Charlotte, North Carolina
May 7, 2004
The clubhouse and practice facilities were fantastic. You couldn’t ask for better. The practice greens were a nice approximation of the actual greens on the course.
I played from the back tees, which really make the course challenging. Even from here, the course is not particularly long, but you get some real tough holes because of the extra yardage. From the back tees most of the par threes were close to 200 yards, and there was a par four that was 495 yards. From the next farthest tees you get a pretty big break, but the course was still challenging.
If you have a woman in your group, she gets a massive break in terms of yardage on many of the holes. For a long-hitting woman, she will be able to reach the green on a couple of her drives. On the opposite end of the spectrum, there are several very short holes (just over 300 yards for the par fours and a couple of very manageable par fives).
The course has a bit of elevation, so you have a couple of holes where you are way above the green and fairway. These holes were beautiful and a lot of fun. There are also water hazards on a couple of holes, but nothing too difficult. Irregardless of which hole you are playing, you have to keep the ball in the fairways because the desert terrain makes it very hard or impossible to hit out of the rough.
One funny thing--I have never seen so many rabbits. They are everywhere on this course.
From journal Short trip to Scottsdale