Scottsdale's resorts offer the best in luxury and top-flight Arizona golf
For top-rate desert golf, few U.S. destinations can compete with Scottsdale, Arizona. The Phoenix-Scottsdale area has been called the golf resort capital of the world, and indeed it has some unparalleled golf courses.
One definite must-play is Anthem Country Club. Designed by Greg Nash, this club boasts two superb golf courses, The Persimmon and The Ironwood. Both have large, undulating greens, stark elevation changes, multiple tees and formidable length. You better be accurate and have your wits about you to score well here.
Down the road apiece is Grayhawk Golf Club, home to the Tom Fazio-designed Raptor and Talon courses. Raptor is a wicked test for all skill levels, while Talon is more accommodating to high handicappers.
The Boulders is another premier Scottsdale golf club. Jay Morrish is behind both its North and South courses. The South is known as the club's premier layout, a tough, scenic course that demands every club in the bag. The North, while in the shadow of its big brother, is no slouch though.
For great public golf, head to the famous We-Ko-Pa Golf Club. The Scott Miller-designed Cholla Course at We-Ko-Pa plays to a whopping 7,124 yards from the tips. It's become the crown jewel of Scottsdale and among the most revered golf courses in the U.S.
Together with its neighbors, We-Ko-Pa Golf Club is proof that Scottsdale is America's golf resort mecca.
Dates: April 28, 2013 - May 26, 2013
The Lodge at Ventana Canyon sits against the backdrop of the Santa Catalina Mountains. Nestled within this spectacular setting is a private country club and Lodge with just 50 suites and 36 holes of golf. Winding through the canyons and arroyos of this 600-acre desert preserve are Tom Fazio's two 18 hole championship courses. The package is $199 for a suite and two rounds of golf.
Price range: $199
Dates: May 20, 2013 - December 30, 2013
Escape to the JW Marriott Desert Ridge for this family friendly golf package, starting at only $149.
Price range: $149
Dates: May 20, 2013 - September 22, 2013
Tee up this year with the Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Stay and Play package. This astounding package includes a one-night stay, breakfast for two and one round of golf at the scenic Lookout Mountain Golf Club, starting at $89.
Price range: $89
Dates: May 1, 2013 - December 31, 2013
Get out and enjoy 18 relaxing holes of some of the best golf in southern Arizona on our Rio Rico Robert Trent Jones Sr. designed golf course. Then Immerse yourself in the splendor of the southwest in our luxury southern Arizona accommodations at Esplendor Resort.
Price range: $119
Dates: February 15, 2013 - December 31, 2013
Bring out the clubs and tune up your swing. The Wyndham Canoa Ranch Resort invites guests to experience unlimited rounds of golf at any of its four (4) professionally designed golf courses: the Canoa Ranch, Torres Blancas, San Ignacio North and San Ignacio South golf courses.
Price range: $139