Arizona's Golf Tourneys to Watch in 2023
18th Hole at the 2020 Waste Management Phoenix Open

Arizona's Golf Tourneys to Watch in 2023

The top golfers in the world visit Arizona annually to compete for titles, prize money, and prestige, and 2023 will be no different.

You’ll hopefully have the chance to see some of the best professionals and amateurs up close at a variety of tournaments throughout the state. Here’s a primer on the tournaments to watch:

A group of men in golf clothes walk to the next hole on a golf course

2019 Cologuard Classic (Credit: Chris Mooney)

Cologuard Classic

When: March 3-5, 2023
Where: Omni Tucson National, Tucson
The Champions Tour again takes on the tree-lined Catalina Course, a layout that hosted the PGA Tour 30 times from the mid-1960s through the mid-2000s. Kevin Sutherland is the defending champion.
Where to watch: Golf Channel
Off-course: Saguaros are synonymous with the Southwest, and you can see thousands of them spread over 91,000 acres at Saguaro National Park in Tucson.

Carlisle Arizona Women’s Golf Classic

When: March 16-19, 2023
Where: : Longbow Golf Club, Mesa
The Carlisle Arizona Women's Golf Classic is part of the Epson Tour (formerly known as the Symetra Tour), which prepares professional women golfers for the LPGA Tour. The top-10 on the Epson Tour's season-ending money list will earn full LPGA Tour membership for 2022.
: The Epson Tour prepares professional women golfers for the LPGA Tour. The top-10 on the Tour’s season-ending money list will earn full LPGA Tour membership for 2023.
Off-course: Both the Chicago Cubs and Oakland A's conduct their spring training games and practices in Mesa typically held during this time.

LPGA Drive On Championship

When: March 23-26
Superstition Mountain Golf & Country Club, Gold Canyon, AZ
The LPGA Tour returns to a familiar place in the East Valley this year: the Prospector Course at Superstition Mountain, which hosted an LPA event from 2004 through 2008, with winners including Annika Sorenstam, Lorena Ochoa and Juli Inkster.
If following your favorite golfers around the course isn’t enough adventure, explore the nearby Apache Trail and a stagecoach stop at Tortilla Flat.
with stops at a ghost town, Canyon Lake, and a stagecoach stop at

A rolling green golf course with sand traps under a desert sunset.

Grayhawk Golf Club Raptor Course (Credit: Bill Hornstein)

Road To the LPGA

When: March 30 – April 2
Sewailo Golf Club at Casino Del Sol, Tucson
The Epson Tour prepares professional women golfers for the LPGA Tour. The top-10 on the Tour’s season-ending money list will earn full LPGA Tour membership for 2022.
You could try your luck at the resort’s casino or appeal to a higher authority by visiting the historic San Xavier del Bac Mission, which opened in 1797 just south of downtown Tucson.

2023 NCAA Men's and Women's Division I Championships

When: May 19-24, 2023 (Women); May 26–31, 2023 (Men)
Where: Grayhawk Golf Club, Scottsdale
The best women's and men's Division 1 college teams in the country compete for their respective national championships on the Tom Fazio-designed Raptor Course. After 54 holes of stroke play, the top eight teams are seeded and battle in a match play format to determine the winning schools. Defending champions are Stanford University (women) and the University of Texas (men).
Where to watch: Golf Channel
Off-course: Good golf swings are full of rhythm and tempo, just like musicians. You can see tools used by the latter from around the world at the Musical Instrument Museum.

A tented outpost is decorated with the emblem of an American Flag. In the foreground, golfers walk to the next hole.

The Patriots' Outpost at the Charles Schwab Cup Championship

Charles Schwab Cup Championship

When: November 9-12, 2023
Where: Phoenix Country Club
The season finale of the PGA Tour Champions brings together the 36 top-performing pros in the age 50-and-up crowd, with many names you'll recognize from their time on the PGA Tour (like defending champion Padraig Harrington). The venue is one of the oldest and most historic private clubs in Arizona.
Where to watch: Golf Channel
Off-course: Golf requires patience, focus and creativity. So does art. See plenty of the latter on display at the Phoenix Art Museum.

The backs of three golfers, each carrying a bag bearing the name of a fallen or severely injured US soldier

Patriot All-America Golf Tournament

When: December 29-31, 2023
Where: Wigwam Resort, Litchfield
You can see 84 men’s players and 42 women’s players who have earned PING All-America honors in NCAA Divisions I, II and III, as well as the NAIA and NJCAA Divisions I and II play in this special 54-hole event now in its 11th year. Each participant uses a golf bag bearing the name of a fallen or severely injured U.S. soldier.
Where to watch: Men's live stream; women's live stream:
Off-course: Shopping, restaurants and special events can all be found at the Westgate Entertainment District in nearby Glendale.

2024 WM Phoenix Open

When: February 8-11, 2024
Where: TPC Scottsdale Stadium Course, Scottsdale
It’s never too early to start planning a trip to attend the PGA TOUR’s famous annual stop in the Valley. Next year Scottie Scheffler, who won in 2022 and 2023, will try to become only the second player to win the tournament in three consecutive years (Arnold Palmer did that from 1961-1963).
Where to watch: CBS
Off-course: Fired up by watching the pros? You can smash your own drives at the nearby TopGolf Scottsdale or practice putts at Putting World right across Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard from the Stadium Course.

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About the Author

Tom Mackin

Tom Mackin is a New Jersey native who moved to Scottsdale, Arizona in 2013. A former Senior Editor at GOLF Magazine in New York City, he is a contributor to PHOENIX Magazine, AZ Golf Insider, and the Waste Management Phoenix Open program, among other regional and national publications. He is also a Contributing Editor for Troon Magazine.

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