Arizona Golf Vacations

Course Reviews

The Pointe is Perfectly Clear: Lookout Mountain Is Outstanding

By • Apr 6th, 2009

This course could have two signature holes— and the par-5, 512 yard 18th hole should join hole #10 as “star for the course.” With a rolling, tree-lined fairway, a mountain backdrop and a lake guarding two-thirds of the green, this finishing hole rivals any other on the Phoenix-Scottsdale golf scene.



Golf Club of Estrella: Luxury Fit to a Tee

By • Feb 25th, 2009

This isn’t a well-kept secret, and my praise shouldn’t shock you. Golfweek Magazine recognized The Golf Club of Estrella as the No. 7 “Best Golf Courses You Can Play in Arizona” in 2008. Estrella also received accolades for the No. 7 “Best Arizona Public Golf Courses” by RANKING ARIZONA. Most residents are surprised when they learn the Club is public. It’s true—this desert gem is a prestigious and affordable golf destination located just 40 minutes southwest of downtown Phoenix.



The Truth Be Told: Don’t Fear The Raven, But Respect It!

By • Jan 13th, 2009

As I headed to my round at The Raven Golf Club at Verrado on a cold, gray, misty morning in December, it was the perfect day to envision that big black bird that looks like a crow on steroids. The raven is mysterious and powerful, soars to great heights and can be intimidating.



Rancho Manana: Short Course with Big Bite

By • Dec 5th, 2008

Carved through the foothills of the Sonoran Desert, just minutes north of Phoenix, Rancho Manana Golf Club offers spectacular views combined with a more-than-meets-the-eye golf experience. Elevation changes abound on this course and the views are truly breath-taking.



Eagle Mountain Golf Club: A True Mountain Experience

By • Dec 4th, 2008

Eagle Mountain Golf Club is one of the most scenic, adventurous desert style courses that Scottsdale has to offer. The course is located in upscale Fountain Hills which is just east of Scottsdale. Unlike your typical Arizona desert course, Eagle Mountain presents many generous rolling fairways…



Las Sendas: The Pathway to Breathtaking Desert Golf

By • Nov 4th, 2008

When playing Las Sendas, chances are you will not see another fairway from the fairway that you’re playing from. Each hole is its own—the mark of true desert golf.



Have a Ball at SunRidge Canyon

By • Oct 30th, 2008

SunRidge Canyon plays just over 6800 yards from the tips and par is 71. But the back nine plays uphill so add another 300 or so yards to the distance. “Take one-to-two extra clubs on those holes,” says head golf pro Jeff Newell. “And if the pin is in the front of the green, play it as though it were in the back so give yourself another five yards.”



Dove Valley Ranch: The Cart Path Less Traveled

By • Oct 30th, 2008

Two paths diverged on a golf course. One headed toward the first tee box, the other toward the tenth. Depending on which one you take, that will make all the difference.



Longbow Golf Club: The Course Where You Need Good “DNA”

By • Oct 6th, 2008

If you want to play a good-looking, challenging and one of a kind golf course in the Phoenix area, Longbow Golf Club in Mesa is where you want to play for your next Arizona golf vacation.



Ocotillo Golf Resort: Who Says There’s a Shortage of Water in the Desert?

By • Sep 15th, 2008

Water and water features are on 24 of the 27 holes at Ocotillo—that’s 89% for you mathematicians. That’s good for your camera, but potentially a bad thing for your score.