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TPC Scottsdale - Champions Course

General Information:

The TPC Scottsdale is a PGA Tour facility that embodies the standards of excellence in golf course operations worldwide. The two layouts include the Stadium Course - annual host to the Phoenix Open (now called the Waste Management Phoenix Open) since 1987 - the largest attended golf event in the world, and the nearby Champions Course. The Champions layout is located just 1/2 mile from the main clubhouse, and features a design with beautiful scenery that is playable for all levels of golfers.

The Stadium Course is a par 71, 7261 yard layout with a 142 slope and 74.7 course rating from the tips, that annually draws rave reviews from professional players for its challenge, conditioning and presentation of amenities. Often mentioned in particular, are the wonderful putting surfaces which are large in size, true rolling and an absolute joy to play on. For our review of the Stadium Course, click here.

Champions Course

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TPC Scottsdale - Desert Course - Arizona golf course 04

The Champions Course is also representative of TPC quality in conditioning and in beauty. The combination of mountains, desert and water makes this layout aesthetically pleasing, and the shorter, more open design means that a wider range of golfers can enjoy a round here. Green fees range from $39 to $151.50 in 2015.

"We are very excited about showcasing this outstanding new course to local golfers and resort guests alike," said TPC Scottsdale General Manager Brad Williams. "We share this milestone with the City of Scottsdale, Bureau of Reclamation and PGA TOUR, who collaborated more than 20 years ago to bring the City's first-ever golf course and the state's only TPC to fruition. We are confident golfers will find the Champions Course to be an outstanding addition, offering a PGA TOUR-quality experience at fees commensurate with municipal golf facilities."

The 4 sets of tees measure 7115 yards/139 slope, 6653 yards/133 slope, 6127/121 slope for men and 132 for women, and 5342/120 slope. As with the Stadium course, the Desert provides sprinkler heads that are measured to the front, middle and back of the green - plus yardage markings on the cart paths every 25 yards from 200 to 100 yards in.. Pin placements are indicated on the scorecard. The modern clubhouse features a restaurant/lounge with beautiful outdoor patio plus a well-stocked pro shop. Practice facilities include a grass range, short game area, plus a putting green.

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TPC Scottsdale - Desert Course - Arizona golf course 04

Beautifully landscaped desert areas often define the fairways and provide some reasonable forced carries off the tee and on the approach. The landing areas are sufficient enough however for even the novice player, who will get a taste of playing championship desert-style golf without needing a dozen balls to do so. The tee areas are landscaped in a manicured desert setting, and the mountain views are the same golfers will find across the street at the Stadium course. There are some uphill and downhill shots, but the green complexes are very approachable, and are quite mild in undulation. Sand bunkers are not overstated, but there are abundant waste areas that come into play.

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TPC Scottsdale - Desert Course - Arizona golf course 04

Walking is allowed at all times, and the relatively short distances from green to tee make this possible. This layout is playable for all skill levels, with wide welcoming fairways and putt-able green complexes. There are several risk-reward opportunities that present golfers with a choice of playing it safe or cutting distance by attempting to play over desert areas. The par 4 fifteenth is a prime example - a dog leg left par four that can be reached off the tee when conditions are right. The par four 5th is another great dogleg left, and the pond greenside on number 9 makes this one of the most beautiful and interesting holes on the layout.

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TPC Scottsdale - Desert Course - Arizona golf course 04

Like its more famous sister course, the Champions has been honored with quite a number of awards including: "Best Value in Arizona" by the Arizona Golf Association; "Best Value in Phoenix" by Fox Sports Net; Eagle Award as diamond in the rough by "The Best Golf in the West at Affordable Prices"; and "Best Golf Value for your Money" by the Scottsdale Airpark News.

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The Annual Privilege Player Program is available and affords golfers an opportunity to enjoy benefits at both courses, clubhouses and practice facilities, as well as savings at participating resort properties (Scottsdale Fairmont, Xona Resort Suites and Marriott at McDowell Mountains). For more information, visit our page for the Champions Course on our Arizona Golf course listing section by clicking here. A link to their web site is featured on this informational page.

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