Golf Courses In Central Arizona

Adobe Dam Golf Course

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Arizona Golf Courses – Adobe Dam Golf Course
This place bills itself as “the Best Little Course by a Dam Site,” and, hey, who’s to argue? It’s not a golf course where you are going to spend your day, but one where you can spend an enjoyable part of a day while you take in the surroundings and activities of this area northwest of Phoenix. This nine-hole…

Aguila Golf Course

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The Buzz: This was the last of the municipal courses built by the city of Phoenix and has become the favorite of many “muny” players. Designed by Gary Panks, who created several of Arizona’s best course layouts, Aguila opened in 1999 to much acclaim and gets its name from the Aztec word for “eagle.” The $6.5 million project includes an 18-hole championship and a nine-hole …

Ahwatukee Country Club

The Buzz: Johnny Bulla, who died in 2003, was a legend in these parts, dominating golf in Arizona for many years. He was one of the world’s few ambidextrous golfers and a true pioneer of the game. And, as this layout shows, he also knew a little something about course design. Ahwatukee CC, which opened in 1974, mixes the beauty of its desert landscape with a fair but challenging layout along the edges of Phoenix South Mountain Park, the largest municipal park in the world, spanning 16,000 acres. The course …

Alta Mesa Golf Club

Arizona Golf Courses – Alta Mesa Golf Club — Built in 1985 in the shadows of scenic Red Mountain, this is an equity-owned private club for true golf lovers. Yes, it has an impressive clubhouse befitting its membership, but you won’t find tennis courts and other facilities common at many country clubs. Alta Mesa CC was built for golfers and is run…

Ancala Country Club

The Buzz: Nestled in the rugged foothills of the scenic McDowell Mountains, Ancala Country Club is graced by the natural beauty of the Sonoran Desert and presents a well-conditioned target-style layout with plenty of challenges and amenities befitting an upscale private club. The par-72 layout has five sets of tees, ranging from 4,344 to 6,815 yards and is an excellent test of length, precision, shot-making and strategy with desert ravines that crisscross fairways and a large lake running the full length of two holes …

Anthem Country Club – Ironwood Course

The Buzz: The goal in designing a second course at the private Anthem Golf and Country Club was to offer a contrast to Persimmon, the original course that opened in 1999. Architect Greg Nash achieved that with the Ironwood Course, which opened in 2004, by creating a layout that features more of a dunes look with its large, shallow bunkers. “Especially for the members, we wanted a different look and feel,” said Nash, who designed both championship courses in this master-planned community. “I think it’s every bit …

Anthem Country Club – Persimmon Course

The Buzz: This course, which opened in 1999, is the first of two excellent championship layouts created by designer Greg Nash at Anthem Country Club, five years before the Ironwood Course was unveiled in this master-planned community. Persimmon is the more traditional of the two and remains the favorite of many members at this private club. The par-72 course has six sets of tees, ranging from 5,405 to 7,253 yards and is rated at 74.9 with a slope of 141 from the tips. Lakes bring water into play on six holes …

Apache Creek Golf Club

The Buzz: You won’t find it listed among the Valley of the Sun’s prominent courses, but Apache Creek is an enjoyable layout with just enough challenges to keep you focused and its rates make it a good value play. Set in the far Southeast Valley in Apache Junction, and free of housing and other development, the course maneuvers through the desert with low-lying fairways, medium-to-large greens and minimal bunkering. There are two …

Apache Stronghold Golf Club

The Buzz: Legend has it that the Apache Stronghold area was created by Usen (an Apache word for God, the giver of life) as a region abundant with everything its people would need to survive. Guarded by the Chiricahua, Aravaipa, Superstition and White mountains, the stronghold was a mystical haven in which the Apaches could walk invisibly among their …

