Johnson Ranch Golf Club

2CentGolf Rating: ★★★½☆

Course Information

Course Name: Johnson Ranch Golf Club
Address: 30761 N. Golf Club Dr.
City: Queen Creek
State: Arizona
ZIP: 85242
Phone: 480-987-9800
Type of Course: Desert/Mountain
Price Paid: $24.00
Month/Year Played: November, 2009
Public/Private: Public
Par: 72
Yardage
Ladies: 5367
Mens: 6204
Pros: 6639
Rating
Ladies: 70.2
Mens: 67.8
Pros: 70.2
Slope
Ladies: 122
Mens: 114
Pros: 120

Play Information:
Tees Played: Pros
Time: 5 Hours 00 Minutes
Walkable: No
Snake Holder: MyTi

Comments

MyTi: It was the best of times, it was the not so best of times. It was a tale of two nines. The front is longer and traditional, the back is scenic and it winds through the hills and provides more target golf. Fun course and worth the drive.

Malibu: This course is a one hour drive east of Phoenix, but is worth the drive. Rates are reasonable, layout is nice. Greens are difficult to read, but in good shape overall, sand traps were in need of new sand. Fun experience.

Bone: In better shape since last time. Varied holes give a lot of variety. 5 tee lengths from 5,300 to 7,100 add even more choices. Great price, but far from anything. Plan for all day with drive from central Phoenix and return.

Stone: What a difference from last time we played here. Now there is a new clubhouse, very large covered patio/party dining area, on course restrooms, and plenty of houses to hit with wayward drives. Course in nice condition with exceptional views. Variety of holes, but nothing that stands out except those that offer a birds eye view of the surrounding countryside. Well worth the trip, and an enjoyable round.

Course Ratings

Course Condition - Rating: ★★★½☆

Fairway Condition - Rating: ★★★½☆

Greens Condition - Rating: ★★★½☆

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: ★★★½☆

Pro Shop - Rating: ★★★½☆

Friendly Staff - Rating: ★★★★☆

Difficult? - No

Play it again? - Yes


Poston Butte Golf Club

poston-butte2CentGolf Rating: ★★★½☆

Course Information

Course Name: Poston Butte Golf Club
Address: 6100 W. Merrill Ranch Pkwy.
City: Florence
State: Arizona
ZIP: 85232
Phone: 520-723-1880
Type of Course: Desert
Price Paid: $45.00
Month/Year Played: November, 2009
Public/Private: Public
Par: 72
Yardage
Ladies: 5803
Mens: 6321
Pros: 6820
Rating
Ladies: 72.9
Mens: 69.5
Pros: 72.1
Slope
Ladies: 125
Mens: 121
Pros: 123

Play Information:
Tees Played: Mesn
Time: 4 Hours 00 Minutes
Walkable: Yes
Snake Holder: Stone

Comments

MyTi: Gary Panks always has great designs. Play it safe and tough 2 putt. Go for the flag and miss, tough up and down. Great design and playable. Worth the trip for anybody.

Malibu: This is a beautiful course with wide fairways and few trees to deal with. The course is laid out very well, making it fun to play. Greens, fairways and sand traps were in very good shape. Overall fun time.

Bone: Nice Gary Panks design. Can pick tees according to ability, back tees = 7200 yards plus. Greens in very good condition. Challenging par 3’s. This is a real nice place to play. Huge practice green and driving range. Would play again soon.

Stone: Wide open and fair describes this course. It is not a particularly exciting course to play nor does it have spectacular views (although you will see the occasional tractor driving by on the county roads nearby) but it is just a nice, playable course that is always in good condition. No restaurant, but one of the better practice facilities around. It has oversized multilevel greens that will test your putting, and strategically located sand traps which caught more than a few of my golf balls. Well worth the drive, and I did see a spectacular sunset on the way home.

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: ★★★★½

Playability - Rating: ★★★★☆

Scenery - Rating: ★★★☆☆

Fun Factor - Rating: ★★★½☆

Restaurant - Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆

Beverage Cart - Rating: ★★★☆☆

Pro Shop - Rating: ★★★½☆

Friendly Staff - Rating: ★★★½☆

Difficult? - No

Play it again? - Yes


Ironwood Golf Course

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2CentGolf Rating: ★★½☆☆

Course Information

Course Name: Ironwood Golf Course
Address: 550 W. Champagne Dr.
City: Chandler
State: Arizona
ZIP: 85248
Phone: 480-895-0614
Type of Course: Residential/Desert
Price Paid: $20.00 (SW Pass)
Month/Year Played: October, 2009
Public/Private: Public
Par: 67
Yardage
Ladies: 4834
Mens: 5442
Pros: N/A
Rating
Ladies: 61.5
Mens: 64.1
Pros: N/A
Slope
Ladies: 94
Mens: 99
Pros: N/A

Play Information:
Tees Played: Mens
Time: 3 Hours 45 Minutes
Walkable: Yes
Snake Holder: Stone

Comments

Malibu: This is a short course that is in nice shape overall. Only two par fives, and seven par 3’s. Par 4’s are manageable. Greens were slow but in nice shape. Sand traps had ample sand in them, fairways were also in nice shape.

