Top 10 Arizona Golf Resorts
Top 10 Arizona Golf Resorts Overview
Arizona is one of the great golf destinations in the entire U.S. There are in excess of 150 world-class courses in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area alone. That’s probably due to the warm climate and the stunning desert beauty, and for those who are serious about golf, the challenges that the typical desert course layout brings. Not surprisingly, resorts in Arizona feature world-class golf. Many combine the sport with lavish luxury, including spas, casinos and more. Here are our top 10 Arizona golf resorts!
Arizona Grand Resort - Phoenix, Arizona
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.Visit Website
The Phoenician - Scottsdale, Arizona
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.Visit Website
Inn at Eagle Mountain - Fountain Hills, Arizona
Especially when it comes to golf. We’re not sure what box canyons are, but we can appreciate what they look like from this Scott Miller-designed, 18-hole par 71 course. It seems a lot like 6,800 yards of natural Arizona landscape, along with gentle hills and valleys. A terrific counterpoint is the view of the Scottsdale and Phoenix skylines. You enjoy all of this from the comfort of a stunning boutique hotel with truly unique Southwestern décor: hotel-style accommodations feature petroglyph fixtures, kiva-style gas fireplaces, whirlpool tubs for two, granite vanities and more. That’s in addition to the six themed suites that tastefully surround you with atmospheres from the Wild West to Frank Lloyd Wright to Old Mexico to the famed Taos Pueblo.
Tubac Golf Resort & Spa - Tubac, Arizona
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 3 with an island green. The original Otero Nine features a shortened no. 9 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.Visit Website
Francisco Grand Hotel & Golf Resort - Casa Grande, Arizona
It’s a championship course in so many ways - the traditional-style layout features three lakes and spectacular desert framing, and the signature no. 3 hole has a two-tiered elevated tee and a beautiful, dangerous pear-shaped green guarded by bunkers. This is also the spot where baseball greats like Willie Mays and Willie McCovey practiced their golf skills during spring training. Of course, world-class golf like this requires lodging to match, and you’ll find it at Francisco Grand Hotel and Golf Resort. Most of its 101 guestrooms, suites and Penthouse suites are fresh from an $8.5 million renovation, which has restored them to the time when John Wayne and Pat Boone made this Arizona golf resort their favorite place to relax.
The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa - Scottsdale, Arizona
It seems like everything here - the 110-foot waterslide and 900-foot flowing river pool, the spectacular landscaping of Dreamweaver Canyon and more - is an experience. And the golf is no exception. Its 27 holes of park-like serenity, all designed by Scott Miller, offer three 18-hole combinations and even more layers of luscious strategy and challenges. It’s called the Golf Experience, and it couldn’t be more aptly named. The Westin Kierland is perfect for the whole family, too - there’s a family golf program here, featuring junior tee locations and programs developed especially for ages eight to 15. That’s in addition to the onsite kid’s program and the Kierland Mining Co., a specially themed Scottsdale guest room just for kids!
Radisson Fort McDowell Resort & Casino - Scottsdale/Fountain Hills, Arizona
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.
Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort - Chandler, Arizona
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.
The Boulders Resort & Golden Door Spa - Carefree, Arizona
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.
Orange Tree Golf Resort - Scottsdale, Arizona
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!