Ranch Realty: The Top 5 Golf Courses in Sunny Scottsdale, Arizona
Set in the Sonoran Desert and on land owned by the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, We-Ko-Pa. offers two fantastic courses – Cholla and Saguaro. Unlike other Arizona golf courses, there are no homes, condos or townhomes lining these fairways…It is just you and the elements, with giant saguaros in the foreground framed by magnificent mountains in the distance.
North Scottsdale’s crown jewel and arguably the best public 36-hole facility in the area, with the Pinnacle Course top of recent Golf Monthly ‘Best Public Course in Arizona’ rankings, and the Monument Course just three behind. Recent course renovations by original designer and British Open Champion Tom Weiskopf have enhanced the experience further.
The Stadium Course at TPC Scottsdale naturally gets all the attention for hosting the Waste Management Phoenix Open, thanks to the famous Par-3 16th known as ‘The Coliseum’. Everyone loves to play where the Pros play, however right across the street is the underrated Champions Course, which is less expensive and very walkable.
Another great 36-hole courses designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, is situated on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. Adjacent and on flat land, makes the courses very walkable. The O'odham course has a links feel while the Piipaash course is shorter, with more water and trees.
As its name would suggest, this unique resort sits in the Sonoran Desert foothills nestling among massive granite boulder formations. Quite a surreal setting for golf, with both Jay Morrish, designed championship courses offering spectacular views. The North, known for its challenging back-9 and is the older of the two, and The South has holes that go right up into the boulder formations.