Arizona is one of the nation’s premier golf destinations and home to some of the world’s most incredible desert courses. If you’re looking for a great game while visiting, look no further than Chandler, where you can play on the state’s first grass golf course, tee up at PGA championship courses, or catch a quick round on a challenging executive course. 

Here are eight golf courses in Chandler you won’t want to miss.  

San Marcos Golf Course at the Crowne Plaza Phoenix Chandler Golf Resort

100 N. Dakota St.
Chandler, AZ 85225
(480) 963-3358

Although it wasn’t the first golf course in Arizona, the 18-hole, par 72 course at the Crowne Plaza Phoenix Chandler Golf Resort was the first to feature grass—instead of sand—fairways when it opened in 1913. Since then, celebrities, dignitaries, and professional golfers have tested themselves on the wide fairways lined by century-old tamarisk and palm trees. Play here is straightforward yet requires some skill to navigate an average of three bunkers per hole plus the occasional water hazard. 

Rates range from $50 to $75 per round during high season depending on how far in advance you book and when you tee off. The recently renovated course also offers, which allows you to play as many holes as you have time for and only pay for the holes you play. Download the app from the link here to see when the course quick play is available. 

Whirlwind Golf Club

5692 W. North Loop Rd.
Chandler, AZ 85226
(480) 940-1500

Part of the Wild Horse Pass development, the Whirlwind Golf Club offers 36 holes of golf, each designed around a legend or cultural element significant to the Gila River Indian Community. (The resort’s golf club was actually named after the whirlwind pattern popular with the community’s weavers, and the clubhouse showcases the tribes’ culture.)

Of the two Troon-managed courses, the Cattail is slightly shorter and easier while the Devil’s Claw has more water hazards and elevation changes. Both incorporate native grasses and trees, including mesquite and palo verde, into the design, but what you don’t see may be even more impressive—no homes or condos line the courses here.  

Expect to pay, on average, $150 to play at Whirlwind. (Off-season rates can be significantly less.) 

Ocotillo Golf Resort

3751 S. Clubhouse Dr.
Chandler, AZ 85248
(480) 917-6660

A recent Golf Digest Readers Poll ranked the Ted Robinson-designed course at Ocotillo Golf Resort one of the Valley’s “Three Must-Play” courses along with Troon North Golf Club and The Boulders Golf Club. You’ll understand why after you play. The course requires skillful ball placement to avoid the water hazards you’ll encounter on 24 of the course’s 27 holes but rewards with cascading waterfalls and colorful flower beds. 

Golf Digest has also named the club’s golf shop one of the “Top 100 Golf Shops in the Country,” and the Arizona Republic awarded hole Number 4 the distinction of “Best Water Hole in the Valley.” Rates fluctuate from $29 in the summer to $129 in the winter. 

Bear Creek Golf Complex

500 E. Riggs Rd.
Chandler, AZ 85249
(480) 883-8200

This popular golf club has two courses: the championship-length Bear Course and the much shorter Cub Course. The 71-par Bear Course, with its rolling fairways and strategic bunkering, is designed for seasoned golfers while the 59-par Cub Course is ideal for beginners, families, and executives looking for a quick round. (It has only five par 4s; the remaining holes are all par 3s.)

Both courses are well-maintained and very reasonably priced. Even during high season in the spring, you can play for as low as $29. In the summer, watch for deals on 9 holes of golf for under $10. 

Ironwood Golf Club 

550 W. Champagne Dr.
Chandler, AZ 85248
(480) 895-3275

Although it’s located in a gated community, the 18-hole championship course at Ironwood Golf Club is open to the public and offers exciting play for golfers of all skill levels. Beginners will appreciate that it’s a shorter course at 5,500 yards, but experienced golfers can sharpen their game on the seven par 3s and on the water hazards that come into play on five holes. 

The 67-par course can be played for, on average, $40. 

Lone Tree Golf Club

6262 S. Mountain Blvd.
Chandler, AZ 85249
(480) 219-0831

This 18-hole, par-71 course is straightforward with no frills, making it a great option for beginners, as well as experienced golfers. From the back tee, the course stretches 6,984 yards, and along the way, you’ll face water hazards, including a waterfall. 

Seasonal rates at Lone Tree Golf Club range from $58 to $138, but you can play at twilight for as little as $25. 

Sunbird Golf Club

6240 S. Sunbird Blvd.
Chandler, AZ 85249

Located in Sunbird Golf Resort Community, this semi-public, executive course is owned and operated by the Sunbird Golf Resort Homeowner’s Association. Although residents can purchase memberships or play at reduced rates, Sunbird Golf Club also welcomes the public to tee off on the 18-hole course for as little as $43. After 3 p.m., prices drop to $12 for nine holes, if you are willing to walk. 

The course itself has open fairways with manageable water features on 10 different holes. Since it plays 4,384 yards and has only one par 5, golfers who don’t have much of a long game tend to enjoy play on the par-66 course more than they would on longer, championship courses.

Springfield Golf Resort

1200 E. St. Andrews Blvd.
Chandler, AZ 85249
(480) 895-0916

Springfield Golf Resort is also located in a retirement community and offers a short, par-61 game you can finish in under 3½ hours. The fairways on the 18-hole course are wide and forgiving, again making a good option for beginners as well as younger and older players. 

Weekday rates begin at $13; weekend rates are as low as $25 per round.