8701 E Pinnacle Peak Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85255
This club was the first in the North Scottsdale area when it was being developed by Jerry Nelson. It is a gem that the locals have known about since the mid 1970’s and holds its own against all the area competitors that have sprung up over the past 25 years. Dick Turner designed this course with lush fairways and bent grass greens taking advantage of well water and the underground aquifer in the area that led to its development. There are memberships available here with a cap at 325 to insure access at all times. The clubhouse has been remodeled and looks out over the valley and the 9th and 18th greens. There are tennis courts, a lap pool and fitness center for the members and their guests and a great practice area for the golfers.
The course starts out with a downhill par five to get you swinging. It can be reached and provides a starting birdie opportunity if you can avoid the front left trap at the green. You will see right away how fast these greens are, and this one is downhill as well. The 2nd and 3rd holes require precise iron shots then the fourth hole is your second par five. Most golfers will not reach this one in two, but it’s a birdie opportunity. Number five is an uphill 400 yd. par 4 with OB all along the left side skirting Pinnacle Peak Road. Make four here and try to hit the right side of the fairway with your drive and the adjoining downhill par 4 sixth. Get ready to bang your driver on the 450 yard 7th and 400 yd. 8th which are tough par four holes with small tiered greens. You finish the front side with an uphill 170 yard par 3 that has a large green. The backside starts out with a 400 yard par 4, then a tricky 200 yard par three that seems to get you to push your iron shot right into the short right bunker. Avoid it and then position your drives on the next two medium length par fours and you will have short irons into the greens. #14 is a risk reward par five that can be reached if you avoid the driving bunker and the traps at the green. Fifteen is a great par three of 220 yards from the tips that favors a right to left iron approach to hold. Bail out is right here leaving you a fairly easy pitch if you get green high. You can lay up to avoid the driving bunker and still have a short iron into #16 but you need to hit driver at #17 to have a wedge into this green. The finishing hole here is a blind drive uphill 588 yard par five with a small tight lay up area right of the lake to the left and front of the green. Keep your drive up the right side inside the tree line and avoid the left rough and you will have a lot better chance to finish with a birdie or par here. The course plays from 5600 yards to just over 7000 yards depending on your choice of four sets of tees. Really a fun golf course!