Best Golf Courses for the Winter

Warm-climate courses to play in the winter.

Lonna Tucker
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We-Ko-Pa Golf Club, Fort McDowell, Arizona

We-Ko-Pa is the place to go for the raw Sonora Desert golf experience. Because its two courses and surrounding land are owned by the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, there’s no threat of development spoiling the atmosphere. The Scott Miller-designed Cholla course (re-opens September 16) is worth playing—it’s sometimes more flash than substance, but it’s still a knockout beauty. Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw’s Saguaro is the main item, though, blending beautifully into the native environment. Long-shadowed late-afternoon golf in the desert is always pretty blissful, but holes like Saguaro’s split-fairway par-five 14th keep the golfer mentally engaged as well. Greens fee, from $75;