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My Favorite Public Golf Courses in Metro Phoenix

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There are about 200 golf courses in the greater Phoenix area, and, being a golfer, I can often recommend a golf course that suits your game.

As far as the top golf courses are concerned, you'll usually see the same courses named over and again. If I had to pick just a handful of public golf courses that I would recommend, here are my picks. These aren't necessarily the exclusive, expensive, see-a-celebrity courses--they are just fun and challenging and beautiful.

Note: Prices ranges shown are for the November/December period. Prices will be higher in the winter, and lower in the summer. Call to inquire about course maintenance schedule, especially in November.

1. Troon North Golf Club

Troon North Golf Club
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$150-$200
Located in Scottsdale. There are two courses, Monument and Pinnacle. Play Monument if you can.

2. Gold Canyon Golf Club

Gold Canyon Golf Club
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$100-$150
Out in Gold Canyon, Arizona, near Apache Junction. Dinosaur Mountain is the course you'll want to play, especially if you are a bit tired of flat desert courses. Sidewinder isn't nearly as special.

3. Superstition Springs Golf Club

Superstition Springs Golf Club
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$100-$130
A challenging course measuring over 7,000 yards from the back tee with a 130 slope rating. Superstition Springs is a PGA Tour qualifying site.

4. Golf Club at Eagle Mountain

Golf Club at Eagle Mountain
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$100-$150
Located in Fountain Hills, and very close to Scottsdale. The McDowell Mountains is the setting here.

5. Ocotillo Country Club

Ocotillo Country Club
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$100-$150
Located in Chandler. 27 holes of Troon Golf. If you don't like water holes, don't play Ocotillo. For example, on the Blue Nine, water is in play on every single hole. Bring extra golf balls.

6. SunRidge Canyon Golf Club

SunRidge Canyon Golf Club
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$100-$150
This is a very picturesque 6,823-yard, par-71 course located in the foothills of the McDowell Mountains. Not your typical flat desert course, course management is key to a successful round here. Save a photo for the 17th hole.

7. Arizona Grand Golf Club

Arizona Grand Golf Club
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This course is associated with the Arizona Grand Resort, located near South Mountain. It's a nice combination of both links and desert design. It is a par 71, 6,331 yards. This course used to be called "Phantom Horse."

8. Private Golf Courses You Can Play

Play Golf in Phoenix
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Sometimes golf courses that are usually open only to member allow non-members to book a tee time. Here are some courses where you might find those opportunities.

9. Looking for a Discount?

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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).
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