Welcome to 2CentGolf.com, an affiliate of 2 Cent Sports. We provide honest (sometimes painfully so) golf reviews for the average golfer. We do not accept free green fees or preferential treatment from any course. In fact, they don’t even know we were there, much like the feeling you may get sometimes when you visit certain golf courses.
If you enter the name of the golf course in the search function, you will find ratings of the conditions and a considerable amount of general information regarding over a hundred golf courses around the United States but mainly focused in Arizona. In Arizona we include Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe, Mesa, Chandler, Gilbert, Glendale, Peoria, and Gold Canyon golf courses, as well as others from around the state. You will also find descriptions as to how we arrived at each of those ratings so you can better understand why and how they were rated.
These reviews are done by golfers who have average scores, but who also play at least once a week and have played all over the country. Most golf reviews and web sites have such beautiful pictures of the course that sometimes when we play those courses, we aren’t quite sure we are in the right place. There are some great golf courses out there, but we have played some that looked and sounded like Cadillacs on their web sites or in other reviews, but turned out to be Yugos.
Our goal is to give you information you can use in making an intelligent decision on where to spend your hard earned golf dollars. If you are visiting from another state, we also want to give you specific information about each course so you can plan your golf adventure. We hope you can use these ratings to find your new favorite course!
We have taken fourteen categories that are important to most golfers we know (okay, they are important to us) and each of us have rated them with one to five stars. We provide you with the average of those ratings and the overall total rating for the golf course at the end.
Each of us have categories that are more important to us than others. For some of us, it is the beverage cart service, for some it is the greens, and some of us prefer beautiful views on the course. We try to focus on value and good overall golfing experiences in our ratings, but if the sand traps are important to you, there is a rating specifically designed to address the condition of the sand traps. If friendly people on the course are the most important to you, you will find that rating too.
Inevitably, any ratings system will have gaps, and the total 2 Cent Golf score is designed to address the overall experience as well as categories such as “fun factor” and “playability”. We hope you will find the ratings useful in making your golfing choices.
Looking at the information at the top of each review page for each golf course, you will find the name of the golf course, the address, and the telephone number. We tell you if it is a public or private course and the yardage/slope/rating.
We also tell you the month and year when the course was played. In Arizona, conditions can vary widely from the winter to summer, so be sure to take into consideration the time of year the golf course was played to properly interpret the ratings.
The courses are usually at their best condition December through April for the tourist season, but the relative condition in the summer is usually indicative of how they take care of the course in the winter.
Do not worry too much about how long ago the review was done. We have played these Arizona courses for fifteen years or more, and unfortunately (or fortunately as the case may be) they never seem to change very much from year to year. Only when ownership changes are there sometimes improvements or a decline in a course. We try to revisit courses when we hear of changes, and of course we always want to try the new ones as soon as possible!
Generally, there are usually only three different types of courses which might make a difference to the golfer in Arizona. The first is the “Traditional” course, which we define as either flat or with rolling hills, large trees, and grass everywhere. Next you have the “Desert” courses, which usually have grass in the tee areas, a little bit on the fairways, and then greens at the other end which are also sometimes surrounded by desert. There are also “Mountain” courses such as those in the Gold Canyon area where you are sometimes hitting a shot from a side of a mountain down to a green that might be 170 yards and require using an 8 iron instead of a 4 iron. There are also Resort Courses, but they can be any of the three types just described, and sometimes they are combined.
There are many private courses in Arizona. Some are outstanding, and some less than remarkable. Most of them are in the top 25%. We have played a number of those courses, but have chosen not to include them in the ratings as the average golfer would have difficulty arranging an opportunity to play them. If you get a chance to play a private course, do it!
Another category is the “Price Paid”. This is what we each paid that day to play golf. Prices vary widely and most of the time are more if you use a cart. Look at the page on “The Price” for more information and how we pay for our rounds of golf.
We tell you if you can walk. Some of us like to walk, especially in the winter, and this is important to those golfers. Some of the Arizona desert courses, in particular, have miles of cart paths between the homes which make it almost impossible to walk, and some courses simply refuse to allow walkers as they are trying to speed up play. Some courses have mountains and some are flat. Our recommendation is that you call the course first if you want to walk to be sure they allow walking, because even if they generally allow walking, some may allow walking in the summer but not in the winter or when the courses are busy.
We tell you how long it took to play our round of golf. Some great golf courses take a long time to complete a round which makes them a whole lot less appealing. We usually play during the week, and in the afternoon. You should consider how long it took us to complete the round in the context of when you will be playing. Mornings and weekend mornings, in particular, are the worst for congestion on the course. In Arizona, a round of golf in the winter can take forever unless it is at a high end (and expensive) course with carts required and widely separated tee times. This is not always true, but many courses in Arizona try to pack in as many tee times as they can during the winter time because that is when they make the money they need to survive for the rest of the year. This can lead to backups of two to three foursomes on the par threes, which is not a happy experience. If you play a Resort Course, you should usually plan for slow play. Particularly at the Resort Courses, the rangers seem reluctant to push golfers along, which usually results in long rounds. Resort Course golfers many times are also not as good, or have not played for four or five months during the winter, which also slows play.
If our total time is slow during the week in the summer time, expect your weekend play in the winter time to be excruciatingly slow. Some courses also just play faster than others, even in the winter time and after looking at a few of our reviews you will begin to get a sense of how long your round will (or should) take.
Some golf facilities have more than one course; be sure your tee time is at the course you intended as they can be very different in price, quality, and terrain even if they are “side by each”.
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