Best Phoenix and Scottsdale Area Golf Course Reviews

Check out these Phoenix and Scottsdale golf course reviews to help you find some of Phoenix's and Scottsdale's best golf courses. Scottsdale and the surrounding area has hundreds of fantastic golf courses and below is our review and rating of several of the best Phoenix and Scottsdale Golf Courses that we have played and can highly recommend. The courses we played in Scottsdale were selected because they were some of the Best Golf Courses in Phoenix and Scottsdale. The reviews of the Phoenix and Scottsdale Golf Courses will have golf course information, pictures, our rating of the course, yardages, slope, rating, and more. We welcome your comments.

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Best Phoenix and Scottsdale Golf Course Reviews

The Boulders North & South Courses


The Boulders North & South Courses

Carefree, AZ

Texas Outside Rating 9

Boulders Club Review

The Boulders Club is nestled in the tranquil beauty of the high Sonoran desert and 12-million year old granite boulder formations that dot the landscape. Its two 18-hole championship golf courses have made this desert hideaway a repeated winner of Golf Magazine’s Gold Medal Award. & one of only 5 Resorts awarded the Gold Medal every year since its inception in 1988.

Both courses are built right into the desert foothills and offer breathtaking panoramas - including stunning boulder formations.

SunRidge Golf Course

SunRidge Canyon

Fountain Hills, AZ

Texas Outside Rating 9.6

Review of SunRidge Canyon

Wow, SunRidge Canyon is what every course should aspire to be when they grow up. SunRidge Canyon has it all - unique, fun, and interesting holes; lots of variety; fair but very challenging; near perfect conditions; stunning scenery; lots of elevation changes; challenging green complexes; good service; and an upscale club house.

You need to go out of your way to play SunRidge Canyon - you won't want your round to end. It's not surprising that it's rated one of the best in Arizona!

We-Ko-Pa  Cholla Course

We-Ko-Pa Resort - Cholla Course

Fort McDowell, AZ

Texas Outside Rating 9.6

Cholla Course Review

Wow, what a spectacular 18 holes of true desert golf. We rated the front nine a rare 10 and the back a 9.2 and it's not surprising that We-Ko-Pa Resort's Cholla Course has won a number of awards including:
  • Sports Illustrated  claimed them as one of the “10 best new public courses in the world” shortly after opening
  • a Zagat Survey gave Cholla its highest rating among all Arizona courses
  • Golf Magazine listed it as No. 45 in its ranking of the “Top 100 You Can Play” for 2014
  • in 2015, Golfweek bestowed Cholla with three prestigious rankings: 13th “Best Casino Courses” in the U.S.; 4 “Best Courses You Can Play” in Arizona; and No. 70 on the list of America’s “Best Resort Courses”
Gold Canyon Dinosaur Course

Gold Canyon Dinosaur Course

Gold Canyon, Az

Texas Outside Rating 9.3

Gold Canyon Dinosaur Golf Course Review

Gold Canyon Golf Resort is home to two spectacular courses - Sidewinder and Dinosaur Mountain. Dinosaur is one of those courses where you hate it when your round comes to an end and it's not surprising that it is consistently rated one of the top courses in Arizona. Beautiful desert scenery, lots of wildlife, dramatic elevation changes, lots of variety, excellent conditions, a roller coaster ride, and reasonable rates make this a must play.

Talking Stick Golf Course


Talking Stick North Course

Scottsdale, AZ

Texas Outside Review

Rating - 8.6


Talking Stick has won several awards and accolades, some of which include:

  • Golfweek Magazine listed Talking Stick as: the #1 Public Golf Course; Best Casino Golf Course; Top 100 Modern Courses; and #11 Best Courses You Can Play in Arizona
  • Golf Digest gave both 18s 4.5 stars
  • Golf & Travel Magazine rated Talking Stick in the Nations Top 40 Courses You Can Play

The North Course is a links style design with huge wide open fairways and big greens.

Stadium Course

TPC Stadium Course

Scottsdale, AZ

Texas Outside Rating 9.2

Stadium Course Review

Set in the rugged Sonoran Desert and surrounded by the stunning McDowell Mountains it’s a unique opportunity to experience the standards of quality and service normally reserved for the pros.

TPC Scottsdale has been named “one of America’s best courses” by Golfweek Magazine, one of the Top 50 Golf Resort Destinations in the World” by Condé Nast Traveler, and is consistently named one of the top courses in Arizona.

