Alta Mesa Golf Course Review

alta mesa golf course

1460 N. Alta Mesa Dr.

Mesa, Arizona 85205
480.832.3257

 

This golf course was designed by Richard Phelps and opened in 1984 as a centerpiece of the master planned community by Estes Homes. It has a loyal membership with programs available to attract families and individuals as new members open at this time. The pro shop, clubhouse, restaurant and locker rooms are conveniently located in one central building overlooking the finishing hole. Practice facilities are excellent here and well used by a strong group of single digit handicappers.

The course starts out south with a reachable par five if you can hit it 550 yards in two blows. Birdie starts are there for players who lay up to the right and those who stay below the hole. You find out right away that these Mini-Verde greens are fast but will hold a well struck approach shot. Avoid the driving bunker on the right side of two and you can hit a short iron to this 424 yard hole. Short is the play on the 204 yard third and even though #4 is 442 yards long, lots of players lay up short of the right fairway bunker. The 5th and 6th holes require a precise drive and right to left shots work best here on these par fours at just under 400 yards each. Seven is another “reachable” par five at 550 yards but miss this green and you should hope e you are in the right front bunker. Hole #8 is a oddly angled downhill par three that requires the absolute right distance at 150 yards. The front nine finishes with a 425 yard par four with water right and left off the tee that makes even the best of players lay up to about 150 yards out for safety.

The back nine starts out tame enough with a straight away 394 yard par four, then gets tough. #11 requires a straight or left to right drive and a precise iron to a very small narrow green. The par five #12 will leave you bewildered looking at it from the tee. It looks like there is nowhere safe to hit it, with water right and across the fairway, but it’s actually a fairly easy carry for a three wood from the back tee. Avoid the bunkers left and just lay up to 100 yards keeping your second out of the bunkers left and water right and you will walk away with a chance at birdie on this difficult hole. Thirteen is a lay up hole for mere mortals to 225 yards short of the water right avoiding the bunker left of the fairway, but some bombers hit driver over the fairway bunker and choose to play a short wedge from the rough left of the green here. After the par 3 fourteenth you need to choose whether to lay up to 250 yards or risk the reward of a short wedge to the uphill small green at #15. At 247 yards from the tips, number sixteen is a tough par three. Avoid the water right off the tee on the 428 yard #17 with whatever long club you have the most confidence in hitting. If you need a birdie to finish, the opportunity is there at the dogleg right 564 yard par five eighteenth. A perfect drive is a cut off the left fairway bunkers to the center of the fairway leaving about 250 yards to a narrow green with sand left and water short and right. If you don’t have the confidence to commit to this shot a lay up to 100 yards is the smarter option. Tee choices vary from 5500 to 7000 yards.

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