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Two Arizona golf courses named to America’s 100 greatest list

PHOENIX — Golf Digest named two Arizona golf courses to its 2017 release of the “America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses” list.

Quintero Golf Course in Peoria, Ariz. came in at No. 86 on the magazine’s list. Located on Highway 74 just a few miles west of Lake Pleasant, Quintero makes its first appearance on this list.

“Perhaps no course in the greater Phoenix area provides a better experience of the area’s diverse topography,” Golf Digest wrote. “Some holes are framed by mountain ridges, others are out in the Sonoran desert. Still others are edged by manmade irrigation lakes or natural desert washes.

“Quintero, a former private club, is a scenic and playable delight.”

The other Arizona course to crack the Top 100 is Fort McDowell’s We-Ko-Pa Saguaro Golf Course. Just off of Highway 87 northeast of Phoenix, We-Ko-Pa came in at No. 98.

“The challenge for the dynamic duo of (designers Bill) Coore and (Ben) Crenshaw was to translate their low-profile design philosophy into a gentle desert setting,” Golf Digest wrote. “They did so by creating many elevated tee pads, carving fairways along desert washes, liberally bunkering many holes and boldly shaping several greens.”

The famed Pebble Beach Golf Links in California made No. 1 on the list.

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