10 Best Public Golf Courses in Scottsdale

10 Best Public Golf Courses in Scottsdale

Welcome to Scottsdale, Arizona! Whether you call this city home, a vacation destination, or where your work conference is, no golfer can spend time in Scottsdale without trying out one (or perhaps a few) of the outstanding public golf venues in the area. Jonathan De Young has compiled a list of ten of the best public golf courses in Scottsdale, so you can’t go wrong with any of these options. It’s time to clear a morning or afternoon in your schedule and book your tee time.

Desert Forest Golf Course

Scottsdale, AZ 85266

With the distinction of being the first made-for-the-desert golf course, Desert Forest Golf Course sets the bar for the many courses that have developed since. Its eighteen holes meander along beautifully preserved and maintained natural landscaping. This ranks at #47 among the Top 200 Modern Courses, as presented by Golfweek. Extensive renovations in 2013 enhanced and improved the greens and bunkers, providing even greater views and further incorporating the desert elements.

Gainey Ranch Golf Club

7600 E Gainey Club Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85258

Gainey Ranch Golf Club offers three unique courses, so it’s a perfect choice if you only have time for nine holes, or if you have the stamina to make a full day of your golf outing, and experience them all. The Arroyo Course offers lengthy and challenging fairways and the ultimate skills challenge on the ninth hole’s green. Beware of fast greens on the Dunes Course. Here you’ll find your precision tested while surrounded by desert. The Lakes Course is so named for the pleasingly aesthetic waterfall and lake at the ninth hole. However, you’ll find enough challenging waterways lining most of this course’s fairways to force you to strategize your shots carefully.

Grayhawk Golf Club

8620 E Thompson Peak Pkwy, Scottsdale, AZ 85255

The Grayhawk Golf Club is the proud host of the NCAA Golf Championships for both men’s and women’s divisions. Even if you’re not a college athlete, two different styles of courses enable players to enjoy two completely different styles of golfing. The Raptor is a traditional course featuring wide fairways and challenging bunkers. The Talon is true desert golf, capitalizing on the land’s natural desert features to create challenging play.

TPC Scottsdale

17020 N Hayden Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85255

Like many of the best public golf courses in Scottsdale, TPC Scottsdale has garnered numerous accolades as a top golf destination by Conde Nast Traveler and Golfweek Magazine, and with good reason. The Stadium Course and the Champions Course offer an outstanding golfing experience, as they are among only thirty-two exquisite courses in the United States designed specifically for the PGA tour.  The world’s most attended golf tournament, the WM Phoenix Open is played on the Stadium Course. The equally beautiful Champions Course will challenge golfers of all skill sets and can be enjoyed again and again as players test out different strategies.

Troon North Golf Club

10320 E Dynamite Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ 85262

Tom Weiskopf, the champion of the British Open and designer of the two courses at Troon North Golf Club, has recently revisited his work and improved the course to capture the ruggedness and dramatic landscapes of the desert. The efforts have paid off, and the club has been recognized again for its top courses and outstanding resort experience. Far from home and unable to travel with your golf clubs? No problem. Troon North has everything you’ll need for a great golf game available for rent.

Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club - Maricopa

Once a private club with a course designed by Brian Curley and Fred Couples, in 2010, Ak-Chin Southern Dunes was purchased by the Ak-Chin Indians. Now a public course, it has garnered numerous awards, including “Top 100 Resort Courses,” and “Top 100 Courses You Can Play.” Renovations in 2014 helped to improve the accessibility of the course for golfers of all levels, but at the same time, they have been pleased to host numerous prestigious tournaments, including collegiate-level events and the PING Southwest Section PGA Championship.

Quintero Golf Club - Peoria

The dramatic nature scape of Quintero Golf Club capitalizes on the rich diversity of Arizona’s scenic beauty. View the Sonoran Desert, mountain peaks, and challenging water features. Quintero’s course offers eighteen holes at a course length of 7249 yards. See why Golf Digest has recognized this course in their list of 100 Greatest Public Courses in America and one of the Best Courses in Arizona.

Raven Golf Club - Phoenix

Golfers of all ages and levels of play will enjoy developing their skills through instruction from PGA teaching professionals at Raven Golf Club. Group and private lessons are available, or you can warm up for your big game on the expansive driving range and putting/chipping greens. When your tee time arrives, you’ll feel you’ve been transported away from the desert terrain as Raven offers the unexpected: countless pine trees and verdant, rolling greens along a 7,078-yard championship course.

We-Ko-Pa Golf Club - Fort McDowell

We-Ko-Pa offers two distinct courses that are popular with locals and visitors alike. With board and generous fairways and short distances between greens and subsequent holes’ tees, The Saguaro Course stands apart. First, it was designed as a links course, intended for walkability. Second, you’ll see expansive greens, a stunning emerald carpet among desert landscapes. At the Cholla Course, you may have difficulty focusing on your game for the awe-inspiring views of the Sonoran Desert.

We-Ko-Pa Golf Club has been featured as a Reader’s Digest 100 Greatest Public Courses and one of the Best Courses in Arizona.

Scottsdale is a great place to call home

In addition to building a reputation as a golfer’s dream vacation destination, Scottsdale boasts year-round sunshine and great rates for those willing to venture out into the summer heat for a round or two. If Scottsdale is beginning to sound like the place you would like to call home, contact local real estate expert Johnathon De Young. He’ll happily discuss the local property investment opportunities and help you find your own desert oasis.

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