You will not find a golf landscape more distinctive than Scottsdale, Arizona’s striking Sonoran Desert. Here, green fairways stretch across a starkly beautiful land brimming with billion-year-old rock formations, deeply shaded arroyos and towering saguaros. It’s a sweeping, sun-drenched setting populated with a rich variety of wildlife.
With this unique setting as a backdrop, Scottsdale bills itself as “The World’s Finest Golf Destination.” That’s a bold claim, but the city has the numbers to back it up. At last count, there were 51 golf courses within the city limits and an additional 156 courses sprinkled throughout its Valley of the Sun neighbors. Among its all-stars are Grayhawk Golf Club’s Talon and Raptor Courses, Pinnacle and Monument Courses at Troon North Golf Club, and We-Ko-Pa Golf Club’s Cholla and Saguaro courses. That’s just the beginning of one of the b
est golf course rosters anywhere.
For instance TPC Scottsdale’s celebrated Stadium Course, home of the PGA Tour’s Waste Management Phoenix Open currently is undergoing an extensive renovation project which will add length, enhance conditioning and accentuate its playability and challenge. And, Tegavah Golf Club is the newest public-access course to open in the city. It stretches to 7,229 yards from the back tees and plays like a traditional desert-golf experience with modern elements converging to provide a serious test that doesn’t forget to have a little fun along the way.
Add to that dozens of world-class resorts and spas, magnificent natural beauty, nearly limitless off-course attractions, a burgeoning culinary scene and Scottsdale’s legendary nightlife. And when you factor in Scottsdale’s climate, with an average 330 days of sunshine a year, a median temperature of 70 degrees Fahrenheit, way-below-par humidity, and less than eight inches of rain per year, you’ve got a golf destination that is hard to beat.
Golf Channel analyst and Scottsdale resident, Brandel Chamblee, has just been announced as the destination’s official “golf ambassador.” They could not have chosen a more enthusiastic or knowledgeable advocate.
“I love Scottsdale, and I particularly love Scottsdale golf,” says Chamblee. “In truth there are many great places to play golf around the world. But, when you factor in the quantity and quality of courses, the beauty of the desert, the consistently perfect weather and all the fun there is to be had off the course, no one else comes close to Scottsdale for my money. Look at it this way, I work in Florida, but I choose to live in Scottsdale.”
You can read Chamblee’s take on Scottsdale’s golf, location, and everything else to do on the Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau’s new website ExperienceScottsdaleGolf.com.
Full of easy-to-digest, useful information including course rankings, the website shows you where to play, stay and eat for the golf vacation of a lifetime.