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.
6,823 yards, par 71;
Greens fee: $60-$145;
This desert layout boasts a back nine as rugged and scenic as any in the Valley of the Sun.
Cholla Course: 7,225 yards; par 72;
Saguaro Course: 6,912 yards, par 71;
Greens fees: $70-$195;
A new Crenshaw-Coore track, one of our Top 10 New Courses You Can Play, only adds to the luster at We-Ko-Pa.
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;
Of the three tracks, the Gold, an early ’60s Robert Trent Jones Sr. design, poses the stiffest test.
6,845 yards, par 72;
Greens fee: $70-$185;
Rocker Alice Cooper’s favorite course in town surprises with its playability, unusual in desert golf.
Raptor Course: 7.135 yards, par 72;
Greens fee: $75-$210;
Talon Course: 6,973 yards, par 72; Greens fee: $75-$210;
A brace of the region’s best courses, both offer desert-framed fairways and stunning McDowell Mountain views.