Desert Mountain Golf Club (Chiricahua)

Written by Bill Satterfield

What to Expect: The Chiricahua course at Desert Mountain is fifth of six Jack Nicklaus tracks found within the gates of the prestigious development north of Scottsdale. The highest in elevation of the Desert Mountain courses, Chiricahua features 300 feet of change throughout the routing and is characterized by views of the Phoenix valley coupled with large saguaros peppered along the terrain. Virtually every hole climbs uphill or tumbles downhill along the varied topography found at Chiricahua lending itself to some dramatic hole designs. Conditioning is absolutely spot on and adds to the overall enjoyment of the course. The fairways are generous, a necessary element for a successful desert course, and the undulated greens add variety to the round. All More >


Blackstone Country Club

Written by Bill Satterfield

What to Expect: Blackstone is Jim Engh first effort in Arizona that brings the desert a flair for architecture it has never seen before. The flat Peoria terrain is much tamer than the landscape that made Jim Engh famous at Sanctuary and Black Rock. The course features several small bowl bunkers and unique shaped greens. The conditioning is excellent on every part of the course and the intriguing greens bring an element of fun to every round. Signature Hole:  9th - 555 Yard Par 5   Individual Hole Analysis Best Par 3:  17th - 194 Yards   Best Par 4:  8th - 447 Yards   Best Par 5:  9th - 555 Yards   Birdie Time:  16th - 354 Yard Par 4 More >


Troon North Golf Club (Monument)

Written by Bill Satterfield

What to Expect:  The Monument course at Troon North gets its name from the large monument boulder found in the middle of the 3rd fairway. Troon North hit the scene with a bang as it made its way into the Top 100 public courses in America and was attracting patrons from across the country. Like many Arizona courses, the Monument course is a target style track that requires precision unless you want to give your cleats a beating in the desert. In addition to the man-made hazards, a natural wash runs through the property and delivers extra excitement and challenge. The 2007 rerouting of the Troon North courses left the Monument course with two driveable par 4s rather than just More >


Scottsdale National Golf Club

Written by Bill Satterfield

What to Expect:  After a lengthy working relationship with Tom Weiskopf came to an end, Jay Morrish made a solo effort with The Golf Club Scottsdale. The course stretches out over 7500 yards and follows the natural contours of the ground. The final stretch of holes (15-18), known as Gambler’s Bluff, bring the course to exciting climax with a stunning par 5, downhill par 3, short par 4, and a lengthy two-shotter. Natural brush and cactus encompass the non-playing surfaces around the course while hundreds of bunkers provide a challenge within the playing territory. The fairways are generous but a full view of the landing areas are rarely offered from the tips. Signature Hole:  16th - 200 Yard Par 3 More >


Troon North Golf Club (Pinnacle)

Written by Bill Satterfield

What to Expect:  Since the rerouting work that Tom Weiskopf did in 2007, the Pinnacle course at Troon North has risen to new heights. Large natural desert foliage and cactus densely surround the course while large boulders are all scattered throughout. Since the rerouting, the Pinnacle course doesn't feature a driveable par four that Weiskopf has became famous for in his layouts. Fortunately for the Pinnacle course though, it ended up with the best overall collection of holes and is now regarded by many publications as the best public course in Arizona. Signature Hole:  10th - 407 Yard Par 5   Individual Hole Analysis Best Par 3:  Pinnacle 16th - 140 Yards   Best Par 4:  Pinnacle 1st - 392 More >


Papago Golf Course

Written by Bill Satterfield

What to Expect: Papago is one of the most celebrated municipal courses in Arizona's history and a staple in the city of Phoenix. Bordered by scenic Papago Park, the course enjoys views of unique desert rock formations found on its neighbor while also boasting fairways framed by trees; a rarity in the desert. The William Bell design is what you would expect from a course that has hosted the U.S. Amateur Public Links; a no gimmicks course with traditional parkland shaped bunkers and a stout but fair challenge. The course features gentle undulation in the terrain and thus lends itself to a comfortable walk if you want to save on the cart fee. The course is convenient to the airport More >


The Estancia Club

Written by Bill Satterfield

What to Expect: Estancia is a high end club that is part of the Discovery Land Company that owns several prestigious clubs in North America. The club sits on 640 acres of Arizona desert that encompasses the famous Pinnacle Peak landmark. The Tom Fazio layout sprawls for miles through the boulders and cactus that frame the course. Service is always a top priority at Discovery Land courses and Estancia is no exception. Caddies take care of the members and their guests while the maintenance crew ensures every blade of grass is in perfect health. The fairways are generous and the layout includes a great deal of variety in hole lengths and challenges. Signature Hole:  11th - 137 Yard Par 3 - More >


Desert Highlands Golf Club

Written by Bill Satterfield

What to Expect: Desert Highlands was Nicklaus’ first effort in Arizona’s vast desert terrain and many consider it his best. The opening tee shot of the day instantly gets the blood flowing as you stand on a severely elevated tee box overlooking Scottsdale/Phoenix with a ribbon of a fairway streaming below. Desert Highlands features relatively forgiving fairways for a target course and stunning views of Pinnacle Peak. Signature Hole:  1st - 350 Yard Par 4 - Your adrenaline kicks in right off the bat at Desert Highlands   Individual Hole Analysis Best Par 3:  16th - 242 Yards - Stunning views are afforded on this big par three   Best Par 4:  6th - 428 Yards - The split fairway delivers More >


Phoenician Golf Club

Written by Bill Satterfield

What to Expect: Featured as the centerpiece of the 5 star Phoenician Resort, The Phoenician Golf Club features 27 holes near the Phoenix and Scottsdale border on the southeast side of Camelback Mountain. Each set of nine offers a unique setting and challenge with plenty of water and desert that comes into play. The courses are quite short with each nine tipping out just over 3000 yards with conditioning being great with several moments that will have you reaching for your camera. In addition to golf, The Phoenician Resort offers a plethora of activities that include fine and casual dining, tennis, spa and exercise facilities, swimming, shopping, and a fine art collection. While the golf courses are not extraordinary in More >


Troon Country Club

Written by Bill Satterfield

What to Expect: Troon Country Club is one of the earliest efforts of the Tom Weiskopf/Jay Morrish team that went on to design over two dozen of courses together, a few of which can be found in the deserts of Arizona. Located near several other great courses (Estancia, Whisper Rock, etc.), Troon embraces the desert terrain and features the natural bushes, boulders, and of course, cactus as they frame the holes. Water comes into play on the final three holes of the front nine and nowhere on the back nine. The course is walkable for most golfers although there is a fair amount of elevation changes throughout the course. Conditions are always a top priority at Troon CC so you are More >