With more than 50 courses in Scottsdale proper and another 150+ in the vicinity, we know a good round when we see one. Our year-round sunny skies allow for play regardless of season at some of the best courses in the world. A bonus, many have a stellar 19th hole for you to celebrate your round of a lifetime. Here’s what you need to know to plan your next Scottsdale golf trip.
Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North
Located in North Scottsdale, Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North is truly a sanctuary in the Sonoran Desert. Step outside of your casita into the serene desert landscape or test your luck at the prominent Troon North Golf Club, neighboring the resort.
Re-designed from 27 to 18 holes by local Scottsdale architect Phil Smith, The Phoenician Golf Course is brand new. Along with the golf course revamp, The Phoenician also just completed a massive, resort-wide renovation in 2018 that included a world-class spa and The Phoenician Tavern.
The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch
Four-Diamond luxury, lush grounds and hacienda-inspired décor welcome you at this longtime favorite Scottsdale resort. Plus, the property’s central-city location means you’re just minutes from the area’s best courses. Enjoy Western-American fare and golf course views at the resort’s Kitchen West restaurant.
Troon North Golf Club
Spend the day playing two of Scottsdale’s most well-known desert golf tracks, Troon North Golf Club’s Pinnacle and Monument courses, designed by British Open Champion Tom Weiskopf. Known for their stunning views and challenging-yet-fair play, these courses are a must-play on any Scottsdale golf trip.
Loosen up to classic rock on the driving range, then tee off on either of Grayhawk’s stellar par-72 courses. The Talon course dishes up a desert-style experience that skirts lush stands of Sonoran Desert and box canyons on its way to large multi-tiered greens. Raptor delivers a more traditional set of challenges with generous fairways and deep greenside bunkers.
Want to shave a few strokes off your game? Let the experts at Cool Clubs analyze your swing characteristics and custom match you to a new set of high-quality clubs. No longer a specialty service reserved for touring pros, custom fitting can have a dramatic impact on amateurs, from beginners to advanced players.
Did that last round leave you with sore muscles? If you’re staying at one of Scottsdale’s full-service resorts (like the three mentioned above), treat yourself to a sports massage at the spa and work out the kinks with targeted deep-tissue work, stretching and salves that include anti-inflammatory ingredients like arnica. You’ll be back in game shape in no time!
Old Town Entertainment District
When you’re ready for some off-the-course diversions, head for Old Town Scottsdale. Warm up with a tasting cruise along the Old Town Ale Trail, then hit the Entertainment District where the party continues with neighborhood bars, high-energy nightclubs, celebrity deejays and even a high-tech bowling club offering craft cocktails and bottle service.
Ocean 44 brings world-class seafood sourced from around the world to Scottsdale. The upscale, contemporary atmosphere creates a relaxing space to celebrate the round of a lifetime over specialties like New Bedford scallops, Alaskan king crab and Wagyu filets.
Pizza and beer are never a bad idea. Craft 64 has more than 30 local beers on tap (including a handful of house brews), as well as homemade mozzarella and thin crust, wood fired pizza. If you like spicy, be sure to try the Aji pizza with jalapeño sauce!
Maple & Ash
When only a prime steak will satisfy your cravings, Maple & Ash is your go-to. The menu boasts delicacies like the Butcher’s Reserve 35 Day Dry-Aged Eisenhower, a 40-ounce porterhouse cooked to perfection directly on the coals. Feeling brave? Opt for the “I Don’t Give a F*@K” and let Maple & Ash’s culinary wizards surprise and delight you.