The Best Arizona Golf Courses for Expert Design and Stunning Views

From Tucson to Sedona, the best golf courses in Arizona offer expertly-designed holes and incredible views.

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When it comes to places to play golf, Arizona has it all. There's sunshine, mountains, deserts, and landscapes that include cacti, flowers, and trees from palms to pines. Arizona golf courses take full advantage of nature's bounty with some of the most stunning layouts in the world. From resorts to country clubs and well-kept municipal links, Arizona boasts courses for all golfers to enjoy, whether it's for a weekend getaway or a full-on golf vacation.

Convenience is a plus as well. Almost in the middle of the state, Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport is accessible from most major cities, and a scenic road trip can take golfers in any direction they wish. If reading about some of the best golf courses in Arizona creates visions of teeing it up surrounded by a desert landscape, you might be ready for your own golf trip to the Grand Canyon State.

Best Golf Courses in Scottsdale

A golf course viewed from behind a Saguaro cactus in Scottsdale Arizona from above on the Chollo Trail.

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TPC Scottsdale Stadium Course

Renovated in 2014, the Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish course hosts the annual Waste Management Phoenix Open. Its famous par-three 16th hole is a fan favorite during the event. With pristine greens, meticulous maintenance, and a backdrop of the McDowell Mountains, the course is a treat for both pros and recreational golfers. The Champions Course at TPC Scottsdale also provides both gorgeous scenery and challenges for golfers of all skill levels.


The resort offers two highly rated courses, the Saguaro and the Cholla. Designed by Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore, the shorter Saguaro Course features wider fairways and greens set near the next tee, making it ideal for walking. The Cholla Course, open for public play, offers a stunning Sonoran Desert setting and mountain views, unobstructed by homes or development around its fairways.

Troon North

Two 18-hole courses, Pinnacle and Monument, offer Sonoran Desert scenery with bentgrass greens, natural ravines, granite boulders, cacti, and groomed fairways. Original designer Tom Weiskopf renovated the courses in 2018, updating greens and bunkers and enhancing the original layout.

Boulders Resort & Spa

The semi-private country club features two Jay Morrish designed courses, the Boulders North Course and the Boulders South Course, both set in natural Sonoran Desert terrain. Golfers can encounter wildlife that includes bobcats, rabbits, coyotes, and javelinas. The North is the older of the two, with boulder formations and views of Black Mountain. The South Course also features boulder formations including the signature "Boulder Piles" and "Rosie's Rock."

Camelback Golf Club

Camelback Golf Club's two 18-hole championship courses, set in the Camelback foothills, feature native plants, rolling fairways, and mountain views. The Ambiente Course, designed by Jason Straka, offers five sets of tees and winds through a Scottsdale neighborhood along Indian Bend Wash. The Padre Course features wide fairways, gently rolling terrain, trees, and a challenging overwater final hole.

Best Golf Courses in Phoenix

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Quintero Golf Club

Designed by Rees Jones, this semi-private course features bentgrass greens, significant elevation changes, and a natural setting that includes a wide selection of native cacti. Located less than an hour from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, Quintero offers a secluded feel, surrounded by federal land.

Arizona Biltmore

The luxurious resort boasts two courses, both with lakes and gorgeous scenery. The Adobe treats players to views of the Phoenix Mountain Preserve and downtown Phoenix. The newer Links Course features rolling fairways, lakes, and tall pine trees as it winds among Phoenix residences.

Wildfire Golf Club

The JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort offers two 18-hole courses at Wildfire: the Faldo Championship Course and the Palmer Signature Course. The Faldo course features wide fairways, ample greens, deep pot bunkers, mountain views, and century-old cacti. The longer Palmer course also offers expansive fairways along with undulating greens and views of North Phoenix.

Papago Golf Club

This City of Phoenix municipal golf course is surrounded by native desert landscape in the heart of Phoenix. Designed by William Francis Bell, the course offers views of Camelback Mountain, Papago Buttes, and downtown Phoenix. Papago is the home course for Arizona State University golf teams.

Best Golf Courses in Tucson

Desert Golf Course, Hole 6, Wild Burro 9, at Dove Mountain, Tucson, Arizona

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Loews Ventana Canyon Resort

Two championship 18-hole golf courses are available at the resort, both designed by Tom Fazio to blend into the natural features of the Santa Catalina Mountains. Scenic canyons, desert cacti, and massive rock formations create a beautiful landscape. The Mountain Course features its famed third hole, a 107-yard par three that plays across a plunging ravine. The Canyon Course winds through Esperero Canyon, and its final hole includes a steep waterfall and partial island green.

Tubac Golf Resort & Spa

Set among the foothills of the Santa Rita and Tumacacori Mountains just south of Tucson, this luxury resort was the setting for the film "Tin Cup." Originally designed in 1959 by Robert Lawrence, the course was updated in 2006 with nine additional holes. Today three courses are offered on the property. The original front nine holes are on the Otero Course. The Anza Course features mountain views and ends with a par-three island green. The Rancho Course is set along the banks of the Santa Cruz River.

La Paloma Country Club

This private 27-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature Design course features lush fairways, Bermuda greens, and seven sets of tees. The Canyon nine takes golfers to the highest point on the course. The Hill nine offers wide fairways, and the Ridge Course faces the Santa Catalina Mountains and goes on to provide views of the city. Guests at the Westin La Paloma Resort have access to the course.

Best Golf Courses in Flagstaff

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Pine Canyon Golf Club

Designed by Jay Morrish, Pine Canyon offers frequent elevation changes, tall pines, wide fairways, and mountain scenery. Panoramic views of the San Francisco Peaks form the backdrop for this secluded course.

Forest Highlands Golf Club

Two championship courses designed by Tom Weiskopf weave through the property, studded with tall pines and blessed with panoramic mountain views. The Meadow Course is a traditional walking course, with ten of its holes surrounding a large meadow. The Canyon Course was created in 1996 by Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish, with seven sets of tees to accommodate golfers of all levels.

Best Golf Courses in Sedona

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Oakcreek Country Club

The course was designed by Robert Trent Jones and his son, Robert Trent Jones Jr. The traditional layout is set among Sedona's red rocks. Tree-lined fairways and elevated greens surrounded by greenside bunkers make the course both beautiful and challenging. With three lakes, water comes into play on at least five of the holes.

Sedona Golf Resort

This beautiful public course is set among the red rocks of Sedona for a challenging and scenic golf experience. The 6,646-yard, par-71 layout takes full advantage of Sedona's natural beauty.

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