Last Updated on February 22, 2024
Featured Scottsdale Golf Courses
- 1. Scottsdale Silverado Golf Club – Public
- 2. Pinnacle Peak Country Club – Public
- 3. McCormick Ranch Golf Club – Public
- 4. Desert Mountain Golf Course – Private
- 5. Legend Trail Golf Club – Public
- 6. The Westin Kierland Golf Club – Public
- 7. Orange Tree Golf Course – Public
- 8. Mountain Shadows Golf Course – Public
- 9. Troon North Golf Club – Public
- 10. McDowell Mountain Golf Club – Public
- 11. Gainey Ranch Golf Club – Public
- 12. Terravita Golf & Country Club – Private
- 13. Mirabel Golf Club – Private
- 14. Estancia Club – Private
Scottsdale, AZ is home to some of the most challenging and most exciting golf courses in the nation. Not only do you get the opportunity to golf at some of the most beautiful golf clubs in the world, Scottsdale is home to some of the most majestic landscapes and resorts that you can find in America.
This city is located in the Sonoran Desert and sits up against the McDowell Mountains to the east and Phoenix to the West. It is rated yearly as one of the best place to live, visit and do business in. That being said, you can imagine there are a lot of golf courses because of all the tourism and business taking place here. These courses have to make sure they stand out from one another. Knowing that, you can count on some high quality courses for people of all levels and handicaps to golf on.
Because of all the choices of golf courses and resorts, we have made this list of golf courses in the greater Scottsdale area to go visit. We also talk about what makes these courses so great and what makes them different from the courses in the area. We hope it helps you to narrow down your search for choosing a great golf course in Scottsdale, AZ.
Scottsdale Silverado Golf Club
7605 E Indian Bend Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85250
The beautiful course is an 18 hole championship course that is a par 70 and gives the player an enjoyable yet challenging golfing experience at a price anyone can afford. You can Find Scottsdale Silverado in the middle of Scottsdale, AZ. This course brings in golfers of all levels and handicaps because of its elevated tee boxes, state of the art clubhouse and its undulating terrain.
On the other hand, you can also have a great experience here without even golfing. Whether it’s your family, co-workers or friends, the Silverado Grille offers a great American menu that is casual so while your friends are out golfing, enjoy yourself with some good food and drinks. While you are relaxing on the Silverado patio, notice the majestic views of the Four Peaks Mountain range and the McDowell Mountains behind the 18th hole.
Speaking of the 18th hole, this 157 yard par three is the signature hole at Scottsdale Silverado. This hole offers a great view of the green and the surrounding mountain ranges while you’re standing on the elevated tee box. This is one of the best finishing holes in the valley but you’ll have to visit to see for yourself.
Pinnacle Peak Country Club
8701 E Pinnacle Peak Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85255
This parkland style championship course is traditional, uncrowded and unique all at the same time. This majestic golf course is beautifully maintained with tree lined fairways and perfect greens. This is not the usual course you’ll find in the desert. Pinnacle Peak Country Club is 7,030 yards of dramatic views, pristine Bent grass greens and lush fairways. It is a par 72 course and offers something for golfers of all levels.
Pinnacle Peak Country Club is found sitting in the McDowell Mountain Range which provides perfect conditions for a round of golf. You can also find a manicured chipping and putting facility as well as an expansive practice range.
If you are playing at here, you will have access to five PGA Golf Professionals for mini schools, clinics, private lessons and programs for kids. All of the professionals that work here are trained club fitters as well. These professionals will help you to address and fine tune the parts of your game that you’ve been meaning to improve. You will have the unique opportunity to learn new techniques while improving your skills with putting, chipping, irons and woods.
