You’re looking for some great golf courses in Arizona, and you don’t mind driving a bit to find a great course. Like a scavenger hunt, finding a good course can sometimes be tricky. Do you go for a public course, join a private club, or see if you can get a friend of yours to sneak you into something a bit more exclusive.
Ironwood Public Golf Course
Ironwood is a full service facility. It features a par 72 championship layout. You can play from 5400 to 7100 yards with four sets of tees. The course was designed by Roger Packard, a highly-regarded golf course designer. There’s a residential subdivision on this course, but it’s managed by the Town of Normal Parks and Recreation Department. There’s a grass tee driving range, and a rather large practice putting green. You can also book events here as there is an onsite banquet facility here too.
Emerald Canyon is an 18 hole regulation course located at the Emerald Canyon Golf Course facility. Located in Parker, AZ, this course features 6,437 yards of golf and a par 72. The course was designed by William Phillips, opening in 1989.
If you want to really spend some time here, there’s the Bluewater golf resort in Arizona that’s right there near the course. Play golf, dine at the River Willow, play some blackjack, and go for a swim.
Desert Hills golf course is a private golf course that’s not open to the general public. It’s an equity-based club located in Green Valley, 30 miles out of Tucson. The club is obviously maintained for the benefit of its members and their guests, so if you know someone that’s a member here, bribe them to get in.
The play is fantastic, and because membership is limited, there are never too many people on the links – making it an amazing club to play some golf and relax. If you want to play here on your own, you’ll have to join, and memberships aren’t handed out. But, the place always welcomes membership inquiries. Bring your checkbook.
El Rio Country Club
El Rio is an upscale, daily fee (no membership) course located in Mohave Valley, Arizona. It’s got the usual 18 holes of golf, and the course was designed by Matt Dye, who is one of the best new architects in the game.
The course is a par 72 and offers four sets of tees from 5300 to 7100 yards. This is a nice one since you don’t have to commit to anything long-term, the course itself prides itself on being both professional and open to the public, and it accommodates all skill levels. A rare gem.
The Sierra Sands course is in Yuma, AZ. It’s a par-3 18 hole course, and is a nice course if you’re looking for something casual. It’s a public course, and probably best avoided during the weekends. If you’re bored during the week though, this one can be a lot of fun.
Jeremy S has a golf club in his hand and a golf ball in his jacket pocket at all times. He greatly enjoys exploring a variety of venues and environments and trying out techniques for that perfect swing.