Phoenix

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With some 200 diverse fairways, the Phoenix-Scottsdale area ranks fourth in the country for the most golf courses. Virtual year-round sunshine coupled with fantastic desert scenery and schools with high-caliber instructors lure nearly two million golfers to tee off in Greater Phoenix each year. Keep in mind that desert creatures like snakes and scorpions don’t steer clear of golf courses: If you’re looking for a ball among rocks or bushes, be sure to use your golf club – not your hands!

Phoenix Golf

ASU Karsten

Tempe's Pete Dye-designed public course offers quality tees, a slope rating of 124, and an easygoing atmosphere at affordable rates. Their pro shop is one of the town's best.

1125 E. Rio Salado Parkway, AZ, 480-921-8070, www.asukarsten.com
Tags: golf | great value | sports | outdoor activity | summer activity

Golf Xpress

This reservation service can assist you in getting tee times at the most popular courses, which can book up quickly, especially during the winter high season. They also rent golf clubs.

AZ, 888-679-8246, www.azgolfxpress.com
Tags: golf | sports | outdoor activity | summer activity | winter activity

In Celebration of Golf

Head to this 15,000-square-foot shop for all of your golf gear needs. They even have antique cobbler's tools and a state-of-the-art indoor golf simulator.

7001 N. Scottsdale Rd., Suite 172, AZ, 800-310-9459, www.celebrategolf.com
Tags: golf | shopping | sports | outdoor activity

Papago Golf Course

Considered one of the country's best municipal courses (slope rating: 132), its greens fees start at just $28 in high season. Reserve up to a week in advance to guarantee tee time.

5595 E. Moreland St., AZ, 602-275-8428, www.papagomensgolf.com
Tags: golf | sports | outdoor activity

The Boulders Resort

The Boulders course is the only Arizona golf resort course listed on Golf Magazine's Platinum Medal Winners. This elite award, chosen by over 8,000 readers, showcases properties that excel in course design, playability, and luxury accommodations. Only nine other courses in the country received the same honor. The Boulders offers two, 18-hole par 71/72 championship courses.

34631 N. Tom Darlington Dr., Arizona, 480-488-9028, www.theboulders.com
Tags: luxury | golf | expensive | smart splurge | resort

TPC Stadium Course

Play where the pros play! This par 71 course was designed by Jay Morrish and Tom Wiskopf for the PGA Tour's FBR Open, the largest spectator golf event in the world. The course was named one of the top 10 public golf courses in Arizona by Golf Digest, and it was also the first course in the state to be designated an Audubon International Cooperative Sanctuary System for its environment-friendly practices.

17020 N. Hayden Rd, AZ, 480-585-4334, www.tpc.com/scottsdale
Tags: golf | eco-friendly | sports | outdoor activity

Troon North Golf Club

Situated among high-desert ravines and rolling foothills at the base of North Scottsdale's Pinnacle Peak, the thrilling 130-slope-rated Monument and Pinnacle courses are worth the steep fees.

10320 E. Dynamite Blvd., AZ, 480-585-5300, www.troonnorthgolf.com
Tags: food and wine | golf | editor pick | smart splurge | lounge | sports | outdoor activity

We-ko-Pa Golf Club

Owned by the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, the We-Ko-Pa Golf Club offers the Cholla course, designed by Scott Miller, and the Saguaro course, created by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw. Facilities also include a driving range and full-service clubhouse. Located on unspoiled Native American land near Scottsdale and Fountain Hills, golfers will enjoy dramatic views of the Sonoran Desert and surrounding mountains.

18200 E. Toh Vee Circle, AZ, 480-836-9000, www.wekopa.com
Tags: golf | sports | outdoor activity | mountains | desert

White Mountains

Located in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest (home to the largest stand of Ponderosa Pine in the world) the White Mountains are one of Arizona's premiere outdoor recreation destinations. With a four-season climate, visitors can enjoy hiking, biking, fishing, golfing, and skiing in the area. Best of all, summer temperatures are in the 70s providing a needed respite from Phoenix's scorching heat.

170 miles Northeast of Phoenix, AZ, www.azwhitemountains.net
Tags: family | golf | hiking | skiing | outdoors | fishing

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