One of the more naturally dramatic landscapes in the United States, the Arizona terrain provides some of the more visually appealing courses you are likely to play. The most striking feature of golf in Arizona is the harmony between nature and the course, Troon North epitomises this perfectly. With the Sonoran Desert as the backdrop to two 18 hole courses, The Pinnacle and The Monument, Troon North will leave a lasting impression on those who play it. This is desert golf at its finest.
Another fine offering in Arizona and only a short trip away from the first suggestion, are the two courses at We-Ko-Pa. Like Troon North, these courses have dramatic desert surroundings with wild cacti decorating the holes. All four of the courses mentioned so far are courses you will want to play more than once due to their jaw-dropping beauty.
One of the more famous holes in Arizona is the par 3, 16th, at TPC Scottsdale Champions Course. This par 3 can be put in the same unique category as the 17th at TPC Sawgrass and the 8th at Royal Troon for its famous crowd during The Waste Management Phoenix Open, a fixture on the PGA Tour schedule. This hole is always fun for the players as 20,000 rowdy fans surround the hole during the Phoenix Open. The TPC Scottsdale is a brilliant course for golfers of any level and it’s always great to play a tour-proven course.
North of the Valley, Arizona offers golfers a completely different experience. In cities such as Flagstaff and Show Low the desert terrain is replaced by mountains and courses are riddled with pine trees instead of cacti. Forest Highlands in Flagstaff offers two courses, the Canyon Course (designed by Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish) and the Meadows Course (designed by Tom Weiskopf), both with spectacular views and daunting elevation changes sure to challenge any golfer.
The beauty of the terrain in Arizona really cannot be overstated and, as such, you are in for a treat no matter where you play. The only struggle you’ll have is not being distracted by your surroundings when you’re trying to put a good score together.