Winter is prime time for golf in the East Valley! The winter grass is fully in place and the fairways are green and immaculate. The Valley boasts mild temperatures (if you like to golf in shorts), affordable courses, and friendly golf course management throughout the area. We’ve compiled our top eight courses based on value and noted price ranges by using “$”s, from 5 to 1, high to low. Each of these are close to Cadence at Gateway, a Mesa master-planned community with homes in the East Valley. Plan a golf date while the weather is fabulous, and challenge yourself on these terrific East Valley courses.
- Gold Canyon Dinosaur Mountain Golf Course is consistently rated one of the top courses in Arizona. It’s an unforgettable experience featuring dramatic elevation changes, abundant wildlife and exhilarating views. Most golf courses have one signature hole, but Dinosaur Mountain has at least ten holes to thrill beginning through expert golfers. Less than 20 minutes from Cadence, this Gold Canyon course is right off the US 60 Superstition Freeway.
- Kokopelli Golf Club is one of the best values in the East Valley. Located in Gilbert about 20 minutes from Cadence at Gateway, it offers the service and amenities of an upscale private club at daily fee prices. The 18-hole course features numerous water holes, is open to the public seven days a week and offers four sets of tees for different skill levels. Great membership options available that include unlimited access. Play can sometimes be slow, but great rates and very helpful staff make up for it.
- Whirlwind Golf Course at Wild Horse Pass is sensitively designed to preserve the rich cultural heritage of the Gila River Indian Community. Named for the prominent design feature of the hand-woven basketry of the Authum tribe, Whirlwind is the work of golf course architect Gary Panks. A round at Whirlwind is quiet, peaceful and is definitely a destination golf experience, yet it is only 11 miles from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport and about a half hour west of Cadence.
- Bear Creek Golf Complex offers two courses, the Bear Course and the Cub Course. The Bear Course features rolling fairways, strategic bunkering and well-conditioned greens. It stretches to 6,825 yards from the back tees and plays to a par 71.
- Riggs Road, Chandler, (480) 883-8200
- Toka Sticks Golf Course is owned by The Gila River Indian Community and was designed by the Army Corps of Engineers in the early 1950s as a recreational facility for personnel stationed at Williams Air Force Base. The course offers a traditional golf experience on an enjoyable layout. Toka Sticks is a quick five-mile drive from Cadence, off the South Loop 202 Freeway at Power and Williams Field Roads, adjacent to Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport.
- Ocotillo Golf Club includes 27 holes of golf and is a recipient of Golf Digest’s 4 1/2 Star Best Places to Play Award. The club’s lush fairways, cascading waterfalls and colorful flora offer a unique contrast to the area’s desert landscaped courses. If you like water hazards, this is the East Valley course for you to try. Ocotillo Golf Club is about 30 minutes from Cadence at Gateway taking the 202 West Freeway and Alma School Road.
- Lone Tree Golf Club is a traditional-style course that makes the perfect setting for Arizona golf vacations and features five holes with water, one with an island green. The club offers a full-service golf shop and practice facility. Lone Tree Golf Club is about 20 minutes Southwest of Cadence at Gateway off the 202 West Freeway and Gilbert Road.
- San Marcos Golf Course first opened in 1913, San Marcos was seeded with Bermuda grass the following year, making it the FIRST green grass golf course in Arizona, and over 100 years old. Over the years, Presidents, dignitaries and famous celebrities have enjoyed the historic golf course’s lush setting and challenging design.