Rancho Manana Golf Club - Cave Creek, AZ

Rancho Manana Golf Club one of the Top 10 golf courses in Arizona.

It is located in historic Cave Creek, in the heart of the Sonoran Desert, and is known for its dramatic elevation changes and unspoiled desert terrain. Considered one of the state’s, if not the country’s, most scenic golf courses, the stunning track is of championship caliber, inviting golfers to match their skills against Mother Nature while enjoying the unforgettable surrounding desert.

Playing just over 6,000 yards from the middle tees, the par-70 course is not particularly long, but what it lacks in distance, it makes up for in astounding terrain challenges, particularly on the front nine. Accuracy is the name of the game with several narrow fairways and strategically placed bunkers. As we learned the hard way during a recent round, going over the greens on just about any hole is ill-advised. Instead, we recommend golfers lay up if needed and rely on their short games to post a low score.

Locals and tourists agree that the par-4 4th hole ranks as the course’s most beautiful and challenging hole. An uphill dogleg right, the hole plays 379 yards from the back tees and tempts players to hit driver off the tees. Be wary of this decision however, as the corner is closer than it appears and a long drive can easily travel through the corner and land in trouble. On your second shot, you are advised to club up at least one club, if not two, as the green is elevated.

On the back nine, the par-4 13th ranks as our favorite. Playing just under 400 yards from the back tees, the hole is not all that long and rather straight, but the three lakes on the right make accuracy key. The small green is surrounded by two bunkers and, as mentioned, do not go over the green as trouble lurks.

Rancho Manana Golf Club is one of the region’s best courses for private tournaments and group outings. Able to host groups of all sizes, course management can cater events to serious and lighthearted parties and offers everything from advanced reservations, to on-course supervision to food and beverage packages. Practice facilities are also made available to both private tournaments and group gatherings, including complimentary range balls to warm up. What’s more, staff will also provide event scoring and posting, various games on the course, such as closest-to-the-pin and longest drive, and a fully coordinated trophy presentation following the event. To book your tournament or group outing call 480-488-0398.

Although Rancho Manana Golf Club is open to the public year-round, they function as a semi-private golf club. Benefits of a private membership in the club include full playing privileges, personal bag storage, private lockers, unlimited range balls, reduced fees for guests, member-only tournaments, and invitations to various social events.

Amenities abound at Rancho Manana Golf Club, starting with the aforementioned practice facility, which includes a full length driving range, and practice chipping and putting greens. The club also has a fully stocked golf shop and locker rooms, and provides lessons for golfers of all skill levels.

Beyond the Club's facilities, the resort features a full-service European-style spa, luxurious 1,500 square foot casitas, an outdoor swimming pool, hot tubs, individual treatment rooms, a steam bath, a sauna, and a state-of-the-art fitness room complete with personal trainers and group classes.

Additionally, the resort is home to the award winning Tonto Bar & Grill, a charming, rustic restaurant featuring a Native American and Southwestern-inspired eclectic menu. The restaurant provides spectacular views of Skull Mesa, Elephant Butte and the nearby Tonto National Forest. Tonto Bar & Grill is the perfect venue for wedding rehearsal dinners or reception dinners, and can accommodate up to 130 guests outdoors or up to 40 guests indoors. For more information, visit tontobarandgrill.com.

With championship-caliber golf and a wondrous resort set among some of the most beautiful scenery Arizona has to offer, there is something for everyone to fall in love with at Rancho Manana. For more information, or to begin planning your trip today, call 480-488-0398 or click to reserve your round.