A Quick Nine: Arizona's best

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Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale was identified as one of your favorite courses to play.
T.J. Auclair, Interactive Producer

Series: A Quick Nine

Published: Wednesday, February 09, 2011 | 10:10 a.m.

Arizona is a hotbed for golf and with its perfect weather -- aside from those frost delays last week during the Waste Management Phoenix Open -- it's no wonder why.

We're interested most in the courses that everybody can play. For this week's, 'A Quick Nine,' feature, we asked our PGA.com Facebook fans: What is your favorite course to play (open to public) in the great state of Arizona?

Here's what you told us:

1. Troon North Golf Club, Scottsdale, Ariz. After a Tom Weiskopf redesign that took nearly two years, the two courses at Troon North were blended together and the hole sequences on both were changed around. It's one of the coolest looking places you'll ever see -- almost like a Salavador Dali painting.

Facebook fan quotes:

"Troon North." -- Steve Paine

"Troon North." -- Mark Ayers

"Troon North." -- Ryan C. Pontius

2. We-Ko-Pa Golf Club, Ft. McDowell, Ariz. This course was developed by the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, We-Ko-Pa (Yavapai for “Four Peaks”). Its 36 holes feature dramatic views of the McDowell Mountains, Red Mountain, Four Peaks and the Superstitions.

Facebook fan quotes:

"We-ko-pa." -- Tim Stephenson

"We-ko-pa with Troon North a close second." -- Stacie Williams Stern

"We-Ko-Pa." -- Luke Baker

"We-Ko-Pa, Troon North, Grayhawk all good choices, but so many more to play. Looking forward to the move out there and continue to debate this question." -- Todd Brunsink

3. Dove Mountain, Marana, Ariz. A Ritz-Carlton resort, so you know it's high end, it is also home to the World Golf Championships Accenture Match Play Championship each February.

Facebook fan quotes:

"Dove Mountain." -- Mark Hollinger

"Dove Mountain." -- Guy Bonilla

"Dove Mountain." -- Thomas Righter

4. Grayhawk Golf Club, Scottsdale, Ariz. Along with having played host to a number of PGA Tour-sanctioned events over the years, Grayhawk is also the home course of many PGA Tour players. It's one of the most celebrated daily-fee courses in Arizona with two exceptional courses -- the Talon and Raptor.

Facebook fan quotes:

"Grayhawk." -- Chris Greene

"Grayhawk!" -- Craig Ward

"If I ever move to Arizona from Scotland you would find me at Grayhawk Talon & Raptor or Dinosaur at Gold Canyon again." -- James Conlan

"Grayhawk Raptor #1 then Seguro at WeKoPa." -- Mark Johnson

5. Dinosaur Mountain, Phoenix, Ariz. The name alone makes this place intriuging. It's a 36-hole golf haven in the high Sonoran Desert with a 4.5 star rating by Golf Digest.

Facebook fan quotes:

"Gold Canyon - Dinosaur!" -- Jessica Mohamed MacDonell

"Dinosaur Mountain, Gold Canyon Resort." -- Steve Schneider

"Dinosaur Mountain at the Gold Canyon Golf Resort!" -- Cathrine Steinland

"Dinosaur Mountain... Gold Canyon." -- John Crawford

"Dinosaur Mountain at Gold Canyon Resort." -- Mark Tremonti

6. TPC Scottsdale, Scottsdale, Ariz. Arguably the most well-known course in all of Arizona, TPC Scottsdale plays host to the biggest party in golf each year with the Waste Management Phoenix Open. When people think of TPC Scottsdale, they usually think of the short, but incredibly intimidating par-3 16th.

Facebook fan quotes:

"To me it has got to be the TPC Scottsdale. Played there last Aug. Staff was very accommodating and helpful. We were very much welcomed and we are going back again this year. It's a beautiful course. Just dont hit your ball into a bunker." -- Lyn Hall

"The TPC by far! No comparison." -- Duane F. Pruett

7. Southern Dunes, Maricopa, Ariz. Many refer to Southern Dunes as the highlight of their golf trip to Scottsdale. That can't be a bad thing.

Facebook fan quotes:

"Southern Dunes in Maricopa." -- Thomas Boone

"Southern Dunes." -- Stu Bright

8. The Boulders, Carefree, Ariz. World renowned as one of the finest golf, tennis and spa resorts in the United States, a 2008 Golf Magazine Platinum Medal Award winning resort. Travel and Leisure Golf recently ranked The Boulders as the #7 Golf Resort in the USA for 2006 and #2 Golf Resort in the USA for 2005. Regionally the magazine ranked The Boulders the #1 Golf Resort in the Southwest for 2005 and 2006.

Facebook fan quotes:

"The Boulders - especially if you want the nature desert setting around the holes." -- Christopher Strand

"Boulders." -- Michael Goldstein

"The Boulders." -- Blake Miles

9. Sedona Golf Resort, Sedona, Ariz. This place winds around the famed red rocks of Sedona and has been likened to playing golf in the Grand Canyon because of its breathtaking views.

Facebook fan quotes:

"I liked Sedona Golf Resort... Very Pretty." -- Justin Johnson

"Sedona Country Club." -- Gary Templar

"Sedona CC." -- Rob MacNett  



The list above is rather short, here's a guide to the best golf courses in Phoenix and Tucson with a map to find the one closest to your destination: