Troon North Golf Club - Scottsdale, AZ

Boasting two world-class 18-hole courses—the Monument and the Pinnacle—Troon North Golf Club provides guests with the highest-rated golf experience in Arizona, and among the best in the world.

The expansive property, located past the perimeter of the 101 Freeway heading north on either Pima or Scottsdale Road, is literally carved into the natural ravines and desert just north of Pinnacle Peak.

Both courses were designed by legendary architect and 1973 British Open Champion Tom Weiskopf, whose excellent professional golf career has miraculously been exceeded by his uncanny ability to sculpt a course into a blank canvas of land so seamlessly that it seems as though the land was created just for his courses.

The Monument course was Weiskopf’s initial foray into golf course design. He teamed with architect Jay Moorish to create the course, which opened in 1990. Six years later in 1996 Weiskopf returned to the property, this time solo, and designed the Pinnacle course. Weiskopf put the final touches on his 36-hole masterpiece in the summer of 2007, when he rerouted a few of the holes to create two perfectly matched, yet very different courses that flow even better than the original routing.

The Monument course gets its name from the large boulder which stands in the middle of the fairway on the 564-yard, par-5 third hole. The course is a par-72 measuring slightly more than 7,000 yards with a rating of 72.9 and rather robust slope of 147. Over the years the Monument course has been ranked as Arizona's No. 1 daily-fee course by major golf and travel publications.

Once considered a worthy companion to the Monument course before Weiskopf's renovation in 2007, the Pinnacle course has since shed the role of sidekick and earned recognition as one of the country's upper echelon layouts, worthy of must-play distinction.

Named after the aforementioned towering peak seen from miles away, the Pinnacle course has been transformed into a more links-style feel, with a continuous layout that doesn't return to the clubhouse until the 18th hole. The enhanced layout has changed the Pinnacle course from a par-72 to a par-71, but the dramatic finish remains with the 407-yard, par-4 18th, which features an outstanding view of Pinnacle Peak in the background.

Once treated as the Monument's main rival in Arizona, the Pinnacle has actually eclipsed its companion at Troon North, at least according to certain publications. In 2010, Golf Magazine publication rated it No. 21 in the nation and the best in Arizona, giving Troon North Golf Club two extremely high ranked courses as Monument was named No. 4 in Arizona and No. 44 in the nation. It is highly recommended that golfers who have the time play both courses, because even though the Pinnacle was the #1 rated resort course in Arizona last year, the Monument held that distinction for several years since opening.

But regardless of the course you are playing, one constant is the incredible landscape and even more incredible views of wildlife that roam the grounds. Oftentimes you will come across animals such as bobcat, coyotes, rabbits, eagles and hawks. Keep your distance of course, but take the time to observe these creatures in their natural habitat.

By most accounts, Troon North Golf Club is the forefather of desert golf for several reasons, including some that are not directly related to the actual game of golf. The company behind the club, Troon Golf—the largest golf course management company in the world with courses located in 32 states and 29 countries—developed the Monument course as the country’s first high-end daily-fee public course, effectively ushering in an entirely new era of golf. The idea of a public high-end course caught on fast, and the "daily fee," concept quickly became the preferred type of new course for many developers.

With a facility as revered as Troon North Golf Club, which is the only facility owned outright by Troon Golf, one can rightfully expect the grounds to boast an exceptional clubhouse with every amenity a golfer would want. The 37,000-square-foot clubhouse features a pro shop filled with a huge assortment of the finest men's and women's golf apparel, most of which is embroidered with the distinctive Troon North Horned Toad logo. Huge locker rooms are also available for both men and women complete with personal lockers, showers, toiletries and reading lounges.

Hungry after that long round in the sun? Open to the pubic, the Dynamite Grille serves scrumptious food, highlighted by what many consider to be the best sliders on the planet.

Golfers of all abilities will also want to take advantage of Troon North's state-of-the-art Callaway Performance Center, which is one of only a handful of the ultra high-tech club fitting facilities Callaway has allowed to be built. This facility allows Troon North's trained professionals to work with golfers to determine the absolute best fitting club for their swing and size, and then they can actually make those clubs and have them ready to go within a few hours. It's a comprehensive process that takes about an hour and a half, but it can literally change a golfer’s game forever, making the game much more manageable and satisfying for any level of golfer. The fitting session is approximately $150, and is by appointment only. Schedule an appointment by calling 480.585.5300 or book a fitting session online.

So what are you waiting for? Head to Troon North today to start creating golfing memories you will not soon forget. Tee times can be arranged by calling 480.585.7700 or by visiting troonnorthgolf.com. This public access golf complex accepts tee times up to 90 days in advance by phone and online. Local residents should be sure to ask about Troon North's new Arizona resident rate, a discounted golf rate reserved for those who live in the The Grand Canyon State.