1 . The Lodge at Ventana Canyon

Tucson, Arizona

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Resting against the backdrop of the Santa Catalina Mountains, The Lodge at Ventana Canyon showcases 36 holes of exceptional desert golf stretching through a 600-acre preserve. Stay, play, and swing away on this two golf course, AAA Four Diamond property!

Hit double the drives on the resort's two 18-hole courses, the Mountain Course and the Canyon Course. Perched above the sandy dunes, the Mountain Course features varying elevations and breathtaking views of the Sonoran Desert in Mexico. The third hole, one of the most photographed holes in the Southwest, is a short par three tucked amongst rugged rocks and plays across a canyon of cacti. Taking a different approach, the Canyon Course winds down the magnificent Esperrero Canyon. Wide fairways and picturesque views make this desert diamond a must play. Along with world-class golf comes world-class facilities. Fifty spacious suites embody the spirit of Southwestern hospitality. Offering 800 to 1,500 square feet of space, these units feature private patios or balconies, flat-screen televisions, plush bathrobes, and more. Try a different swing on any of the 12 lighted tennis courts, rejuvenate in the spa, or take a dip in the Olympic-size pool. There truly is no better Arizona golf getaway than The Lodge at Ventana Canyon!

Address

6200 North Clubhouse Lane, Tucson, Arizona 85750

Highlights

Sharpen your swing at the practice facility, which features two nearby short game areas that provide an opportunity to practice shots you are sure to encounter on the golf course, from bunker play to delicate pitches. The two putting greens are perfect for honing your short game.

Related Onsite Offerings

The Catalina Dining Room provides a Tucson casual setting to dine while the Ventana Bar & Grill is perfect for a 19th hole cocktail.

2 . Tubac Golf Resort & Spa

Tubac, Arizona

CALL DIRECT: +1 (866) 920 - 5719

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If you’ve seen the movie “Tin Cup,” you’ve seen the golf course at Tubac Golf Resort and Spa. Except that in 1996, when Kevin Costner roamed the Rancho Nine, it was only an 18-hole course; today, it’s 27 holes of world-class Tucson area golf.

The Anza Nine was added in 2006, and provides a little extra bite to the Tucson scenery - terrific for those mysterious people who seem to know how to navigate a tough par three with an island green. The original Otero Nine features a shortened ninth hole that’s now a par four - the problem is that the designers chose to leave the huge lake in place, which makes reaching the green rather an interesting proposition. The accommodations at Tubac Golf Resort and Spa are pure Tucson area Southwestern splendor - beehive fireplaces, red tile roofs, brick archways, and more. The resort also features tennis courts, spa and fitness center, and a heated outdoor swimming pool.

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The hacienda-style spa at Tubac Golf Resort and Spa highlights the Santa Rita and Tumacacori Mountain ranges with 4,000 square feet of space and indigenous regional treatments. Amenities include men’s and women’s changing areas with saunas and eucalyptus steam rooms and an outdoor whirlpool tub.

Getting there

From Tucson International Airport, turn left on Valencia Blvd. and go three miles to I-19 South. Stay on I-19 for 33 miles to Exit 40 (Chavez Siding) and follow the signs to Tubac. Turn left at the arch.

Related Onsite Offerings

Practice facilities at Tubac Golf Resort and Spa include a full-length driving range, putting green, pitching hole and bunker facility, plus three PGA Professionals on staff.

3 . Arizona Grand Resort

Phoenix, Arizona

CALL DIRECT: +1 (866) 622 - 6445

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We didn’t choose the Arizona Grand as our No. 1 Arizona golf resort for its spectacular $52 million renovation. We didn’t choose it because of its seven-acre waterpark, or its luxury spa. No, we choose the Arizona Grand because we just thought the golf course here was just so darned cool.

Yes, the eight-story Slide Canyon Tower is a test, even if it offers spectacular views from the top. But the links-style par-71 desert golf course at Arizona Grand is both a challenge and a gem, a traditional links-style course combined with classic Sonoran desert hazards. It’s also a terrific natural tour through Arizona’s South Mountain Park, the largest municipal park in the world. But what offsets all the excitement is the combination of luxury and pure Arizona beauty - from the top of the tower to the sanctuary of the Arizona Grand Spa, the largest resort spa and salon in Arizona. In fact, the Arizona Grand is also the only AAA Four-Diamond, Preferred® all-suite hotel in Phoenix.

