By Griffin Fabits
The greater Scottsdale area is a hotbed for golf, home to some of the finest and most beautiful courses in the country. Paired with perennial sunshine, Arizonans are certainly no stranger to year-round golf.
Here are some of the best golf courses Scottsdale has to offer.
Boulders Golf Club
It’s easy to feel “care-free” during a round of golf, but the North and South courses at Boulders Golf Club keep players on their toes. It’s considered the most demanding in the Southwest, and are known for their rugged beauty. Squeezed into the desert landscape, both courses own narrow fairways with little room for error. It may be a tricky round, but a gorgeous one, too.
34631 N. Tom Darlington Drive, Carefree, bouldersclub.com.
The Estancia Club
Tabbed the best golf course in Arizona by a 2019 Golf Digest report, The Estancia Club is home to a single course, a tricky 18 holes with narrow, sometimes unrelenting, fairways. The club, nestled in the Pinnacle Peak community, is private, owned and operated by its members. The course offers 7,314 yards of superb golf, bent grass greens and breathtaking views. The city of Scottsdale boasts and endless amounts of dazzling courses, but these six are among the best.
27998 N. 99th Place, estanciaclub.com.
Grayhawk Golf Club
The Grayhawk Golf Club has two courses, Talon and Raptor, which were engineered with their own distinctive personalities. Talon is a more “desert-style test of golf,” as it lines the desert and boasts tremendous greens. The Raptor course throws “more traditional challenges” at its golfers, with its “come-and-get-it style” and “generous fairways and deep greenside bunkers guarding crowded greens.” The combination of the two courses combine for two of Scottsdale’s finest.
8620 E. Thompson Peak Parkway, grayhawkgolf.com.
Talking Stick Golf Club
The Talking Stick Golf Club is home to two courses, the O’odham Course and the Piipaash Course. Similar to Grayhawk, these two courses offer different styles of play. O’odham course, which was formerly known as the North Course, is broad, and rewards thoughtful play through the rise of its many options according to one’s level of skill. Piipaash, once known as the South Course, blends the desert with tree-lined fairways. This course has a more straight-forward approach, yet remains consistent in challenging those who play it.
9998 E. Talking Stick Way, talkingstickgolfclub.com.
Home of the Waste Management Open, and more infamously, its festive 16th hole, TPC Scottsdale pairs its 36 holes with a glimpse into a day in the life of a PGA Tour player. The Stadium Course is where the Waste Management Open takes place, and the Champions Course offers an ideal desert golf experience. Both courses are open to the public. Play the Stadium Course for its 16th hole, and also for the chance to relive Tiger Woods’ iconic hole-in-one at the 1997 Phoenix Open.
17020 N. Hayden Road, tpc.com/scottsdale/golf.
Troon North Golf Club
The Troon North Club houses two courses, both of which are top-100 ranked Tom Weiskopf designed 18-hole courses. The courses, Monument and Pinnacle, are immersed in the Arizona desert, weaving in and out of cactus and wildlife. Both courses underwent a makeover in late 2018.
10320 E. Dynamite Boulevard, troonnorthgolf.com.