As the PGA Tour prepares to shine the light on Arizona’s Golf acumen at this week’s Waste Management Phoenix Open, local golfers are once again reminded of the exceptional course selection we have at our fingertips. Serving as the “face” of a golf course and often acting as the first point of greeting is the golf clubhouse. And while stellar club facilities come in a multitude of flavors, here are five of our favorites (more of a compilation than a countdown), which boast standout amenities that set these clubs apart from the rest.
If you’ve ever seen a project designed by the famed Bing Hu, you’ll understand why Encanterra (pictured above), which was designed by the architectural giant, is so aesthetically different than any other club in the state. Aside from the fact that it is Arizona’s largest clubhouse (at more than 50,000 square-feet), the club presents marble hallway after hallway, stone archways and opulent entrances that entice serious luxury-loving members. Numerous pools, dining options, its acclaimed Alvea Spa and its championship golf course designed by The Lehman Group (headed by British Open Champion and Valley resident Tom Lehman), all combine to make Encanterra our pick for the most versatile club in the Valley. www.encanterragolf.com.