Golf: A Great Escape from Covid

Dori Wittrig January 22, 2021

Golf is on everyone’s mind with the Phoenix Open starting on February 1. The event will have limited fans and venues, but event organizers are still aiming to maintain their status as a world-class event.
Known as “The Greatest Show on Grass”, this Phoenix Open debuted in 1932 and quickly became the best-attended event in golf. Portions of the event proceeds are used by the Thunderbirds to fund Special Olympics activities in Phoenix.
Whether you score tickets to the event or not, this is a great time of year to play golf in the Valley of the Sun.
One of the distinguishing assets of Fountain Hills, the Verdes, and Fort McDowell is a collection of numerous golf courses in a remarkable 8-mile radius. The golf lifestyle of this area is all about savoring the views and enjoying the serene outdoors in the Sonoran Desert.


All golf courses in the area are following recommended guidelines including personal hygiene and social distancing. Masks are required indoors at all facilities, but usually not required while outdoors. Most courses have removed bunker rakes, turned cups upside down, and golf carts sanitized after each game.

Desert Canyon Golf Club

Download their app to learn how to enroll in their Contactless Club Card Loyalty Program. There is a $20 fee for individual cart use, with fees being donated to aid relief efforts.

SunRidge Canyon Golf Club

Individual cart use is available for a $15 fee.

Eagle Mountain Golf Club

Individual cart use is available for a $15 fee.

We-Ko-Pa Golf Club

Will do their best to accommodate individual cart requests without a fee.

Tonto Verde Golf Club

This is a member-owned public golf course. Members have worked together to create guidelines to keep their community safe. This includes no cash transactions, limited tee times for non-residents, a closed clubhouse, although restrooms are open, pre-packaged snacks, and a plastic divider between golf cart riders. Guests should call ahead for gate access to the community.

Verde River Golf and Social Club at Trilogy

All tee times must be prepaid online to promote social distancing guidelines. Two golf carts permitted per group. Please wear facial covering while riding together in the golf cart, if not from the same household.

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