Phoenix is known for its beautiful sunshine and golf courses and every year it draws millions of visitors searching for a one-of-a-kind desert golf experience. However, some visitors can be left a tad disappointed with the weather because of the choice in time of year that they decided to visit. I’ve put together a guide of the best times to plan your Phoenix golf vacation, based on my recent experience, in hopes that the weather doesn’t mess with your trip.
BEST TIME TO VISIT
For the best weather Phoenix has to offer, plan your Phoenix golf vacation for the fall or spring time, when the average high temperatures range from 75 to 88 degrees and the average lows rarely dip below 50. September, October, April and May generally offer the most moderate temperatures and are considered to be the best months for golfing in Phoenix.
TIMES TO AVOID
If warm golf weather is what you’re after, be cautious about planning your Phoenix golf trip during the winter time. While winter temperatures in Phoenix are mild compared to those in the rest of the country, during this season, visitors are often surprised to find that Phoenix during the winter is not that much warmer than the place they’re escaping. Average winter lows usually hover in the low 40’s, while average highs tend to peak about 70. December and January are typically the coldest months so you would want to stay away from travelling to golf during those months. Also, summer highs consistently top 100 degrees, which can take away the option of afternoon golf, unless you enjoy playing in extreme heat.
Although Phoenix is one of the top golf vacation getaways in the U.S., it is also known for other entertainment. Golfers and non-golfers alike know that Scottsdale boasts hip nightclubs, unique shopping and top-rated restaurants, spurred by a recent influx of celebrity chefs. When not on the golf course you can visit Camelback Mountain, Papago Park, The Heard Museum, South Mountain Park and Reserve, Old Town Scottsdale and Heritage Square. Only two hours from the Phoenix-Scottsdale resort corridor, Tucson is known for providing even more natural desert golf for a change of course.
Save some time for hikes in the natural scenery or just kick back under the stars. Packages to Phoenix during the summer and winter months tend to offer some incredible deals. Just make sure to avoid peak holidays during the winter season.