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Played here on Thursday POP 5 hours

It's funny how much how well you play as well as the quality of your playing partners affects your enjoyment of a course. I played with the most nightmarishly slow group and played the worst I have in 2 months. Yet still was blown away by the course.

SunRidge Canyon is the first course finished with the reseed in the area.
I wanted to play a special course after being let down by everything following Quintero and SunRidge delivered. Every hole is different and takes advantage of the extreme natural topography. The Tips on this course are very challenging. The sight lines and visual cues from the tips are tough. Even well placed tee shots were offline due to the offset fairways. Driving accuracy and up and downhill distance control are musts here. You have to be generous with the club up on the uphill shots here.

The turf is growing in well from the reseed. What is unique about this course are it's green side bunkers and rough. They leave the rough very thick around the greens which you don't see around here. The bunkers have sheer walls. What they have done is stacked sod to make the lips, so they are literally square edged pot bunkers around the green. Both elements provide a little Scottish links feel which I enjoyed.

The sod hasn't set around the bunkers, and there was flood damage around the rough from the recent monsoons. The greens were clean with no ball marks but still running medium/fast because of the rain.

Easily a top 5 track in the Phoenix/Scottsdale Area and by far a top 3 most difficult.
6 Likes.
Played here Friday the 21st in the afternoon.

The course was in great shape. I really enjoyed the Faldo side and because this is a resort course it is always kept green during summer.

While I enjoy the visual appeal of the Faldo course and it's endless sea of bunkers this is a much more enjoyable course to play. There is something about Palmer courses that have a really nice flow to them.

They are not any overly difficult holes, or tee shots here. Nor are there any over the top desert elements etc.

Very well balanced, clean, mature and enjoyable course. Lots of holes feature beautiful sight lines as well

Great balance of length, difficulty, green undulations, bunkers.

Great course and a blast to play.
7 Likes.
Played here Friday afternoon. Course is closing soon for overseed, are letting the fairways die.

This course is further along in the overseed preparation. Mostly dormant and dried out grass across the course. Lots of left mowed grass.

Dried out but very playable especially for the value (I played for only $27)

Greens were good and rolled well. Firm and fast but not the lightning they normally are making scoring possible.

Bunkers were hard packed and poor. Needed more sand.

The back nine here is awesome. One of my favorite courses to play and should be in fine shape following the reseed.
7 Likes.
Excellent greens while prepping for overseed.

The greens are perfect right now. Maybe the best I've seen here. Rarely saw a ball mark. Smooth fast TPC greens.

The rest of the turf was a little dried out prepping for the over seed but nothing bad. Greens will be perfect following the overseed.

This course is in good shape following the maintenance it had recently.
7 Likes.
Played here two weekends ago. Course was in fine shape. I wanted to play somewhere new that was close and found a good deal here for an afternoon Saturday round.

The course keeps it interesting and has some quirks. Overall the course is in good shape.
The course is very short with the Tips (Blue tees) not playing further than 6400 yards. You can tell they had land constraints. To combat the shortness the course features mostly elevated tees, doglegs, and tree lined fairways.

Not much need to hit driver here as I overpowered the course and ran through a lot of fairways.

There is a good combination of holes designs and and elevated greens to keep it interesting.

I'd rate this course as a fun neighborhood course for a weekday round.
7 Likes.
Better than expected.

A definite step up from you average municipal.

The layout is straight forward. Everything is in great shape. The bunker redesign was perfect. Conditions were great for this time of year.

Greens too slow for my taste but very consistent.

A well kept and fair test of golf for your beginner / senior / few rounds a year player.
8 Likes.
Couldn't have asked for a better round of golf than with the GK crew especially the one and only JohnnyGK.

In my opinion for Phoenix/Scottsdale golf there is Quintero and then everything else. It doesn't get much better than this.

Every hole is different. Playing in secluded isolation on a mature course. Unbelievable elevation changes.

Doesn't get any better than this for desert golf
8 Likes.
So much wasted potential.... still a good value

Played here last Friday at 2:30 POP 3:30

This is a coworkers local track and he convinced me to come out. I had read that this was actually a good layout but kind of a dog track and was down to play. My thoughts are a course depends on the value. We played for $18 with a cart so from a value standpoint this is a good value. The current condition is sh-t . There's patchy crab grass everywhere. You will even get a wicked lie just off the green with the ball resting under a patch of crab grass sprout. The greens were recovering from a punch so they were trash. The course is your basic municipal dog track condition wise. It is the middle of summer so can't blame them. There is actually thick rough which is a welcome relief here in the desert. Very hard to come by.

However, the layout is actually amazing. The bones of this course are oozing with potential. It is an Arnold Palmer course and it shows. The tips are over 7,000 yards which shocked me (I was expecting a short 6,600 muni) It feels like a palm springs course. It winds through a housing track with great mountain vistas, which doesn't make you feel you are boxed in by the homes. There are palm trees and water hazards galore. The course has mature trees and top notch dog leg risk rewards holes. The bunkers are hard packed dirt but you can tell they are beautifully designed. If they put money into this course It could perfectly fit into PGA West rotation.

The layout here is that good. The condition not so much. I will play here again as the value and layout are top notch. It is almost like dating a girl with a bad haircut and goofy glass but lots of potential. You get a good value and get to imagine what this course could be in top shape.
8 Likes.
Played here twilight last night at 4:30. POP 2:15

The course reopened from it's maintenance. I can't say enough how much I love this course. It is definitely my home course. I know TPC Scottsdale is a love/hate course but don't allow the champions to fall into that category. It's a sweet track. Very fun to play. It's the perfect balance of fun and challenging in my opinion, blacks are a 137 slope.

