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Hello Team Titleist. I am going to Arizona, more specifically Scottsdale this November. I am wondering what courses I should play while I am there. I am thinking I want to play a TPC Scottsdale course while I’m there but not sure which is better; Champions or Stadium?

Thanks for the help

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  1. Samuel C

    You are coming at a great time. I would say all the courses should have completed their overseeding and you shouldn't have to play cart path only golf (which takes a long time).

    TPC Scottsdale is a great course, but depending on your budget. The Champions course is always cheaper and a bit friendlier in my opinion. The Stadium course they like to charge more becuase they hold a PGA event there, but it really is fun.

    How many days will you be out here? November - March is peak season here, since the weather will be a lot nicer.

    Here are a list of courses I would suggest (I live in Phoenix):
    Kierland
    Talking Stick Golf Club
    Troon North
    Camelback Golf Club
    Grayhawk (Phil's course)

    These are just a few in Scottsdale, but there are hundreds or golf courses in Scottsdale and Phoenix area. Enjoy your trip. Let us know where you played and how you liked them.
  2. Dale V

    I found Longbow to be a pretty good value. Nice course and wasn't as expensive as the high-end courses in the area.
  3. Todd T

    Both courses at The Boulders.... Scenic and beautiful!
  4. David S

    Skip Kierland and Talking Stick, both are way over priced for what the courses have to offer. The new 18 at Camelback is solid, Troon is always good along with Grayhawk. Champions course is just as good as the Stadium, obviously with the Phoenix Open it adds to the prestige on the Stadium. This time of year they usually have part of the grand stands up. Other courses I would highly recommend are We-Ko-Pa, both courses are fantastic. Best public course in the state is Quintero, that and We-Ko-Pa are about 30 min outside Scottsdale area but well worth the drive.
  5. Todd T

    What David said, Ive herd nothing but good thing about Q and We-Ko. Bucket list next time out.
  6. Amanda S

    I’ll be coming out at holiday time played out here 20 years ago and can’t wait to play some old and new courses again. Loved Grayhawk and their greens are amazing. The pictures of Quintero from Instagram look incredible.
  7. Kathy J

    WE KO PA both courses are nice and there is gaming for night entertainment.
  8. Charles K

    What it really should boil down to is how much do you want to enjoy the day and how authentic of a "desert golf" experience do you wish to have? Rees Jones' Quintero IS a terrific course, but if you are hitting the ball sideways it is simply brutal. We-Ko-Pa offers two tracks: Go with Saguaro. It is a Coore/Crenshaw design that will give you a true "flow of the land" desert golf experience. Be prepared to make a couple of road trips, too: Run up north to Wickenburg to play Big Wick @ Wickenburg Ranch. Unique routing (six par threes, five par fives and seven par fours) make for an interesting round. Next, head south to The Golf Club at Dove Mountain, former home of the WGC Accenture Match Play Championship, designed by Jack Nicklaus. From all of the way back it is just a shade under 8,000 yards and it has some of the most remarkable green complexes that Mr. Nicklaus has ever put into the ground. The Saguaro to Tortolita routing is what they used for the tournament. I know I mentioned that Quintero could beat you up if you were hitting all over the place. That can happen here, as well... but the greens on this golf course, which were completely re-done after the babies on Tour whined so much, are something to behold. And if you REALLY want to have an experience, go out for a late emergency nine on the Wild Burro nine: THESE greens are tougher than the other two nines. Forget Kierland. Camelback is fine, but it is still residential golf in the middle of Scottsdale/Paradise Valley. Troon North, Grayhawk, TPC (Stadium and Champions) are all fine tracks. The Boulders courses remain terrific and are worth playing. Talking Stick North is actually better than all of the above. But if you are coming here to have a TRUE DESERT GOLF experience, you need to actually get out into the desert. Great golf courses indelibly etch themselves into your soul and the four courses suggested above are capable of doing just that.

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