Those looking for a unique and challenging golf experience need to make plans to visit the Scottsdale, Arizona area. This area is home to championship golf courses, many of which host some of the biggest tournaments on the PGA Tour. Golfers will find everything from beautifully landscaped courses to dramatic desert backgrounds and challenging elevations to very playable course designs. There is definitely a golf course in the Scottsdale area for golfers of any skill level.
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Gold Canyon Golf Resort
6100 South Kings Ranch Road
Gold Canyon, AZ 85218
(480) 982-9090

Experience desert golf at its finest while enjoying a game or two of golf at Gold Canyon Golf Resort. Gold Canyon is home to two 18-hole Championship courses at the foot of Superstition Mountains – Sidewinder and Dinosaur Mountain. Each course offers top rated designs featuring dramatic elevation changes, beautiful scenery, an abundance of wildlife and an unforgettable experience. When it comes to both playability and visual appeal, Gold Canyon Golf Resort is definitely one of the most impressive and spectacular courses in the Scottsdale area. You are sure to have a unique experience playing golf at Gold Canyon Golf Resort.

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Quintero Golf Club
16752 AZ-74
Peoria, AZ 85383
(928) 501-1500

Golfers can aim to conquer the severe elevation challenges designed into every hole at the Quintero Golf Club, which has often been described as the “Purest Golf Experience.” Golfers will find the finest playing surfaces that are not only beautiful, but also challenging. Plus, the hospitality offered to guests by all employees at the Quintero Golf Club goes above and beyond. The course features strategic bunker placement, multi-level bentgrass greens and generous landing areas. This once private club is now open to the public and is meant to challenge the best of the best golfers.

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Photo Credit: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images


Troon North Golf Club
10320 East Dynamite Blvd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85262
(480) 585-5300

Golfers can experience two 18-hole courses at the Troon North Golf Club – Pinnacle and Monument. These courses wind through natural ravines and foothills under the shadows of Pinnacle Peak. The landscape surrounding Troon North Golf Club is speckled with giant granite boulders and a breathtaking desert landscape of Arizona’s Sonoran Desert. This course is like no other, mostly because it offers physical challenges set among the area’s most visually appealing and unique golfing ambiance. Courses are designed with varying elevations, including slopes and deep bunkers. Golfers of any skill level will enjoy taking on the challenges the two courses at Troon North have to offer.

TPC Scottsdale’s Stadium Course
17020 North Hayden Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85255
(480) 585-4334

The Stadium Course at TPC Scottsdale is home to the Waste Management Phoenix Open, a fan favorite on the PGA Tour. Since 1986, this course has hosted many of the game’s greatest moments. Golfers and fans will fall in love with the par 3, 16th hole that gets transformed into “The Coliseum” during the Waste Management Phoenix Open. This is definitely one of the most exciting settings in the world of golf. The Stadium Course offers a balanced design that creates challenges for top golfers, but is still very playable for beginners. Though not at the top of the list for visual appeal, this course still ranks at the top and is a must-play for golfers who want to walk in the footsteps of the greatest players the game has ever seen.

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Photo Credit: David Cannon/Getty Images


We-Ko-Pa Golf Club
18200 East Toh Vee Circle
Fort McDowell, AZ 85264
(480) 836-9000

Once golfers set foot on the courses at We-Ko-Pa Golf Club they will quickly discover why this club is one of the best in the Scottsdale area. There are two courses – Cholla and Saguaro – at the We-Ko-Pa Golf Club, giving golfers two challenging options. In addition to challenging courses, golfers can enjoy amazing views of the McDowell Mountains, Red Mountain, Four Peaks and the Superstitions. Both seasoned golfers and rookie golfers will have a memorable golfing experience at We-Ko-Pa Golf Club.

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Honorable Mentions

The Scottsdale area of Arizona is home to many of the nation’s best golf courses, including those listed above. However, with so many quality golfing experiences available in the area, it is hard to just list a few. Here are some of the area’s other golf courses that are sure to excite many golfers looking for new and unique golfing experiences.

The next time you are looking for a golfing getaway, take a look at what the Scottsdale area has to offer. You will find a variety of courses and plenty of opportunity to put your golfing skills to the test. It is no wonder why this area is best known for what it has to offer golfers.

Heather Landon is a freelance writer with more than 20 years of experience. She has combined two of her passions – writing and travel – to share her experiences with others. You can read more of her articles at Examiner.com.