Arizona Biltmore Golf Club - Links Course - no. 5
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Arizona Biltmore Golf Club - Links Course - no. 5
The fifth, at 130 yards, is the second-shortest hole on the Links Course at Arizona Biltmore Golf Club in Phoenix. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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Arizona Biltmore Golf Club - Links Course - no. 17
The city of Phoenix comes into view from the tee of the par-4 17th on the Links Course at Arizona Biltmore Golf Club. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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Arizona Biltmore Golf Club - Links Course - no. 2
A few holes on the Links Course at Arizona Biltmore Golf Club have water on them, like the tee shot on the par-5 second (no. 1 handicap hole). Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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Arizona Biltmore Golf Club - Links Course - no. 3
Water also comes into play on the par-3 third on the Links Course at Arizona Biltmore Golf Club in Phoenix. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Arizona Biltmore Golf Club - Links Course - no. 8
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Arizona Biltmore Golf Club - Links Course - no. 8
The par-3 eighth is just a yard shorter than the fifth hole on the Links Course at Arizona Biltmore G.C. in Phoenix. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Arizona Biltmore Golf Club - Links Course - no. 12
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Arizona Biltmore Golf Club - Links Course - no. 12
A large pond sits in front of the par-4 12 green on the Links Course at Arizona Biltmore Golf Club. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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Arizona Biltmore Golf Club - Links Course - no. 13
The tee shot on the long par-4 13th, the no. 2 handicap hole on the Links Course at Arizona Biltmore Golf Club in Phoenix. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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Arizona Biltmore Golf Club - Links Course - no. 15
Arguably the signature hole on the Links Course at Arizona Biltmore Golf Club, the downhill par-3 16th plays shorter than its yardage. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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Arizona Biltmore Golf Club - Links Course - 17th
Another look at the tee shot on the 451-yard, par-4 17th hole on the Links Course at Arizona Biltmore Golf Club in Phoenix. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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Arizona Biltmore Golf Club - Links Course - no. 18
The 521-yard, par-5 18th on the Links Course at Arizona Biltmore Golf Club is a good birdie opportunity. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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The Links Course at Arizona Biltmore Golf Club in Phoenix: More than a few good views

PHOENIX -- Though it's certainly not a links course, the Links Course at Arizona Biltmore Golf Club isn't a desert course either. With plenty of green grass and a few great views, the 6,300-yard Links Course, which opened in 1978, is the newer of the two golf courses (the other is the Adobe Course) at Arizona Biltmore Golf Club, which is located next to the historic Arizona Biltmore Resort in the heart of Phoenix.

Designed by Bill Johnston, who still plays the course regularly, the Links Course has some elevation change, especially on the back nine, which isn't as tight as the front nine. After the uphill par-4 14th, golfers are taken to a tee box well above the par-3 15th green, where the hole plays typically 15-20 yards shorter than its advertised yardage. From there, golfers who play the back tees climb to another tee box on the par-4 17th, where the Phoenix skyline comes into plain view.

Although the views on the last few holes are highlights of the course, they are hardly the only highlights. Water comes into play on several holes, including the par-4 12th, which has a sparkling pond in front of a semi-island green.

The course also shares a putting green, driving range and full-service golf shop and restaurant with the Adobe Course, which opened in 1928.

Mike Bailey is a former Golf Advisor senior staff writer based in Houston. Focusing primarily on golf in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America with an occasional trip to Europe and beyond, he contributes course reviews, travel stories and features as well as the occasional equipment review. An award-winning writer and past president of Texas Golf Writers Association, he has more than 25 years in the golf industry. He has also been on staff at PGA Magazine, The Golfweek Group and AvidGolfer Magazine. Follow Mike on Twitter at @MikeBaileyGA and Instagram at @MikeStefanBailey.

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