If you’re a golf lover and making a trip to breathtaking Phoenix, AZ, consider yourself fortunate. Phoenix and its neighboring communities are legendary for the sport, and house nearly 200 golf courses covering a variety of styles. Phoenix is worth the trip, and you’ll soon find why the city and its surrounding areas are considered one of golf’s top destinations.

America’s famously sunny and fifth-most populated city is located at the heart of the Sonoran Desert, just outside the Grand Canyon. The city’s history is full of miners, ranchers and adventurers. In addition to Old West roots and gorgeous scenery, Phoenix is also home to outstanding shopping, theater, museums, and more cultural attractions. And don’t forget the abundance of spas available for your pleasure all year. As the capital of Arizona, Phoenix is known for sunny days, warm temperatures, and a metropolitan area known as the Valley of the Sun.

Golf lovers might want to consider courses in the Greater Phoenix/Scottsdale area like Troon North and We-Ko-Pa. Both offer breathtaking landscapes that feel worlds away from civilization.  We-Ko-Pa offers outstanding views of the McDowell Mountains, Red Mountain, Four Peaks, and the Superstitions. In fact, the course lies on Fort McDowell Yaapai Nation land that will never be commercially developed.  Meanwhile, Raven Golf Club boasts more than 6,000 mature pine trees on lush fairways, and has been ranked 4.5 stars by Golf Digest and ranked fifth in the state by Arizona Magazine.  

The city is home to some of the biggest golf tours and events in the country. You can walk where the greats step at the TPC Scottsdale’s Stadium course, home of the PGA Tour’s annual Waste Management Phoenix Open, also known as the “People’s Open.” After this event in February, the LGPA Tour visits for the Bank of Hope Founders Cup near the end of March and PGA Tour Champions’ Charles Schwab Cup revisits in the winter.

While in Phoenix, consider a short drive to nearby charming Glendale, AZ, which hosts a large variety of premium and award-winning courses. From casual golfers to more experienced players, this city is ideal for those who love the game. If your travels take you to the city between February and March, visit Camelback Ranch Stadium, home to spring training for the LA Dodgers and the Chicago White Sox. When practicing teams from across the valley come to play, visitors can eye their favorite players from the Angels, Giants, Rockies and more.