This is tough for AZ. I thought Los Caballeros in Wickenburg was a sure fire Hidden Gem, but since the Golfweek best public list goes 30 deep for Arizona … there it is sitting at #25. (And, hey, good on ya Golfweek.)
Longbow, Mesa, AZ. It’s a rare pleasure in Arizona to play a course free from housing (and even rarer to find one of those that’s not on tribal land).
Talking Stick (Piipash), Scottsdale, AZ. Formerly known as the South course, this is an odd counterpoint to the more well-known North course, which is the C&C masterpiece. Also a C&C design, this has a pseudo-parkland feel with fake ponds, push up greens and trees planted around some of the holes. But the core elements of C&C strategic design are still on display.
Trilogy at Vistancia, Peoria, AZ. It frankly looks like a real estate course, but this one just happens to be stacked with really good holes that ask interesting questions. I’ve played here 20+ times since the course opened and never get tired of it.
TPC Scottsdale (Champions), Scottsdale, AZ. Covered in several threads on this site, but top to bottom this is a better (and more difficult) course than the tournament host Stadium across the street. And you can play it for a third or half the rate.
Randolph North, Tucson, AZ. The resort courses in the hills around Tucson get all the press, but this solid muni is as good a test of golf as any of them. It asks for all the shots.