Related activities

The Oasis waterpark at Arizona Grand features river tubing, a huge wave pool, the Wild Cat Springs area for kids and a 25-person hot tub.

Fun facts

The golf facilities at Arizona Grand Resort have earned numerous awards including the Top 50 "Great Service" facilities and Four Star "Best Places to Play" from Golf Digest and the Four Diamond Award from AAA.

Related Onsite Offerings

Arizona Grand Resort provides a 20,000-square-foot Athletic Club with more than 45 fitness classes each week including yoga, spinning, water aerobics and strength training.

4 . The Phoenician

Scottsdale, Arizona

CALL DIRECT: +1 (480) 941 - 8200

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Lots of people, ourselves included, tend to think of “golf” and “Scottsdale” in the same breath. It’s well-known that this area is a terrific golf destination. We also tend to think of “golf” and “luxury” as being pretty close together. But The Phoenician takes that concept to an entirely new level.

For one thing, the golf is exquisite here - 27 holes of championship Scottsdale golf, with thrilling elevation changes, inspiring Valley of the Sun views and traditional serenity among water features. That goes along with a fully-stocked golf shop, 27,000 square feet of practice facilities including chipping and putting greens and a driving range, and equipment rentals. Three courses, three different desert golf experiences! For another, your entire experience at the Five Diamond Phoenician is a cut above other resorts in Scottsdale or most anywhere. A tremendous selection of luxury guest rooms and suites surrounds a hidden surprise - the Canyon Suites, a boutique resort within The Phoenician resort itself.

Highlights

Celebrate your greatest round at the 19th Hole Snack Bar and Patio or the seasonal Windows on the Green Bar and Restaurant. (Are there seasons in Arizona?)

Getting there

The Phoenician is located at 6000 East Camelback Road, Scottsdale, Arizona 85251.

Related Onsite Offerings

The Phoenician offers a golf academy with private and semi-private lessons, golf clinics, junior camps and new 90-minute evaluations. A pro shop is onsite as well.

5 . Arizona Biltmore

Paradise Valley, Arizona

CALL DIRECT: +1 (602) 955 - 6600

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As a destination of inspiration, you can rest assured that the Arizona Biltmore offers you not only a luxurious place to call home on your Phoenix vacation but an astounding golf experience.

Located adjacent to the resort, the Arizona Biltmore Country Club is sure to call your name during your vacation. Whether you're an expert golfer of just a newbie, the two incredible courses at the Arizona Biltmore is sure to offer you everything you expect in a golf getaway. The Adobe course features 50 year old fairways and a beautifully simplistic layout that is perfect for all types of golfers. On the other than, the newer The Links offers folling fairways, desert ravines and five stunning lakes throughout its course for a much higher level of play. When it comes to making sure you have all the right gear, the Arizona Biltmore has you covered, too. Their full-service golf shop features everything you need to enjoy a fun day on the greens. Whether it's an entirely new golfing outfit or golf balls, they have everything you might want for your game. Plus, they offer individual and group golf lessons with their resident golf instructor, Tina Tombs, a LPGA Class A Professional! And after a day out on the links, there's nothing more satisfying than indulging in a drink and good meal. The Adobe Restaurant offers incredible views and a delicious menu. It's the perfect way to celebrate that hole in one!

Address

2400 East Missouri Avenue Phoenix, Arizona United States 85016

Highlights

After a fun day out on the greens, you can soothe away any sore muscles with a treatment at the luxury Arizona Biltmore Spa. Choose from a wide menu of massages and facials and leaving feeling rejuvenated so you can hit the course again tomorrow!

Related Onsite Offerings

While we're sure you'll be spending most of your time on the course, Arizona Biltmore offers luxurious accommodations that are perfect for relaxing after your game. Featuring amenities such as televisions and coffee makers, you're sure to feel right at home throughout your stay.

