Raven Golf Course Review

raven golf course

3636 E Baseline Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85042
(602) 243-3636

 

Located just south and west of Sky Harbor Airport at 36th St. and Baseline Road in Phoenix, AZ, this resort style course is a joy to play. Designed by the team of David Graham and Gary Panks, who is now retired but credited with designing the most playable courses in our area, this was opened in 1995. Its distinct feature at that time was its Georgia Pine lined fairways and roughs full of wood bark. The heat proved to be too much for the wood bark which was later replaced with rock.

The course stretches from 5759 yards at the forward tees to 7100 yards from the tips. It features rolling fairways created by moving tons of earth and large green complexes that are well bunkered with collection areas providing a variety of chipping options. The greens are large with numerous challenging pin placements but generally allow a run up option for the average player. They are Bermuda in summer and overseeded in the winter and are consistently some of the best in the Valley of the Sun.

You can get off to a fast start on this course if your short iron play is sharp. The short par four first, par three second and par five 4th hole all offer birdie opportunities if your wedge game is on. The fifth is a driveable par four but a lay up and sand wedge will get you more birdies and eliminate the big number possible if your driver doesn’t behave. You should play conservatively til you get to the par five ninth where bombers can reach the green in two and finish the front with a eagle opportunity.

The back nine is all about precise driving to set up your approach shots. If you keep it in the fairway your iron shots to the greens will allow you to keep it below the hole and on the safe side of the green if you miss it a bit for an easy up and down. Shots from the rough are not easy to control as the Bermuda will catch your club in the summer and the rye will give you flyers in the winter. Your round may come down to the wire where you will need to birdie the long par five 17th so watch out for the second fairway bunker about 100 yards short of the green. Hit your second shot to the left here or short to get it up and down. The 18th is a great finishing hole coming back south with water left and behind the green it will test your nerves if you are going to break 90, 80, or par.

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