The course has excellent range facilities and the chipping and putting areas are in excellent condition. I strongly recommend you warm up for this course. There is also a gorgeous club house and nice café/bar overlooking the golf course. The cheeseburger hit the spot after the ninth hole.
The GPS system on the carts provided all the distance information and "pro tips" to help you play the proper shot. The tips are essential because if you don’t manage the course well you can get in lots of trouble. In fact, you may hit several seemingly perfect shots that end up putting you in a bad spot.
Regarding the play, you have to keep the ball in the fairway. The brush, rocks, and ravines eat balls at a rapid rate. Plus, you are a bit hesitant to go looking for them after the warning about snakes, scorpions, and the like.
Some of the holes are downright hard. I was scratching my head on the tees wondering where I could put the ball. On the 18th tee I hit what I thought were two nice shots and ended up in the water both times. A short game is important, but don’t expect the greens to hold your ball very well. In other words, if you go at the pin your ball is off the green. The greens were lightning fast. Count on a few three putts . . . we even had a couple four putts in our foursome.
Having said all of that, I really enjoyed this course despite shooting my worst score in over 20 years. It can be frustrating when your good shots aren’t always rewarded, but the scenery and quality of the course make this a wonderful golf experience. The next time I play here I will be ready for all of the little secrets of this course.
A tip on the green fees: we got a special rate of $75 (in April) per person because we paid together as a foursome (a total of $300). If we had paid individually, it would have cost $129 per person (a total of over $500).
Charlotte, North Carolina
May 7, 2004
From journal Short trip to Scottsdale