Phoenix-Scottsdale Trip Planner

Aim for the monument rock at Troon North Golf Club's Monument Course and you'll likely miss it.
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Wondering what's new on the Phoenix-Scottsdale golf scene? Troon North's Monument Course renovation, Turfriders at Kierland Golf Club and a new course coming to the Phoenician for starters.
We looked at your review data to determine the best time of year for a golf trip to Phoenix-Scottsdale.
While there's no denying that the greater Phoenix/Scottsdale area is one of America's most popular golf destinations, the West's second-largest metropolitan area (after Los Angeles) can also be one of the most confusing and frustrating places to visit. So, unlike other golf vacations, there are several key questions you should ask yourself when thinking about planning a golf trip to the Phoenix/Scottsdale area.
You may have heard you can now play these previously private Scottsdale golf courses, but I'm going to tell you if you should.
The nationwide explosion of casino gambling has fueled an interesting side effect -- a nationwide explosion of casino golf courses, often of better quality and at lower prices than their non-casino peers. When it comes to casino golf courses, Vegas is still king. But the rest of the Southwest is no slouch, especially Arizona and New Mexico, packed with world-class golf courses -- most of them dramatic desert layouts -- and urban appeal.
Why this shoulder season month is a slam dunk for golfers seeking value in one of America's most expensive golf destinations.
Do you believe the couple that plays golf together stays together? Then the Phoenix-Scottsdale area has some great vacation resorts for you.
Ginella heads to Scottsdale and tees it up at We-Ko-Pa with Bill Coore, and checking out TopGolf at Talking Stick, Spring Training and much more.
It's prime time in the desert. Here's a look at the 10 best golf facilities to visit in Phoenix-Scottsdale.
You're thinking about a desert golf vacation in Arizona. Both Scottsdale and Tucson come to mind. And while they are certainly both in the desert, they really have more differences than similarities. So which one is better?
If you're thinking of taking a golf vacation, it would be hard to beat a trip to the Phoenix/Scottsdale area. With more than 200 courses, the choices are endless, and the weather - especially in spring, fall and winter - is ideal. Mike Bailey offers some tips for the ultimate Arizona golf trip that could save you everything from money to sunburn and embarrassment.
There's so much good public golf in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area it's hard to choose. But if you only had a long weekend, and money wasn't a factor, where would you play and where would you stay? It's not difficult to come up with a dream itinerary -- with a couple of optional choices -- that would fulfill any avid golfer's dream.
Over the years, veteran Arizona sports writer Scott Bordow has had the good fortune of playing some of the finest golf courses in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area. Here are his 10 favorites.
The May 2018 issue of Golf Odyssey has been published and can be accessed here.
The January 2018 issue of Golf Odyssey has been published and can be accessed here.
The November 2017 issue of GOLF ODYSSEY has been published and can be accessed here.
The October 2016 issue of Golf Odyssey has been published and can be accessed here.
The November 2015 issue of Golf Odyssey has been published and can be accessed here.
The March 2017 issue of Golf Odyssey has been published and can be accessed here.
Not all desert golf is created equally, but they do have some common threads. Senior writer Mike Bailey has a few tips for picking and enjoying a desert golf trip.
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There are so many great resorts, golf courses and restaurants in Phoenix/Scottsdale that it's hard to choose what to do. Golf Advisor cuts through the clutter, naming your 10 best experiences for any golf trip.
The one-hit wonders on the LPGA Tour profiled in this story are a collection of public courses from around the country with some international clubs mixed in as well.
Peak season doesn't begin until January, but golf courses and resorts throughout the Valley of the Sun are bringing their A-game.
At first glance TPC Scottsdale's Stadium Course looks pretty much the same. But following a $15 million renovation project by Tom Weiskopf last summer, there's more to it than meets the eye -- much more.
The Raptor Course at Grayhawk Golf Club has long been a favorite in Scottsdale, Arizona. The three new holes that debuted in October 2015 aren't universally loved, but maybe that will change as they mature.
While Phoenix-Scottsdale may be the most expensive peak-season destination in the U.S., there 'are' some great bargains out there. If you're looking to save some cash, give these courses a try.
The Stadium Course at TPC Scottsdale is home to the PGA Tour's Waste Management Phoenix Open, the largest spectator golf event in the world. The Jay Morrish/Tom Weiskopf layout is known for its playability, but it wouldn't host a pro event if it wasn't also challenging.
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There's no course in the desert quite like the Saguaro at We-Ko-Pa Golf Club, a perennial candidate for the top public play in Scottsdale, Arizona.
There's a lot to like about the Cholla Course at We-Ko-Pa Golf Club. Following a summer update it remains a slam-dunk pick among Scottsdale, Arizona's best public courses.
'Mancation' on the brain? Scottsdale is a suitable option 12 months a year. David Weiss reports on his recent buddies trip that included rounds at Troon North, plus some top area restaurants.
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