
Verrado Golf Club
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Buckeye $89 - $119
The Golf Club at Dove Mountain - Saguaro/Tortolita
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Marana 89
Arizona Grand Resort
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Phoenix $59 - $89
Whirlwind Golf Club - The Devil's Claw Course
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Chandler 74
Crooked Tree Golf Course
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Tucson 26
Falcon Golf Club
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Litchfield Park 18
Golf Club at Johnson Ranch, The
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Queen Creek 40
Starfire Golf Club - Squire/King
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Scottsdale 45
Cave Creek Golf Course
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Phoenix 13.85
Encanto Golf Course
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Phoenix 24
Las Sendas Golf Club
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Mesa 69
Superstition Mountain Club - Prospector Course
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Apache Junction $120
North at Boulders Golf Club & Resort
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Carefree $55 - $165
Ventana Canyon - Canyon Course
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Tucson 49
Palms Golf Club
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Littlefield 43
MountainView Country Club
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Tucson 18
South at Boulders Golf Club & Resort
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Bear Creek Golf Complex - Bear Course
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Chandler 35
Camelback Golf Club - Padre Course
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Scottsdale 48
Rio Rico Golf Course
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Rio Rico 16
San Ignacio Golf Club
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Green Valley $34.95 - $64.95
Starfire Golf Club - Hawk/King
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Scottsdale 45
Pointe Hilton Golf Club on Lookout Mtn, The
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Phoenix 35
Superstition Mountain Club - Lost Gold Course
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Apache Junction $120
Quarry Pines Golf Club
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Tucson 20
The Golf Club at Dove Mountain - Tortolita/Wild Burro
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Marana 99
Ahwatukee Country Club
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Phoenix 17
Foothills Golf Club, The
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Phoenix 18
Western Skies Golf Club
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Gilbert 22
Starfire Golf Club - Squire/Hawk
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Scottsdale 45
Riverview Golf Course
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Sun City $14.75 - $36.00
Preserve Golf Course
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Tucson 18
Casablanca Resort & Casino
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Mesquite 48
Huukan Golf Club
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Fort Mohave $25 - $85
Los Caballeros Golf Club
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Wickenburg 75
Aguila Golf Course
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Laveen 32
Southern Dunes Golf Club
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Maricopa 94
The Golf Club at Dove Mountain - Wild Burro/Saguaro
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Marana 89
del Lago Golf Club
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Vail 17
Whirlwind Golf Club - The Cattail Course
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Chandler 74
Desert Mirage Golf Course
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Glendale 7
Tres Rios Golf Course at Estrella Mountain Park
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Goodyear 15
Palms Golf Course - Tuscany Falls Country Club
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Goodyear $65
Southern Ridge Golf Club
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Phoenix $40 - $50
Willowcreek Golf Course
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Sun City 21.75
Bear Creek Golf Complex - Cub Course
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Chandler 16
Coronado Golf Course
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Scottsdale 11.5
Pueblo El Mirage Golf Club
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El Mirage 27
Villa de Paz Golf Course
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Phoenix 13.85
Falls Golf Course - Tuscany Falls Country Club
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Goodyear $65
Haven at Haven Public Golf Club
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Green Valley 20
Wickenburg Country Club
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Wickenburg 32
Quail Run Executive Golf Course
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Sun City $10 - $16
Rolling Hills Golf Course
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Tempe 18
Blythe Golf Course
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Blythe 23
Palm Creek Golf Club
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Casa Grande $18 - $27
Royal Palms Golf Course
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Mesa $6 - $15
Longbow Golf Club
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Mesa 45
Apache Creek Golf Club
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Apache Junction 32
Arizona Golf Resort
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Mesa 24.99
Glen Lakes Municipal Golf Course
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Glendale 7
Shalimar Country Club
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Tempe 14
Kino Springs Golf Course
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Nogales 28
Oasis Golf Club
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Florence 18
Eagle's Nest Country Club at Pebble Creek Resort
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Goodyear 35
Ken McDonald Golf Course
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Tempe $16 - $30
Continental Country Club
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Flagstaff 25
Springfield Golf Resort
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Chandler 25
Apache Stronghold Golf Course
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Globe 25
Sun City South Golf Course
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Sun City 21.75
Union Hills Country Club
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Sun City 25
North Golf Course at Sun City
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Sun City $14.75 - $36.00
Arizona City Club
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Arizona City 20
San Pedro Golf Course
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Benson 32.95
Lakes Golf Course - Tuscany Falls Country Club
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Goodyear $65
Sunbird Golf Resort
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Chandler 29
Oakcreek Country Club, The
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Sedona 39