I think in probably 2 weeks it will be in awesome condition. Some of the sod is still settling in and there are some bare spots on a few areas but it is dramatically better than it was before the maintenance. The greens are nice. Firm medium/fast and rolling. Once they dry out and heal a little more they will be the firm glass I love. The bunkers here are epic as always. TPC top class crushed quartz/granite perfection with perfect lips. I almost enjoy hitting into them because you get to blast bunker shots out of the powder like the pros and spin it close.

One sad not is they have added a 7 o'clock curfew :( Doesn't affect many, but I loved coming here late when it cooled off and play til dark but I do understand the economics of things.
11 Likes.
Played here Sunday at 2. POP was slow..

In my quest to play every full size course in Phoenix / Scottsdale I wasn't in the mood for a long drive and decided to cross the Talking Piipaash (South) course off the list. From what I've read the north course is a hidden Coore / Crenshaw gem but it's been closed for repair.

Actually this course is in good shape. From tee box to fairway I agree with tklabunde, it is probably one of the better condition courses in PHX right now. That being said it appeared the greens were almost recovered from being raked recently. They didn't roll bad, but were dried out and slow and rather uneventful. The course is definitely on the bland side. The holes have some nice elements but are mostly straight forward, wide fairways little trouble. I did enjoy the one dogleg par 4 water hole 11th I believe? Otherwise it's like a nice muni. For a novice to average golfer it would be a fun day with friends if you aren't a die hard golfer. It was hot out 115 and there wasn't a starter so groups of 2 just kept rolling out. The two some in front of me was terrible and didn't let us play through until the 10th. We then ran into a logjam a hole later. In 115 degree heat waiting is not something I want to do ever. The guy I was paired with was terrible and it was hot and slow and I decided to call it a day.

It's a decent course but definitely not a destination you want to make a trip for.
9 Likes.
Played here last night at 4:00.

To give the course a fair shake it appears the course has seen some effects from the recent monsoons.

The greens are surprisingly soft this time of year. Most likely from all the recent rain. They were rolling a medium to medium fast. However the greens have seen a lot of play. They have been pelted. The front nine greens are the worst. They are beat up with ball marks. At first I thought it was because people weren't repairing their ball marks but then as the round progressed I noticed almost every pitch was leaving a divot and they were very difficult to repair due to the soft moist greens. Only this half is open and coupled with the monsoon softness the greens are heavily devoted.

The bunkers are superb here, consistent high quality. Not fluffy but very evenly maintained. The tee boxes are moderately worn too. They were lumpy and have the divots of a lot of plays. Some uneven tees but nothing dramatic. Fairways were lush because of the rain but there were lots of damaged areas. Fairways are a little beat up. Lots of residiual brown areas from when it was dried out before the rain. Also it appears they dug holes and added additional drains in low area of some fairways to help it drain so there is some damage from those.

Fortunately most of the damaged, heavily played holes were in the front half of the opening nine. Once you made the turn, and especially once you climbed to the mountain holes it gets pure. The bermuda has grown in nicely in the shaded holes and fairways were lush on those holes.

I can see why people either love or hate this course. Although I disagree with those who hate it. This course is desert golf that embraces the extreme. The monument rock in the middle of the fairway is sweet. The lava rocks sprinkled in the approaches is an awesome visual effect. The opening 9 is nothing too special past the first 3 holes but once it makes the turn uphill on the back nine this course is absolutely spectacular. The 12th, 14th and 15th holes are world class amazing holes. The 15th is absolutely stupid beautiful and amazing with it's views.

I do agree 18th could use a little more substance as it's quite easy. But I personally love the minimilistic finish. It's the perfect complement to the first. The first hole is on the ridiculous side and makes you nervous about what you are about to embark on, then the 18th is an easy landing back to reality after the breathtaking finish to this course.

It's the adult big brother to the Boulders in my opinion. The greens aren't overly difficult. The course isn't too tight and the approaches aren't overly demanding. You have to play this course in control and strategic and can't go driver every hole. The course isn't too long and the short par 4's balance out the two long 470+ plus ones which are quite demanding.

This is far and away the best course I've played out here and it is a must play to any golfer. I think it's a spectacular display of golf course design and ingenuity.

This is a course I will pay to play during winter to see it in mint condition as it would be worth the winter rates.
10 Likes.
I had a great time playing here at the GK Plays Laughlin. I'm glad they were able to bring an event here because Laughlin is on the cusp of being a great golf destination with a little help.

I love this course. It's spectacular, challenging, while always being fair. The views, elevation changes, and unique holes are second to none. I did get a little spoiled as the conditions were immaculate last time I played.

It wasn't necessarily the staffs fault but I can't help and admit I left unsatisfied because the course was a near miss to being close to perfect again.

Due to being unable to mow after the monsoon the greens were awfully slow. Even my hacker playing partners were leaving putts significantly short. They were in good condition just painfully slow.

Also a lot of the bunkers were under repair or maybe being let go to make the course a little more playable. It was odd to look at but makes sense to do this during the summer heat.
Also extensive rocks in the bunkers need to be raked.

Great course, staff, conditions, but the slow greens took a lot of the excitement out of the round. Can't wait to come back and play it when the greens are fast.
8 Likes.
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