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golf G R E A T

From nationally recognized golf courses to premier PGA tournaments, Arizona fits the tee.

Arizona’s golf courses are as diverse and spectacular as the state’s famed landscape. Ranging from desert target-style courses to links courses and alpine fairways, nearly every type of terrain – and difficulty level – is represented here. Arizona offers layouts of

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every configuration at more than 300 courses, making the state one of the world’s premier golf destinations. Two-thirds of the courses are in Greater Phoenix, primarily Scottsdale, with many of the rest concentrated in and

around Tucson. With a steady influx of golf schools, golf shops, golf vacation packages and gated golf communities, the state’s golf profile continues to rise. And deep discounts on green fees in summer, as well as air- conditioned carts, mean golf is never out of season in Arizona.

Before you arrive, call ahead for details on the Arizona golf courses that interest you – and make sure you ask about current rates and availability. In the winter, golf courses in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tucson, Lake Havasu and other warm spots are in their peak season, so you may need to book early. You can also opt for summertime golf in more moderate climates in Northern and North Central Arizona, where many sites offer idyllic scenery and challenging courses.

SOME TOP TEE-OFF SPOTS GREATER PHOENIX With nearly 200 courses, it’s tough to come up with a definitive “best” list, but target courses consistently praised include Verrado Golf Club tucked in the foothills of the White Tank Mountains; Tom Fazio’s challenging Raptor at Grayhawk in Scottsdale; the Native American-owned We-Ko-Pa on the Fort McDowell Yavapai Reservation, with unobstructed mountain views; and Jay Moorish’s South course at The Boulders in Carefree and his Monument course at the Four Seasons Scottsdale at Troon North, both known for their eye- popping scenery. Traditionalists enjoy the Scottish-style links laid out by Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore at the Talking Stick South course, on land owned by the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community; and the Arizona Biltmore’s Adobe course, created in 1929 by celebrated golf course architect William P. “Billy” Bell. In the winter, tee times at two excellent and inexpensive municipal courses, Papago in Phoenix and the Champions Course at Tournament Players Club of Scottsdale, are very sought after.

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