The Legacy Golf Course: A First Class FacilityBy azgolfer • May 19th, 2009
The Legacy Golf Resort offers one of Arizona’s premier championship golf courses. Nestled in the foothills of South Mountain in Phoenix, Arizona, the 18hole, par 71 course stretches 6,908 yards from the tips and, what is a common factor with designer Gary Panks courses, will present a unique challenge to the most experienced golfer. Panks’ use of the rolling landscape with the mature trees and shrubs that line the course including deep, strategically placed bunkers on every hole, leave the Legacy as one of the prettiest and most challenging Phoenix golf courses in the valley.
You have to appreciate a driving range that offers 4 separate green locations and lush landscape. The complimentary balls stacked in a pyramid shape added a nice touch as well. It is a well known fact that when your range balls are stacked in a pyramid shape, then you are at a high-end course. Looking around there was no question this held true at the Legacy Golf Club. With its full service practice facility, tournament coordination and private instruction, the Legacy is the perfect course for your golf vacation to Arizona. Amazing mountain backdrops and lush landscaping make this golf course one of the best in the Phoenix area. The course has received many awards that feature the “Top 10 Golf Courses To Play in Phoenix” by ESPN.com/Travel, Golf Digests “Top 50 Great Service Facilities and a 4 .5 Golf Digest ranking. The course also hosted the 2000 LPGA Standard Register Ping Classic that was won by Charlotta Sorenstam .
As I began my round, I found myself starring out on the first fairway. I found what was to be a common theme throughout the day: two intimidating deep bunkers you could hang pictures on, placed on each side of the fairway. I could just see the smirk on Gary Panks’ face! When Panks’ designed the course, he envisioned it with lush green fairways, well strategically placed hazards (52 bunkers), forgiving rough and well manicured greens. Elevation is subtle on the course but make sure you take in the scenery of Camelback Mountain, Squaw Peak, and the downtown Phoenix skyline.
In speaking with Tony Barten, the head golf pro over at the Legacy Golf Club, who has been with the golf club for 4 years now says, his favorite hole is #14. “It is a 580 yard par 5 with a large bunker on the left and a generous landing area on the right side of the fairway. A good drive leaves you a tough decision to either go for the green over water or lay-up to a narrow landing area. The green has 3 tiers and breaks from back to front. Once you complete this hole turn around and take a look at the downtown phoenix skyline”.
While there are many great holes of golf on this golf course, The “Signature” hole is #18. It is a 545 yard par 5 guarded by two bunkers on the right side of the fairway. An uphill approach with another green side bunker to the right and a significant drop to the left of the green makes this approach difficult to get to the pin. There are three grain silos just off the tee on the right which are a historical land mark for the Heard farm owned by Dwight B. Heard. These grain silos were the tallest structure in Maricopa County in 1900.
After the 18th hole it’s on to the 19th over at the Trails End Bar & Grill located right inside the resort clubhouse. The restaurant grill is open for breakfast, lunch or dinner. What it’s most popular for is the weekend breakfast buffet and its American style comfort food that brings golfers and locals coming back year after year. The grill offers indoor and patio dining in a comfort setting with stunning views of the golf course and South Mountain. Don’t forget about the grill next time you finish a round of golf at the Legacy Golf Club in Phoenix.
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Legacy Golf Club
6808 S. 32nd St.
Phoenix, AZ 85040