With over three hundred thirty days of sunshine and more than 200 courses set in the dramatic desert landscape it’s no wonder golfers flock year round. If you’re considering relocating to this great city or just visiting these are just a few of the best golf courses Phoenix has to offer.   Here are the top golf courses in Phoenix and Scottsdale.

Troon North

Revered as the king of the Scottsdale public “must-play” thanks to a pair of courses that provide stunning desert visuals thorough out the Sonoran desert mountains. The Monument course is the more scenic of the two but Pinnacle provides a walkable option a rarity among landscape-oriented desert courses. Troon North Golf Club combines iconic golf sensational visuals of desert landscape and exceptional customer service creating the renowned Troon Golf Experience. -(troonnorthgolf.com)

We-Ko-Pa Golf Club

Honored as one of the Best Resort Courses by Golfweek magazine We-Ko-Pa was designed by golf course veterans Bill Coore Ben Crenshaw and Scott Miller. A daily fee golf facility with two 18-hole courses We-Ko-Pa offers a memorable golf experience. The Cholla course has incomparable scenery and holes that cross artfully through canyons ridges and down mountain slopes. The Saguaro course is wide and more forgiving with fewer forced carries giving vertically challenged golfer and more pleasurable experience. Strong players will bask in the challenge of strategic bunkers superb risk-reward decisions and cleverly contoured greens. Add elevation changes stunning catcti and mountain vistas for the unbeatable combination. -(wekopa.com)

Southern Dunes Golf Club

Located in Maricopa 25 minutes south of Phoenix’s Sky Harbor International Airport Southern Dunes is sprawled across 320 acres of the Ak-Chin Indian Reservation. Southern Dunes Golf Club provides a welcoming laid-back ambiance. Here amid uninhibited 360-degree views of Arizona’s magnificent desert expanse ensures an unparalleled round of extraordinary golf.  With green fees that are less than half of some of Scottsdale’s trophy courses enjoy one of Phoenix’s best value courses. (golfsoutherndunes.com)

Grayhawk Golf Club

Golfers can expect outstanding service unforgettable ambiance a variety of dining options and more at the ‘Hawk in Scottsdale. The facility with two top-rated courses gracing the Sonoran Desert setting delivers a relaxing country club feel that attracted a plethora of tour pros in the 1990s. Designed by Tom Fazio the Raptor has hosted most of the sport’s biggest events. The Raptor is a picturesque par-72 course with wide fairways and extensive greens that are often placed above deep bunkers and grass areas. Grayhawk’s other gem is the Talon course designed for unparalleled excitement and drama by U.S. Open and PGA Champion David Graham and architect Gary Panks. Talon features amazing views of the McDowell Mountains Phoenix/Scottsdale skyline deep box canyons steep drop-offs and lush plantings of flowers and native trees. Golf Magazine voted the Talon one of its “Top 100 You Can Play in the U.S.” and the course has also hosted many high-profile events. -(grayhawkgolf.com)

Gold Canyon

Scottsdale offers one of the region’s finest golf resorts featuring extraordinary luxury scenic vistas and the advantage of two unique course options. Gold Canyon Gold Resort includes the Dinosaur Mountain course designed by Ken Kavanaugh and rated four and a half stars by Golf Digest. Its 18-hole course has varied tee-to-green elevation changes with breathtaking views of the Superstition Mountains natural arroyos wildlife and dry creek beds for a dramatic desert golf experience. The resort’s second four-star course Sidewinder features challenges for golfers of all abilities to enjoy amid the dramatic Sonoran Desert. This outstanding golf experience can be found just 45 minutes east of Phoenix’s Sky Harbor International Airport along with amenities such as 85 hotel rooms suites indoor/outdoor spas private patios hiking swimming Jeep tours massage and spa services fine dining plus full-service meeting and banquet facilities. -(gcgr.com)

The Boulders

The golf experience found in Carefree Arizona combines demanding courses with breathtaking scenic beauty. The Boulders Club is a semi-private club for members and resort guests who can enjoy challenging rounds on two championship courses designed by Jay Morrish. There is also a pro shop fitness center and restaurant on site. The Boulders North presents a balanced par-72 6811-yard course with vistas including Black Mountain desert foothills local wildlife and rock formations. The Boulders South features even more spectacular scenery along its par 71 course. Here you will play right up to the rugged six-story-tall rock formations including the famous “Boulder Pile” and “Rosie’s Rock.” -(theboulders.com)

TPC Scottsdale

An unbeatable golf experience awaits just outside Scottsdale 30 minutes from Phoenix. Hosting the popular Waste Management Phoenix Open on the PGA Tour TPC’s Stadium course was designed by Jay Morrish and Tom Weiskopf. It’s well known for a demanding level of play and PGA-history-making aces from such greats as Tiger Woods. The adjacent Champions course designed by Randy Heckenkemper was renovated in 2007 to maximize playability and scenic appeal as the course cuts into rugged ravines and gently rolling foothills. Guests enjoy PGA Tour standard services golf instruction dining at Toro and luxury resort hotels nearby. (tpc.com/Scottsdale)

Talking Stick

Golfers of any style and level of play will find an outstanding experience at these beautiful facilities designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw. Two courses were built on land owned by the Salt River Pima-Maricopa tribal community. Each blends seamlessly into the rolling hills with desert scenery that promotes both relaxation and challenging play. The North course calls for smart strategic shots through tough bunkers while the South course features more water hazards and trees for shade in the summer. Talking Stick offers the largest public practice facility in the area along with the added draw of dining at the Wildhorse Grille and entertainment at the nearby Talking Stick Resort casino. -(talkingstickgolfclub.com)