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Famous for beautiful desert landscapes and fantastic weather, golf in Arizona – especially the Phoenix and Tucson areas – is a year-round activity.
Sweeping Sonoran Desert vistas and seemingly endless sunny days make the perfect backdrop for a round of golf. Fly into Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport or Tucson International Airport – or take a scenic road trip – and be at the tee box in minutes.
Take your pick of over 300 golf courses in the state. You'll find a wide selection of some of the most affordable golf courses in the country – you're set for a desert golf adventure.
Check out our recommendations for affordable, convenient, and public golf courses in the Phoenix and Tucson areas.
CAVE CREEK GOLF COURSE
Located in north central Phoenix, the Cave Creek Golf Course is one of the most popular municipal golf courses in the Valley of the Sun. A par 72, 18-hole course with wide rolling fairways is open dawn to dusk. Convenient for all golfers, pick from locations off Interstate 17 near Metro Center or off the Piestewa Freeway at Northern Avenue.
COLDWATER GOLF CLUB
Located in the Metro Phoenix West Valley, Coldwater Golf Club has been rated one of the best courses in the Valley of the Sun to play on a budget. With spectacular undulating holes and rolling terrain, Coldwater is fun and challenging. The 18-hole, par 72 course is easy to find just south of Interstate 10 (the Papago Freeway) west of Phoenix in Avondale.
PALM VALLEY GOLF CLUB
Designed by Hale Irwin, Palm Valley Golf Club features two 18-hole courses. Choose from the par 72 Championship Palms Course or the par 62 lakes Course there is a fun challenge for all skill levels. West of downtown Phoenix in Goodyear, Palm Valley is one of the Valley of the Sun’s most complete golf facilities.
APACHE CREEK GOLF CLUB
Located west of the Phoenix Metro Area in Apache Junction, the Apache Creek Golf Club is located in the town of Apache Junction. This 18-hole, par 71 Championship course has a desert layout with scenic views of the superstition Mountains. Bring your best game – low scores will require accurate tee shots.
DREAMLAND VILLA GOLF COURSE
Open since 1950 in Mesa, Dreamland Villa Golf Course is nine holes with total yardage of 3,872. This flat course is easy to navigate and fees are affordable. Enjoy a leisurely round and boost your average on this course.
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DOBSON RANCH GOLF COURSE
Home of the annual Mesa City Amateur Tournament, the Dobson Ranch Golf Course is an 18-hole, par 72 championship course. This municipal course has been ranked one of the best in the country, as well as one of the top Value Priced golf courses in Arizona. The tree-lined course is well maintained for golfers of all levels.
RIVERVIEW GOLF COURSE
A 36 par, regulation nine-hole course, Riverview offers rolling terrain that offers golfers a challenge. Riverview Golf Course is enjoyed by all skill levels and weekly beginner clinics are offered on Saturdays. Come ready with an accurate swing for the 3,114 yards on this course.
DESERT SANDS GOLF COURSE
Located on over 80 acres, Desert Sands Golf Course is an 18-hole, Mid-Length, par 65 course. Mostly flat with fast greens golfing here is relaxing and enjoyable. There is a full service clubhouse, Grill and covered outdoor pavilion to make your golf experience complete.
SUPERSTITION SPRINGS GOLF CLUB
Known as a great “second-shot golf course,” Superstition Springs Golf Club offers golfers an enjoyable challenge.
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ASU KARSTEN GOLF COURSE
Set in the shadows of ASU’s Sun Devil Stadium, the ASU Karsten Golf Course is open to the public and serves the strong ASU golf program. Know you clubs, as the course is a Pete Dye classic and can be challenging. Make your choice on the signature 16th hole – will you go for the carry over water or not – challenge yourself with a round on the Karsten Course.
SHALIMAR COUNTRY CLUB
Home of the Shaligusta Golf Club, the Shalimar Country Club is a Tempe landmark. Located off the 101 Freeway just north of Southern Avenue, this is a popular nine-hole course. Enjoyed by golfers of all ages and skill levels, the Shalimar Golf Course features nearly 2,500 total yardage. Have fun on ninth hole – the green is surrounded by water and 4 bunkers.
RIO SALADO GOLF COURSE
North of Red Mountain Freeway (202) off McClintock Dr, Rio Salado Golf Course is ideal for golfers of all levels. This course is affordable and reasonably challenging – watch out for the ditch before the green on the seventh. The course is a premier nine-hole facility. Amenities include a pro shop, golf lessons and a snack bar.
KEN MCDONALD GOLF COURSE
Tempe’s Ken McDonald Golf Course is a local favorite. This popular championship course is an 18-hole, par 72 circuit designed for players of all abilities. The layout includes three sets of tee boxes – so bring the entire group.
CONTINENTAL GOLF COURSE
In the heart of Scottsdale, just west of Old Town, Continental Golf Club is one of the least expensive courses in the area. This executive course is a par 60, nine-hole short course. Ideal for groups of all skill levels and ages, you’ll need about three hours for a complete round. Check the club for specials and don’t miss Continental’s Night Golf and the Glow Ball events.
SCOTTSDALE SILVERADO GOLF CLUB
In the shadows of Camelback Mountain, Scottsdale Silverado Golf Club is a championship, 18-hole, Par 70 course. A popular and affordable golfing option located in central Scottsdale off Hayden Road. If you are there on Friday, check for the Golf and Fish Fry special.
EL RIO TRINI ALVAREZ MUNICIPAL COURSE
With a history dating back to the 1930s, this is an affordable, 18-hole flat course in Tucson. Appropriate for all skill levels, El Rio is conveniently located west of Interstate 10 on Speedway Boulevard. The University of Arizona is just minutes away, east on Speedway.
QUAIL CANYON GOLF COURSE
With tight manicured fairways and a variety of hazards any level golfer enjoys Quail Canyon. The 18-hole, par 54 course features small greens, flat desert terrain and wildlife sightings are common.
SILVERBELL MUNICIPAL GOLF COURSE
A city of Tucson facility, the Silverbell Golf Course is 18-holes and features nine lakes on a flat course. Northeast of downtown Tucson off Interstate 10 this is a fun and affordable option for Tucson golfers.
ARTHUR PACK DESERT GOLF COURSE
In the shadows of the Santa Catalina Mountains, Arthur Pack Desert Golf Course is 18-holes with a par 71. North of downtown, in Arthur Pack Park, this is an affordable typical desert course – be sure to stay in the fairways to keep your score low.
Designed by Tom Weiskopf, Vistoso golf course offers stunning views of the Santa Catalina Mountains and is ideal for golfers of all levels. The 18-hole, par 72 regulation length course offers a variety of strategic options and deep bunkers.