It's officially prime time in Phoenix-Scottsdale. January is always a big month in the Valley of the Sun. But this week, the staging of the NFL's Super Bowl in Glendale, Ariz. and the PGA Tour's Waste Management Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale make this desert destination indisputably the center of the sporting universe.
And the area's many golf courses appear to be peaking at the right time, too. Five Arizona golf courses made the top 10-rated golf courses on GolfAdvisor based on recent reviews.
Courses scoring high over the past week range from resort layouts to overachieving, middle-class courses.
Top 10 overall golf courses of the week
1. The Phoenician Resort, Scottsdale, Ariz.
2. Los Caballeros Golf Club, Wickenburg, Ariz.
3. Golf Club of Estrella, Goodyear, Ariz.
4. Pine Barrens at World Woods Golf Club, Brooksville, Fla.
5. Ritz-Carlton Golf Club at Dove Mountain, Marana, Ariz.
6. The Club at Eaglebrooke, Lakeland, Fla.
7. Rhodes Ranch Golf Club, Las Vegas, Nev.
8. Tahquitz Creek Golf Resort, Palm Springs, Calif.
9. Celebration Golf Club, Celebration, Fla.
10. Las Sendas Golf Club, Mesa, Ariz.
Top 10 value golf courses of the week
1. Pine Barrens at World Woods Golf Club, Brooksville, Fla.
2. Ken McDonald Golf Club, Tempe, Ariz.
3. Chimera Golf Club, Henderson, Nev.
4. Lakes Course at Primm Valley Golf Club, Primm, Nev.
5. Tahquitz Creek Golf Resort, Palm Springs, Calif.
6. The Phoenician Resort, Scottsdale, Ariz.
7. Shell Point Golf Club, Fort Myers, Fla.
8. Monterey Pines, Monterey, Calif.
9. Los Caballeros Golf Club, Wickenburg, Ariz.
10. Bayonet & Black Horse Golf Course, Seaside, Calif.