Top 5 Desert Golf Destinations

by Golf Pros

Desert Golf

Golf is a game that feels like it was meant to be played in the desert. The warm, dry air makes the ball fly with ease, and even the sore muscles of older golfers feel better when playing under the sun. Desert golf courses are some of the most beautiful in the world, given the stunning contrast of the green grass against the tan desert landscape.

Top 5 Desert Golf Destinations


If you would like to experience some great desert golf destinations, there are many different courses worthy of your consideration. Any of the following five locations will make for the experience of a lifetime.

Palm Springs, CA


The greater Palm Springs area has more golf courses per capita than any other place on the planet, and it is easy to see why. The weather is always perfect, so long as you like it hot. The selection of courses ranges from wide open resort style layouts, to more challenging Tour-caliber tracks. No matter how long you spend in Palm Springs, you will never lack for great golf courses or sunshine to enjoy them in.

Phoenix/Scottsdale, AZ


Only a few hours’ drive from Palm Springs is the Phoenix/Scottsdale metro area and its incredible number of golf course options. Phoenix has much the same weather as Palm Springs, and nearly as many courses. You can find some beautifully natural layouts on the outskirts of the city, and some more urban settings just minutes from downtown.

St. George, UT


For a getaway that includes golf among many other outdoor activities, St. George, Utah is the place to go. Not only does St. George offer beautiful courses in natural settings, it also has direct access to both Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks. Spending a morning on the links and an afternoon in nature is a hard vacation to beat.

Las Vegas, NV


Just down the road from St. George is a city that seems like it is a world away from everywhere – Las Vegas, NV. Vegas is obviously known for much more than golf, but the courses just off the strip are not to be missed. Many hotels have stay and play packages which can get you a great deal on a hotel and round of golf.

Bend, OR


Technically, Bend, OR is classified as a ‘high desert’ climate, but it looks like desert golf just the same. There are many different resort courses to be enjoyed in Central Oregon, and the other nearby outdoor activities make this a great place for a whole family vacation.

Playing golf in the desert provides a great break from the day to day grind of our busy lives. You won’t have to worry about getting rained out, and can play in shorts nearly all year around. Book a trip to any of the above desert locales and get your game ready for some of the exciting golf you’ve ever played.