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.
Located in Scottsdale. Pinnacle Peak stands guard over Troon North, a gorgeously maintained course that prides itself on exceptional service and facilities.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Located in Scottsdale. Kierland Golf Club has 27 holes and is a resort course. The golf carts have cooling systems!