There are over 100 Golf Courses in the Scottsdale Area.

Where Golf is as Good as it Gets.

With the weather, courses and mindset, Scottsdale has no rival in the world when it comes to golf.

How good is golf in Scottsdale?

According to golf publications, golf pros, course architects and golf instructors, Scottsdale golf is as good as the game can get. The area offers golfers more than 174 public and private courses to choose from and ideal weather with sunshine more than 329 days a year.

"Scottsdale provides a setting where the conditions for learning the game are as superb as the golf courses," observes Jim Flick, co-founder of Nicklaus/Flick Game Improvement. Voted one of the 10 best golf instructors of the 20th century by Golf World, Flick has run his nationally acclaimed golf school for 11 years and founded it in Scottsdale. "Not only are the courses well designed, but Scottsdale courses are in excellent condition," he adds.

Scottsdale Golf Courses give you something different than you have at home. Every part of the country has its natural beauty. Scottsdale has its own distinctive look.

At its most distinct extreme, the Scottsdale look is found in target or desert golf courses. This special type of golf was pioneered in Scottsdale. Two of the most well-known desert courses in Scottsdale are found at Desert Highlands and The Boulders.

The local landscape requires that players hit around massive Sonoran Desert boulders, past chubby barrel cacti and towering saguaros, and through sandy washes, often on more narrow fairways, to reach the nirvana of greens. Natural obstructions are accounted for by special desert golf rules.

In addition to superb courses, Scottsdale also offers golfers a choice of top level golf instruction. In fact, eleven Scottsdale golf instructors were included in Golf Magazine's prestigious list of "Top 100 Teachers in America 2001."

Slices and hooks can be worked on, and putting sharpened at a number of locations, including the Golf Digest Learning Centers, which operate from Talking Stick Golf Club on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, Troon North and Kierland; the John Jacobs Golf School which operates at several locations in the Scottsdale area; the Nicklaus/Flick Game Improvement Center at Desert Mountain; and the Lyford School of Golf at McCormick Ranch.

Additionally, golf clubs throughout the Scottsdale area offer private and group instruction from resident teaching pros.

Like visitors, pros prefer Scottsdale for its ideal climate, quality and quantity of golf courses, and opportunity for top instruction. Each is available nearly every day of the year.

Come January, the city adds another star to its firmament when it hosts the Phoenix Open at the TPC of Scottsdale. The stadium course, built for this event, adjoins The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess resort and attracts the largest gallery of any tournament on the PGA Tour.

All year around, sunrise to sunset, Scottsdale boasts some of the best weather in the country. During the winter months, the mild, sunny days lure golfers from snowbound states to focus on their games and get out in the sunshine. The golfing climate is also ideal during the spring and fall.

In summer, golfers respond to the nearly unlimited sunshine and dry desert temperatures by hitting the links very early in the morning and finishing before the sun is high in the sky. Early birds are rewarded with cooler temperatures and greatly reduced summer rates at the area's fine resorts and public courses.

Superbly groomed and challenging courses, top instruction, an ideal climate and a standard of service second to none have sealed Scottsdale's reputation as one of the world's best places to golf. Golfers and golf writers agree that, in Scottsdale, golf really is as good as it gets. To get any better, they'd have to invent a whole new game.

So where do we play?

Here are few Courses. For more, look at the links page.

Arizona Biltmore Country Club: Phoenix: 955 9655.

The Boulders Resort Club: Carefree: 488 9028.

The Foothills Golf Club: Phoenix: 460 4653.

Grayhawk Golf Club: Scottsdale: 502 1800.

Marriotts Camelback Golf Club: Scottsdale: 948 6770.

McCormick Ranch Golf Club: Scottsdale: 948 0260.

Orange Tree Golf Resort: Scottsdale: 948 3730.

The Phoenician Golf Club: Scottsdale: 423 2449.

The Pointe Golf Club South Mountain: Phoenix: 431 6480.

Scottsdale Country Club: Scottsdale: 948 6000.

Sheraton San Marcos Golf Resort: Chandler: 963 3358.

Stonecreek Golf Club: Phoenix: 953 9110.

Sunridge Canyon Golf Club: Fountain Hills: 837 5100.

Tatum Ranch Golf Club: Cave Creek: 585 2399.

TPC Scottsdale: Scottsdale: 585 3939.

Troon North Golf Club: Scottsdale: 585 5300.

Camelback Golf Club: Scottsdale: 596 7050.