Desert Canyon Golf Club

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2CentGolf Rating: ★★★½☆

Course Information

Course Name: Desert Canyon Golf Club
Address: 10440 Indian Wells Dr.
City: Fountain Hills
State: Arizona
ZIP: 85268
Phone: 480-837-1173
Type of Course: Mountain
Price Paid: $39.00 (With Pass)
Month/Year Played: January, 2009; Updated May, 2010
Public/Private: Public
Par: 71
Yardage
Ladies: 5230
Mens: 6171
Pros: 6489
Rating
Ladies: 70.5
Mens: 68.4
Pros: 69.9
Slope
Ladies: 117
Mens: 118
Pros: 125

Play Information:
Tees Played: Mens
Time: 4 Hours 25 Minutes
Walkable: Yes
Snake Holder: QuickBuck

Comments

Sub: Nice fun course, not difficult. Resort course style. Recommend for nice relaxed fun playing course. Would definitely play again – good value.

QuickBuck: Good course to play year round. They changed the 9’s, back nine is now the front nine. Holes 17 and 18 will tempt you to use a driver, don’t fall for it. Hit your tee shot 200 yards and you will be rewarded. The price is always right for this course and location.

Malibu: This course is in nice shape overall. Fairways were in nice shape, greens were nice. The sand traps were in need of T.L.C. (Sand). Greens were in good shape, but difficult to read. Overall fun experience.

Stone: Great views in traditional style mountain course with many elevation changes. By that I mean this course built in 1971 has more grass than later desert/mountain courses. There are desert areas, but with lots of grass for the average golfer as compared to a Grayhawk style course. This does not mean the course is necessarily easier, but is less psychologically intimidating, at least for me. Tricky finishing holes, but worth the effort. Nice restaurant and friendly staff. But where is the sand for the sand traps? Isn’t this Arizona, where sand is available in unlimited quantities? Okay, maybe sand traps use special sand, but please put some in the bunkers. Having said that, this is a course I would play any time and had a great time. Updated May, 2010: Still great place to play with friendly staff. Still not a lot of sand in the bunkers, but better. Played from the tips for the first time and completely changes the nature of the course – much harder with the 300 extra yards. Think I will play it from the Blue tees next time!

Course Ratings

Course Condition - Rating: ★★★½☆

Fairway Condition - Rating: ★★★★☆

Greens Condition - Rating: ★★★★☆

Sand Trap Condition - Rating: ★★½☆☆

Rough Condition - Rating: ★★★☆☆

Driving Range - Rating: ★★★☆☆

Practice Green - Rating: ★★★☆☆

Playability - Rating: ★★★½☆

Scenery - Rating: ★★★★☆

Fun Factor - Rating: ★★★★☆

Restaurant - Rating: ★★★½☆

Beverage Cart - Rating: ★★★★☆

Pro Shop - Rating: ★★★½☆

Friendly Staff - Rating: ★★★★☆

Difficult? - No

Play it again? - Yes


Coldwater Golf Club

2CentGolf Rating: ★★★½☆

Course Information

Course Name: Coldwater Golf Club
Address: 100 N. Clubhouse Dr.
City: Avondale
State: Arizona
ZIP: 85323
Phone: 480-883-6314
Type of Course: Desert
Price Paid: $42.00
Month/Year Played: March, 2008
Public/Private: Public
Par: 72
Yardage
Ladies: 5798
Mens: 6305
Pros: 6758
Rating
Ladies: 67.0
Mens: 69.5
Pros: 71.3
Slope
Ladies: 104
Mens: 115
Pros: 121

Play Information:
Tees Played: Mens
Time: 4 Hours 15 Minutes
Walkable: No
Snake Holder: MyTi

Comments

Malibu: This course has a very nice layout. Fairways are in good condition, greens were also in nice condition. Sand traps were okay, lack of large trees helped recover bad shots. Overall fun experience.

QuickBuck: Course is in good shape. Nice clubhouse. Not a destination but you will enjoy the round. An above average sub-division course.

MyTi: Overall course in good shape. Greens a little slow. Fairways a little long. Fun and playable course. Keep it in play and it is easy to score.

Stone: Very playable course in good condition this time of year. Punitive rough with rocks and sand, but pretty interesting layout with good variety. Hit it straight and you will be fine. Hit it in the dirt, and start looking for new clubs. Greens in outstanding shape, and we had a new cart! Good times.

