This course could have two signature holes— and the par-5, 512 yard 18th hole should join hole #10 as “star for the course.” With a rolling, tree-lined fairway, a mountain backdrop and a lake guarding two-thirds of the green, this finishing hole rivals any other on the Phoenix-Scottsdale golf scene.
As I headed to my round at The Raven Golf Club at Verrado on a cold, gray, misty morning in December, it was the perfect day to envision that big black bird that looks like a crow on steroids. The raven is mysterious and powerful, soars to great heights and can be intimidating.
When playing Las Sendas, chances are you will not see another fairway from the fairway that you’re playing from. Each hole is its own—the mark of true desert golf.
SunRidge Canyon plays just over 6800 yards from the tips and par is 71. But the back nine plays uphill so add another 300 or so yards to the distance. “Take one-to-two extra clubs on those holes,” says head golf pro Jeff Newell. “And if the pin is in the front of the green, play it as though it were in the back so give yourself another five yards.”
If you want to play a good-looking, challenging and one of a kind golf course in the Phoenix area, Longbow Golf Club in Mesa is where you want to play for your next Arizona golf vacation.
Water and water features are on 24 of the 27 holes at Ocotillo—that’s 89% for you mathematicians. That’s good for your camera, but potentially a bad thing for your score.