Summertime in the Phoenix area means different things to different people. To some, it means oppressive heat, dust and monsoon thunderstorms. Others of us cannot wait for the summer to arrive. For that is when all our winter visitors go home, the prices go down, and we, the year-round residents of the Phoenix area can join with those few hardy summer tourists for some of the best golf deals in the country. This is the time of year that we can freeze our water bottles, don our sunscreen, caps and sunglasses, and head out to Arizona golf courses that, in the winter, we may not be able to afford. Phoenix and especially Scottsdale golf courses can be a bargain if you are an early riser and/or you can take the heat.
There are over 200 golf courses of varying types and lengths in the Phoenix area and over 300 Arizona golf courses. Here are a few that you shouldn't miss if you can handle the heat. Please note, all prices are subject to change. Call the golf course for tee times and prices. Here are two important tips:
1. If you are bringing kids, ask if they have a special program for juniors. Several golf courses find that late afternoons in summer are a great time to let the younger golfers hone their skills.
2. If it is important to you, ask about what amenities are on the course's golf carts. Is there a cooler with ice? Do the carts have GPS?
Looking for a discount? If you pay in advance (nonrefundable) you might find a great deal on one of these courses at GolfNow.com (Buy Direct).
Troon North costs more than $200 per person, give or take, in the winter months and has been called the best course in all of Arizona. The price drops dramatically in the summer. It is located in North Scottsdale. There are two courses designed by Tom Weiskopf. The Monument course is 7,070 yards and a par 72 from the Black tees. "It presents a challenging layout for the pros, as well as an enjoyable experience for the average golfer. Both will enjoy the wide fairways that wind through lush desert vegetation, natural washes and towering saguaros." The Pinnacle Course is 7,025 yards and a par 71. It is "built around dramatic granite boulders and striking elevation changes. The Pinnacle features a more traditional desert layout with tighter landing areas and spectacular carries over desert washes." Troon North also has a 9-hole executive course called Monument Express where people of all experience levels can play. Great for families. Call and check for great deals for juniors after 3 p.m. (sometimes they are free!)
The Boulders is located in beautiful Carefree, Arizona which is north of Scottsdale. There are two golf courses set among 12 million year old granite formations. Both designed by Jay Morrish, the 6,726-yard, par 71 South Course has been named one of the top 100 course in America. The North Course is a bit longer at 6,811 yards, but is a par 72. Is it true that a desert rule on this course is that "if a coyote picks up your ball and carries it off, you can drop a ball and play it from there"? Normally $240, in the summer the rates drop to between $55 and $140.
Grayhawk in Scottsdale also commands over $200 in high season here. But in the summer, you can play the two courses, both rated in the top 100 courses in the country, for between $60 and $100. The 6,973-yard, par-72 Talon Course, designed by former PGA and US Open Champion David Graham and architect Gary Panks, was selected as one of Golf Magazine's "Top 10 You Can Play." The Raptor maxes out at 7,135 yards, par 72 and was designed by Tom Fazio.
The luxurious Phoenician Resort in Scottsdale uses Camelback Mountain as its backdrop for 27 holes of wonderful golf. Names one of the "Top 75 Golf Resorts in America," summer rates start at $50 compared to over $200 in the winter. The Desert/Canyon Course (par 70) is the premier 18 holes.
These are just a few of the premier Phoenix area courses, but there are many wonderful courses in the low to mid-priced range, too. Just go to the next page to check those out.
All dates, times, prices and offerings are subject to change without notice.