Championship at Moon Valley Country Club
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Phoenix 69
Catalina Course at Omni Tucson National Golf Resort & Spa
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Tucson 69
Palmer at Oasis Golf Club
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Mesquite 55
Coyote Lakes Golf Club
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Surprise 20
Canyon/Oasis at Phoenician, The
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Scottsdale 45
White/Gold at Ocotillo Golf Course
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Chandler 29
McDowell Mountain Golf Club
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Scottsdale 41
Ranch at Tonto Verde Golf Club
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Rio Verde 55
London Bridge Golf Club - Nassau Course
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Lake Havasu City 30
Orange Tree Golf & Conference Resort
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Scottsdale 37
Bison Golf & Country Club
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Show Low $32
Marriott's Mountain Shadows Resort & Golf Club
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Paradise Valley 20
Canada at Hilton El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort
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Tucson 29
Sunland Village Golf Course
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Mesa 23
Vistal Golf Club
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Phoenix 25
North at Antelope Hills Golf Course
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Prescott $22 - $32
Copper Canyon Golf Club
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Buckeye 53
Stonecreek Golf Club
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Phoenix 23
Pusch Ridge at Hilton El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort
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Tucson 18
Quail Creek Golf Club - Quail/Coyote Course
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Green Valley 38
Kokopelli Golf Course
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Gilbert 19
South at Antelope Hills Golf Course
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Prescott $22 - $32
Lakes Golf Course at Oakwood Country Club
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Sun Lakes $79
Sun City Country Club
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Sun City 25
Pinnacle at Troon North Golf Club
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Scottsdale 102
Greenfield Lakes Golf Course
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Gilbert 22.09
Gold/Blue at Ocotillo Golf Course
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Chandler 29
Faldo at Wildfire Golf Club at Desert Ridge Resort
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Phoenix 79
Championship at Viewpoint Golf Resort
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Mesa 25
The Views Golf Club
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Oro Valley 15
Trini Alvarez El Rio Municipal Golf Course
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Tucson 27
Pine at McCormick Ranch Golf Club
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Scottsdale 25
Sonoran Course at Omni Tucson National Golf Resort & Spa
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Tucson 59
Quintero Golf Club
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Peoria 90
Quail Creek Golf Club - Coyote/Road Runner Course
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Green Valley 43
TPC Scottsdale - The Stadium Course
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Scottsdale 99
Monument at Troon North Golf Club
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Scottsdale 95
Dinosaur Mountain at Gold Canyon Golf Resort
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Gold Canyon $79 - $185
Maryvale Golf Course
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Phoenix 26.78
Peaks at Tonto Verde Golf Club
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Rio Verde 59
Elephant Rocks at Williams
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Williams $10 - $48
Palo Verde Golf Course
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Phoenix 10
Sewailo Golf Club
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Tucson 64
Sonoran Golf Course at Oakwood Country Club
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Sun Lakes $79
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Tucson 31
Palm Valley Golf Club - Lakes Course
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Goodyear 24
Robson Ranch Golf Club
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Eloy 39
Peoria Pines Golf Club
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Peoria 22.06
Cimarron Golf Club
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Palmbrook Country Club
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Sun City 29
South Golf Course at Granite Falls Golf Club
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Surprise $15 - $90
Queen Valley Golf Course
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Queen Valley $30 - $40
Scottsdale Silverado Golf Club
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Scottsdale 27.5
Westbrook Village Golf Club - Lakes Course
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Peoria 55
North Golf Course at Granite Falls Golf Club
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Pinewood Country Club
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Munds Park $53 - $59
Arizona National Golf Club
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Tucson 39
TPC Scottsdale - The Champions Course
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Scottsdale 69
Palms Golf Course at Oakwood Country Club
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Sun Lakes 39
Palm at McCormick Ranch Golf Club
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Scottsdale 25
Acacia/Mesquite at Kierland Golf Club
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Scottsdale 99
Superstition Course at Sunland Springs Village
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Mesa 28
Wigwam Resort - Heritage Course
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Litchfield Park $30 - $40
Legend at Arrowhead, The
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Glendale 15
San Tan Course at Sunland Springs Village
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Mesa 28
Aguila Nine Golf Course
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Laveen 8
Tatum Ranch Golf Club
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Cave Creek $80 - $90
Dorado Golf Course
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Tucson 19
Mesquite/Ironwood at Kierland Golf Club
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Scottsdale 99
Lake Powell National Golf Course
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Canyons at Oasis Golf Club
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Mesquite 50
Dove Valley Ranch Golf Club
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Cave Creek 60
Raven Golf Club - Phoenix
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Phoenix 35
Prescott Country Club
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Dewey 16
London Bridge Golf Club - Olde London Course
