10 Best Golf Courses in Scottsdale: Must-Play Desert Gems

Whether you're a beginner golfer coming to enjoy a week at one of the city's luxurious golf resorts, or an advanced player seeking to hone your game on some of the best courses in the world, Scottsdale is the place for great golf.

Scottsdale and neighboring communities are home to nearly 200 golf courses, and with 330 average days of sunshine annually, it's easy to see why Scottsdale has established itself as one of the world's leading golf destinations. 

The natural beauty of the Sonoran Desert provides a magnificent backdrop to some of the most exciting and dramatic play in the country. That's what you'll find at McDowell Mountain Golf Club, built on the western slope of the rugged McDowell Mountains, offering players 7,072 yards of fair but challenging play.

For some of the best panoramic views of the Valley, head to the courses at the Eagle Mountain Golf Club, which weaves elegantly through desert ravines, peaks, and shady box canyons for a day of unforgettable play.

Play the crown jewel of Scottsdale at Troon North, two spectacular 18-hole courses that wind through the scenic foothills of Pinnacle Peak.

Of course, you'll also want to walk in the shadows of legends at TPC Scottsdale, home of the Waste Management Phoenix Open, a fan favorite that draws thousands of golf aficionados every year to this iconic Scottsdale golf course.

Eagle Mountain Golf Club
Photo courtesy of Eagle Mountain Golf Club

This Scott Miller-designed course is located just outside Scottsdale along the scenic McDowell Mountains in the community of Fountain Hills. The course's 6,800-yard layout weaves through shaded box canyons and mountain peaks. Players get to...  Read More

The Phoenician Golf Course is one of Scottsdale's most popular golf destinations. The Phoenician is home to three courses: the Desert Nine, Oasis Nine, and Canyon Nine. The Desert Nine is the most popular course because of its unique layout,...  Read More

Legend Trail Golf Club offers a beautifully manicured 72 course that meanders across the stunning Sonoran Desert, offering players some of the best panoramic vistas in Scottsdale, including gorgeous views of Pinnacle Peak, one of the city's...  Read More

If you want to get away from it all, this is the place for you. The desert wildlife and breathtaking scenery make this one of the most relaxing resorts in the US. As for the golf, there is a good chance you will encounter the natural desert...  Read More

Formerly known as the Sanctuary Golf Course, the new McDowell Mountain Golf Club is Scottsdale's latest jewel. Built on the western slope of Scottsdale's iconic McDowell Mountains, the new and improved golf course recently underwent significant...  Read More

Orange Tree Golf Resort
Photo courtesy of Orange Tree Golf Resort

This popular Scottsdale golf resort is located on the site of an old orange grove. The resort has been lauded in recent years for its efforts to go green, including reducing non-recyclable waste, reducing water usage, and starting an active...  Read More

Kierland Golf Club
Photo courtesy of Kierland Golf Club

The Kierland Golf Club, located at The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, is the perfect place to savor the essence of championship-level golf in the desert. Located in the heart of "new" Scottsdale, Kierland Golf Club is set against the dramatic...  Read More

TPC at Scottsdale – Stadium

TPC Scottsdale is home to one of the largest-attended golf tournament in the world, the perennial fan favorite Waste Management Phoenix Open. TPC Scottsdale is a favorite course of some of the sport's top players and recreational golfers alike,...  Read More

Fountain Hills
We-Ko-Pa Golf Club
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The We-Ko-Pa Golf Club is located on the eastern edge of Scottsdale, blessed with stunning mountain vistas in nearly every direction. The Club offers players of all skill levels access to many great amenities, including a 21,000 square foot...  Read More

Troon North Golf Club

Known as Scottsdale's "crown jewel," Troon North Golf Club offers players an unrivalled Scottsdale desert golf experience. The two 18-hole courses wind through scenic foothills and natural ravines in the cool shadows of Pinnacle Peak. The rugged...  Read More


Meet Patricia Escarcega

Patricia Escarcega has lived in the Arizona desert since she was a teenager. She works as a writer and editor in Phoenix with her four dogs and two cats.

She received her MFA in Creative...  More About Patricia

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