Great Public Courses in Phoenix

Wednesday February 14th, 2007
You'll need a Hail Mary pass to survive the finishing hole at Sunridge Canyon
Aidan Bradley

On January 8, 2007, the first BCS (Bowl Championship Series) National Championship pits the two top-ranked college football teams against each other in Glendale, Ariz. It won't end the arguments over who's really No. 1, but at least it's more football. Here's where to tee off around the tailgating festivities.

  • Sunridge Canyon Golf Club
    6,823 yards, par 71;
    Greens fee: $60-$145;
    480-837-5100, sunridgegolf.com

    This desert layout boasts a back nine as rugged and scenic as any in the Valley of the Sun.
  • We-Ko-Pa Golf Club
    Cholla Course: 7,225 yards; par 72;
    Saguaro Course: 6,912 yards, par 71;
    Greens fees: $70-$195;
    480-836-9000, wekopa.com

    A new Crenshaw-Coore track, one of our Top 10 New Courses You Can Play, only adds to the luster at We-Ko-Pa.
  • Wigwam Golf Resort & Spa
    Gold Course: 7,275 yards, par 72;
    Blue Course: 5,994 yards, par 72;
    Red Course: 6,865 yards, par 72;
    Greens fee: $62-$162;
    623-935-9414, wigwamresort.com

    Of the three tracks, the Gold, an early '60s Robert Trent Jones Sr. design, poses the stiffest test.
  • Legend Trail Golf Club
    6,845 yards, par 72;
    Greens fee: $70-$185;
    480-488-7434, legendtrailgc.com

    Rocker Alice Cooper's favorite course in town surprises with its playability, unusual in desert golf.
  • Grayhawk Golf Club
    Raptor Course: 7.135 yards, par 72;
    Greens fee: $75-$210;
    Talon Course: 6,973 yards, par 72; Greens fee: $75-$210;
    480-502-1800, grayhawkgolf.com

    A brace of the region's best courses, both offer desert-framed fairways and stunning McDowell Mountain views.
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