Trip Ideas


With more than 200 courses in the city and surrounding area, Scottsdale is a golfer’s paradise. Want to be in-tune with the desert while you play? Check out our Desert Golf Must-Plays. Traditional courses more your style? We’ve got those, too. But the fun doesn’t end when you step off the green. Scottsdale dishes up off-the-course excitement with a variety of outdoor adventures and experiences.

Desert Golf Must-Plays

Scottsdale’s desert tracks combine rugged natural landscapes, strategic bunkering and manicured island greens for a challenge unlike any other. Local desert-style favorites include Troon North Golf ClubBoulders Golf ClubGrayhawk Golf Club and We-Ko-Pa Golf Club.

Golf for the Traditionalist

If your likings lean toward tree-lined fairways, acres of green grass and sparkling water features, try one of our traditional layouts like McCormick Ranch Golf ClubGainey Ranch Golf ClubCamelback Golf Club or Talking Stick Golf Club.

Fit to a Tee

Want to shave a few strokes off your game? Consider a set of custom clubs. Both Cool Clubs and Boccieri Golf  use the latest technology to analyze your swing and design a set of clubs fitted to your exact specifications. Using the right equipment is the fastest way to a better game!

Take a Hike

For some off-the-course adventure, take a hike in Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve. The Preserve covers more than 30,000 acres of pristine Sonoran Desert and offers more than 200 miles of hiking trails from which to choose. Options range from casual walks to calorie-busting workouts.

Get in the Action

Scottsdale offers plenty of high-energy entertainment options to keep you busy off the course. Take to the track in a high-performance racecar at Bondurant School of High Performance Driving. Bring your best game face to Arizona’s largest poker room at Talking Stick Resort Casino. Or check out the game schedule for Arizona’s professional sports teams, including the Arizona CardinalsPhoenix SunsArizona Diamondbacks and Arizona Coyotes.
Tour Time: 2 hours to full day

Chill Out

If a day on the course leaves your muscles tight, book a sports massage at one of Scottsdale’s full-service spas. These no-nonsense, therapeutic treatments get to the root of muscle tension, stiffness and inflammation that could be costing you a stroke or two on the course. Try the Alpine Arnica Deep Tissue Massage at Well & Being at Willow Stream or the Golfer’s Massage at the Spa at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale.
Tour Time: 2 to 4 hours

Chow Down

Tally up the scorecards and settle the day’s bets over a great meal. For melt-in-your-mouth barbecue ribs, juicy pork chops and an unparalleled collection of sports memorabilia, head to downtown’s legendary Don & Charlie’s. Want to spice it up? Check out modern Latin cuisine at The Mission (don’t pass up the tableside guacamole – you can thank us later). Or for the ultimate steak-out splurge, book a table at Dominick’s Steakhouse or Mastro’s City Hall Steakhouse.

Discover Scottsdale Nightlife

If you still have energy to burn after dinner, downtown Scottsdale is the place to be. More than 90 bars, lounges and nightclubs keep the party going until the wee hours. Three to try include the Rusty Spur SaloonThe Mint Ultra Lounge and the Living Room at the W Scottsdale Hotel.