Golf is on everyone’s mind with the Phoenix Open starting this week. “The Greatest Show on Grass” began in 1932 and now hosts around half a million guests, the best-attended event in golf. Portions of the event proceeds are used by the Thunderbirds to fun Special Olympics activities in Phoenix.
This is also a great time of year to get out on the green yourself.
One of the distinguishing assets of Fountain Hills and Rio Verde is a collection of eleven 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 of the Sonoran Desert.
Choose from public courses with elegant clubhouses, upscale restaurants and event facilities, golf shops, seasoned golf professionals, and training and practice facilities that rival most private clubs.
In addition to the variety of challenging public courses, Fountain Hills and Rio Verde are home to two stunning private golf communities. The Rio Verde Golf Community often earns a place on the “Best Places to Retire in Arizona” list with its 36-hole course. FireRock Golf and Country Club were named the 2019 “Best of the Valley” in the private club category from Arizona Foothills Magazine.
The quality local golf is made even more attractive by participating in the Southwest PGA Golf Pass (www.southwest.pga.com/golfpass/courses) and other reciprocal discount pass opportunities like the Sunridge/WeKoPa Pass or the DC Club card at Desert Canyon. Websites such as www.teeoff.com and www.golfzoo.com provide excellent discounts for non-members as well.
Rio Verde and FireRock golf members have access to the renowned Troon courses in the state of Arizona and across the country.
Whether you are a “duffer” who plays golf for camaraderie or a low handicapper honing your skills, Fountain Hills and Rio Verde offer the perfect golf community for you.
Desert Canyon Golf Club: www.desertcanyongolf.com
SunRidge Canyon Golf Club: www.sunridgegolf.com
Eagle Mountain Golf Club: www.eaglemtn.com
We-Ko-Pa Golf Club, Cactus Course: www.wekopa.com
We-Ko-Pa, Saguaro Course: www.wekopa.com
Tonto Verde Golf Club, Ranch Course: www.tontoverde.org
Tonto Verde Golf Club, Peaks Course: www.tontoverde.org
Verde River Golf and Social Club: www.verderiver.quick18.com
FireRock Country Club: www.firerockgolf.com
Rio Verde, White Wing Course: www.rioverdearizona.com
Rio Verde, Quail Run Course: www.rioverdearizona.com