6 . Wyndham-Canoa Ranch Resort

Green Valley, Arizona

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What could be better than access to one incredible 18-hole championship golf layout? What about access to two courses designed by legendary names like Lee Trevino, Lee Schmidt and Brian Hurley? At Wyndham-Canoa Ranch Resort, you'll be able to enjoy Canoa Ranch Golf Course and the Torres Blancas Course each located at he picturesque base of the Santa Rita Mountains.

The Canoa Ranch Course is a challenging Par 72 layout featuring dramatic elevation changes, and five sets of tees allowing golfers of all skill levels to find a course length that fits their game! Strategic bunkering throughout the course puts a premium on shot making, and you'll be sure to enjoy spectacular views of Elephant Head. Torres Blancas Golf Club meanders through charming neighborhoods and breathtaking scenery, while featuring three lakes, plenty of undulating greens and numerous sand traps. The signature hole on this course, the 12th Hole, is a Par 3 that measures anywhere from 97 to 181 yards depending on which tees your playing. This peninsula green puts an onus on hitting the green as opposed to shooting for the pin. This layout requires skilled shot making and decision making with plenty of hazards along the way. In addition to these two impressive golf courses, you'll enjoy luxurious accommodations you'd expect when staying with Wyndham Hotels. One- and two-bedroom luxury condos will impress you while providing the ideal venue for your next Tuscon golf getaway. Start planning your trip now!

Population

17,283

Mountain range

Santa Rite Mountains

Fun facts

Lee Schmidt and Brian Hurley, the designers of the Canoa Ranch Golf Club, have ties to some of the top ranked golf courses in the world including the top three designs in China as voted on by Golf Digest.

7 . The Boulders Resort & Golden Door Spa

Carefree, Arizona

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What’s better than a luxury Scottsdale Resort with a Jay Moorish-designed championship golf course? A luxury Scottsdale Resort with two golf courses, naturally. Which is exactly what you’ll find at the Boulders Resort and Golden Door Spa.

Evidently, one championship course just wasn’t enough for a luxury spa and golf vacation at the Boulders. The South Course features a signature No. 5 hole with dramatic Sonoran desert rock outcroppings that will take your breath away - just part of its 6,726 yards of par 71 splendor. The par 72 North Course features 6,811 yards, every bit of the scenery and desert panoramas plus an additional challenge for experts. All of this is in conjunction with the undeniable luxury and incredible activities you’ll find at the Boulders, including the shopping at the Moroccan-themed El Pedrigal, tennis, a choice of four swimming pools and of course the world-famous Golden Door Spa. Seven restaurants, including fine dining at Latilla and Southwestern-style fare at Palo Verde.

Total area

The Boulders Resort and Golden Door Spa occupies 1,300 Sonoran desert acres.

Highlights

The world-renowned, 33,000-square-foot Golden Door Spa provides treatments infused with ingredients from the natural Sonoran desert surroundings, carefully developed for almost three decades.

Fun facts

The Boulders Resort and Golden Door Spa was name the 2008 Platinum Medal award winner and included among the nation's Best Golf Resorts by Golf Magazine.

8 . Radisson Fort McDowell Resort & Casino

Scottsdale/Fountain Hills, Arizona

CALL DIRECT: +1 (800) 395 - 7046

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Welcome to the only four-star resort and casino in Phoenix - and welcome to We-Ko-Pa, 36 holes of spectacular golf owned by the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation. To get a full appreciation of this course’s breathtaking beauty, you have to see it - or better yet, play it.

Together, the 18-hole Scott Miller-designed Cholla course and Saguaro course, designed by Bill Coore and PGA pro Ben Crenshaw, make up more than 14,000 yards of pure, unforgettable Arizona golf. If you’ve seen the Sonoran desert, you’ve never seen it like this - the surrounding Red Mountain, Four Peaks and the McDowell and Superstition Mountains are poetically beautiful. It’s all accompanied by a clubhouse with a design that echoes the landscapes and the importance of woven baskets in the Yavapai culture. It’s hard to believe, but the Radisson Fort McDowell luxury resort lives up to the lofty standards of its own golf course with a 24-hour, 775-slot casino, the Fountain Hills Resort Health Club and Spa, fine Southwestern dining at the Ahnala Restaurant and Lounge and more - it’s a Scottsdale vacation experience that’s only made better by the spectacular golf.