McCormick Ranch Golf Club
7505 E McCormick Pkwy
Scottsdale, AZ 85258
McCormick Ranch Golf Club features two beautiful 18 hole courses. The first of these two courses is the Palm Course. The Palm Course was designed by Desmond Muirhead in 1972 and offers the golfer a panoramic view of the sparkling lakes and the mountain vistas beyond. During the 18 holes, you will run across ten different holes that have a water hazard and you’ll come across Palm Course’s signature number 9 hole. The 9 hole has been named one of the Top 18 Water Holes of America by Golf Illustrated. The Palm Course was the previous home to the Scottsdale Swing and it was a regular destination for the Canadian Tour.
The Pine Course is the other 18 hole course at McCormick Ranch Golf Club. You will need a solid tee shot when you step onto the corridor fairways of the Pine Course. On six of the holes you will find water that comes into play and you may want to talk to other course regulars to talk about how you should approach the challenging 15th hole. Desmond Muirhead designed this course in 1972. This location has been consistently chosen as the location for the Waste Management Phoenix Open, which is a PGA regional qualifier.
Desert Mountain Golf Course
37700 N Desert Mountain Pkwy
Scottsdale, AZ 85262
Desert Mountain Golf Course sits high in the Sonoran Desert on around 8,000 acres of beautiful Arizona land. This magnificent course is nestled into the dramatic scenery and rolling hills of northern Scottsdale. Desert Mountain Golf Course is one of the most luxurious recreational communities and private golf courses in the world and steadily ranked as one of the top private golf resorts in the nation. Desert Mountain Golf Course is the only private golf course in the world with six different Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Courses. Each one of these courses is meant to give the golfer of every handicap a unique experience.
If you think this wonderful experience ends with a round golf, you would be mistaken. Desert Mountain Golf Course has a wide variety of fantastic events, activities and amenities for every member of your family. That is what makes Desert Mountain Golf Course a golf club like none you’ve experienced. They are continually creating new experiences and opportunities for their members which defines this legendary community.
Legend Trail Golf Club
9462 N Legendary Trail
Scottsdale, AZ 85262
Legend Trail Golf Club can be found in the northern parts of Scottsdale. This wonderful golf club captures everything that is beautiful about the Sonoran Desert. The Legend Trail Golf Club was designed in 2008 by Rees Jones. Since then, Legend Trail Golf Club has become one of the premier golfing destinations in all of Arizona.
This course has beautiful panoramic views of well-known landmarks like Pinnacle’s Peak as well as having great views of the surrounding desert. Because of sights you are able to see when you are golfing here, Legend Trail Golf Club has been considered one of the most aesthetically pleasing golf courses in the state. All that being said, Legend Trail Golf Club is not only a place to go for the sights. This course will give a great test to the novice golfer as well as the scratch golfer. You’ll find four sets of tees to shoot from which range from the “Short Trail,” which plays about 5,000 yards to the “Long Trail,” which is 6,845 yards long. Legend Trail Golf Club even gives you a chance to finish out with a birdie if you hit a soft draw and aim for the left bunker’s left side.
The Westin Kierland Golf Club
15636 N Clubgate Dr
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
The Westin Kierland Golf Club invites you to come and experience what premium golf is all about in the greater Scottsdale area. Golf Digest ranked The Westin Kierland Golf Club as one of “America’s 9 Most Cheerful Golf Courses,” and Golf Advisor dubbed this course one of the “Top 10 Public Courses in Phoenix/Scottsdale.” That being said, The Westin Kierland Golf Club is a must play if you happen to be visiting the area.
As one of the leading Arizona resort courses, the team at The Westin Kierland Golf Club is committed to providing their guests with a magnificent golf experience by giving them golf facility staff that is filled with people that value teamwork, passion and integrity as well as giving them a service oriented and well-maintained golf course. If you do happen to visit The Westin Kierland Golf Club, you find a golf course that is dedicated to going above and beyond for their owners and patrons.
For those that would rather relax while the others are hitting the links, The Westin Kierland Golf Club offers the Brittlebush Bar and Grill. It was named after a plant in the Sonoran desert.
