best golf courses in Phoenix

It’s no secret that Arizona is renowned for its world-class golf courses. With year-round beautiful weather, the golf season is always in full swing. That said, it’s equally well-known that the Phoenix area can get awfully hot during the summer months. Many residents head north for the summer, leaving popular golf courses slow and eager to attract the city’s year-round residents. Because of this, many courses offer steep summer discounts. We’ve collected a list of the best golf courses to play during the summer in Phoenix while the snowbirds are still away. There’s still a few months left in the summer, so it's time to hit the course!

TPC Scottsdale

Visitors come from all over the country to visit this course during the busy season. It’s host to the PGA Tour event, the Waste Management Phoenix Open. This fact means that the course is pristinely maintained all year long to keep up with the high expectations of the best golfers in the world. For one week of the year, TPC Scottsdale holds ten-of-thousands of viewers and 100 PGA Tour players.

As for the rest of the year – believe it or not - the course is open to the public. There are two 18-hole courses to choose from and each is equally magnificent. The Champions course and the Stadium course can both be played for about $60 at prime time on a Saturday morning and $41 later in the day. This is a significant discount, considering that peak tee times during high season can be upwards of $200 per person. Get more bang for your buck with their Summer Replay Rates and play 36 holes in one day!

Grayhawk Golf Club

Just three miles north of TPC Scottsdale, Grayhawk Golf Club is a public course with killer desert mountain views. Like TPC, this course also features two 18-hole courses. Tom Fazio designed the Raptor Course to challenge players as they wind through hills decorated with bunkers. On the other side, the Talon Course features all the beauty of the desert. The course, which was designed by PGA champion David Graham, is complete with water features, natural elements, and views of the nearby McDowell Mountains.

A tee time at Grayhawk Golf Club during high-season starts at $230, which means that the prime times will be significantly higher than that. Lucky for year-round Phoenix residents and summer visitors though, summer pricing allows you to hit the course for anywhere between $40 to $90 for the prime morning spot.

Arizona Biltmore Golf Club

For those on the hunt for a private club feel with public access, the Arizona Biltmore Golf Club is a must-play on the list of the best golf course to pay during the summer in Phoenix. The central location makes it accessible to residents across the Valley and its prominent history has made it a renowned area of Phoenix. The course sits in the shadow of the captivating Phoenix Mountain Preserve and has been there since it was built in the late 1920s. If it was good enough for United States Presidents and celebrities, it’s certainly good enough for the average golfer. 

During the summer, the course features low rates and various daily specials. This includes great bundled prices on drinks, range balls, cart fees, and special prize entries! Mondays are a great day to play. After 11 a.m. for just $29, you can play the Adobe course an unlimited number of times, plus you get two free drink tickets. Like some of the other courses we’ve mentioned, the Biltmore has two 18-hole courses to choose from. The prices also rise significantly in November as the temperature drops, so book your tee time now!

Lookout Mountain Golf Club

This course is open to the public year-round, but due to its convenient location and luxury five-star resort, it’s harder to get a tee time during the winter months. As the name might suggest, the course nests at the base of Lookout Mountain, which is also a popular area for custom homes in Phoenix. A tee time as this public club starts at $40 during the summer months. And they even offer a $299 12-round punch card for those looking for a killer deal. During the season, tee time prices can soar more than three times the summer rate.

If you don’t live nearby and would prefer to not make the drive early in the morning, consider the Tapatio Cliffs Resort for your next staycation in Phoenix! They offer special discounts for guests staying in the hotel. The “Stay and Play Package” includes a one-night stay, complimentary breakfast, and a round of golf on the course!

Get into the VIP

There are over 185 golf destination in the Valley, all of which are worth playing. While tee times at these public clubs are available to everyone year-round, there are some private clubs that sometimes open to the public during the summer. Most private clubs don’t advertise their public play days, so the only way to know for certain is to give them a call and ask. Some clubs to call up are The Phoenician, Ancala Country Club, and Arrowhead Country Club. There are other exclusive clubs in the Valley that might offer public play days too. It doesn’t hurt to ask!

Stay Safe and Cool

There’s a reason golf courses are slow during the summer - it’s hot! The temperature in Phoenix can reach nearly 120 degrees, so it’s important to consider the weather before hitting the course. If you do decide to golf on these hot days, try to get an early tee time. Also, be sure to drink a ton of water. Dehydration and heat stroke are a serious risk in the desert climate. Pack a towel that can be soaked in the icebox to put on your head and drink at least eight bottles of water while you’re out on the course (two per hour). If you become dizzy, nauseous or get a headache, pack up and head to the A/C in your car or the clubhouse.

Ultimately, a day on the course in Phoenix is a day to be desired. With beautiful desert landscape, lush greens, and unbeatable course options, there’s nothing that the best golf courses to play during the summer in Phoenix can’t offer. Load up the car and enjoy the day!