8620 E Thompson Peak Pkwy
Scottsdale, AZ 85255
Greg Tryhus saw an opportunity to develop a raw piece of desert with Power Lines running through it that others had overlooked and partnered with former Golf Professional turned Real Estate Broker Del Cochran to feature a 36 hole high end Golf Facility within a Master Planned Community. Everything about this property is first class from Phil’s Grill and the practice facilities, inspired by then Valley Resident, Phil Mickelson, to the well stocked pro shop and attentive staff groomed by Del Cochran. The Kostis/McCord Learning Center is located here with their TV Commentator namesakes frequently prowling the premises.
THE RAPTOR: Designed by Tom Fazio it has four sets of tees playing from 5309 yards to 7135 yards with forced carries over the desert to make sure you choose the right set of tees for your playing ability. Driving areas are ample with raised green complexes that push poorly played irons into deep bunkers or down steep slopes. You need your lob wedge and sand play to be spot on to score well here. Once you get on the greens you find two to three pin plateaus that reward the well played shot and make it tough to two putt if you are not on the right level. If you score well on the front nine be careful off the tenth tee, lay up to a wedge shot and avoid the unseen creek running down the right side of the fairway. You need to reach back and bust your driver on the long par four 17th and let the big dog eat again on the par five 18th that finishes in front of the clubhouse. With everyone watching from Phil’s Grill you don’t want to leak your approach into the lake to the right of the green.
THE TALON: Gary Panks and David Graham were a great design team and this layout is one of their best. The first few holes give you plenty of fairway and let you get into the flow of your game. Lay up on number two, trust me there is no room around that driveable green and its to early in the round to take a big number. By the time you get to the ninth you can start to gamble if you are on your game. Drive it left here as the desert creeps in on the right and the green is reachable in two for the gambler. If you go for this green decide if you want to bail out right into sand or short, left and long is dead. The back nine gives you a driveable par four at the 13th and reachable par five at the 14th for you to get under par. Then you get to Devils Drink at the par three17th. Imagine the famous 17th at TPC Sawgrass has been moved to the desert. Its only a wedge but it is water everywhere. If you don’t get wet there try to keep your second shot dry by going right at the par five 18th to finish your round with a birdie.