Course Ratings

Course Condition - Rating: ★★★☆☆

Fairway Condition - Rating: ★★★½☆

Greens Condition - Rating: ★★★★½

Sand Trap Condition - Rating: ★★★☆☆

Rough Condition - Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Driving Range - Rating: ★★★☆☆

Practice Green - Rating: ★★★☆☆

Playability - Rating: ★★★½☆

Scenery - Rating: ★★★☆☆

Fun Factor - Rating: ★★★☆☆

Restaurant - Rating: ★★★½☆

Beverage Cart - Rating: ★★★★☆

Pro Shop - Rating: ★★★½☆

Friendly Staff - Rating: ★★★½☆

Difficult? - No

Play it again? - Yes


Club West Golf Club

club-west2CentGolf Rating: ★★★☆☆

Course Information

Course Name: Club West Golf Club
Address: 16400 S. 14th Avenue
City: Phoenix
State: Arizona
ZIP: 85045
Phone: 480-460-4400
Type of Course: Desert/Mountain
Price Paid: $32.00 (With SouthWest Pass)
Month/Year Played: October, 2007; Update May, 2012
Public/Private: Public
Par: 72
Yardage
Ladies: 4985
Mens: 6585
Pros: 7142
Rating
Ladies: 63.5
Mens: 70.0
Pros: 72.7
Slope
Ladies: 104
Mens: 124
Pros: 130

Play Information:
Tees Played: Mens
Time: 4 Hours 20 Minutes
Walkable: Yes
Snake Holder: Steadfast

Comments

Steadfast: Different challenge. Playable from correct distance. OK course.

MyTi: Moderate in difficulty. Some risk rewards. Blind shots. Fun course with some nice views. Challenging enough but fair.

QuickBuck: Above average Arizona course. All areas of the course are well maintained. The driving range is not designed to teach you distance, just place to hit balls. Course has not been over seeded this fall, it is in surprisingly good shape after the long hot summer. Great scenery from the elevated tees. Updated May, 2012 Course was in good shape for late May. Was 105 degrees today with 20+ MPH wind not a big problem. But the greens were fast and the wind moved your putt. The mountains always look dead around the course. This makes the fairways and greens great.

Stone: Nice desert course. Challenging, but fair. Restaurant has good food and an outstanding view with glass windows surrounded by water. Seventeen has a unique two flags and two greens hole with 50 yards difference between the two. Take your pick. A course most good golfers will enjoy. Updated May, 2012 Fair to poor condition. Greens were okay and very fast. Transitions areas bare, even though they had supplemental sprinklers working overtime. No crowds, though, so another great day!
Malibu: Updated May, 2012 Late May is a great time of year for value, but temperatures are very destructive to greens and fairways. They were in need of water. Overall condition was fair. We didn’t fight any crowds, which was a nice change.

Course Ratings

Course Condition - Rating: ★★★½☆

Fairway Condition - Rating: ★★★½☆

Greens Condition - Rating: ★★★☆☆

Sand Trap Condition - Rating: ★★★★½

Rough Condition - Rating: ★★★☆☆

Driving Range - Rating: ★★½☆☆

Practice Green - Rating: ★★★½☆

Playability - Rating: ★★★½☆

Scenery - Rating: ★★★★☆

Fun Factor - Rating: ★★★½☆

Restaurant - Rating: ★★★½☆

Beverage Cart - Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆

Pro Shop - Rating: ★★★☆☆

Friendly Staff - Rating: ★★★☆☆

Difficult? - Yes

Play it again? - Yes


Cave Creek Golf Course

img_242912CentGolf Rating: ★★★½☆

Course Information

Course Name: Cave Creek Golf Course
Address: 15202 N. 19th Avenue
City: Phoenix
State: Arizona
ZIP: 85023
Phone: 602-866-8076
Type of Course: Traditional
Price Paid: $44.00 (With Phoenix Card)
Month/Year Played: April, 2008; Updated March, 2017
Public/Private: Public
Par: 72
Yardage
Ladies: 5600
Mens: 6199
Pros: 6772
Rating
Ladies: 71.6
Mens: 69.3
Pros: 71.8
Slope
Ladies: 121
Mens: 118
Pros: 124

Play Information:
Tees Played: Mens
Time: 5 Hours 00 Minutes
Walkable: Yes
Snake Holder: Malibu

Comments

Malibu: This course has a nice layout for a city course. Their budget must have been used up, resulting in water starved areas. Greens were okay, fairways were spotty, sand traps were also okay. Fun for the money. Update March, 2017 The overall condition of this course is very good. The fairways were in great shape, greens were in great shape, sand traps were in fair condition. Our round took around five hours. Overall nice experience.

