29001 N 122nd St
Scottsdale, AZ 85262
This Jay Morrish/ Dick Bailey design can stretch from 5200 yards to over 7300 yards from “The Tips”. It flows along the base and up the side of one of the McDowell Mountains just north of Dynamite Blvd at 122nd St. in north Scottsdale. It’s a private club owned by the Crown Family of Chicago who had the misfortune of fighting water issues during its development and delaying its opening to compete with Whisper Rock Golf Club and a slowing economy. It has membership programs available now that are very attractive for residents or winter visitors. The clubhouse is spectacular as are the practice facilities. The head professional there, Don Yrene has used them to hone his game and dominate PGA Section events here for years. This club has hosted numerous Arizona Opens and section events and is considered a true test of golf skills for all levels. The maintenance of this tract is outstanding and since it is underplayed by its limited membership, it’s a treat to putt on near perfect greens.
The course starts right out with a long par five daring you to go for it. Don’t, lay up left and start your round out with a birdie chance instead of a snowman. After the par 3 second you can test your driving skill by hitting it over the right bunkers and desert at number three leaving a short iron to this 450 yard par four. #4 is even longer so drive it long and straight. The 5th hole is an uphill par 5 of 640 yards with a history. This writer played the course prior to its general opening with one of its partners who informed him that they would give a membership to anyone who could get home in two on this hole. When my 3 wood second rolled onto the green he started talking real fast about that not being set in stone, but since the ball went onto the back fringe by 2 inches, he swallowed. He probably never made that boast again. There are witnesses to that event, and I can attest that it has never happened again for me. After a downhill par 3 you have a possible birdie hole at the shortish par four 7th. Better take advantage of it, because numbers eight and nine are 490 yd and 470 yd par fours that will beat you up. Number 10 is a par five that can be reached if you get aggressive up the left side with your drive. Right is safer and allows a fairly easy lay up. #11 is a driveable par 4 for the long hitters if it’s downwind at 340 yards which means you would be playing into the wind at the 240 yard par three 12th. Holes 13 and 14 are par fours that reward accurate tee shots with mid to short irons. Number 15 is the start of what they call “Gamblers Bluff”. It’s a dogleg uphill par five begging you to go for it on your second shot to a three tiered green that isn’t even easy to get on if you lay up. Sixteen is a side hill, slightly downhill 200 yard par 3 and #17 is a straight downhill par 4 that bombers can get close to even though its 390 yards from the tips, play it up and go for it. The finishing hole here is a 500 yard par four with an uphill driving area that you need to hit to leave a long second into this green on a side hill. It will make you work to finish off your round.