The entire Maricopa County is filled with world-class golf clubs, which can make it tough to figure out where to tee off first.
Use this list of the five best golf courses in Scottsdale to help you determine which links are right for your visit:
Troon North Golf Club
Designed by acclaimed golf architect Tom Weiskopf, both the courses at Troon North are designed to play “as Mother Nature intended.”
The Monument course is the more scenic of the pair. It stretches across 7,200 yards of stunning landscape dotted with cacti, arroyos and rock outcroppings. The Pinnacle course, however, features unique elevation changes not found at many other desert golf destinations.
Legend Trail Golf Club
Selected by Golf Magazine as one of the “100 Best Golf Courses in the U.S.”, the Legend Trail Golf Club features immaculate greens that fit perfectly into the Sonoran desert landscape. The scenery is phenomenal, but golfers should also keep an eye out for wildlife: owls, desert tortoises and blue herons have all been spotted in the area.
Wide fairways and island tees are just a few of the enticing features of this world-class course.
Ancala Country Club
One of the most prestigious country clubs in Arizona, the Ancala Country Club features a stunning course nestled amid the McDowell Mountains. It’s also known for its target-style layout, which requires golfers to make long and precise shots.
Picturesque ravines spanning the fairway and a slope rating of 152 add additional challenges, but with five sets of tees, Ancala has something for players of all skill levels.
Home to the best-attended stop on the PGA Tour, the TPC Scottsdale Stadium course lures swarms of golf fans for the Waste Management Phoenix Open. This course has been the setting for several memorable golf moments, including the only ace on a par-4 hole in PGA Tour history.
The second course at TPC Scottsdale, the Champions Course, also has plenty of fans.
We-Ko-Pa Golf Club
Located just east of Scottsdale, the two courses at the We-Ko-Pa Golf Club serve up some of the finest scenery in Arizona.
The Saguaro Course blends beautifully contoured greens, strategic bunkers and plenty of elevation changes that will keep experienced golfers on their toes. But there are also few forced carries, which makes it more appealing to newer players.
The Cholla course features challenging holes set among ridges and down mountain slopes. More than 500,000 cubic yards of material were moved to create these stunning links.
And those planning a golfing trip in Scottsdale should take a look at the comfortable accommodations at the Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain — the ultimate place to relax between tee times.