Cave Creek Golf Course Review

cave creek golf course

15202 N. 19th Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85023
(602) 866-8076


Affectionately referred to by locals as “The Dump” this municipal course began as a reclamation project in 1983. It lies on a former landfill and its landscape is constantly shifting as decomposition below occurs. The only evidence of its former use is a methane gas vent near the ninth tee. No odors present. With over 60,000 rounds yearly this course relies heavily on its experienced professional, Buffy Labombarde, who managed Encanto for 25 years before coming to Cave Creek four years ago. He is aided by the most experienced of the Municipal Greens-keepers in Jim Cope who has been highly regarding since his tenure at Papago in its heyday. They keep the course in great shape for players because they are players themselves. The Grill at Cave Creek seats up to 50 patrons and is open dawn to dusk daily. You will find not only the daily players but regulars who stop by to watch the constant sports channels on here. One note, they are revamping the driving range until over-seeding fall of 2011. The course is located at 19th Ave & Greenway Rd. It plays from 5600-6800 yards.

The course starts out with birdie opportunities at the short par four first and reachable par five second, but both are well guarded by deep traps that will catch your misses. Three is
a 175 yard par 3, with sloping green, and the fourth hole borders the Cave Creek Wash that runs through the middle of this course. Avoid it at all costs when playing here. Five is a bombers dream with room to bail out right leaving you a short approach to this par four. You have to walk down and through the wash to get to the par 5 sixth which features two greens since one became too severe due to the shifting earth below. This par five has a down-slope in front of the green that will funnel you ball to the green if you get it rolling. #7 is an uphill 180 yard par three with huge green and a wash on the right if you come out of your iron shot. Hit your tee shot 250 yards to stay on short of the big dip in this fairway so you can see the green on this long par four. The green here is really sloping and chipping can be a nightmare, par is a good score here. The front nine finishes with a slight dogleg left par four with lots of room but trouble right and left if you spray your tee shot. The green slopes to the right so play left center.

The back nine starts out like the front, with two similar birdie opportunities, but the par five 11th has the wash left and in front of you off the tee and a water hazard right, so you need to man up and hit a straight long drive on this hole. It has a slope in front similar to number six if you get your second shot rolling. Bombers cut the corner right on #12 to have a pitch shot to this short par four. Thirteen is a 175 yard par three. #14 has water left and right at about 260 yards so lay up to avoid wetness and have 140 yards left to this 400 yard par four. Go all out off the tee at #15 and #16 to make birdies on the 400 yard par 4, fifteenth and the 500 yard par five sixteenth. You won’t be thinking birdie staring at the 200 yard uphill par 3, number 17 with a huge dip in the middle of the green. Take an extra club and make sure you get on the right level or three jack will be your reward. The finishing hole is a dogleg left par four back over the wash to the clubhouse. The middle of this green has another huge dip so pin placements are usually front or back. Make sure you avoid the fairway bunker left and wash left and you can finish in style.

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