Phoenix Golf Courses
Estrella Mountain Ranch Golf Club - Phoenix-Arizona.com Editor's Pick
11800 S. Golf Club Dr., Goodyear AZ 623.386.2600
This course offers exceptional views and even better playing conditions. A Jack Nicklaus design, Estrella Mountain Ranch is a rare (not for Arizona) four-and-a-half star course. Recently opened in 1999, Estrella Mountain Ranch is considered one of the best golf values in the Phoenix area. This Phoenix golf course is 20 miles from downtown Phoenix and green fees are in the $40-$100 range.
The ASU Karsten Golf Course
1125 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe AZ 85281; Tel. 480.921.8070
This four-star Phoenix golf course just minutes from downtown Phoenix is the home of the national champion Arizona State golf team, but also quite accessible to the general public. Spectacular conditions, spectacular views, and reasonable prices sum up ASU Karsten. It's a Pete Dye Scottish links-style design opened in 1989. As are many courses in Phoenix area, a must play. Green fees are in the $25-$90 range.
The Legacy Golf Resort
6808 S. 32nd., Phoenix AZ 85040; Tel. 602.305.3550
This three-and-a-half star Phoenix golf course near downtown Phoenix features some of the best views in the area, as well as manicured fairways and greens and native flora and fauna. The course, designed by Gary Panks, measures 6,802 from the tips and annually hosts the LPGA's Standard Register Ping Tournament. Green fees are a bit steep, $60-$140.
The Pointe Hilton Resort at Tapatio Cliffs
11111 N. 7th St., Phoenix AZ 85020; Tel. 602.866.6356
Opened in 1989, this Bill Johnston designed resort Phoenix golf course features dramatic elevation changes from tee to green, and spectacular natural landscape. A Golf Digest four-star golf course, it measures exactly 6,700 yards from the tips, but accuracy is key at Tapatio Cliffs. Green fees are steep but worth it: $40-$120.
The Raven Golf Course at South Mountain
3636 E. Baseline Rd., Phoenix AZ 85040; Tel. 602.243.3636
This four-and-a-half star gem is located close to the airport, so it's an ideal Phoenix golf course for travelers just passing through who want a top-notch round of desert golf. This David Graham/Gary Panks masterpiece is rare for a desert course, featuring abundant water hazards. The service and course condition are both ranked by Golf Digest in the nation's top 50 for public courses. The Raven at South Mountain is a must-play golf course with green fees in the $50-$175 range.
Stonecreek Golf Club
4435 E. Paradise Village Pkwy., Phoenix AZ 85032; Tel. 602.953.9111
This Arthur Hills design, first opened in 1989, is one of the top golf values in Arizona. It's a four-star course, with Stone Creek coming into play on almost every hole. The greens are enormous and undulating, and the fairways are tight. This well maintained Phoenix golf gem costs between $20-$120, depending on the season.
Wildfire at Desert Ridge Golf Club
5225 E. Pathfinder Dr., Phoenix AZ 85054; Tel. 480.473.0205
In the shadow of Camelback Mountain, this four-star resort golf course, just minutes from Phoenix, is an Arnold Palmer masterpiece. Featuring generous fairways and challenging greens, this is a Phoenix golf course that can be enjoyed by any golfer, from pro to hack. One recent reviewer described Wildfire as "worth the trip to Arizona just to play once." Green fees vary seasonally: $50-$135.