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The 10 Best Public Golf Courses in Arizona

Arizona is known for being the home of the Grand Canyon and other stunning desert attractions. However, many golfers know that this southwestern state also has some of the top rated golf courses in the nation for looks and feel. From the red rocks of Sedona to a green desert oasis in Phoenix, the courses in Arizona are scenic and smooth. Take a long drive (or flight) to Arizona and make that hole-in-one! Here are the 10 best golf courses you need to try in Arizona.

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1. Sedona Golf Resort

Serene views mixed with friendly service and challenging holes—how could it get any better? The famous red rocks of Sedona, Arizona are a spectacular backdrop for a game of golf or two. The Sedona Golf Resort offers specials that include greens fees, cart fees, rental clubs and more! Be sure to try the delicious Juniper Bar & Grille while at the resort and explore all that Sedona has to offer.

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2. Gold Canyon Golf Resort

The Gold Canyon Golf Resort has two 18-hole courses as well as lodging, dining, a pool and spa. Located in Gold Canyon along the Superstition Mountains, golfers come from around the country to experience the Dinosaur Mountain course. This course is known for its long fairways and steep elevation changes from tee-to-green, challenging for any golfer. The 6,533 yard Sidewinder course is another popular option at Gold Canyon and the views definitely won’t disappoint!

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3. Troon North Golf Club

Surround yourself with giant saguaro cacti and lush greens at Troon North Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona. Troon North is known for its tricky Monument Course, offering fairways with hidden boulders and large, winding greens. In fact, the par-5 “Monument” hole has a large boulder in the middle of the landing zone to avoid.

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4. Arizona National Golf Club

A little farther south in Tucson, Arizona is the Arizona National Golf Club. As the home course for the University of Arizona Men’s and Women’s golf teams, this course is challenging and scenic in the middle of the Sonoran Desert. Overlook the panoramic views of Tucson while making a birdy in the 6,785-yard course or just enjoy a drink and watch the sunset!

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5. TPC Scottsdale’s Stadium Course

Play like a pro at TPC Scottsdale’s Stadium Course, home to the Waste Management Phoenix Open. This course is maintained at top-level throughout the year and is open to the public! Many leave with a greater appreciation for the game those who play these holes professionally. Green fees range from $52.50 to $95 and tee times start at $250, or you can visit the WM Phoenix Open in the beginning of February.

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6. Verrado Golf Club

This award-winning course in Buckeye, Arizona is sure to be a memorable golfing experience. Named Phoenix’s best golf course by Golf Digest, Verrado Golf Club offers 8 sets of tees for different skill levels and over 7,300 yards of greens. With tee times starting at $65, there’s no reason not to spend the day golfing in the warm Arizona weather.

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7. Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club

Spend your weekend on the laid-back greens of Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club, located on 320 acres of the Ak-Chin Indian Reservation. Almost twice the size of an average golf course, this course is meant to be a challenge for golfers of all levels. A unique feature at this golf course is the 6-hole mini dunes, perfect for all ages of golfers. Juniors under 17 play free and the standard rate for the mini dunes is $12.

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8. Pine Canyon Golf Club

Get out of the desert and into the pines at the beautiful Pine Canyon Golf Club. This private course has multiple ponds as well as changes in elevation. The 19-hole course finishes with a double or nothing short green. Memberships are required at Pine Canyon Golf Club and include access to the course as well as a driving range, clubhouse, tennis courts and more!

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9. Quintero Golf Club

Named the “Best Public Course” by Golf Digest, Quintero Golf Club offers courses free from distraction with plenty of desert scenery and smooth greens. Located north of Scottsdale, the golf club also offers both private and group with professional instructors. Prices start at around $112 for tee time and vary depending on if you are an Arizona resident.

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10. The Boulders Golf Club

We’re closing out our list with The Boulder Golf Club located in Carefree, Arizona, just outside of Phoenix. Carefree is the perfect place for this golf course to be located, as the beauty of the Southwest and relaxing atmosphere truly make your cares melt away. With two semi-private courses and 36 challenging holes, you’ll have plenty of practice at this desert oasis! Rates start at $55 depending on the time of year and a world-famous golf academy is offered year-round.

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