Jason Scott Deegan

Senior Staff Writer

Jason Scott Deegan has reviewed more than 700 courses and golf destinations for some of the industry's biggest publications. He is a regular contributor with Athlon Sports and PGA Magazine. His work has been honored by the Golf Writer's Association of America and the Michigan Press Association. His favorite golf destinations are Ireland and New Zealand, along with Michigan and California, where he lives with his wife and two children. Jason rarely touched a golf club until his college days at Eastern Michigan University, but now his passion for the game knows no out of bounds. He got his start writing with the TravelGolf Network in 1999. Follow him on Twitter at @WorldGolfer.

  • 4.0 stars from 5

    Grayhawk Golf Club - Raptor

    "Love the experience more than the course"

    Let me start by saying I'm a big fan of the Grayhawk experience. I love Phil's Grill, the music on the range and most of the holes on the Raptor - especially the "Aces&Eights" par 3 at no. 8 and the par 5s at no. 4 and no. 8. But I'm more of a fan of the amenities than I am of the course, which has a long history of hosting events that attract professional golfers. Like most tournament courses, it's too heavily bunkered with too many popup greens for most amateurs to enjoy, especially snowbirds who haven't played in a month or more when they visit. Maybe next time I'll play the 6,000 yard tees and change my tune. more »

    5.0 stars from 5

    Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club

    "Worth the drive"

    I didn't play Ak-Chin before the redesign to remove bunkers and make it more forgiving, but I approve of what I saw during my round. I hadn't played in a month, so I needed the extra playability. There were enough good holes to keep me engaged and yet I always had a route to the green around those ferocious bunkers. The reward for leaving the metro area of Phoenix/Scottsdale to find the course is escaping the homes that crowd other desert layouts. Ak-Chin also gets bonus points for being very walkable. more »

    4.0 stars from 5

    Verde River Golf & Social Club

    "New clubhouse, new vibe at Verde River"

    Although the general public won't get full access to the new clubhouse facility that opened in mid-January, they will get to use enough of it to enjoy it. It's a beautiful facility that's a great addition to a solid golf course that's been operating under three different names in a decade since opening. The greens were the best of the four courses I played on my most recent trip to Scottsdale. That's saying something, considering I played the Stadium course at TPC Scottsdale less than a month before the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Construction sounds - trucks, hammers, etc. - sometimes intrudes on the Verde River experience, but for the most part, the new homes that have been built or are being built are far enough away not to bother golfers or block the views of the surrounding mountains. more »

    5.0 stars from 5

    TPC Scottsdale - Stadium Course

    "A special round in the Stadium"

    They say The Masters doesn't start until the back nine on Sunday. The same theory applies here - your round doesn't really begin until the four-hole finishing stretch. That's when a series of half-par holes transforms just another TPC layout into a fun adventure. The mixture of tees makes it interesting for everybody from the pros to the amateurs. When the Stadium is erected in January for the Waste Management Phoenix Open, there is no better round in the Arizona desert. Playing no. 16 with all those empty seats surrounding you is a surreal moment. Teeing it up on No. 17 is just as cool because everybody goes for the green on the short par 4. The final hole gets a little wacky with a church pew bunker and water up the left side, but again, all those seats keeps the juices flowing. As unique a round as I've had in a long time. more »