QuickBuck: Tricky layout, you must play your shot. This could be a great place to play. Phoenix just won’t pay the price so you pay the price. Only play when the rates are the lowest you can find.

MyTi: Amazing what you can do with a landfill. Wash running through middle of course makes it interesting. Fun, fairly easy course. Greens heavily contoured but fair. Update March, 2017 With trees grown up, it has turned into a pretty nice parkland muni. But being a muni, pace of play was horrid. Would still play again.

Stone: Very interesting layout. Huge greens in great condition, but the rest of the course not so good. If this course was closer to home I would play it frequently in the winter when it is over-seeded, but in the summer it is usually a goat track with hard pan and dead grass. We had a good time, and left the wayward balls in the ravines for the rattlesnakes. Update March, 2017 Haven’t played here in a while as it had been in pretty poor condition. Heard from other golfers it was now in good condition so decided to check it out. Glad I did. This course has always had an interesting layout, but now the trees have grown up, and the fairways and greens were in great condition. A nice city course. I think it is the toughest City of Phoenix course.

Ralphy: Update March, 2017 A nice city course. Nice fast greens. Very scenic. Strategy needed on most holes. Bring a bunch of balls because you will lose some.

Course Ratings

Course Condition - Rating: ★★★☆☆

Fairway Condition - Rating: ★★★☆☆

Greens Condition - Rating: ★★★★☆

Sand Trap Condition - Rating: ★★★☆☆

Rough Condition - Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Driving Range - Rating: ★★½☆☆

Practice Green - Rating: ★★★☆☆

Playability - Rating: ★★★☆☆

Scenery - Rating: ★★½☆☆

Fun Factor - Rating: ★★★☆☆

Restaurant - Rating: ★★★☆☆

Beverage Cart - Rating: ★★★★☆

Pro Shop - Rating: ★★½☆☆

Friendly Staff - Rating: ★★★☆☆

Difficult? - No

Play it again? - Yes


Camelback Golf Club

camelback-padre2CentGolf Rating: ★★★½☆

Course Information

Course Name: Camelback Golf Club
Address: 7847 N. Mockingbird Lane
City: Scottsdale
State: Arizona
ZIP: 85253
Phone: 480-596-7050
Type of Course: Traditional
Price Paid: $49.00 (SW Pass)
Month/Year Played: September, 2007
Public/Private: Public
Par: 72
Yardage
Ladies: 6014
Mens: 6456
Pros: 6903
Rating
Ladies: 67.1
Mens: 70.0
Pros: 72.3
Slope
Ladies: 118
Mens: 124
Pros: 131

Play Information:
Tees Played: Mens-Padre
Time: 4 Hours 10 Minutes
Walkable: No
Snake Holder: Stone

Comments

MyTi: Fun to play a course where you can use some strategy. Scenic and playable. Service and food at restaurant very good, too bad they closed at 4 p.m. for dinner.

Malibu: This is an old established golf course surrounded by beautiful homes. The fairways were in good condition. Sand traps had enough sand in them for a good shot out. Greens were in good shape, but fast. Overall fun experience!

Ralphy: A great course to play for out-of-towners. Great views of mountains and beautiful homes. Course is old by Phoenix standards, and has a traditional feel. Course is made more difficult by strategic placement of many sand traps. Course doesn’t measure up to standards of many newer courses in Phoenix area.

Stone: Old design traditional course. Small, hard greens. A trap everywhere you look, and fiendishly designed to be exactly where you hit your tee shot. Beautiful scenery for a course surrounded by old expensive homes. Really enjoyed the course; a must play!

