Moon Valley Country Club Golf Course Review

moon valley country club

151 W Moon Valley Dr
Phoenix, AZ 85023
(602) 942-0000

 
 

This is an older well established club in a residential area just north and west of the intersection of 7th Ave. and Thunderbird Rd. The Clubhouse was just renovated over the last two years and is spectacular overlooking the ninth and eighteenth greens. It includes banquet facilities, a great members grill, and huge outside patio area. The pro shop is located at the first tee and is part of a newer addition that includes state of the art fitness facilities with handball courts, full basketball court, and Olympic swimming pool. The golf practice facilities are separated across the parking lot next to the tennis courts and include chipping greens with sand trap and a full 18 hole par three course with holes ranging from 70 yards to 150 yards in length.

The golf course was redesigned by Bob Cupp a few years ago to the delight of players who enjoy the expanded green complexes that offer a variety of choices on how to play
your birdie chip in the event you miss on of these large undulating greens. You can choose to play this course from 5600 yards to 7200 yards. If you are a skilled player you will want to join in the fun on Saturdays for the “Scratch Game” that has been going on as long as anyone can remember. The course starts out with a shortish par four now of 370 yards. Stay out of the trees right and you will have a wedge in your hands to this small green. After the par 3 second you have a driveable 305 yard par four but the green is nearly impossible to hit. Miss it left and short and you have the best angle. Hit a right to left drive to keep out of the fairway bunkers on the reachable par five 4th hole and its another birdie opportunity. Make sure you take enough club on the 5th hole as its water all the way to the green. Let the big dog eat on the next two long straight away par 4’s at number six and seven. #8 will test your driver to keep it out of the bunkers left and right and even though this is par five it can be reached with a 3 wood lay up off the tee. The green is deep so know your yardages here. Lay up on number nine or ruin your front side with a water ball, and be careful going for a front pin here as the creek in front will get you if you miscalculate your distance.

Start the back nine by hammering your drive on this long par five. Only bombers need to wait for this green to clear. Avoid the trap left off the tee and the trap right in the lay up area and there is a birdie available. Play to the center of the par three 11th no matter where the pin is, and be happy with a par. If you can shape your drive right to left you can gain a lot of distance on the short par four twelfth. Watch out for a back right pin here over the ridge, it’s tough to stop it without going over. You are forced to shape your drive right to left unless you can hit a very high long left to right tee shot on the double dogleg par five 13th. Bunkers will catch your unsuccessful attempts off the tee. Best to lay up left and short here for a good angle into whatever pin placement they give you. Keep your drive or 3 wood out of the right bunker because this green is devilish. You will have a short shot to this uphill green with three plateaus and you have to be perfect with your distance to make a birdie here. Respect the par three 15th by playing to its center. Number sixteen is a 443 yard par four with bunkers left off the tee that will ruin your day. Bomb it but keep it right here. #17 will keep you guessing. You can play it conservatively with a 250 yard lay up, to avoid the bunker right and the two water hazards left of the fairway and up to the green, or try to sling a shot hard left to right in and effort to put a short iron in your hand. Go with your gut here. The finishing hole is a 411 yard dogleg left par four with water off the tee left, bunker right and a two tiered green that demands an exact approach if you want to walk off the course happy.

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