No trip to Scottsdale is complete without a playing a round on one of the city's beautiful golf courses. Scottsdale is the epicenter of golf in the whole Southwest, and a stay at The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch puts you within a stone's throw of no fewer than 200 incredible golf courses in the area. You could easily spend your entire visit golfing in the morning, relaxing in the spa in the afternoon and enjoying dinner each night right here at the Kitchen West Restaurant—and you'd never get bored of any of it.
But have you ever wondered how so many great golf courses came to Scottsdale? Read on for a look at the history of the game here.
It was 1920 when it finally occurred to avid golfers that the weather in the Phoenix area is perfect for golfing in the winter. Entrepreneurs capitalized on this by building Scottsdale's first course on Indian School Road. They built the course on packed, oiled dirt, and no one seemed to mind the lack of grass in the desert. Soon after that, more golf courses were built near canals to irrigate the courses and allow for grassy fairways.
Barry Goldwater's brother Robert loved playing golf in Scottsdale so much that he founded the Phoenix Open in the 1930s. From there, he invited famous Hollywood friends like Bob Hope and Bing Crosby to play, and their star power sealed Scottsdale's reputation as the golf destination in the 1940s and 50s. From there the scene snowballed, with developers designing and building more beautiful golf courses.
With so many choices, it can feel overwhelming to choose where to book your tee time. We recommend the McCormick Ranch Golf Club, not only for its convenience to The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch, but also because it's one of the most beautiful golf courses in Scottsdale. You can also search local golf courses by yardage, slope and architect to find the perfect golf experience for you.