Best Golf Courses in Arizona
The Valley of the Sun is well known as one of the finest golf destinations in the world, and CopperWynd Resort and Club strategically sits at the crossroads between a few of the most celebrated experiences responsible for putting Scottsdale golf on the map.
The resorts preferred partner status with SunRidge Canyon Golf Club, along with its neighborly proximity, affords guests a measure of convenience that any golfer can appreciate. Cost-saving packages, room-charge privileges and an inherently rewarding Scottsdale golf experience makes SunRidge Canyon a must play for CopperWynd guests.
SunRidge Canyon Golf Club
SunRidge Canyon’s Keith Foster-designed golf course unfolds around some of the most picturesque Sonoran desert found in the Valley of the Sun. The golf course gradually descends on the way out before doubling back to climb up the slope on the way in. This subtle elevation change lies at the heart of the dramatic golf experience at SunRidge Canyon. Golfers also discover that it wasn’t so much created by a bulldozer as it was carved out over eons by the relentless pressure of wind and water. Foster had the good sense to follow Mother Nature’s lead, and in the end, the beauty and challenge of SunRidge Canyon is unlike any other desert golf experience in Scottsdale. And speaking of challenge, SunRidge Canyon is home to the Wicked 6, a devilish half-dozen holes that tend to force golfers tap out. Made up of holes 13-16, the Wicked 6 plays uphill and generally into the prevailing breeze. Couple this with the fact that the holes would play moderate to long even if they were on level ground, and it’s easy to see why the Wicked 6 earned its menacing moniker.
SunRidge Canyon is also home to the Jim McLean Golf School, one of the top instruction programs of its kind world-wide. CopperWynd Resort’s adjacent location makes it the ideal place for out-of-town students to stay while learning the game during one of many golf programs offered by the nearby school.
SunRidge Canyon’s Spanish hacienda-style clubhouse provides an awe-inspiring setting for breakfast, lunch, post-golf beverages as well as a wide array of special events. In addition to a savory selection of mouth-watering fare, guests are treated to an indoor/outdoor ambiance complete with neatly manicured desert landscaping in the foreground and sweeping mountain views as far as the eye can see.
Eagle Mountain Golf Club
Architect Scott Miller designed the 18-hole, par-71 Eagle Mountain Golf Club to pitch and roll along with the dramatic topography of the property to create a golf course with equal parts aesthetic charm and strategic intrigue. The golf course weaves its way around these craggy mountain peaks and through shady desert arroyos loaded with Mesquites, Palo Verdes and Saguaro Cacti making Eagle Mountain the quintessential Sonoran Desert track. The views from the golf course are stunning with the entire southeastern Valley of the Sun on display.
We-Ko-Pa Golf Club
Since opening to the public in 2000, We-Ko-Pa Golf Club quickly moved up Arizona’s must-play list with its Cholla and Saguaro courses leading the charge. Uniquely, no homes or roads intrude into the golf course treating golfers with unobstructed views of the Sonoran desert in all directions as well as the nearby McDowell Mountains, Four Peaks and the Superstitions. Architects Scott Miller, Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coors succeeded in producing two great golf courses that have earned permanent spots among Arizona’s finest golf courses available to daily-fee golfers.