Related activities

The onsite Fountain Hills Spa and Salon at the Radisson Fort McDowell features a Golfer’s Fitness Massage and much more.

Getting there

From Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, take the AZ-202 Loop towards Tempe. Follow to Exit 13, AZ-87 (Payson) and turn left at N. Country Club Drive. Continue on AZ-87 for 12 miles to Fort McDowell Road and turn left. The hotel will be on your left.

Related Onsite Offerings

We-Ko-Pa Golf Club offers a spacious daily use practice facility, including premium practice balls, a large area for short game practices, greenside practice bunkers and a large putting green - all supported by a staff of PGA professionals.

9 . Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort

Chandler, Arizona

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When it comes to Arizona golf resorts, you shouldn’t argue with one that’s been here since 1913, the year after Arizona became a US state. Along with its legendary Arizona luxury, San Marcos also has the distinction of having the state’s first golf course with - get this - grass greens.

It turns out that the resort is as old as Arizona and its town of Chandler. The 18-hole, 6,626-yard golf course opened in 1913, and shortly thereafter sported Arizona’s first Bermuda grass greens. Today, it’s a counterpoint to many of the state’s desert golf layouts, which can tend to be as harsh as the environment for the non-championship player and - thanks to its tall salt cedar trees - those who just don’t care for the heat. This also makes it extra-beautiful for events and tournaments. The Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort itself is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and even following an extensive expansion and renovation in 1986 that brought it to 295 guest rooms, still glows with its original California mission style.

Getting there

From Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, take Interstate 10 East (towards Tucson) and exit onto Loop 202 East/Pecos Road. Travel East on Loop 202 and exit on Arizona Avenue. Turn left on Arizona Avenue; traveling north until you reach Buffalo Street. Turn left onto Buffalo Street. The Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort will be on the left.

Fun facts

Though the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort was originally designed by architect Arthur Bennett Burton, the great Frank Lloyd Wright - a close friend of the original owner, Dr. Alexander Chandler, for whom the town is named - was closely involved in its development.

Related Onsite Offerings

The Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort offers full catering and planning services for weddings, conferences and golf tournaments.

10 . Orange Tree Golf Resort

Scottsdale, Arizona

CALL DIRECT: +1 (800) 228 - 0386

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Talk about traditional - this Arizona luxury golf resort was once an orange grove. That gives its 18-hole beauty an extra-lush, green quality that belies its Scottsdale, AZ surroundings. It’s a traditional, parkland-style layout that refreshes even as it challenges.

You’ll find plenty of both on this course. Up-and-downs are not recommended here. You don’t get a par 3 until the fourth hole - but the par 3s are spectacular, and will test your club selection skills. Also, many of the holes have dastardly bunkers on both sides of the fairway; or else, they’re guarding the greens. Challenging? Yes. Relaxing? Depends upon who you are. The 160 suites at Orange Tree Golf Resort provide plenty of relaxation, however, and all of it amid classic Southwestern style. Especially if you opt for the in-room Trefoil spa treatments - try the 60- or 90-minute Orange Tree Massage, the signature treatment at Orange Tree Golf Resort. After a day of exquisite golf, it’s the perfect way to unwind!

Highlights

All of the resort’s 160 Scottsdale suites feature two-person whirlpool tubs, private decks and 740 square feet of space.

Getting there

From Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, follow the sign for SR 51 (Squaw Peak Expressway). Proceed north on the SR 51 for approximately 13 miles taking the Shea Blvd. exit. Turn right (east) on Shea Blvd. approximately 2.5 miles to 56th Street. Turn left (north) on 56th Street. The entrance to Orange Tree Golf Resort is located on the right hand side (east) of 56th Street.

Related Onsite Offerings

Leave your clubs at home - the Orange Tree Golf Resort offers a full range of Nike clubs for rent!

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