Native American tribes have long been big in the casino business. But lately, they’ve taken up a new game: golf. With access to land and generous ancestral water rights, tribes from coast to coast have the resources required to build some of the country’s finest courses. The result is world-class golf at reasonable prices. So pack your bags — and your clubs. These are a few tribal links you’ve got to play.By Josh Sens
1. We-Ko-Pa Golf Club
The Fort McDowell Yavapai nation in Arizona offers two courses mere minutes from Scottsdale, the challenging Cholla and the more forgiving Saguaro, to satisfy players of all skill levels. Stunning desert views come into play at every hole. $45 to $195.
(480) 836-9000, www.wekopa.com
2. Barona Creek Golf Club
Ranked among the top five courses in California, these links have an undulating layout that bucks through the foothills east of San Diego. The greens are sloping, and putts roll lickety-split. $65 to $150.
(888) 722-7662, www.barona.com
3. Paa-Ko Ridge Golf Club
Carved along the shadow of the Sandia Mountains in New Mexico (about 20 minutes northeast of Albuquerque), this celebrated course rises to elevations of 7,000 feet and requires the golfer to make shots over arroyos as well as downhill drives through piñon and ponderosa forests. $59 to $79.
(866) 898-5987, www.paakoridge.com
4. Shenendoah Golf Club at Turning Stone Resort & Casino
Roaming from pine forest to windswept pasture, this award-winning course in upstate New York can feel like two tracks in one. The surrounding landscape is picturesque, and the course conditions are worthy of the PGA Tour. $95 to $140.
(877) 748-4653, www.turningstone.com
5. Lake of Isles North Course at Foxwoods Resort
Just outside Norwich, Connecticut, is Lake of Isles. The South Course is open only to members, but the North Course will feel like your own private club. Acclaimed architect Rees Jones tests your game with island greens, island tees, and fairways that bend through more than 900 acres of rolling New England hills. If your skills aren’t sharp, book a lesson at the club’s state-of-the-art golf academy. $125 to $195.
(888) 475-3746, www.lakeofisles.com