What is the Best Golf Course in Arizona?

Posted on: September 3rd, 2015 by Wigwam Golf |

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Why Golf in Arizona at the Wigwam?

Iconic. Elegant. Historic. Lush.

Nestled in the valley near the stunning Sonoran Desert, Arizona Golf Wigwam Resort is a golfer’s paradise. Set on 440 acres, you’ll be spoiled for choice by our three 18-hole championship golf courses. And you’ll soon understand why golfers from across the globe have cherished the Wigwam since 1929 and how some consider it the best golf course in Arizona.

Once you arrive in Arizona to play golf at the Wigwam, you’ll immediately notice what sets us apart and makes us such a unique golf and vacation destination. Surrounded by trees and gorgeous natural vistas, our resort is truly a luxurious oasis in the desert.

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We know you came for the golf, but when you’re not on the links, you’ll enjoy restful nights in our exclusive casitas and suites. We offer a variety of accommodations for the single golfer or a full family. Delicious aromas sweeten the air near these peaceful places of rest. Enjoy the sweet smell of citrus trees and more than 8,000 rose bushes; savor the sights of flower gardens and green towering palms as you walk to and from your room.

Quench your thirst and whet your appetite at our restaurants and watering holes. From casual fare to more formal dining, there’s a dish and an ambience to fit everyone’s tastes. Relax and enjoy scrumptious breakfasts, brunches, lunches, and dinners with spectacular views.

Between golf tee times, swim in any of our four sparkling pools, work out or take classes in our well-equipped fitness center, play tennis on any of our nine beautiful tennis courts, hike in the White Tank Mountain Regional park, and even play bocce on our custom-built regulation masonry courts.

Relax and rejuvenate in the Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa. From manicures to massage to makeup, you’ll feel pampered and pleasured after a session or full day in our soothing spa sanctuary.

Now for the really tough decision: Which of our world-class golf courses will you play first? Will it be the Gold, the Patriot, or the Heritage?

Gold Course

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At 7,430 yards, our gold course was designed by the talented and gifted architect Robert Trent Jones, Sr. Voted as the “Most Challenging Valley Course” by Arizona Foothills Magazine (2013 and 2014) and one of the “Best Golf Courses” by Golfweek (2012), you’re sure to enjoy play on this rugged course. We’re proud that the Gold Course was chosen as host site for the U.S. Open Qualifier. Like the pros, you’ll be challenged by hard greens and multiple sand traps.

During the summer of 2015, the Gold Course underwent an extensive golf course renovation. Lead by former British Open champion and PGA TOUR veteran Tom Lehman, in collaboration with The Wigwam’s ownership group JDM Partners, the renovation work focused on modernizing the bunkering and layout of the 50-year-old course while still keeping Robert Trent Jones Sr.’s original strategic-intent in place.

During the renovation process the Lehman Design Group eliminated 30 bunkers and relocated and reshaped numerous others. Bunkers are now more strategically placed for today’s game, while fairway/target lines now move left and right off the tee, thus eliminating the straight “bowling-alley feel” the course once had. All 18 of Trent Jones Sr.’s signature greens were left untouched during the renovation project.

With the 2015 renovation, the Gold Course once again stands among the nation’s finest as the polish is back on a classic Robert Trent Jones Sr. design.

Patriot Course

Wigwam's Patriot Golf Course near Phoenix, Arizona

The Patriot, another Jones’ creation, is a 6,000 yard, par 70 course. But make no mistake: shorter does not equate to easier. With elevated greens and challenging fairways, golfers describe these 18 holes as both invigorating and aggravating. The 17th hole, while short with a par 3, is a mirror image to the well-known 16th hole at the Augusta National.

Heritage Course

Water hazards? Check. Challenging holes? Check. Lush trees? Check. In other words, if you’re up for an adventure, you’re going to love The Heritage Course. At 6,852 yards, it’s midway between the Gold and Patriot courses. Designed by Robert “Red” Lawrence, an Arizona Hall of Fame golf course architect, the Heritage provides play around canals and ponds. Enjoy your playing time on the first 14 holes, because the last four are especially taxing.


golf driving range at the Wigwam Golf Resort near Phoenix, Arizona

At the Wigwam, we make it easy and convenient for you to customize your golf vacation. Be sure to check out our golf tournament schedule while planning your trip. With unlimited consecutive game day golf and simple online tee time reservation, you can design your entire visit from the comfort of your computer. Our friendly and professional staff will also help you plan the vacation of your dreams. Contact us today so we can begin discussing your perfect golf vacation.

We look forward to welcoming to you to our jewel in the desert. We’re positive the beautiful Wigwam golf course will fit you to a tee. Come experience Wigwam, an Arizona treasure and destination of choice since 1929.



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