Talking Stick Golf Course Review

talking stick golf course

9800 E Indian Bend Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85256
(480) 850-7777


Located on the eastern border of Scottsdale on Indian Bend road this new 15 story facility is the Pima Indian Reservations’ Showplace. It features almost 500 guest rooms, 8 restaurants, bar lounge, coffee shop, three outdoor pools and spa’s, health club and beauty spa and if that’s not enough for you it just happens to have a Casino on the first floor. Rooms have spectacular views of the McDowell Mountains and include 42 inch flat screen TV’s. All this surrounded by their 36 hole championship golf courses designed by Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore.

NORTH COURSE: My favorite of the two this is a links style layout stretching from 5500 yds to 7100 yards and playing to a par 70. It gets your attention right away on the second tee set right against the out of bounds that runs along the entire left side of the fairway. If you are like me and bail out right, your shot into this green better stay right as well or you will be hitting another. The fifth hole has a split fairway, play left it’s a better angle to the green and there is more room than it looks like off the tee. Number 9 is a tough long par four of 450 yards to finish that side. On the back side you have #11 that plays up to 260 yards for a par three and #14 and #15 are 450 yard par fours. The good news on this course is that there is plenty of room for your driver, lots of grass both here and on the South Course due to the fact that they are on the Indian Reservation and there are not turf or water restrictions imposed on golf courses. Number 17 is a long par five at 580 yards and the finishing hole is a 470 yard par four. You have played well here if your score is under 80.

SOUTH COURSE: This is a more traditional layout with tree lined fairways that are becoming tighter as these trees mature. It also features deep fairway bunkers that are not only hard to hit out of but hard just to get out of once you walk into them. Avoid them at all costs if you want to score well here. It starts out fairly tame, and hit the driver on the short par four #4 to get a birdie. Go for #7 in two if you hit a good drive, its just over 500 yards long. The front nine finishes on a 180 yard par three that’s well bunkered. Holes 10-12 are 400 yard par fours that play all of that then you get a break on the short par three thirteenth hole. The par fives on the back nine, #14 and #16 are both reachable for the long hitter and then you come to the “Judgement Hole”. #18 has water all along the right side, so if you slice you better aim at the fairway bunkers on the left. If you are hitting your driver long you can get there, but most “chickens”, I mean players will hit a hybrid layup here and a sand wedge in to try to make that last birdie.

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