Golf courses

13 Best Golf Courses in Scottsdale

The best golf courses to play in Scottsdale, Arizona are ready and waiting for you to put on your golf shoes and hit the driving range for a quick warm-up. The options are endless – from challenging desert golf to traditional tees and green approaches – you’ll love playing Scottsdale’s best golf courses.

Choose from a variety of resort courses that offer stay and play packages or one of the highly rated public golf courses. With so many options available, you’ll find a course that fits your game and your budget.

Scottsdale Golf has something for every level of golfer. Serious players will appreciate a cool, early morning tee time that requires a higher booking fee for the premium tee time. The casual player who wants to experience golf in the Sonoran Desert will enjoy a sunset round where they can explore the course at a more relaxed pace for an affordable tee fee.

Whichever way you slice it (pun intended), golf in the Arizona desert is an outdoor experience you’ll want to repeat over and over again.

In-season rates will be higher than shoulder season when you can play these courses in good weather for a fraction of the price. We have listed the course prices according to their expected fees for the winter season. The 13 courses are listed below in no particular order, and their prices are indicated like this:

  • $: $75 to $150
  • $$: $150 to $250
  • $$$: $250 or more

Note: Some information in this article was obtained through a sponsored press trip, but all recommendations are my own.

Photo credit: JW Marriott Camelback Inn

1. Camelback Golf Club

Part of the JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa, the Camelback Golf Club offers its customers two 18-hole courses, the Padre course and the Ambiente course. The rugged backdrop of Camelback Mountain and lush green fairways and greens create a stunning juxtaposition. With wide-open fairways and refreshing water features, you’ll love the challenging game. Surrounded by local flora and fauna, you are immersed in the experience of golf in the desert.

Cost: $$–$$$ (stay and play package)

Pro tip: Camelback is a semi-private course. During peak season, choose a stay and play package to ensure tee time availability.

Boulders Club at Boulders Resort & Spa;  Scottsdale, AZ
Photo credit: Boulders Resort & Spa Scottsdale

2. Rock Club

The two courses of block club are located at the Boulders Resort & Spa. With two beautiful courses criss-crossing the property, you’ll experience a challenging round of golf in the most unique landscape imaginable. Towering rock formations dotted with saguaro and other native xerisscapes and natural plantings, the beautiful views can distract you from your game. Boulders offers a certified caddy to improve your game on its Jay Morrish-designed courses.

Cost: $$$ (stay and play package)

Pro Tip: A stay and play package at this beautiful resort is the best way to secure a tee time in Boulders.

Troon North Golf Club;  Scottsdale, AZ
Photo credit: Myles McGuinness / Experience Scottsdale

3. Troon North Golf Club

Troon North Golf Club is one of the best clubs in Scottsdale. With two stunning courses, Monument and Pinnacle, this is a must-visit course for all golf enthusiasts. Designed by Tom Weiskopf, this Sonoran Desert beauty is one of those rounds of golf you’ll remember for years. This is one of those “humble boastful” golf adventures to share with friends and family.

Cost: $$$ (dynamic pricing)

Pro Tip: Troon’s prices are priced dynamically and fluctuate based on demand, availability and other factors.

PTC Scottsdale;  Scottsdale, AZ
Photo credit: Chip Henderson

4. TPC Scottsdale

Golfers love it PTC Scottsdale Classes. Follow in the footsteps of professional golfers as you navigate the fairways on the Stadium Course designed by Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish. Beautifully maintained with breathtaking views, every golfer will love playing this course. The Champion Course offers a desert feel and more forgiving play. This is the perfect place for a group of golfers of varying abilities. Both courses offer a golfing experience appreciated by pros and budding amateur golfers.

Cost: $$–$$$

Pro Tip: The Stadium Course is where the Waste Management Phoenix Open is played and is a great course for experienced golfers who love the game.

5. We-Ko-Pa Golf Club

We-Ko-Pa Golf Club sits squarely on Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation land in the beautiful McDowell Mountain Range. The Cholla course was designed by Scott Miller. This classic desert-style golf course will challenge your shots from tee to green. The more traditional Saguaro course was designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw. The peaceful, nature-focused environment allows players to focus on their approach, making the best gameplay decisions.

Cost: $–$$$

Pro Tip: Stay and play with a package at We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort.

6. Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club

Among magnificent greens and fairways surrounded by natural habitats, you will discover the Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club. On the Ak-Chin Indian Reservation, the course is a facility managed by Troon Golf, so you know it’s in fabulous condition, ready for an exciting round of golf. Experienced golfers will love the US Open sectional qualifier site. You can yearn to improve your swing and dream of the day you play in a qualifying round.

