2901 N 7th Street
Phoenix Arizona 85014
Founded in 1899 with its first golf tournament held in 1900 this Private Club is steeped in rich tradition. It has long been one of the most prestigious clubs in the country with the Founding Fathers of modern Phoenix like brothers Barry and Bob Goldwater walking its fairways and haunting its hallways. Traditional home for movers and shakers it offers membership by referral only and has a variety of different memberships that do not all include golf. This was the home of the Phoenix Open from 1932 to 1986 and crowned champions from Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson to Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus before Johnny Miller tore it apart and became known as the Desert Fox in 1975 and 1976. It has since been redesigned by Tom Lehman and John Fought to play from 5086 yards to 6764 yards from four sets of tees. The Course is located at 7th St. and Thomas Roads right in downtown Phoenix, AZ.
The course starts out with a relatively easy par five of 511 yards. Hit enough club to clear the water at the short par three second hole. The third hole is the number one handicap hole at 457 yards with OB right and a devilish trap short and right of the green if you bail out on your second shot. The 405 yard #4 has a two tiered green that demands an approach shot on the proper level to have a chance at birdie. At 306 yards you could drive the par four fifth hole, but it takes a perfect shot and an iron lay up on this tight hole will yield a lot more birdies and help you avoid the dreaded double bogey. Avoid the driving bunker on the right side at number six and try to keep your approach below the hole on this sloping green. Lucky number seven is the longest hole on the course at 571 yards. Bombers can let it out here and go for it, but the huge dip in the middle of the green is no bargain if you hit to the side opposite the flagstick. Eight is a 200 yard par three with large green to hold your long iron, but sloping enough to test your putting. You can finish the front nine with a birdie if you avoid the trees off the tee and keep your approach below the hole on this longish par four.
The back nine starts out with its toughest hole, a 460 yard par four with a deep green that slopes from back to front and repels mishit shots back into the fairway. It doesn’t get much easier at #11 which is just a bit shorter and features another deep sloping green. At 339 yards you are tempted to go for the short #12 but make sure you bail out right if you miss it, or you will be blocked out by the trees on the left. Number 13 is another 200 yard par three with water right to frighten slicers and a collection area for those that bail out left. No easy up and down from that area either. Hitch your belt here and hit it straight on number fourteen to avoid OB staring at your from both sides off the tee. A long drive here rewards you with a short approach and a birdie opportunity. Fifteen is a picturesque par three at 166 yards over water and deep bunkering around the green. Sixteen is a birdie hole as long as you drive it down the left side of the fairway. You are left with just a short pitch to this par four. Bomb it down the right side on the 411 yard par four #17 and make sure you favor the middle of the green as slope and short grass will take shots hit weak and right back into the water hazard at the green. If you are behind going into the finishing hole, hit the big stick down the left side of the fairway to give you the best angle to try to reach this 527 yard par five in two. With water right and bunkers left it’s a classic risk reward great finishing hole.