LOOKING FOR THE BEST TEE TIMES FOR GOLF’S BIGGEST WEEK IN SCOTTSDALE?

WHERE TO PLAY GOLF IN PHOENIX DURING THE WASTE MANAGEMENT PHOENIX OPEN

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Allow me to preface- golf in the Phoenix area is unfortunately NOT CHEAP from now until May.

If you have ever been to Scottsdale during the first week of February to watch the rowdy Waste Management Phoenix Open (WMPO) and play golf, you know how crazy it can be- crowded bars and restaurants, events happening at the tournament and everywhere else in Scottsdale, and most importantly- STACKED TEE SHEETS. This is singlehandedly the biggest week in the area for golf- between the hundreds of thousands of fans who attend the Waste Management Phoenix Open and the flocks of golfers wanting to tee it up while its snowing back at their home.

Here is some information that might be helpful if you’re trying to book a round during this time (and why after the WMPO might be better to book).

In a perfect world, you’d go to the WMPO a few different days (preferably with 16th Skybox or Greenskeeper passes!) and have both morning and afternoon tee times throughout the week at the top courses in town. Unless you want to pay a pretty penny or your employer is picking up the tab, this is a puzzle to try to pull off.

The best advice is to get ahead of it and book NOW. Most golf courses have dynamic pricing, similar to how airlines price their ticket- it’s only going to get more expensive the more time you let go by.

SO, where should you play?

If you’re looking to play the “elite” mix of public tracks, here’s a list of the approximate pricing for tee times around WMPO week.

A few reminders…

  • These are morning/prime-time tee time rates- twilight rates and twilight times for each course will vary.
  • These rates are approximate and determinate on the platform that you use to book.
  • The price listed is BEFORE taxes and 5% water surcharge if the course is in the city of Scottsdale.
  • Pricing almost always increases the closer you get to your booking date.
  • Pricing almost always increases the closer you get to your booking date.
CourseDURING WMPO week, February 7th-11thAFTER WMPO week, February 12th-17th
Troon North$550 weekday
$619 weekend
$346 weekday
$406 weekend
Quintero$353 weekday
$433-$466 weekend
$349 weekday
$373 weekend
We-Ko-Pa$335 everyday$299 everyday
Grayhawk$433-$510$356-401
The Phoenician $329 weekday
$480 weekend
$263 weekday
$311 weekend
The Boulders $399 weekday
$449 weekend
$304 weekday
$362 weekend
TPC Champions$229-$299 $234 everyday
*Rates listed are approximate, pre-tax + pre 5% water surcharge greens fees for non-twilight times. Rates and open tee time spots are subject to change.

Check out how much rates drop for the same courses AFTER the end of the Waste Management Phoenix Open!

So it may not hurt to 1)sit back and immerse yourself in the golf + beers at TPC Scottsdale or 2)postpone your golf trip until after February 12th and beyond. While this is tourism season and green’s fees are still not cheap, prices do decrease and there will be less madness going on while you’re trying to get in some golf.

Looking for some great courses that are a little more within your budget? Here’s a list of some spots that are still so fun to play and might be less expensive. 

CourseDURING WMPO week, February 7th-11thAFTER WMPO week, February 12th-17th
Eagle Mountain $257 weekday
$399 weekend
$228 weekday
$255 weekend
Gold Canyon$225 weekday
$326 weekend
$235 weekday
$250 weekend
The Raven$269 weekday $299 weekend $239 weekday $269 weekend
Whirlwind$259 weekday
$309 weekend
$230 weekday
$259 weekend
AK-CHIN Southern Dunes $203 weekday
$274 weekend
$194 weekday
$224 weekend
Verrado$209 weekday
$245 weekend
$203 weekday
$213 weekend
Papago$219 weekday
$263 weekend
$161 weekday
$263 weekend
Legacy Golf Resort$250 everyday $159 weekday
$169 weekend
Rancho Manana $250 everyday $150 everyday
Lookout Mountain $204 weekday
$275 weekend
$150 weekday
$191 weekend
Mountain Shadows $175 weekday
$185 weekend
$105 weekday
$125 weekend
The 500 Club*7 day booking window ($109-$119 through April 7th)7 day booking window ($109-$119 through April 7th)
Encanto *9 day booking window (approximate January pricing $54-$69)9 day booking window
Rolling Hills*14 day booking window. (approximate January pricing $55-$99)14 day booking window
*While The 500 Club, Encanto, and Rolling Hills are unavailable to book right now for WMPO week and beyond, I highly recommend staying on top of it and hopping online or calling the second the booking window opens up! These courses going to be cheaper than previous courses mentioned, but they provide loads of fun so many golfers will be trying to get a tee time within that shorter booking window.
Rates listed are approximate, pre-tax + pre 5% water surcharge greens fees for non-twilight times. Rates and open tee time spots are subject to change.
Some info on these courses!

AK CHIN Southern Dunes is always at the top of the list as far as course design and service go. The only downside is that it is 45 minutes-1 hour from central Scottsdale.

Papago is the best “muni” in town with views of the Papago red rocks and not too punishing off the tee. Make sure you play the correct tees though as it is known for its longer yardages!

Eagle Mountain has extreme elevation changes with some target approach shots but great views of surrounding mountains and Fountain Hills.

Rancho Manana is a shorter but fun track off the tee and has the views of North Scottsdale + Cave Creek with a cheaper price tag.

The Raven and The Legacy, both of which are right across the street from each other, are two highly rated courses that are good for many different skill levels- both have a good amount of fairway bunkers but great views of South Mountain and course conditions are always great. Play Legacy for a more resort style track and The Raven for a good mix of different hole styles.

