Dobson Ranch Golf Course Review

dobson ranch golf course

2155 S. Dobson Road
Mesa, AZ 85202
(480) 644-2291

 

This is “the” course to play in Mesa. It has the most active mens club in the valley with tournaments every other weekend and a list of players that reads like a who’s who in Arizona Amateur Golf. You can always get a game here, but watch out for the skins games, it’s a favorite of the local professionals and you usually need to make an eagle to cash. It’s located just south of I-60 on Dobson Road and features a lighted driving range and practice facility that gets lots of use during the hot summer months. Sunburn Summer rates after 1:00PM are $10 walking and $20 riding, so you can see why its one of the busiest courses in Arizona.

The course is generally in pretty good shape, but you will get your share of tough lies which are common at public courses. It plays from 5600 yds to 6600 yards based on three sets of tees. The layout is tree lined with eucalyptus being the predominant species defining the doglegs. Lots of opportunities to cut the corners here if you can shape shots with your driver. If you are a long hitter, you will love going for the first hole, a straight away par five of 550 yards. You will notice right away how sloping and slanted this green is if you are above or to the side of the hole. Get used to it, it’s the courses main defense, and they can make these greens really quick. Shaping your drives on the next two par fours will leave you with short irons, but if you are in the rough you will find out how hard it is to hold these greens. The fifth hole is a 90 degree dogleg par five that is a birdie opportunity for a long hitter who can shape it right to left. The eighth hole will eat your lunch if you hit it right into the creek along the fairway, then #9 gives you the third par 5 on the front nine, making it a par 37, but this one takes two big blows to get home. The back nine starts out pretty tame with a short par four, then one a bit longer but still a short iron when the course plays fast. The par three 12th is a tough shot with no bail out, but you can come back with a birdie at the reachable par five 13th if you shape your drive right to left again. From here in it gets tricky with two 190 yard par threes separated by two short par 4’s until you come to the fifth and final par five, #18. It is reachable but there is water left to keep you honest. Go for it, Jerry Loftis did when he shot 27 on the back nine here, yep that’s 8 under par on the back nine par of 35.

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