5902 W Indian School Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85033
This public golf course managed by the City of Phoenix, lies at the NWC of the intersection of Thomas Rd. and 59th Avenue on land donated by John F. Long, who developed this entire area after WWII. It was the showpiece of the community Mr. Long created in the desert. The course was designed by William F. Bell who is well known for another public course he did, Torrey Pines. While Maryvale may not be held in as high a regard as his San Diego course, it’s loved by the residents of the west valley and a joy to play. The course winds along fairways defined by huge eucalyptus trees and tough Bermuda rough. It’s flat with little elevation change so it’s an easy walk on any day. It has a lighted driving range and snack bar.
The course starts out with a reachable dogleg left par five that looks easy enough, but beware of the trees if you miss this fairway either side or you will be pitching out. The second is a 213 yard par 3 from the tips with bunkers left and right. If you can bend your drive left to right on number three you will have a short iron into this par four. Make sure you choose the right club or you will land in sand or water on the short par three number four. Bombers will go for the green on the 330 yard fifth hole and they will let it fly if they can hit it high on the dogleg right 360 yard sixth hole as well. If they hit it straight, both are good birdie opportunities, if not they will be chipping out from trees or swimming in the water hazard through the fairway on the sixth. A right to left tee shot at number seven will get you closer to the green. #8 is a straight away 425 yard par four. You finish the front side with a reachable 485 yard par five if you avoid the trees lining both sides of the fairway and the sand traps guarding the front and sides of this green.
The back nine starts out with another reachable par five at 500 yards but the green here is sloping back to front and if you get above or to the side of the pin with your approach it is a very easy three putt. Play to the middle of the green at the par three #11, and then reach back and hit your longest drive at the 565 yard par 5 twelfth hole. Tough to get home in two here unless it’s downwind and you are J.B. Holmes. Keep your tee shot left on #13 or you will have no shot to the pin tucked behind the high lipped trap on this hole. Decide whether you can hit it straight and long or lay up between the fairway bunker right and the water left on #14. This green is elevated so take a bit more club in. Stay right with your tee shot on number fifteen to avoid the water hazard left of the fairway. Sixteen is the beginning of a great finish at Maryvale. Its 438 yards long and if your tee shot curves too far left, the fairway bunkers will make your second shot even longer. #17 is a 210 yard well bunkered par three that plays the full distance. The 18th is a 410 yard par four with driving bunkers on either side of the fairway and OB left and right. It’s not tight, but it gets your attention. The course plays from 5600 yards to 6600 yards. Skilled players will enjoy the opportunity to shape drives around the trees on this course.