10 Best Golf Resorts in Scottsdale: Where to Tee Off in Luxury



Nothing beats the sheer beauty and challenge of playing golf in the desert. These top 10 Scottsdale golf resorts provide the perfect backdrop to your afternoon tee time.

The Boulders Resort, located just outside the Scottsdale city limits in a swath of serene desert, is home to one of the regions best and most respected golf resorts. Rugged and beautiful, the resort features two 18-hole championship golf courses designed by Jay Morrish. These are often considered some of the most demanding courses in the city, if not the entire Southwest, making this a top golfing destination for players from around the world.

Gainey Ranch Golf Club, located adjacent to the gorgeous Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa, is a private golf facility that is available exclusively to Hyatt guests and golf club members. The course is designed for challenging yet scenic play, especially the Lake course, which challenges players with strategically placed streams and waterfalls.

Over at the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North, this legendary course stands as a hallmark of excellence. The two 18-hole championship level golf courses were designed to complement the rolling desert, with play often following the natural curves of mountains and ravines. No matter where you stay during your visit, Scottsdale's popular golf resorts are truly a golfer's paradise.



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This beautiful desert resort is composed of luxury vacation condos that offer the comfort of home with all the amenities of being on vacation. The resort is located next to the famous TPC Desert Golf Course, making this the perfect vacation destination for golf enthusiasts. The course features two championship courses: the world famous Stadium Course and the Champions Course. This is Arizona's only PGA TOUR facility, offering guests a unique opportunity to play on an iconic course. Stunning views of the McDowell Mountains and spacious guest accommodations make Scottsdale Links Resort an ideal destination for an unforgettable desert golf getaway.


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This AAA Five Diamond resort is an oasis of hospitality and desert enchantment. From the moment you step into the grand, hacienda-style lobby, JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort and Spa offers a desert-inspired hospitality. Recent renovations include a new 20,000 square foot Arizona Ballroom, new restaurants, and a grand courtyard. Enjoy swimming, hiking, biking, and shopping, or relax at the celebrated Spa Camelback Inn. The resort is also well known for its 36-hole championship golf course and full service clubhouse. Step out of your routine at JW Marriott Camelback Inn Scottsdale Resort & Spa, where desert serenity and world class amenities combine for an unforgettable stay.


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Talking Stick Resort
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Talking Stick Resort is one of Scottsdale's newest and swankiest resort hotels. The hotel features nightly entertainment, world-class dining, spa services and a popular casino. Golf enthusiasts flock to the modern resort hotel for a chance to play the Talking Stick Golf Club, which features two distinct courses for various skill levels. The North course is a Scottish links style course with deep bunkers, while the South course is a more traditional course with tree-lined fairways and four holes with water hazards. The practice facilities are excellent, featuring a 17,000 square foot putting green with a driving range that is 150 yards wide and 360 yards long.


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Luxury is here to stay at the Westin Kierland Resort Spa in Scottsdale, which celebrates the essence of Arizona through traditional Southwestern design, ambiance, and hospitality. Surrounded by mountain ranges and city views, the resort and spa boasts a full-service spa, championship golf, award-winning dining, and upscale shopping. In the evening, you're likely to catch the comforting scent of fresh pinon wood crackling over one of the open fire pits in the Dreamweaver's Canyon Courtyard, or watch as guests enjoy cocktails and appetizers from the Waltz Weiser Saloon while watching the desert sun set over the patio. A perfect desert escape.


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The Orange Tree Golf Resort is a premier luxury golf resort in Scottsdale featuring manicured grounds, beautifully appointed guest rooms, a fitness center, pool with cascading waterfalls, and spa services. The heart of the resort is the gorgeous Parkland-style 18 hole, USGA-rated championship course, perfect for players of all skill levels. Players can hone their game on the large putting greens featuring a chipping area and full length driving range. Along with a practice facility, the Orange Tree Golf Club also offers world-class golf instruction. Stop by the popular John Jacobs' Golf School & Academy for professional instruction that will enhance both your enjoyment of the game and skill level.


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Fairmont Scottsdale Princess


 

This highly acclaimed Scottsdale resort offers visitors one of the most scenic desert escapes in the Southwest. Green cottonwoods, looming palm trees, and surrounding mountainscapes set a dreamy desert mood that is impossible to resist. Escape the pace of workaday life while taking in the natural beauty of the Sonoran Desert. Enjoy on-site restaurants, plentiful state-of-the-art meeting rooms, the renown Willow Stream Spa (ranked as one of the top spas in North America by Travel+Leisure Magazine), and two 18-hole championship golf courses make the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess one of the city's premier hotel resort destinations and a golf enthusiast's dream.


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This AAA Five Diamond Resort is a top Scottsdale luxury resort destination offering visitors and guests access to numerous remarkable amenities in a spectacular desert setting. Whether you want to relax with a stroll through the two-acre cactus garden, take a complimentary audio tour of the resort's famous $25 million art collection, play a round on the 27-hole championship golf course, or reserve your spot at afternoon tea, the Phoenician offers a range of signature experiences that make for a highly memorable and luxurious Scottsdale excursion. The Phoenician has been consistently ranked among the "Top 75 Golf Resorts in America" by Golf Digest.


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Located off busy Scottsdale Road on a quiet city lane, the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale stands as a sumptuous oasis of calm and comfort against the background of the McDowell Mountains. This 27-acre Scottsdale hotel resort is home to the world-renown Spa Avania, a 2.5-acre water playground, championship golf, four casual and fine dining destinations, and nightly entertainment. Spacious guestrooms and suites offer private balconies or patios, perfect for entertaining with friends or families, or simply for watching the stars rise over the desert. The exclusive Gainey Ranch Golf Club is a golfer's paradise with a 27 hole course and a full service clubhouse.


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The Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North is nestled at the foothills of Pinnacle Peak, where luxurious Southwestern-style casitas create a warm, comforting ambiance perfect for a perfectly relaxing desert getaway. Guests are invited to dine at Talavera Restaurant, a modern take on the classic steakhouse, which offers some of the best patio dining in the city and excellent views of the surrounding desert scenery. Guests also enjoy special privileges at Troon North Golf Club and Clubhouse, which earned the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale the distinction of being named one of the top golf resorts in North America by Golf Digest.


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Boulders Resort Carefree Scottsdale


 

There's no other way to describe The Boulders than "enchanting." This secluded resort is nestled in the Sonoran Desert just outside Scottsdale. As its name implies, the resort is built around desert boulders, towering cacti, and painted desert sand. Amenities include two Jay Morrish designed golf courses with scenic views and challenging bunkers. There is also the award-winning Golden Door Spa, fine dining and high end shopping, all conveniently located on site. The adobe suites feature fireplaces, 42-inch flat screen TV's, hand-hewn wood-beamed ceilings, and separate tub and natural stone showers. Many rooms also feature a private patio or balcony.


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