Best of 2016: Top 25 golf courses in Arizona

There is no state more nuts about its golf than Arizona. Even in the warm summer months, locals still find their way onto the fairways in scorching heat. And in prime golf season, from January to April, the high-end resorts and Sonoran Desert scenery makes it internationally coveted place for a golf vacation.

To find out which Arizona golf courses delivered the goods in 2016, we looked at your ratings and reviews submitted to Golf Advisor throughout the year. If you read our Top 50 Overall Courses in the U.S. in 2016, you know that three Arizona courses made the Top 50, two of which made the Top 10.

To compile the Arizona Top 25 in 2016, we used a similar method to that of our our national Top 50 ranking. A course's score is based on their overall (50%) rating and subcategory average (%50). A review is weighted based on how prolific that reviewer is on Golf Advisor, and a course receives a bump in their rating if their score is better than that reviewer's average score.

To find out what golfers are saying about each course, click on each course guide link to see detailed data and reviews. Don't see your favorite Arizona golf course in the following Top 25? You can make your voice heard by writing a review on Golf Advisor here.

Best-of Arizona by subcategory in 2016

Course layout: Ak-Chin Southern Dunes
Course conditions: Quintero Golf Club
Value:Highlands at Dove Mountain
Off-course amenities: Troon North Golf Club
Pace of play: Los Caballeros
Staff friendliness: Ak-Chin Southern Dunes
Most improved: Dove Valley Ranch

Top 25 courses in Arizona in 2016

25. Las Sendas Golf Club


24. The Founders Course at Verrado Golf Club


23. Faldo Course at Wildfire Golf Club


22. Copper Canyon Golf Club


21. Saguaro Course at We-Ko-Pa Golf Club


20. Stadium Courses at TPC Scottsdale


19. Sewailo Golf Club


18. Golf Club of Estrella


17. Poston Butte Golf Club


16. Arizona National Golf Club


15. Cattail at Whirlwind Golf Club


14. Wickenburg Ranch Golf Club


13. Dinosaur Mountain at Gold Canyon

Gold Canyon

12. Starr Pass Golf Club


11. Devil's Claw at Whirlwind Golf Club


10. The Highlands at Dove Mountain


9. Mountain course at Ventana Canyon


8. South Course at Boulders Resort Golf Club


7. Ambiente Course at Camelback Golf Club


6. The Golf Club at Dove Mountain


5. Monument Course at Troon North Golf Club


4. Oakcreek Country Club


3. Los Caballeros Golf Club

No. 26 Overall in the U.S. in 2016

2. Quintero Golf Club

No. 8 Overall in the U.S. in 2016

1. Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club

No. 6 Overall in the U.S. in 2016

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Brandon Tucker

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Brandon Tucker is the Managing Editor for Golf Advisor. To date, his golf travels have taken him to over two dozen countries and over 500 golf courses worldwide. While he's played some of the most prestigious courses in the world, Tucker's favorite way to play the game is on a great muni in under three hours. Follow Brandon on Twitter at @BrandonTucker and on Instagram at BrandonTuckerGC.