Arizona Getaways: Arcis Golf

Featuring 10 Phoenix area courses to choose from!

Ten to play

In the Phoenix area the Arcis Golf group operates ten daily fee public courses which can test, tantalize, reward and challenge golfers looking for a fun weekend or a longer vacation.

Colorado golfers may know their level of execution best from playing the Arrowhead Golf Club in Littleton. In Phoenix, Scottsdale and nearby their ten courses which mean that, unless you double up, a week’s vacation will simply mean you’ll have to come back for more.

Where to Visit

The Talon Course at Grayhawk Golf Club Courtesy Arcis Golf

Grayhawk Golf Club complex makes the perfect cornerstone for a fall or winter outing. How serious does Grayhawk take its golf? The course is so strong it was the host site for the last three NCAA Championships, providing the canvas on which the best of college golf were tested. The two 18s – dubbed Raptor and Talon – opened in the mid-1990s and are two of the best daily-fee, public courses in Arizona.

The Raptor Course at Grayhawk Golf Club Courtesy Arcis Golf

The Raptor Course is the biggest challenge and can run to nearly 7,200 yards. Designed by world-renowned architect Tom Fazio, the Raptor Course combines massive, undulating green complexes with tricky fairways nestled between natural desert stone and terrain. The Talon Course is shorter but has just as much personality. At the course eateries include the Quill Creek Café, The Morning Joint for coffee, Isabella’s Kitchen and Phil’s Grill – named after Grayhawk ambassador Phil Mickelson.

McDowell Mountain Golf Club #14 Courtesy Arcis Golf

McDowell Mountain Golf Club is built into the foothills of Scottsdale’s McDowell Mountains, and the rolling terrain is put to good use. The course features large fairways and a little more green than some of the other desert-style tracks in the region. The Mesquite Grille and Outdoor Terrace Bar are available before and after your rounds.

Raven Golf Club Courtesy Arcis Golf

Raven Golf Club. This course is parkland style – the desert elements are there, but the course itself has more than 6,000 pine trees lining fairways. The course, designed by Gary Panks and David Graham, can challenge the scratch golfer and is still welcoming for the learner and is a short hop from Phoenix’s nearby Sky Harbor Airport.

Stonecreek Golf Club Courtesy Arcis Golf

Stonecreek Golf Club is on the eastern edge of Phoenix and provides a strong test. The course is a different experience from nearby desert courses because holes are run up, down, along and across a creek, making it lush and park-like. Considered a best-kept-secret by Golf Channel, Stonecreek offers a championship golf experience.


Other Arcis courses also worth a round!

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