Cost: $ (dynamic pricing)

Pro Tip: Stay and play packages are available at Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino & Resort where you can golf all day and gamble all night.

7. Quintero Golf Club

the Quintero Golf Club in nearby Peoria is a golf experience designed by Reese Jones. This desert course in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area is a golf destination for players who love the game and want a unique golf adventure. When you’re looking for a course to bring golf friends together for a fun vacation, Quintero is a perfect option.

Cost: $$

Pro Tip: Quintero offers fun stay and play packages, including large executive lofts with a pool table to relax in after a day on the links.

McDowell Mountain Golf Club;  Scottsdale, AZ
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8. McDowell Mountain Golf Club

Experience a round of golf at McDowell Mountain Golf Club where green fairways intersect perfectly with the McDowell Mountains and the expansive desert landscape. The rugged beauty of the manicured, natural desert landscaping, hemmed in by jagged mountains, offers great approach shots from surprisingly lush holes. You will be enchanted by the scenery considering your game and the number of strokes.

Cost: $–$$

Pro Tip: McDowell offers a special “Back 9 & Breakfast” when you head out early in the morning for breakfast and great golf.

Grayhawk Golf Club;  Scottsdale, AZ
Photo credit: Lonna Tucker

9. Grayhawk Golf Club

Grayhawk Golf Club is a public club offering two 18-hole courses. The Raptor course is a traditional course with classic, undulating fairways and guarded greens. The Talon Course is an Arizona desert-style course that will compel you to play your best golf shots. This popular course allows golfers to enjoy the game and the beautiful scenery.

Cost: $$

Pro Tip: Check the special 36-hole rates, where you can play all day at a reduced rate.

10. Starfire Golf Club

Play on a public course designed by Arnold Palmer, Starfire Golf Club. The 18-hole course offers views of the magnificent McDowell Mountains. Forehands from tee to green are hampered by strategically located traps and water hazards. Golfers will enjoy a fun desert golf outing in beautiful Scottsdale sunshine.

Cost: $

Pro Tip: When you don’t have time for an 18-hole round, Starfire offers a nine-hole, par-28 course with a playing time of just 1.5 hours.

the Gainey Ranch Golf Club;  Scottsdale, AZ
Photo credit: Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch

11. Gainey Ranch Golf Club

the Gainey Ranch Golf Club is a private club for guests of the Hyatt Regency in Scottsdale. The golf course is dotted with lush palm trees supporting three nine-hole courses; The Lakes Course, Dune Course and Arroyo Course offer golfers the opportunity to create an 18-hole course to suit your game.

Cost: $$$ (stay and play package)

Pro Tip: By staying at the Hyatt, you can play at the Gainey Ranch. If you like the area, you can buy a snowbird condo or a permanent home in the exclusive Gainey Ranch neighborhood.

12. Sunridge Canyon Golf Club

Sunridge Canyon Golf Club is a scenic public golf course surrounded by beautifully maintained natural habitats. With undulating fairways and gentle elevation changes, Sunridge offers players an immersive desert golf experience. Sunridge is a great course to hang out and enjoy an afternoon of golf.

Cost: $–$$

Pro Tip: Sunridge offers an annual pass program for snowbirds who want to play all the golf all the time.

Westin Kierland Resort and Spa;  Scottsdale, AZ
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13. Westin Kierland Resort & Spa

the Westin Kierland Resort and Spa is certified by the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary program for its commitment to the preservation of desert flora and fauna. The 27-hole course designed by Scott Miller includes three segments of nine holes. The three courses offer guests a variety of playing options. The Acacia, Ironwood and Mesquite trio can be arranged for a serious swing test round or a fun golf outing with your golf buddies.

Cost: $$ (dynamic pricing)

Pro Tip: Stay at the Westin Kierland and enjoy the luxury of a Westin hotel with fabulous golf in the Arizona desert just steps from your room.

The 19th hole

Scottsdale has a lot to offer visitors and is a haven for snowbirds escaping the cold northern winters. During your visit, you can plan all your adventures by exploring Discover Scottsdale. They offer the latest and most up-to-date events in and around the city.

Be sure to add Old Town Scottsdale to your bucket list, then head out for some fantastic outdoor adventures. Scottsdale is the perfect place for a winter getaway. it offers some of the best golf courses to play in Arizona.