Mountain Shadows may only be a par 3 course, but it is one of the best par 3 courses you’ll play! This is where many golf pros play in a weekly skins game (including Adam Hadwin and Jon Rahm). Not too intimidating of tee shots but the greens can be super undulated and fun to try to stick close. Modern facility and ask for the 4 passenger golf cart for an extra fun time with your group.

Whirlwind is a consistent pick for solid golf down in Gilbert- 36 holes, big facility, and course conditions that are always good. Desert style but overall nothing too punishing.

Lookout Mountain has a slightly goofy layout but some gettable holes and the “allegedly” highest tee box in Phoenix. Extreme elevation changes and tricky target shots with holes built into the canyon.

Gold Canyon, specifically the Dinosaur Mountain course, is a favorite among many! Gorgeous views of Superstition Mountain and an entertaining layout with six par 3s! A hidden gem only because its about 45 minutes from central Scottsdale (and with a fun logo🦖).

Verrado Golf Club is another longer drive in Buckeye, AZ (~45 minutes-1 hour from central Scottsdale) but what a great 36 hole facility! Both Victory and Founders are fun with good course conditions but play Victory if you’re looking for less tricks and more green grass.

The 500 Club located in Northwest Phoenix is a fun track that has pretty darn good pricing as well (for example, only $119 to play for a primetime spot right now in January as opposed to $250-$350 at other popular spots in town). The course terrain is semi open rolling foothills with occasional water hazards and views of the surrounding mountains. They have 9 hole and walking rates as well!

Encanto Golf Club, located in South Phoenix, is another awesome muni course. Old school, laid-back, tree-lined, and great rates on tee times. Greens are usually fast and in nice shape.

One of the most COVETED tee times during this time of year will be Rolling Hills. Recently renovated and opened up late fall of 2023, this modernized par 62 golf course not only is fun for all ages and skill levels, but it offers tee times under the lights at dark! Everyone and anyone has been wanting to tee it up here, including Steph Curry when the Warriors were in town to play the Suns. However, their booking window is only 2 weeks. If you want a chance to play a round at night, wait online or right by the phone as soon as it opens up to book. Any tee time after 3pm will go quick.

CHECK OUT THE FULL AGG GOLF COURSE GUIDE HERE

ALL SUGGESTED COURSES GREEN’S FEES

CourseRate during February 7th-11thRate after February 12th
Troon North$550 weekday
$619 weekend
$346 weekday
$406 weekend
Quintero$353 weekday
$433-$466 weekend
$349 weekday
$373 weekend
We-Ko-Pa$335 everyday$299 everyday
Grayhawk$433-$510$356-401
The Phoenician $329 weekday
$480 weekend
$263 weekday
$311 weekend
The Boulders $399 weekday
$449 weekend
$304 weekday
$362 weekend
TPC Champions$349 everyday $234 everyday
Eagle Mountain $257 weekday
$399 weekend
$228 weekday
$255 weekend
Gold Canyon$225 weekday
$326 weekend
$235 weekday
$250 weekend
The Raven$269 weekday $299 weekend $239 weekday $269 weekend
Whirlwind$259 weekday
$309 weekend
$230 weekday
$259 weekend
AK-CHIN Southern Dunes $203 weekday
$274 weekend
$194 weekday
$224 weekend
Verrado$209 weekday
$245 weekend
$203 weekday
$213 weekend
Papago$219 weekday
$263 weekend
$161 weekday
$263 weekend
Legacy Golf Resort$250 everyday $159 weekday
$169 weekend
Rancho Manana $250 everyday $150 everyday
Lookout Mountain $204 weekday
$275 weekend
$150 weekday
$191 weekend
Mountain Shadows $175 weekday
$185 weekend
$105 weekday
$125 weekend
The 500 Club7 day booking window ($109-$119 through April 7th) 7 day booking window ($109-$119 through April 7th)
Encanto 9 day booking window (approximate January pricing $54-$69)9 day booking window
Rolling Hills14 day booking window (approximate January pricing $55-$99)14 day booking window
*Rates listed are approximate, pre-tax + pre 5% water surcharge greens fees for non-twilight times. Rates and open tee time spots are subject to change.

Any other ways to save besides delaying your trip?

Book through a golf travel agency!

For a more curated and tailored experience, you should go through a golf travel agent to help you book not only tee times, but lodging, transportation, dinner reservations, and more.

These are the best agencies with local knowledge and attention to detail that will make your trip to Scottsdale seamless and smooth.

Get a Troon Card!

  • One of the best discount cards in town that offers 30-50% off of the rack rate and points for free rounds and upgraded status- earned on dollars spent on tee times and merchandise (if you’re spending $300 on just a tee time, that’s a lot of points!)
  • Troon courses listed in this blog post include Troon North, Quintero, The Boulders, Papago, Eagle Mountain, The Phoenician, Ak-Chin Southern Dunes, and Lookout Mountain.
  • The only catch is a 3 day booking window for the secured 30-50% discount off the rack rate, but if you book outside of the window, you still receive 15% and points earned.

Book through a wholesaler!

Just play twilight or 9 holes!

This is an obvious one, but courses offer twilight rates in the afternoon- discounted fees because you’re not guaranteed to finish 18 holes, especially if the course is crowded.

If you’re looking to satisfy your golf itch and save some money, this might be the play. No shame in a quick 9! 😎

Check out my HACKS and WHERE TO STAY tab for more advice on saving and stay + plays.

Thanks for reading!

Did I miss your favorite course?

What’s your game-plan during WMPO week?

Comment or email me at [email protected].⛳️

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HAPPY GOLFING.

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