Apache Sun Golf Course

The Buzz: If grip-and-rip describes your golf game, this might not be the place you want to tee it up. But if you already have throttled back, or simply want to work on your short game in a friendly setting that goes easy on the wallet, then Apache Sun is one course to consider. Open from October through May, this nine-hole layout southeast of Phoenix plays to par 34 at 2,550 yards. It might not seem like an executive course when you reach the first tee and find a par-5 at 480 yards waiting for you. But relax, it’s the only par-5 on a …

Apache Wells Country Club

The Buzz: This short, private course was built specifically for senior golfers who live within Apache Wells, a master-planned community for active adults. Designed by Jack Snyder, whose work is well known around Arizona, it is an unusual layout that has just seven par-4 holes, water in play on six holes and plays to par 71. There are three sets of tees at 6,038, 5,746 and 5,252 yards with a rating of 67.5 and slope of 110 from the back. It’s a playable …

Arizona Biltmore Country Club – Adobe Course

The Buzz: In a word, “timeless” might be the one that best describes this classic course that opened in 1928 and was designed by the highly regarded architect William P. Bell. Located in the heart of Phoenix, yet secluded in a valley of craggy hillside and desert landscape, the Adobe Course at the Arizona Biltmore Resort is one of Arizona’s oldest …

Arizona Biltmore Country Club – Links Course

The Buzz: The idea of this project was to create a course that would contrast that of the Adobe Course, built 51 years earlier, but fit with its surrounds just like its big sister at the Arizona Biltmore Resort. Architect Bill Johnston accomplished that with a design that has been alternately described as “wild, fresh, enjoyable, unconventional …

Arizona Country Club

Arizona Golf Authority AZGA Golf Course Buzz: History abounds at Arizona Country Club, a private facility that has more than 100 years of tradition, including hosting the Phoenix Open 10 times between 1955 and 1973 (Phoenix Country Club also hosted the event during that period). The course has been graced by some of the all-time greats…

Arizona Golf Resort

The Buzz: If you’re looking for an affordable resort course that won’t wear you out, beat you up and pillage your golf ball supply, this Arthur “Jack” Snyder layout, which opened in 1960, is track you’re looking for. That doesn’t mean it is without challenges, just that they are manageable as long as you use your head and choose your gambles wisely …

Arizona Grand Golf Course

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The Buzz: Originally it was called The Pointe Golf Club at South Mountain and later was known as Phantom Horse, but by any name, this picturesque layout is one memorable golf experience. Created by Forrest Richardson, a well-known Arizona architect who has a passion for design history, Arizona Grand dazzles golfers with its blend of traditional links, desert influences, and…

Arizona Traditions Golf Club

The Buzz: A traditional design, rolling terrain, mountain backdrops and reasonable green fees make this course northwest of Phoenix a popular spot with residents and visitors alike. Designed by Dick Bailey, it opened in 1997 as the centerpiece of a gated, active adult community near the base of the White Tank Mountains in an area that has boomed…

Arrowhead Country Club

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Arizona Golf Courses – Arrowhead Country Club: Conceived from acres of orange groves in 1986, Arrowhead Country Club has attracted members from many corners of the United States. Created by golf legend Arnold Palmer and his right-hand man Ed Seay, who also designed the nearby Legend at Arrowhead, the private Arrowhead Country Club is a traditional design…

ASU Karsten Golf Course

Hole #4 at the ASU Karsten Golf Course in Tempe, Arizona

The Buzz: Two years ago, when he was asked if he liked being known as the “Wicked Designer from Hell,” Pete Dye replied: “Sure. Every golf course we’ve built has more play than anybody else’s. They can call me anything they want.” Dye has a reputation for designing courses that are brilliant, memorable and, often, diabolical. Golfers find all three in the track he created at …

Augusta Ranch Golf Club

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Arizona Golf Courses – Augusta Ranch Golf Club
You won’t drive up Magnolia Lane, but you will enjoy the Magnolia Room at Augusta Ranch Golf Club, which offers a golf experience that’s well above the norm for executive courses. This 18-hole, par-61 layout is well known for its family atmosphere, friendly service, great playing conditions and a traditional design…