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Golf Courses To Play To Impress Your Friends

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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.

Some golf courses evoke more envy than others. Here are my picks for best golf courses that will also impress your friends when you tell them you played there. You might even run into a celebrity or two.

Note: Price ranges noted 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.

Prices subject to change without notice.

1. Troon North Golf Club

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$200-$250
Located in Scottsdale. Pinnacle Peak stands guard over Troon North, a gorgeously maintained course that prides itself on exceptional service and facilities.

2. The Phoenician Golf Club

The Phoenician Golf Club
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$150-$200
Located in Scottsdale. The Phoenician's 27-hole course offers three nines: Canyon, Desert and Oasis. The name of the course is descriptive of the beautiful scenery you'll encounter there.

3. Grayhawk Golf Club

Grayhawk Golf Club
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$150-$200
Located in Scottsdale. Of the two courses, Talon and Raptor, the Talon course is the premier course to play. Five holes in the woods, ten lakes, and the beauty of the Sonoran Desert.

4. The Boulders Golf Club

The Boulders Golf Club
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$200-$250
Located in Carefree. Play this challenging course in the high Sonoran desert among 12-million year old granite boulder formations. The north Course is the original course, but the South Course is very scenic, too, and the two courses are of comparable length. The Boulders Golf Club is a resort course.

5. TPC of Scottsdale

TPC of Scottsdale
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$200-$250
The Stadium Course is the one everyone wants to play. That's where the pro golfers play when they come each winter for the Phoenix Open PGA event. The Champions Course is OK, but no bragging rights accrue.

6. Westin Kierland Golf Club

Westin Kierland Golf Club
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$150-$200.
Located in Scottsdale. Kierland Golf Club has 27 holes and is a resort course. The golf carts have cooling systems!

7. Looking for a Discount?

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If you pay in advance (nonrefundable) you might find a great deal on one of these courses at GolfNow.com (Buy Direct).

8. Private Golf Courses You Can Play

Scottsdale Golf
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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.
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