1. sbarajasjr Posted: 05/10/20 2:53p Member Since: Dec 11, 2009 From: San Diego
Played here today (5/10) on a wonderfully sunny and breezy Mothers Day 2020 on an 8:30AM tee-time. COVID-19 precautions were in place at the course (clubhouse closed, grill take-out only, no cart atte... Continue »
Played here today (5/10) on a wonderfully sunny and breezy Mothers Day 2020 on an 8:30AM tee-time. COVID-19 precautions were in place at the course (clubhouse closed, grill take-out only, no cart attendant, pool noodle in cup [flag in], and no rakes/ball washers/coolers, though carts were available with confirmation of same household allowing shared carts. The golfers on the other hand didn't seem to concerned about social distancing; c'est la vie on that. Course, as it was the first time I played, was in excellent early Spring shape with amazing views of the red rocks making this the perfect setting for golf.
Tee boxes: Good shape with minimal un-level turf. No real issues from the blue tees.
Fairways: Excellent shape, especially considering you have no mix in carts. They were a wonderfully bold forest green with excellent coverage, good roll, and almost no bad lies.
Rough: Penal, no two ways about it. There were areas under the large trees that just grabbed your club hard and never let go. Take your medicine.
Bunkers: Only in one and got out fine. Visually the sand matches the red hues on the rocks that shadow the course from the north. No rakes due to COVID.
Greens: The certain highlight on a great day. They rolled true but weren't punishing. There were divot marks fixed everywhere and guys were doing the favor of fixing them all over. A pleasure to putt and try to read the breaks.
ETC: A wonderful course that warrants a visit when in Sedona. The Sedona Golf Resort and Seven Canyons get all the glory, but this course is actually WAY closer to the red rocks on more than a few holes (including the amazing 13th hole where you could almost touch the rocks). This place is generally in amazing shape and the pace is always great at just about 4 hours. Highly recommend.
2. sbarajasjr Posted: 11/28/19 12:17p Member Since: Dec 11, 2009 From: San Diego
Played here yesterday (11/27) again with my partner's father as the second leg of our golf adventures in Sedona. As neither of us had ever played here before, we weren't sure going in what to expect, ... Continue »
Played here yesterday (11/27) again with my partner's father as the second leg of our golf adventures in Sedona. As neither of us had ever played here before, we weren't sure going in what to expect, except for the fact the course was only yards away from the iconic red rocks and that it would be cold. The course met my relatively low expectations and them some in terms of conditions and views. We had what was originally a 1PM tee time that may not have allowed us to finish, but we called ahead that morning and they let us out at 11:40 with an amazing 3.25 hour round. As for conditions:
Tees: Good condition overall. This place isn't Seven Canyons so don't expect finely manicured tee boxes with perfectly mowed grass. It seems they get A LOT of play from the surrounding community as a lot of people just walk the course. With that being said, the turf was a bit chewed up from the tips. Nothing too crazy that would force you to move up to the next markers but good not great conditions.
Fairways: Excellent shape. They were a beautiful hunter green color and offered lies that seems to push the ball up just the right amount (at least for my awkward swing). Roll was more than fair and everyone did a marvelous job of filling divots with excellent mix.
Rough: A good mix of penal but not punishing. There is rough everywhere in this parkland-style course, though even more penal than the rough are all the other OB/red stake areas that come into play, including a good handful of water holes.
Sand: Was in two bunkers today and as the last course I played in Sedona, some bunkers are red rock sand that is still somewhat soft, other bunkers are the more traditional pearl color sand with some fluff. No lack of sand or rakes today. There were some that had plenty of rocks, but the course does address this on the scorecard by designating those rocks as movable objects.
Greens: Deceptive is the best way to describe them. Conditions were overall great; not many divot, clean roll, but the speed fooled me all day. Despite the natural slope and undulation of all the greens, the enormous red rock cliffs do play tricks with you. The greens were QUICK and they didn't slow at all during the day. The breaks weren't insane but the speed just got me scratching my head all day.
ETC: Carts had a nice Google GPS on the drivers side windshield. Staff was very friendly and the pro shop seemed to have everything one could need. Didn't eat here but they had a nice sized restaurant right next door. Layout here is flat, parkland-style, but the views are breathtaking, especially if you have never seen the red rocks of Sedona up close before. Even on a 50 degree day that was overcast we got some amazing shots. Enjoyed this course and would come again for a good price.
Edit: Upon closer inspection a lot of the wonderful course photos posted by a GK user in 2009 show the ORIGINAL layout; as of 2019 the course flipped the nines and you know start out play on what WAS 10 years ago!