Champions Course

TPC Champions Course

Scottsdale, AZ

Texas Outside Rating 9.0

Champions Course Review

Of the two 18s at TPC Scottsdale, the Stadium course is better known and seems to be more forgiving and in much better condition then the TPC Champions Course, which we thoroughly enjoyed played and rated close to the Stadium Course.

The Champions course is fun, has a true desert feel to it, and is more challenging and unique. The 7115 yard par 71 Champions course meanders over natural ravines and picturesque foothills with five par-3’s and a diverse variety of par-4’s and par-5’s to thrill golfers of all skill levels.

Troon North Course

Troon North Monument Course

Scottsdale, CA

Texas Outside Rating 9.4

Troon North Monument Course Review

The Monument course has been named #4 in Arizona and #44 in the nation. You will find lots of variety, plenty of challenges, beautiful scenery, and a little bit of everything that makes playing golf fun - dog legs, ups and downs, blind shots, huge traps, well protected greens, a couple risk reward opportunities, and beautiful desert scenery. The fairways on The Monument Course are wide and forgiving and sculptured with berms, mounds, and lots of natural areas waiting to catch your ball.

Troon North Pinnacle Course

Troon North Pinnacle Course

Scottsdale, CA

Texas Outside Rating 9.7

Troon North Pinnacle Course Review

Troon North is very close to being one of the best courses that we have played. Golf Magazine raters have spoken by naming the Pinnacle Course #1 in Arizona and #21 in the nation.

The layout is fantastic and leverages the natural desert environment with cactus of all shapes and sizes, plenty of wildlife, huge and magnificent homes, and some of the best scenery around. This is a must play golf course if you're in the Scottsdale area. What a blast to play!

Kierland Acacia Course

Kierland Acacia Course

Scottsdale, AZ

Texas Outside Rating 9.4

Kierland Acacia Course Review

The Acacia Course is very scenic, challenging but fair, lots of fun to play, offers plenty of variety, and was in near perfect condition. This nine at Kierland Golf Club is unique with 3 par 3s, 3 par 4s, and 3 par 5s, elevation changes (elevated tee boxes and uphill greens are very unusual for a course in the flat desert), some outstanding holes none of which are similar, and a beautiful lake leading up to the Westin Resort.

The last three holes are some of the best finishing holes we have ever played.

Kierland's Mesquite Course

Kierland Mesquite Course

Scottsdale, AZ

Texas Outside Rating 8.7

Kierland Mesquite Course Review

The Mesquite 9 at Kierland is a fairly straight forward and traditional layout. It is very scenic with views of the mountains, colorful dessert fauna, and great landscaping. The fairways are wide and forgiving and lined with tall mounds that typically force your errant ball back into the fairway.

The forced carries over the natural areas from the tee box are manageable but where you'll find trouble is with some of the swales and collection areas off the turtle back greens, most of which are protected with a number of large and steep faced bunkers.

Kierland's Ironwood Course

Kierland Ironwood Course

Scottsdale, AZ

Texas Outside Rating 8.1

Kierland Ironwood Course Review

When you play Kierland's Ironwood Course, you'll find near perfect conditions, manageable desert carries, elevation changes, wide forgiving fairways, dog legs, and over 300 bunkers, plus lakes, dry desert washes, strands of desert trees and natural desert areas.

The Ironwood fairways are lined with lots of mounds, trees, desert fauna, and gently rolling terrain. The greens are large with slope and some undulation. You'll have a fun and enjoyable round here.

Grayhawk's Raptor Course

Grayhawk's Raptor Course

Scottsdale, AZ

Texas Outside Rating 9.0

Grayhawk's Raptor Course Review


Grayhawk's Raptor Course offers unique challenges as it winds through spectacular Sonoran Desert scenery. A few notable accolades garnered by Grayhawk's Talon and Raptor courses over the years include:  Golf Magazine's “Top 100 You Can Play in the U.S.” and Golf Digest's “Top 10 in Arizona that You Can Play.” 

Raptor is wider off the fairways but tougher due to length, more steep and deep fairway and green-side bunkers, and tougher greens with lots of slope and undulation.

Grayhawk's Raptor Course

Grayhawk's Talon Course

Scottsdale, AZ

Texas Outside Rating 9.0

Grayhawk's Talon Course Review


The Talon Course provides breathtaking views of the nearby McDowell Mountains. It's true beauty lies in the way the golf course blends with its natural surroundings. The back nine of the golf course was built around a series of deep box canyons and many holes skirt thick stands of Mesquite, Palo Verde and Ironwood trees with numerous species of native flowering plants dotting the surrounding areas. Most of the greens are quite large and they are multi-tiered which effectively reduces their size



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