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I went to Palmbrook for probably the last time today on a 130 tee time. As the previous reviewer noted this is a value course but a great place to play. I have to say the guys in the clubhouse are the most helpful and welcoming employees. They are always positive and friendly to my son.
Great value like I said with range balls included, great carts with GPS, and good course conditions. As Jamesg18015 said, the course won’t kill you with a forgiving layout but is a fun place to play.
A definite place to play especially now with so many courses in the valley getting ready to oversees.
6 Likes.
We got out to Longbow for a late morning tee time. The course was busy early but still had a good amount of play when we were playing.
COVID precautions are to the max here. No bag drop attendant and the guys on duty didn’t seem overly interested in providing any customer service even with the precautions. Big signs going into clubhouse say where your mask yet guys inside the store had their masks pulled down on their chin.
Driving range was in poor shape as were the range balls. Plenty of space to hit but little to no grass on any of the stations.
The course was in good shape overall. As said in the previous review, the desert makes the course feel tight. I agree also many of the holes had the same flavor to them. Most par 4s from the tees one up from the tips were in the 350-370 range. One par 4 was only 300. Some of the holes would have been more fun and challenging from the tips. Not sure why they don’t suggest a combo.
The greens were a highlight. All very receptive and putted fair throughout the round. They had some difficult pin placements today. The bunkers could use more sand but you could still be aggressive out of the bunkers.
Overall, I enjoyed the course. Not sure I’ll be back too quickly but glad I played. It’s a good choice for the right price given current conditions.
6 Likes.
We got out to Papago around 11:17 fora $42 rate. The course was busy but pace of play really wasn’t an issue during the round.
Driving range hitting area was more like hitting out of thick rough and not a lot is spaces to use.
Course conditions throughout were good and consistent. Fairways were good and provided a good amount of roll out. Greens were in good shape and accepted well struck approaches. Lots of subtle breaks on the greens.
Some negatives were the sand traps and tee boxes. Traps and bunkers were on the crusty side. Some of the tee boxes were extra lush and had a lot of grass on them.
Overall, I enjoyed the course. It’s a course to keep it in the grass and not stray too far. Areas surrounding are desert and rocks. It’s a challenging course but fun enough to play. Definitely a good place to play a round.
6 Likes.
We got out to Talon On a late morning Tee time. Plenty of play going on even with a heat advisory. Didn’t seem that hot today but definitely some humidity.
Course conditions were great overall. Nothing to complain about. Rough was thick and definitely affected the club.
The greens were great. Really nothing to complain about at Grayhawk. If you get the opportunity, Grayhawk is a good choice with nice conditions.
10 Likes.
I had the opportunity to play TPC Scottsdale Stadium Course utilizing a coworker’s TPC Card. We got a great rate and teed off around 2:30. We pretty much had the course to ourselves and only saw one single who played through.
First rate is a good, short all encompassing description. First rate customer service. Amazing practice facility. Nice golf carts. GPS equipped carts with Bluetooth speakers.
Course conditions were great for the most part. Green grass throughout with zero bare spots. Fairways didn’t provide much roll out on drives but fun to play on. Tee boxes all perfectly level and great grass coverage. Fairway and green side bunker were awesome. Beautiful white sand and actually fun to play.
The greens had been punched recently but were in great shape considering. Approach shots stuck and putts were true. Only negative on the greens were the unbelievable amount of ball marks not repaired. Literally a dozen on each hole.
I enjoyed my round as I haven’t played here in over a decade. It’s a fun course with enough fair challenges. I go to the Phoenix Open almost every year and it’s fun to play where the pros play albeit from a different set of tees. A definite must play at this time.
12 Likes.
I got down to Marana to play Dove Mountain. I purchased the Underpar deal for two players at about $70 including a free replay. I went down there with high expectations given the reputation of the course and the association with Ritz-Carlton.
I was surprised with the lack of Covid precautions. The shop attendant was not masked and neither were any of the employees. Pins were raised, no sand bottles on the carts yet they had rakes in every bunker.
The bag drop was unattended when we showed up. The number of employees seemed on the light side with no designated starter and the two attendants pulling range duty, loading bags and being the starter. We tried to purchase some drinks before going out but were told the restaurant was closed. Turns out it didn’t open until 3pm. The halfway house was closed all day and only one F&B employee was on duty trying to run the halfway house and the beverage cart. When we inquired about getting food at the turn we were told our only option was turkey wraps but no place to get a drink or chill out for a few before our second 18. I was surprised at the lack of services and employees on a weekend morning at a high end course like here.
Onto the course. Conditions were mixed. Tee boxes were all level but were on the thin side with lots of bare spots and divots. The fairways were all thin with little grass and numerous bare spots. We did get a lot of roll out on tee shots which was good and bad. Many good drives ended up rolling through the fairway or into hazards. The bunkers were all in good shape but had a number of large rocks. The greens were mostly good. They were very receptive of shots but were filled with ball marks, bare spots, old hole locations and sanded spots. They were difficult to get a read on and very undulated. You definitely needed to be on the right level and side of the hole to have a chance at your putt. A two putt from distance felt like making birdie and not par.
