Destination: Scottsdale

Twenty-six municipalities make up Arizona's Valley of the Sun, anchored by the state capital of Phoenix, but no others do top-shelf golf quite like Scottsdale.

East of Phoenix and Paradise Valley, Scottsdale is one of the largest cities in the Valley with nearly 250,000 residents. Golf has played a large part in its rapid expansion since the 1980s. The city has developed into a popular home for touring pros, thanks to its warm winter climate, phenomenal golf vacation options and close proximity to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

Annually, visitors and residents play 12 million rounds on Scottsdale's golf courses. Beyond the city borders, the options turn limitless, with more than 200 golf courses from which to choose. Scottsdale serves as home to several private golf clubs but also some of the nation's best public and resort courses, including many of the top multi-course facilities in Arizona - like the TPC Scottsdale, Talking Stick Golf Club and Troon North Golf Club.

Golf in Scottsdale comes at a premium, especially in the peak season of mid-January to April. The winter temperatures are mild, and the courses are lush and green as Bermuda fairways and rough are usually over-seeded with a cool-weather, rye grass.

The golf courses change a great deal by the season, both by price and condition, so make certain to examine a rundown of the golf seasons in Scottsdale before playing.

North of Scottsdale around the small towns of Carefree and Cave Creek, you'll find an escape from the sprawling valley and chic nightlife, replaced by beautiful mountains and boulder scenery. The acclaimed Pinnacle Course and Monument Course at Troon North, designed by Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish, sit 20 miles north of downtown Scottsdale. Further north in Carefree, the 36-hole, 1,300-acre Boulders Resort, a Waldorf Astoria property, is set beneath 12-million-year-old rock formations. From here, you're a short drive from the McDowell Mountain Range, also home to a regional park, as well as urban greenbelts.

Getting to Scottsdale


Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX), west of Scottsdale, is a 20-minute drive from downtown and central Scottsdale. Flights connect to most large U.S. cities, more than a dozen Mexican destinations and London Heathrow. Scottsdale Airport (SDL), a smaller facility, sits nine miles north of the central business district.

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North at Boulders Golf Club & Resort
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Carefree $55 - $165
Starfire Golf Club - Hawk/King
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Scottsdale 65
South at Boulders Golf Club & Resort
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Carefree $55 - $165
Starfire Golf Club - Squire/Hawk
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Scottsdale 65
Starfire Golf Club - Squire/King
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Scottsdale 65
Desert Canyon Golf Club
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Fountain Hills 59
Coronado Golf Course
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Scottsdale 11.5
Longbow Golf Club
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Mesa 45
Desert/Canyon at Phoenician, The
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Scottsdale 130
North at Talking Stick Golf Club
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Scottsdale 80
Acacia/Mesquite at Kierland Golf Club
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Scottsdale 209
Papago Golf Course
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Phoenix 65
Rancho Manana Golf Club
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Cave Creek 45
Red Mountain Ranch Country Club
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Mesa N/A
Monument at Troon North Golf Club
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Scottsdale 105
SunRidge Canyon Golf Club
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Fountain Hills 79
Faldo at Wildfire Golf Club at Desert Ridge Resort
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Phoenix 149
Oasis/Desert at Phoenician, The
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Scottsdale 130
Peaks at Tonto Verde Golf Club
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Rio Verde 59
Canyon/Oasis at Phoenician, The
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Scottsdale 90
Pine at McCormick Ranch Golf Club
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Scottsdale 25
McDowell Mountain Golf Club
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Scottsdale $30 - $145
Palm at McCormick Ranch Golf Club
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Scottsdale 25
Apache Wells Country Club
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Mesa $25 - $39
Scottsdale Silverado Golf Club - Silver Pony Course
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Scottsdale $10
Executive at Continental Golf Course
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Scottsdale 19
Camelback Golf Club - Padre Course
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Scottsdale 69
Legend Trail Golf Club
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Scottsdale 45
TPC Scottsdale - The Stadium Course
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Scottsdale 235
Tegavah Golf Club
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Rio Verde 70
TPC Scottsdale - The Champions Course
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Scottsdale 89
Orange Tree Golf & Conference Resort
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Scottsdale 35
Scottsdale Silverado Golf Club
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Scottsdale 29.5
Golf Club at Eagle Mountain, The
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Fountain Hills 87
Mesquite/Ironwood at Kierland Golf Club
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Scottsdale 149
Ironwood/Acacia at Kierland Golf Club
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Scottsdale 209
Palmer Course at Wildfire Golf Club at Desert Ridge
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Phoenix 149
South at Talking Stick Golf Club
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Scottsdale 79
Championship at Painted Mountain Golf Club
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Mesa 22
Camelback Golf Club - Ambiente Course
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Scottsdale 83
Pinnacle at Troon North Golf Club
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Scottsdale 105
Marriott's Mountain Shadows Resort & Golf Club
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Paradise Valley 25
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