Course Ratings

Course Condition - Rating: ★★★★☆

Fairway Condition - Rating: ★★★★☆

Greens Condition - Rating: ★★★½☆

Sand Trap Condition - Rating: ★★★½☆

Rough Condition - Rating: ★★★☆☆

Driving Range - Rating: ★★★½☆

Practice Green - Rating: ★★★☆☆

Playability - Rating: ★★★½☆

Scenery - Rating: ★★★★½

Fun Factor - Rating: ★★★★☆

Restaurant - Rating: ★★★½☆

Beverage Cart - Rating: ★★★★☆

Pro Shop - Rating: ★★★★☆

Friendly Staff - Rating: ★★★★☆

Difficult? - No

Play it again? - Yes


Indian Peaks Golf Course

2CentGolf Rating: ★★★★½

Course Information

Course Name: Indian Peaks Golf Course
Address: 2300 Indian Peaks Trail
City: Lafayette
State: Colorado
ZIP: 80026
Phone: 303-666-4706
Type of Course: Traditional
Price Paid: $45.00
Month/Year Played: August, 2008
Public/Private: Public
Par: 72
Yardage
Ladies: 5420
Mens: 6617
Pros: 7083
Rating
Ladies: 70.8
Mens: 70.9
Pros: 73.4
Slope
Ladies: 122
Mens: 125
Pros: 133

Play Information:
Tees Played: Mens
Time: 5 Hours
Walkable: Yes
Snake Holder: N/A

Comments

DufferDoc: A spectacularly beautiful course in the foothills of the Rockies, with sculpted fairways and greens (ala a private course) – this course is awesome! Playing at almost 6,000 feet altitude, the ball does go farther! But, we walked and those hills are a real challenge.

Course Ratings

Course Condition - Rating: ★★★★★

Fairway Condition - Rating: ★★★★★

Greens Condition - Rating: ★★★★★

Sand Trap Condition - Rating: ★★★★★

Rough Condition - Rating: ★★★★★

Driving Range - Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆

Practice Green - Rating: ★★★★★

Playability - Rating: ★★★★★

Scenery - Rating: ★★★★★

Fun Factor - Rating: ★★★★★

Restaurant - Rating: ★★★★★

Beverage Cart - Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆

Pro Shop - Rating: ★★★★★

Friendly Staff - Rating: ★★★★★

Difficult? - Yes

Play it again? - Yes


Arroyo Trabuco

2CentGolf Rating: ★★★★★

Course Information

Course Name: Arroyo Trabuco
Address: 26772 Avery Parkway
City: Mission Viejo
State: California
ZIP: 92692
Phone: 949-305-5100
Type of Course: Traditional
Price Paid: $95.00 (Weekend) $45.00 (Weekday)
Month/Year Played: July, 2008
Public/Private: Public
Par: 72
Yardage
Ladies: 5553
Mens: 6602
Pros: 7011
Rating
Ladies: 73.1
Mens: 71.3
Pros: 73.7
Slope
Ladies: 126
Mens: 129
Pros: 134

Play Information:
Tees Played: Mens
Time: N/A
Walkable: No
Snake Holder: N/A

Comments

DufferDoc: This is one of the most spectacular courses I have ever played. Smooth fairways, slick (and true greens), trouble if you go too far afield. The most like a “professional” course in Southern California… which is a reasonable, on weekdays, value for the money.

Course Ratings

Course Condition - Rating: ★★★★★

Fairway Condition - Rating: ★★★★★

Greens Condition - Rating: ★★★★★

Sand Trap Condition - Rating: ★★★★★

Rough Condition - Rating: ★★★★☆

Driving Range - Rating: ★★★★★

Practice Green - Rating: ★★★★★

Playability - Rating: ★★★★★

Scenery - Rating: ★★★★★

Fun Factor - Rating: ★★★★★

Restaurant - Rating: ★★★★★

Beverage Cart - Rating: ★★★★★

Pro Shop - Rating: ★★★★★

Friendly Staff - Rating: ★★★★☆

Difficult? - Yes

Play it again? - Yes


Apache Wells Country Club

2CentGolf Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Course Information

Course Name: Apache Wells Country Club
Address: 5601 E. Hermosa Vista Drive
City: Mesa
State: Arizona
ZIP: 85215
Phone: 480-830-4725
Type of Course: Traditional
Price Paid: $18.00
Month/Year Played: May, 2007
Public/Private: Semi-Private
Par: 71
Yardage
Ladies: 5746
Mens: N/A
Pros: 6045
Rating
Ladies: 66.5
Mens: N/A
Pros: 67.9
Slope
Ladies: 110
Mens: N/A
Pros: 123

Play Information:
Tees Played: Pro
Time: 3 Hours 30 Minutes
Walkable: Yes
Snake Holder: Bone

Comments

Bone: Short course, small greens… always a birdie chance. Needs a lot of water and it would be much better. “Local” neighborhood course, par 3’s are challenging from back tees. No restaurant, ownership challenging… no beer cart… hate that! Retirement community.