I thought the course was challenging overall. Many holes required less than driver and would still require a mid iron to the green. You definitely have to place your shots in the right are to have a chance. The course appears tight than it really is from the tee box. You have to deal with a lot of desert on approach shots. Most par 5s required lay ups unless you can accurately hit a 300++ yard drive.
I would enjoy playing this course again with better conditions. I’m not sure how they are getting any play especially at the “normal” price they are charging. The Underpar deal was good and I will probably purchase again next year if the run it again.
10 Likes.
I played the Boulders north side on 7/11 around 10am. Check in was easy.
Driving range and range balls were both in disappointing conditions. The range had very little grass and the balls were in poor shape. Not what I was expecting from a place like this.
POP was slow with the group in front of us waiting for the group in front of them to get on the green before hitting their tee shots. We waited on nearly every shot all round. No marshals were seen to try and get groups moving.
Only saw the beverage cart twice during the round. Thankfully they have a couple water and ice stations on the course.
Conditions on the course were mostly good to outstanding for the time of year. Temperatures in Phoenix have been above 110 and the course had a few dry spots. Tee boxes were all level and had plenty of coverage. Bunkers were consistent with plenty of sand. The greens were the highlight. Soft and receptive of well struck shots. Consistent speed throughout the round. They were the best part of the course.
I was disappointed in the unfortunate way people playing a high end course treat the course itself. Not fixing ball marks on the greens, scuffing the greens with your clubs, leaving tees in the tee boxes. I understand most courses have removed rakes from bunkers but at least try to smooth it out with your feet? Takes about 10 seconds.
The Boulders is a good choice. The best conditioned course I have played this summer. A fun course with some challenging holes but overall playable.
9 Likes.
I played Grayhawk Raptor around noon. The course was busy but customer service was good as always.
I’ve reviewed this course and the facility a few times and many of the highlights are the same. The greens were pure and fun to play. They were a good medium fast speed and consistent. Tee boxes were all in good shape. The bunkers were all good.
Some lowlights included numerous dry and bare spots throughout the course. We’ve had high temps the last week and it looks like the fairways took the brunt of the heat. I’ve never played Grayhawk and had the fairways play like this. Lots of divots throughout the course as well.
Overall, I enjoy play Grayhawk from time to time. I would give the course some time to recover before playing.
8 Likes.
I made the drive to Florence to give Poston Butte a shot. Fee was about $40 for a 1:44 time. Previous reviewer, jciapa02, made a great review in April and hit all the great parts of the course. Conditions aren’t quite as pristine as they probably were in April but still in awesome shape. Not too much play going on but I joined with another single and we got around in about two and a half hours.
It was windy today and it added some difficulty to the course. Greens were fun, fast and consistent.
My only complaint is the bunkers. My partner and I both had balls bury in the sand. Lots of sand in the bunkers, almost too much.
Given conditions right now and the rate, Poston Butte is worth a little drive.
7 Likes.
I played the Duke on a late afternoon tee time of 230. The course was busy even at that time. Gas carts with no real frills.
Driving range conditions including the balls were poor. The range consisted of dry grass with nothing to get a good lie.
Course conditions were mixed. I played the black tees at 7000 on the scorecard and it didn’t play that long. Looks like summer came early with dry fairways and plenty of roll out on drives. Lies in the fairways were thin with lots of bare spots. Anything off the fairways was inconsistent with no real rough.
Greens were in good shape but plenty of unrepaired ball marks. They were medium slow but had lots of subtle breaks at the hole.
I hadn’t played here in a number of years and wanted to give it a shot. I wasn’t too disappointed given the price but wouldn’t count on conditions holding up throughout the summer.
6 Likes.
I played GCU on a mid afternoon round teeing off around 1230. The course was busy but not jam packed. Numerous Covid precautions in place including a closed clubhouse and range balls delivered to the range.
Course conditions don’t differ much from my review last year. Conditions off the fairways are iffy. No rough to speak of but hard pan and weeds throughout. The greens and bunkers are in great condition.
A good course right now to challenge your game a bit.
8 Likes.
I got out to the town of Maricopa to play Southern Dunes. The drive took close to an hour for me due to the only road into Maricopa down to one lane. Those who know the road understand it isn’t the best to begin with.
We teed off around 1020 as a foursome in three carts. Precautions are taken including a touch less door handle, no rakes, no divot mix and pool noodles in the hole. Customer service, as most Troon managed courses is at the top of the game. U limited bottles of water provided due to the high temperature and lack of water coolers on the course. Nice touch and something you only see at high end courses.
The course was still in awesome spring time shape. We’ve only recently seen temperatures climb in Phoenix and you can tell on the course. Nice green fairways and the greens were a highlight through the round. They were on the firm side. Even we’ll struck approach shots seemed to have a good amount of roll out to them. I really enjoyed putting on them. Well struck putts would hold their line.
As previous reviewers stated the course is no push over. Accuracy, length and a good short game are necessary here. Lots of bunkers clearly but I feel a lot of them are there to visually intimidate you off the tee. The course is forgiving enough if you can find grass under your ball. Scores can be had.
Overall, a great course to make the trip out there every so often. If you live close it’s definitely a track to play often especially as summer months come.
A warning for those not familiarity. A few farms are around and they do have a lot of cows at them. Good luck when the wind blows just right. Also, lots of insects will follow you around the course. Those are really the only drawbacks to the course.
4 Likes.
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