We get it. Some days, you want to challenge your skills. Others, you just want a nice friendly round and time to enjoy friends. Fountain Hills offers a wide range for all golfers…and sometimes even on the same course!
Here are our four favorite public golf courses around Fountain Hills:
- SunRidge Canyon: sunridgegolf.com
It might seem intimidating to play a course nicknamed “The Wicked Six.” In fact, people come from all over the world to enjoy that challenge. Yet, for those who may not hit as long (or wide!) it’s a fun day on one of the most beautiful tracks in the Southwest. The course starts at the upper mouth of the namesake canyon, and works its way slyly downhill to the bottom. Then, it’s time to play the back nine uphill and it’s those last 6 holes that will remind you of its wicked nickname. Relax, just enjoy the incredible canyon atmosphere and look forward to your stop at the 19th Hole with a presentation style kitchen, great bar and killer outdoor fireplace! The Jim McLean Golf School on premises is idea for “tune-ups.”
- Golf Club at Eagle Mountain: eaglemtn.com
The Golf Club at Eagle Mountain can be either challenging or golfer friendly. If you like the challenge of fast greens and a true desert atmosphere, you’ll be excited. Yet, the stadium design of this golf course helps the fairway shots roll toward the middle if you’re not too far in the rough. Eagle Mountain has lots of rolling fairways with up-hill and down-hill trajectories to the greens. And, every fairway on the course offers an incredible view. This course has character with a unique layout, and is fun to play.
- Desert Canyon Golf Club: http://desertcanyongolf.com/
Desert Canyon’s setting is stunning, the layout interesting, and provides a challenge for all levels of golfers. With more turf than the other courses, DCGC twists through hills and valleys with mountain views all around. The view from the elevated tee on the signature “Sweet 16,” (where the sure-fire promise of a hole-in-one may prove a bit fickle) the 10th with a view to Red Mountain, and the 18th with a drive directly toward the Four Peaks are each alone worth the trip. The staff is friendly and will ensure you have an enjoyable time. Stop in afterward at the DC Grill, and it’s a perfect day.
- We-Ko-Pa Golf Club: https://wekopa.com/
We-Ko-Pa Golf Club is the hallmark of the Fort McDowell Casino Resort, offering two award-winning golf courses that provide different levels of play and different experiences, but in a pristine natural environment rarely seen these days. We-Ko-Pa is Yavapai for “Four Peaks,” and indeed, the stately mountain casts a long shadow over this beautiful region, with its breathtaking views of the McDowell Mountains, Red Mountain, and the Superstitions. The Cholla course is a quintessential target style desert golf course. The Saguaro course was designed as a more traditional style golf course with greens closer to tees. It is ideal for walking and follows the natural contours of the land.