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Best Value Golf Courses in Greater Phoenix


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.

You don't have to pay $200 for a round if you don't want to. Here are my picks for best golf courses for the money. You won't have to get a second mortgage to play! They might not be the courses that the celebrities play, but you'll enjoy yourself.

Note: All these courses charge between $40 and $80 during 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. ASU Karsten Golf Club

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Located in Tempe. The ASU Karsten Golf Course is a links style course on the campus of Arizona State University campus. It's got lakes, mounds and pot bunkers. Tee boxes range from 4,765 to 7,057 yards. If you are an ASU fan, you'll love this pro shop!

2. Hillcrest Golf Club

Hillcrest Golf Club
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Located in Sun City West. Water is in play on 12 of the 18 holes at Hillcrest and doglegs abound. About 7,000 yards from the championship tees, Hillcrest has hosted many pro tournaments. Check the web site to see if there are special golf/lunch bargains.

3. Kokopelli Golf Club

Kokopelli Golf Club
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Located in Gilbert. Moguls and bunkers give Kokopelli a links-type feel with a substantial number of water holes.

4. Foothills Golf Club

Foothills Golf Club
Foothills is located in the Ahwatukee area of Phoenix, near South Mountain. It is a par-72 championship links-style course designed by Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish, affording all levels of golfer a challenging round.

5. Ken McDonald Golf Club

Ken McDonald Golf Club
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Ken McDonald is a par-72 municipal golf course in Tempe, Arizona. It is considered one of the best courses in town for the price, and has a driving range, pro shop and a restaurant.

6. Golf Club at Johnson Ranch

Golf Club at Johnson Ranch
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Located in the East Valley, Johnson Ranch is set at the base of the San Tan Mountains. It's a par 72, with nine holes of traditional desert golf and nine holes on the mountainside.

7. Looking for a Discount?

Discounted Golf in Phoenix
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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