Orange Tree Golf Course
10601 N 56th St
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
Orange Tree Golf Club is essentially an oasis in the middle of the desert. A place where you can enjoy a great round of golf or have a meal with your family. The area where Orange Tree Golf Club is located used to be an orange grove. Now it is one of the finest and most luxurious golf destinations in all of Arizona. This course was freshly given the Green Award from the Scottsdale Convention and Visitors Bureau for the Scottsdale Green by Design Award. Orange Tree Golf Club has been a strong component of green efforts by implementing a recycling program, reducing the amount of water they use and reducing waste that isn’t able to be recycled.
One thing that makes Orange Tree Golf Club unique from the other golf clubs in the area is that they offer a Midwest layout. That means the terrain you’ll be golfing on is level, for the most part, with great views of Camelback Mountain and very mature, tall trees. This course was opened in the late 50’s and has grown into one of the most popular courses in the greater Scottsdale area.
Mountain Shadows Golf Course
5445 E Lincoln Dr
Scottsdale, AZ 85253
Mountain Shadows Golf Course is a quick 18 hole course that earned the distinction of Golf Inc’s, “Renovation of the Year.” This quick, par 3 course was originally built in 1961 by designer Jack Snyder and from there it became of the favorite courses of the socialites and celebrities. It is also known for the wonderful desert location and the seclusion offered.
This already beautiful golf course would end up getting a face lift from Snyder’s mentor; Forrest Richardson. Richardson totally redesigned this course by melding modern features and the storied heritage of Mountain Shadows Golf Course.
The redesign was conducted in a way to honor the original layout with scenic views of Camelback Mountain, distinct holes rugged slopes and challenging greens. This club offers an excellent golf experience for the novice golfer while challenging those with low handicaps as well.
If you are in the mood for a longer course, Mountain Shadows Golf Course offers a complimentary lift to the neighboring Camelback Golf Club by way of their Tesla Model X. Here you can try your hand at 36 holes of championship golf.
Troon North Golf Club
10320 E Dynamite Blvd
Scottsdale, AZ 85262
Troon North Golf Club offers golfers two unique 18 hole courses that stretch along the foothills and natural canyons of Pinnacle Peak. Troon North Golf Club sits nestled in the rugged terrain of the beautiful Sonoran Desert. Here you will find a mix of the aesthetically pleasing views of the desert landscape and a golf experience that is second to none. This is one of the best golf clubs in the greater Scottsdale area as well as the Southwestern United States.
The visual sensation, unique ambiance and challenging holes make Troon North Golf Club a place that sets the standard for golf courses all over the world. Some of the characteristics attached to Troon North Golf Club includes excellent customer service, Bent grass greens, and perfectly groomed fairways.
The Pinnacle and Monument courses at Troon North Golf Club are always in the conversation of top ranked courses that golfers of all skill levels should try at some point in their lives. You will now find two new layouts that were implemented by British Open Champion and original architect, Tom Weiskopf. So, if you are looking for a challenging and beautiful course to try, book a tee time at Troon North Golf Club.
McDowell Mountain Golf Club
10690 E Sheena Dr
Scottsdale, AZ 85255
McDowell Mountain Golf Club can be found nestled up against the McDowell Mountains in the heart of Scottsdale, AZ. Enjoy marvelous views of the natural desert terrain while golfing here.
McDowell Mountain Golf Club was reopened in October of 2011 after going through a brand and name change. Phil Mickelson and Steve Loy got the rights to operate McDowell Mountain Golf Club and that was when the course underwent renovations and enhancements. McDowell Mountain Golf Club was formerly named Sanctuary Golf Course at West World. Along with the branding changes came new premier golfing experiences for the novice golfer as well as the scratch golfer. These revisions included adding additional tee areas, reshaping the fairways, strategically placing waste bunkers, widening the playing corridors and more.
In short, Mickelson wanted this course to fun to play on and very family friendly. They wanted to do this by cleaning up desert areas and strategically adding grass. It makes everything feel bigger and therefore, a better golfing experience overall.
