Arizona is known for having some of the best golf courses in the country. It’s also a popular retirement destination with numerous active adult communities that feature golf courses as their centerpiece amenity. Many of these 55+ communities include courses designed by golf pros and architects like Billy Casper, Greg Nash, or Gary Panks. If you have your heart set on playing golf throughout your Golden Years and want to live within an active adult development, then check out these seven awesome golf course communities in Arizona.
Sun City Arizona – Sun City, AZ
The first 55+ community in the country, Sun City Arizona has been a popular active adult golf course community among the Baby Boomer crowd since it opened in 1960. With eleven golf courses and golf-cart legal streets, it’s no surprise to see golfers and retirees flock to this established age-restricted development in Central Arizona. The community boasts one of the highest rates of golf holes per capita of any active adult community in the country. And while it is a top retirement destination for golf lovers, it also appeals to non-golfers thanks to the community's countless amenities, recreational facilities, and social clubs.
SaddleBrooke Ranch – Oracle, AZ
This 40+ golf course community is situated high in the Sonoran Desert near the towering Santa Catalina Mountains. Built by Robson Communities in 2008, this community boasts the 18-hole SaddleBrooke Ranch Championship Golf Course, which is a 6,875-yard par-72 course that meanders through a beautiful desert landscape and has spectacular elevated tees. More than 250 trees were planted along the fairways to provide players with a scenic, yet challenging course. Additionally, residents also have access to a pro shop and driving range. Many of the homes within SaddleBrooke Ranch feature golf cart garages, making it easy for residents to get to the course from their home.
Sun City Grand – Surprise, AZ
Sun City Grand is the third Del Webb age-restricted community in Phoenix’s northwest valley. It’s known for its modern floor plans, self-contained environment, and superb golf courses. It offers four championship golf courses: Cimarron, Desert Springs, Granite Falls North, and Granite Falls South, which were designed by PGA hall-of-famer Billy Casper and renowned golf architect Greg Nash. These golf courses are known for their deep greens and shimmering lakes that make them fun but challenging to players of all skill levels.
Robson Ranch – Eloy, Arizona
Robson Ranch is an impressive Arizona 55-plus community centrally located between Tucson and Phoenix. This age-restricted community was designed to support the active lifestyle of retirees and golf lovers thanks to its 18-hole par-72 Robson Ranch Golf Course. The golf course provides players and residents with scenic views of the surrounding mountain landscape. The 18-hole championship course was designed to be challenging yet accessible to golfers of all skill levels. It also features a first-class pro shop, restaurant, and complete practice facility with a putting and chipping green.
PebbleCreek – Goodyear, AZ
PebbleCreek is another Robson Communities development in the Phoenix Area. It was opened in 1994 and is situated between the White Tank Mountains, Estrella Mountain Park, and downtown Phoenix. This picturesque active adult community is known for its two acclaimed championship golf courses: Eagle’s Nest at PebbleCreek and Tuscany Falls Golf Club. The 18-hole Eagle’s Nest Golf Course offers a fun, yet challenging course layout. It has a 6,790-yard par-72 course that features seven lakes and spectacular views of the nearby White Tank Mountains. The 27-Hole Tuscany Falls Golf Club was designed by famed golf course architect Dick Bailey and features dramatic mounding, rolling fairways, and strategically placed bunkers throughout the 6,640-yard par-72 course.
Another established Del Webb 55+ golf course community is Sun City West, which is just two-and-a-half miles from the original Sun City. Sun City West offers residents a rich lineup of resort-style amenities, including multiple clubhouses, on-site restaurants, outdoor pools, hobby and game rooms, and various sports courts. It also has nine golf courses spread throughout its massive development as well as golf-cart legal streets and two mini-golf courses.
Trilogy at Vistancia – Peoria, AZ
Shea Homes brought their brand of active adult communities to Peoria, Arizona with the opening of Trilogy at Vistancia in 2004. Ideally located within the award-winning master-planned development of Vistancia, Trilogy’s 55+ enclave offers luxurious homes and amenities including the Trilogy Golf Club. Designed by noted golf course architect Gary Panks, the Trilogy Golf Club at Vistancia has 7,300 yards and is a par-72 championship course. The course was recognized by Golf Digest as one of only 23 other courses in North America to be awarded five stars. The 18-hole course flows harmoniously through the development as well as the Sonoran Desert that offers players a beautiful backdrop of the landscape’s breathtaking views.