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With nearly 200 courses in the Valley of the Sun, golf is just about the most popular sport in Phoenix and one of the main reasons people flock here in winter. Sunshine, spectacular views, and the company of coyotes, quails, and doves make playing a round of golf here a truly memorable experience.
Despite the number of courses, it can still be difficult to get a tee time on any of the more popular courses (especially during the months of Feb, Mar, and Apr). If you're staying at a resort with a course, be sure to make your tee-time reservations at the same time you make your room reservations. If you aren't staying at a resort, you might still be able to play a round on a resort course if you can get a last-minute tee time. Try one of the tee-time reservations services below.
The only thing harder than getting a winter or spring tee time in the Valley is facing the bill at the end of your 18 holes. Greens fees at most public and resort courses range from $90 to $170, with the top courses often charging $200 to $250 or more. Municipal courses, on the other hand, charge under $40. You can save money on many courses by opting for twilight play, which usually begins between 1 and 3pm.
It's a good idea to make reservations well in advance. You can avoid the hassle of booking tee times yourself by contacting Golf Xpress (888) 679-8246 or (602) 404-GOLF; www.azgolfxpress.com, which can make reservations farther in advance than you could if you called the golf course directly, and can sometimes get you lower greens fees as well. This company also makes hotel reservations, rents golf clubs, and provides other assistance to golfers visiting the Valley.
For last-minute reservations, call Stand-by Golf (800) 655-5345; www.discountteetimes.com).
The Boulders, North Scottsdale Road and Carefree Highway, Carefree
(800) 553-1717 or (480) 488-9009 www.thebouldersclub.com
Tee times for nonresort guests are very limited in winter and spring (try making reservations a month in advance if you aren't staying at the resort). You'll pay $245 to $290 for a round in winter, $195 to $220 in spring.
The Wigwam Golf Club & Spa, 300 Wigwam Blvd.
(800) 909-4224 or (623) 935-3811 www.wigwamresort.com
In high season, greens fees are $135 for any of the three courses and $45 in summer. Reservations for nonguests can be made no more than 7 days in advance.
Gold Canyon Golf Resort, 6100 S. Kings Ranch Rd., Gold Canyon
(800) 827-5281 or (480) 982-9449 www.gcgr.com.
Greens fees on this course range from $157 to $187 in winter and from $57 to $67 in summer. The Sidewinder course is more traditional and less dramatic, but much more economical. Greens fees are $87 to $102 in winter and $42 to $47 in summer. Reserve a week in advance. It's well worth the drive.
Arizona Biltmore Country Club, 24th Street and Missouri Avenue
(602) 955-9655 http://www.arizonabiltmore.com/golf/
Reservations can be made up to 2 months in advance. There's also a championship 18-hole putting course.
Camelback Golf Club, 7847 N. Mockingbird Lane
(888) 24-CAMEL or (480) 596-7050 http://www.camelbackgolf.com/
Resort Course greens fees are $96 to $170 in winter; Club Course fees are $80 to $125 in winter. Reservations can be made up to 60 days in advance.
Phoenician Golf Club, 6000 E. Camelback Rd.
(888) 888-8234 or (480) 423-2449 www.thephoenician.com.
Greens fees for nonresort guests are $110 to $180 in winter and spring, $60 to $90 in summer, and can be made up to 60 days in advance.
Troon North Golf Club, 10320 E. Dynamite Blvd., Scottsdale
(888) TROON-US or (480) 585-7700 www.troonnorthgolf.com.
Greens fees are $185 to $295 in winter and spring.
Tournament Players Club (TPC) of Scottsdale, 17020 N. Hayden Rd. (888) 400-4001 or (480) 585-4334 www.playatpc.com
Stadium course fees top out at $228 in winter and spring, while Desert Course fees are a reasonable $57 in winter and spring.
Kierland Golf Club, 15636 Clubgate Dr., Scottsdale
(888) TROON-US or (480) 922-9283 www.kierlandgolf.com
Greens fees are $95 to $180 in winter.
ASU-Karsten Golf Course, 1125 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe
(480) 921-8070 www.asukarsten.com
Greens fees are $75 to $89 in winter. Phone reservations are taken up to 14 days in advance; online reservations are taken up to 30 days in advance.
Legacy Golf Resort, 6808 S. 32nd St.
(888) 828-FORE or (602) 305-5550 www.legacygolfresort.com
Greens fees are $99 to $149 in winter.
Stonecreek Golf Club, 4435 E. Paradise Village Pkwy.
(602) 953-9111 www.americangolf.com
Greens fees are $69 to $95 in winter.
Ocotillo Golf Club, 3751 S. Clubhouse Dr., Chandler
(888) 624-8899 or (480) 917-6660 www.ocotillogolf.com
Greens fees are $155 in winter.
Dove Valley Ranch Golf Club, 33244 N. Black Mountain Pkwy., Cave Creek (480) 488-0009 www.dovevalleyranch.com
Greens fees are $105 to $130 in winter.
Rancho Mañana Golf Club, 5734 E. Rancho Mañana Blvd., Cave Creek (480) 488-0398 www.ranchomanana.com
Greens fees are $75 to $155 in winter.
We-Ko-Pa Golf Club, 18200 East Toh Vee Circle, Fountain Hills
(480) 836-9000 www.wekopa.com
Greens fees are $85 to $195 in winter. Reservations are taken up to 90 days in advance.
Papago Golf Course, 5595 E. Moreland St.
(602) 275-8428 http://phoenix.gov/SPORTS/papago.html
Encanto Golf Course, 2775 N. 15th Ave.
(602) 253-3963 http://phoenix.gov/SPORTS/encant18.html
Cave Creek Golf Course, 15202 N. 19th Ave.
(602) 866-8076. http://www.ci.phoenix.az.us/SPORTS/golf.html
Green fees at these three municipal courses are $17 to $34 to walk ($22 extra for a golf cart)
Rolling Hills Golf Course, 1415 N. Mill Ave., Tempe
(480) 350-5275 http://www.tempegolf.net/
There are two executive 9-hole courses here and greens fees are a very reasonable $24 for 18 holes. A golf car will cost you another $20. Reservations can be made a week in advance.
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