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Lake Havasu City 30
ASU Karsten Golf Course
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Tempe 71
Hillcrest Golf Club at Sun City West
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Sun City West $29 - $39
City of Douglas Municipal Golf Course
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Douglas 10.89
Las Colinas Golf Club
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Queen Creek 25
Sundance Golf Club
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Buckeye 15
Francisco Grande Resort & Golf Club
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Casa Grande 20
Falcon Dunes Golf Course
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Waddell $14 - $36
Corte Bella Golf Club
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Sun City West 65
Quail Creek Golf Club - Road Runner/Quail Course
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Green Valley 43
Red Mountain Ranch Country Club
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Mesa N/A
Four Peaks Course at Sunland Springs Village
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Mesa 28
Tubac Golf Resort - Otero/Anza
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Tubac $109
Westbrook Village Golf Club - Vistas Course
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Peoria 55
Dobson Ranch Golf Course
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Mesa 23
Oasis/Desert at Phoenician, The
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Scottsdale 72
Tegavah Golf Club
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Rio Verde 60
Conquistador at Hilton El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort
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Tucson 29
The Links At Coyote Wash
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Wellton $35
Legend Trail Golf Club
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Scottsdale 35
Dell Urich at Randolph Golf Course
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Tucson 31
Superstition Springs Golf Club
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Mesa 29
Grandview Golf Course at Sun City West
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Sun City West 35
The Links at Las Palomas Resort Golf Club
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Puerto Peñasco $75
Encanto Nine Golf Course
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Phoenix 12
Championship at Painted Mountain Golf Club
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Mesa 18
Palmer Course at Wildfire Golf Club at Desert Ridge
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Phoenix 79
Dave White Municipal Golf Course
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Casa Grande 27
Ironwood/Acacia at Kierland Golf Club
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Scottsdale 99
Desert Sands Golf Course
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Mesa 20.5
Mission Royale Golf Club
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Casa Grande 32
Apache Wells Country Club
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Mesa $25 - $39
Coldwater Golf Club
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Avondale 15
Arizona Traditions Golf Club
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Surprise 15
North at Talking Stick Golf Club
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Scottsdale 80
Tubac Golf Resort - Rancho/Otero
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Tubac $109
Starr Pass Golf Club - Roadrunner/Rattler
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Tucson $205
Twin Lakes Municipal Golf Course
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Willcox 17
Bellaire Golf Course
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Glendale 22
Starr Pass Golf Club - Rattler/Coyote
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Tucson $205
Trilogy Golf Club at Vistancia
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Peoria 49
Highlands at Dove Mountain
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Marana 61
Ironwood Country Club
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Chandler $40
Falcon Ridge Golf Club
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Adobe at Arizona Biltmore Country Club
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Phoenix 57
Chaparral Country Club
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Bullhead City 35
Cobre Valle Country Club
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Globe $15
Mesa Del Sol Golf Course
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Yuma 25
Golf Club at Eagle Mountain, The
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Fountain Hills 69
Desert/Canyon at Phoenician, The
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Scottsdale 72
Tortuga at Haven Public Golf Club
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Green Valley 15
Blue/White at Ocotillo Golf Course
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Chandler 29
Starr Pass Golf Club - Coyote/Roadrunner
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Tucson $205
Wigwam Resort - Patriot Course
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Litchfield Park 32
Great Eagle Golf Club
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Surprise $20 - $55
Lone Tree Golf Club
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Chandler 26
Links Golf Club at Queen Creek, The
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Queen Creek 20
Toka Sticks Golf Club
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Mesa 19
Scottsdale Silverado Golf Club - Silver Pony Course
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Scottsdale $10
Rivers Edge Golf Course
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Needles $12 - $39
South at Talking Stick Golf Club
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Scottsdale 80
StoneRidge Golf Course
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Prescott Valley 35
Pebblebrook Golf Course
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Sun City West 53
Wigwam Resort - Gold Course
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Litchfield Park 32
Executive at Continental Golf Course
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Scottsdale 18
Tubac Golf Resort - Anza/Rancho
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Tubac $109
Links at Arizona Biltmore Country Club
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Phoenix 57
SunRidge Canyon Golf Club
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Fountain Hills 75
Country Club of Green Valley
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Green Valley 40
Trilogy Golf Course
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Gilbert 25
Palm Valley Golf Club - Palms Course
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Goodyear 25
Rancho Manana Golf Club
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Cave Creek 36
Fred Enke Golf Course
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Tucson 27
Silverbell Municipal Golf Course
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Tucson 29
Paradise Valley Park Golf Course
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Phoenix 30
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