The Phoenix and Scottsdale area of Arizona has been considered as a top vacation destination for both the local and foreign guests who are looking for a quiet respite away from the busy city life. Phoenix, which has been dubbed as the “Valley of the Sun”, and Scottsdale, which was described as “a desert version of Miami’s South Beach”, are both ringed by majestic rugged mountains and the Sonoran Desert. Aside from the vast adventure opportunities that Phoenix and Scottsdale’s great outdoors offer, golfers of all ability levels also flock these places in order to experience some of the world’s finest greens. The Golf Club at Eagle Mountain, the Sunridge Canyon Golf Club, the Saguaro Course of the We-Ko-Pa Golf Club, the Sanctuary Golf Club at Westworld, and the Rancho Manana Golf Club are some of the best golf courses where all sorts of golfers can put to test their swinging skills.
Cited by the 2009 Readers Poll of GolfWorld as one of the “Top 50 Public Courses in the Country”, The Golf Club at Eagle Mountain has been considered as the perfect blend of nature and man’s ingenuity. This magnificent layout meanders through Arizona’s rolling hills, lush desert valleys, and the natural box canyons providing guests with the majestic views of the area’s landmark mountains, downtown cityscapes, as well as the picturesque valleys.
The Sunridge Canyon Golf Club has been ranked by Golf Magazine as 42nd among the “Top 100 Courses you can play in the United States”. The layout also offers the #17 from the “Canyon” tees as the Valley of the Sun’s best par 3. Golfers are also faced with strategically placed green-side bunkers and fairways to add up to the challenge on the layout that has been created through time with nature’s own course.
The Saguaro Course of the We-Ko-Pa Golf Club is Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore’s latest masterpiece. The layout features some interesting natural movements that would require the players to take various shots as well as discover solutions to overcome the course’s challenges. Crenshaw and Coore has already created several golf gems and the Saguaro Course, being their latest creation will surely test the skills even that of the professional golfers.
Perfectly nestled on Scottsdale’s McDowell Mountains’ western slopes, the Sanctuary Golf Club at Westworld has been considered as Scottsdale’s premier golf course. Designed by Randy Heckenkemper, a famous golf course architect, this layout was carved and transformed from what was once a storm water retention area. This par-71, 6,624-yard layout is more than just a stunning golf course but also haven for the well-protected wildlife and native plants.
The Rancho Manana Golf Club is a par-71 championship layout that was voted by Golf Digest as among “Arizona’s Most Scenic Layouts”. The layout features the dramatic elevation changes in an unspoiled desert terrain. Golfers can also take advantage of the full-length driving range, practice putting and chipping greens, the fully-stocked golf shop, full service restaurant, and the locker rooms.