If you’re planning your next golf trip, think about McDowell Mountain Golf Club. Lefty has his magic touch on it so.
Gainey Ranch Golf Club
7600 E Gainey Club Dr
Scottsdale, AZ 85258
Gainey Ranch Golf Club offers a day on the course that many in the Scottsdale area haven’t had their chance to experience yet. Gainey Ranch Golf Club is setting the gold standard for the greater Scottsdale area in terms of quality and service. Gainey Ranch Golf Club was designed by the former chief architect for Robert Trent Jones Jr.; Michael Poellot. As evidence by the courses that Poellot created, his craftsmanship is second to none and you will notice the difference when you visit.
Gainey Ranch Golf Club offers beautiful waterways, lush fairways and a 9th hole waterfall for your pleasure. The Arroyo course is an example of a course where you need both placement and power. This course ends at the 9th where you’ll find a magnificent peninsula green. The Dunes course is surrounded by the native desert and requires a gentle touch on the greens and an accurate tee shot. Finally, The Lakes course is a mix of fun and challenge as it will test your medal as you take on some of the more challenging holes at Gainey Ranch Golf Club.
Terravita Golf & Country Club
34034 N 69th Way
Scottsdale, AZ 85266
Terravita Golf & Country Club is a wonderful combination of landscapes, friends and lifestyles all melded into the foothills of Scottsdale. This gorgeous setting inspires those that are members of the private community to go out and explore a fun and refined lifestyle that is only improved on by the social activities and great facilities.
This 18 hole course opens up around and inside areas of the Sonoran Desert nestled up against the foothills of Black Mountain. With vast valley vistas on one side and magnificent mountain sights on the other, you might start to understand why Terravita Golf & Country Club is one of Scottdale’s most aesthetically pleasing courses.
Terravita Golf & Country Club was designed by Greg Nash and Billy Casper. It is a part 72 course that stretches for 7,075 yards of secluded and uninterrupted golf. However, this course is much more than just a place to see the sights. It is a true test for the scratch golfer while also being quite playable for the novice depending on where you want to tee up.
Mirabel Golf Club
37100 N Mirabel Club Dr
Scottsdale, AZ 85262
Mirabel Golf Club is a private golf club located in the northern sections of Scottsdale. Mirabel Golf Club is the brainchild of golf architect, Tom Fazio. You can also find the Desert Lodge Clubhouse that spans and impressive 38,000 square feet and offers dining options, activities and ambience. However, we are here today to talk about this great golf course.
This 7,147 yard, par 71 Tom Fazio golf course is a great example of what happens when you combine beauty, craftsmanship and quality into one fantastic golf course. Common factors of a Tom Fazio golf course include your day being memorable, enjoyable and a challenge. However, in terms of course features you will see many noticeable things. The greens, fairways and tee boxes all offer the golfer a clear view of everything the Sonoran Desert has to offer. This design also includes forward tee positions and generous landing areas so even the novice golfer feels like they can enjoy themselves. You also get the opportunity to have a caddie provided for you which sets this course apart from many others.
In order to understand the beauty of Mirabel Golf Club, you will have to come check them out for yourself.
27998 N 99th Pl
Scottsdale, AZ 85262
The Estancia Club can be found sitting in 640 acres of the well-known landmark of Scottsdale; Pinnacle Peak. It is located in a gated and private community so, know that when you are there, you will not be bothered. We are looking at another Tom Fazio course and just like the others he has designed, this golf course is pristine, challenging and fun. This 18 hole championship golf course offers breathtaking views, bent grass greens and wonderful golfing for 7,314 yards. At 17,000 annual rounds, the ease of play is quite impressive and it is improved upon with the active caddie program that is offered. This club is operated and owned by the members of Estancia Club.
Supporting a legacy of friendship and ambience, a wide variety of social events and activities give Estancia Club members and their guests an endless supply of options. Outside of the golf course, there are many things to do so you if you are thinking about becoming a member of a golf course in the Scottsdale area, give the team at Estancia Club a chance.