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Grayhawk Golf Club's Raptor Course in Scottsdale: A demanding PGA Tour venue cut from the Sonoran Desert
A striking Tom Fazio design, the Raptor Course at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale plays more than 7,100 yards from the championship tees and runs over hills and natural washes. In typical Tom Fazio fashion, bunkers are plentiful and monstrous, though the fairways primarily play wide.
La Paloma Country Club is among the top desert courses in Tucson, Ariz. Set on 800 acres in the Catalina foothills and designed by Jack Nicklaus in 1984, the golf course features three nine-hole loops, the Hill, Ridge and Canyon courses, all set on dramatic desert terrain with each fairway its own island.
With the Catalina course at Omni Tucson National, Von Hagge and Devlin bring classic parkland golf to Arizona
Omni Tucson National Resort's Catalina course is an area institution, built in the 1960s and host to more than 30 Tucson Chrysler Classics. Contrary to the newer desert golf courses in Tucson, this Robert Von Hagge/Bruce Devlin design is a traditional parkland design with tall trees and eight lakes.
ASU Karsten Golf Course, located on the Arizona State University campus just minutes from the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, is a classic parkland setting full of ponds and trees. The Pete Dye design features typical Dye mounding and railroad ties, plus bunkers of all shapes and sizes.
Peak season doesn't begin until January, but golf courses and resorts throughout the Valley of the Sun are bringing their A-game.
Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club, which was designed and renovated by Schmidt-Curley design with Fred Couples consulting, remains one of the best daily fees in Arizona after a 2014 revamp.
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