Stone: Very flat, wide open course. Surprisingly fun. Surrounded by eclectic mix of site built and manufactured housing. Restaurant temporarily closed, and beverage cart missing in action. Semi-private course only playable in summer when snowbirds are gone. Good sand in traps. Score will rank higher when restaurant reopens and beverage cart appears.

Quickbuck: Great course for the money. Fairways were in good condition, not too many sand traps to deal with, which was nice. The greens were in good shape, the balls held well. There will be new ownership, we were told…?

Malibu: You get what you pay for. The course is average, low budget condition for East Valley golf course that is surrounded by mobile homes. This is not a course to play if you are looking for an Arizona experience. You will find this course in Podunk Town in Indiana.

Course Ratings

Course Condition - Rating: ★★★☆☆

Fairway Condition - Rating: ★★½☆☆

Greens Condition - Rating: ★★★☆☆

Sand Trap Condition - Rating: ★★½☆☆

Rough Condition - Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Driving Range - Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Practice Green - Rating: ★★½☆☆

Playability - Rating: ★★★☆☆

Scenery - Rating: ★★★☆☆

Fun Factor - Rating: ★★½☆☆

Restaurant - Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆

Beverage Cart - Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆

Pro Shop - Rating: ★★★☆☆

Friendly Staff - Rating: ★★★☆☆

Difficult? - No

Play it again? - No


Westin La Cantera - Resort Course

2CentGolf Rating: ★★★★☆

Course Information

Course Name: Westin La Cantera - Resort Course
Address: 16641 La Cantera Parkway
City: San Antonio
State: Texas
ZIP: 78256
Phone: 210-558-4653
Type of Course: Hill/Open Country
Price Paid: $125.00
Month/Year Played: June, 2008
Public/Private: Public
Par: 72
Yardage
Ladies: 5581
Mens: 6406
Pros: 7021
Rating
Ladies: 69.6
Mens: 69.6
Pros: 72.5
Slope
Ladies: 113
Mens: 127
Pros: 134

Play Information:
Tees Played: Mens – Resort Course
Time: 4 Hours 0 Minutes
Walkable: No
Snake Holder: N/A

Comments

Bone: This is where the Valero Texas Open is played. The sister course to previously reviewed Palmer Course at La Cantera. Some very beautiful holes on course, (No. 1 is the longest opening hole on the PGA Tour 640 yards) but the fairways and greens were suffering greatly from the drought conditions. Reading the greens is a bit more difficult due to fault line running through course. Very tricky at times. Staff was very friendly and professional at every stop at course. Saw the beverage cart 5 times during our round. Undulating multi-trapped fairways with risk reward opportunities on every hole. Tee lengths are more about ability to place shots than about being a manly man. 6,400 yards was very challenging. Course bordered with live oak and Texas mountain laurels thick enough to hide the doe and her fawn that ran across the 9th fairway. Traps were wet and had been mechanically raked, but not groomed. Very thick and tough to get out. Driving range is part of golf school located on premises and has many different targets and shots. A good course that with some rain would be one of the best in the Texas Hill Country area.

Course Ratings

Course Condition - Rating: ★★★☆☆

Fairway Condition - Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Greens Condition - Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Sand Trap Condition - Rating: ★★★☆☆

Rough Condition - Rating: ★★★★☆

Driving Range - Rating: ★★★★☆

Practice Green - Rating: ★★★★☆

Playability - Rating: ★★★☆☆

Scenery - Rating: ★★★★☆

Fun Factor - Rating: ★★★★☆

Restaurant - Rating: ★★★★☆

Beverage Cart - Rating: ★★★★★

Pro Shop - Rating: ★★★★★

Friendly Staff - Rating: ★★★★★

Difficult? - Yes

Play it again? - Yes