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About Grand Canyon University Golf Course

Grand Canyon University proudly unveils the GCU Golf Course masterfully redesigned by renowned course architect John Fought. Using sublime artistry and expert craftsmanship, Fought transformed the golf course into a golfer’s dream playground where golf novices and pros alike can enjoy perfecting their game.

The reinvented GCU Golf Course provides a lush oasis of green fairways and mature trees nestled in West Phoenix. In its first year of a 30-year operating agreement with the City of Phoenix, GCU Golf Course invites the public, GCU community, local residents, student-athletes and vacationers to experience one-of-a-kind, affordable golf in Phoenix.

The GCU Golf Course in Phoenix endeavors to enhance the local community with upscale, yet affordable recreation, provide a learning environment for GCU business students and serve as the home for GCU golf student-athletes. Our mission is to position the golf course as a community and university asset. A modern John Fought redesign and brand-new, world-class amenities in association with Grand Canyon University aim to establish the neighborhood of Maryvale as a premier Phoenix golf destination.

Visit the public golf course to play a round of golf, check out an amateur event or college tournament, relax at the clubhouse, soak in the Arizona sunshine on the restaurant patio or host your next fundraiser.

Escape to Phoenix for accessible world-class golfing right in the heart of Phoenix.

Course History

More than 50 years ago, former City of Phoenix Mayor Samuel Mardian, Jr. hit the ceremonial first tee shot at Maryvale Golf Course. It was a momentous occasion and marked the beginning of championship golf in West Phoenix.

The course had come to life thanks to the vision of John F. Long and William “Billy” Bell. Long spent his life developing a community on farmland in western Phoenix in the 1950s, which is the Maryvale neighborhood known today.

Bell, a southern California-based golf course architect, was the visionary behind the original Maryvale Golf Course built in 1961 and also designed the U.S. Open Championship course at Torrey Pines in San Diego.

During its 60-year history, Maryvale Golf Course has evolved as a proving ground for local and well-known professional golfers and established PGA professionals competing in amateur and professional tournaments.

  • Mike Swartz, who qualified for the PGA Tour in the mid-1990s and appeared in four Phoenix Opens, holds the Maryvale Golf Course record. Swartz shot a spectacular round of 60 while playing merely in his tennis shoes.
  • Two of the most prominent PGA professionals at Maryvale Golf Course include Bill Farkas and John Martin. Farkas was a PGA professional at the course from 1961 to 1984. Farkas spent the majority of his career promoting junior golf in the Valley of the Sun and founded the Bill Farkas Swing School.
  • Martin, who worked with Farkas for several years before succeeding him, served as the PGA professional from 1984-2006 and continued Farkas’ legacy of teaching junior golfers.
  • Lauri Merten who is the 1993 U.S. Women’s Open Champion attended the Bill Farkas Swing School and also called the golf course home.

Maryvale Golf Course, now established as Grand Canyon University Golf Course, is the second golf course owned and operated by the City of Phoenix. This beloved course and its rich heritage has earned its place in the Valley of the Sun, representing Phoenix’s transformation from a small city to an ever-growing metropolis.

In a new partnership with the city of Phoenix, GCU revitalizes the 1960s-era city-owned golf course as part of the university’s ongoing initiative to help reinvigorate the economy and quality of life in West Phoenix.