When it Comes to Golf Living, Phoenix Courses Are King
Several months ago, we discussed the pros and cons of moving to a home on the golf course. While moving on a links does come with its caveats, the recent resurgence in golf social media and tournament followings has sparked our interest to find out the best courses for playing and living in Phoenix, Arizona. According to the locals and The CE Shop’s resident golfing expert, these were the top 4 choices.
1) Troon North Golf Club
The mecca of desert golfing, this Tom Weiskopf scenic dream brings out the best in players with challenging ravines and foothills that make every approach shot an adventure. This 7,028 yard, perfectly-groomed golf course is located in the high Sonoran desert, adjacent to the looming shadows of Pinnacle Peak. The Pueblo-architecture houses are sparsely scattered throughout the course sidelines, making for a quiet round that seconds as an accidental house tour of Arizona luxury.
Most houses near Troon price well over $500,000, but are worth it due to the proximity to this world-class golf club with service provided. Whether you are looking to move, help others find their dream home, or simply get a spectacular eighteen holes in, this golf club is worth it.
2) Raven Golf Club
Designed by Gary Panks and David Graham, this flourishing green modern design features a 7,078-yard multi-tier layout. The Georgia pines line the sides, making this one of the prettiest tracks in the country, but also a golf course style you don’t usually see in dry Arizona.
The course is conveniently located near the airport, downtown Phoenix, and South Mountain Park, providing you a diverse and large selection of housing/apartment pricing and things to do when not swinging on the links.
3) TPC Scottsdale
Fifty-one weeks of the year, this course is a calm, professionally collected TPC course filled with “36 holes of inspiring golf.” The other week it’s a rowdy, high-octane party that revolves all around the legendary The Waste Management Phoenix Open Stadium Course. We kid you not, the designers––Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish––literally designed an entire 20,000 seat stadium arena around the Par 3, 16th-hole, making this hole one of the premier locations for friends wanting to challenge their friends on the golf gridiron.
The homes within and surrounding TPC Scottsdale range from $400k-$700k and provide some of the most immaculate views of the stunning McDowell Mountains. Provided you’ll also be living right next to a main-stay of the PGA Tour, there will be no lack of Championship golf (and the occasional 16th-green party) if you moved here.
Photo Courtesy of TPC Scottsdale
Considered the finest golf course in the state––their words, but we also agree––Papago features a fair and challenging links course for all skill levels. The 7,333-yard course sits at the base of the Papago Buttes, providing fantastic views of stunningly jagged red rocks and the Phoenix skyline. Watch out for the trickiness of the rolling greens, a staple stone feature of the designer William Francis Bell, as well as the strategically placed bunkers that’ll add unwanted strokes to your game.
Homes near this course range drastically due to the close proximity to downtown, Scottsdale, and Tempe. You can find a lovely pueblo abode for around $150,000 and down the street mini-mansions going for over $1,000,000. Either way, this course is perfect for those looking for a convenient round. Just make sure to book a tee time earlier in the day, as this public course gets jammed pretty quickly.
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