QuickBuck: Good course all around. Neat and clean. I don’t like courses that are lined up with houses but the course is easy so they don’t come into play if you keep your slice under control. They don’t have a (real) beverage cart, so stock up. The $20.00 price was actually low for the condition of the course.

Stone: Nice course in very good condition post over-seeding. Greens a little slow, but wide fairways and plenty of sand traps. Although a short course (par 67) with lots of par 3’s, it was really quite interesting. Did not have the typical feel of a short course, and it was fun for us to have lots of birdies for a change!

Bone: A good everyday course for the senior golfer. Not too long, short distances between holes. Still being over-seeded but in decent shape. Greens slow and slightly hairy. Good practice for par 3’s – seven of them.

Course Ratings

Course Condition - Rating: ★★★½☆

Fairway Condition - Rating: ★★★½☆

Greens Condition - Rating: ★★★☆☆

Sand Trap Condition - Rating: ★★★½☆

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? - No

Play it again? - Yes


Granite Falls Golf Club South

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2CentGolf Rating: ★★★½☆

Course Information

Course Name: Granite Falls Golf Club South
Address: 15949 W. Clearview Blvd.
City: Surprise
State: Arizona
ZIP: 85375
Phone: 623-546-7575
Type of Course: Desert
Price Paid: $15.00
Month/Year Played: September, 2009
Public/Private: Public
Par: 72
Yardage
Ladies: 5315
Mens: 6375
Pros: 6720
Rating
Ladies: 68.9
Mens: 68.9
Pros: 71.4
Slope
Ladies: 112
Mens: 116
Pros: 121

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

Comments

Malibu: This is a nice course to play for a reasonable price. The layout is nice, with large fairways and large greens. Sand traps were in poor shape. Overall enjoyable experience.

QuickBuck: This course was a real surprise, the $15.00 to play it was a real give away. All courses should follow their lead. It doesn’t take a $20 million dollar course to be a great destination. This course can be brutal. The greens are large with undulations and plateaus. Hope you play here when the pin placement is user friendly. No matter what you hear about this course, play it anyway.

Stone: This course was a great choice. Very interesting layout (which is not too common in residential type golf courses), tough par threes, and greens that rolled true despite the scalping being done in preparation for over-seeding. The price paid reflected the season and the over-seeding preparations, but even so it was in good shape. Huge greens and a long drive from Central Phoenix, but well worth it.

Course Ratings

Course Condition - Rating: ★★★☆☆

Fairway Condition - Rating: ★★★½☆

Greens Condition - Rating: ★★★½☆

Sand Trap Condition - Rating: ★★½☆☆

Rough Condition - Rating: ★★★☆☆

Driving Range - Rating: ★★★☆☆

Practice Green - Rating: ★★★☆☆

Playability - Rating: ★★★½☆

Scenery - Rating: ★★★★☆

Fun Factor - Rating: ★★★★☆

Restaurant - Rating: ★★★☆☆

Beverage Cart - Rating: ★★★½☆

Pro Shop - Rating: ★★★★☆

Friendly Staff - Rating: ★★★★☆

Difficult? - No

Play it again? - Yes


Prescott Golf and Country Club

2CentGolf Rating: ★★★½☆

Course Information

Course Name: Prescott Golf and Country Club
Address: 1030 Prescott Country Club Blvd
City: Dewey
State: Arizona
ZIP: 86327
Phone: 928-772-8984
Type of Course: Traditional
Price Paid: $N/A
Month/Year Played: October, 2009
Public/Private: Public
Par: 72
Yardage
Ladies: 5732
Mens: 6302
Pros: 6825
Rating
Ladies: 70.8
Mens: 68.9
Pros: 70.7
Slope
Ladies: 123
Mens: 121
Pros: 126

Play Information:
Tees Played: Mens
Time: 4 Hours 45 Minutes
Walkable: Yes
Snake Holder: N/A

Comments

Stone: Outstanding course conditions, super fast greens, and a groundskeeper that must not like golfers because it seemed like every pin was on a slope! Good food in the restaurant, but no beverage cart. Interesting course with lots of elevation changes. Very enjoyable course, and I like it better than Antelope Hills, which is another good course in the area. Try it and see what you think.

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? - No

Play it again? - Yes


Wildfire Golf Club Faldo

wildfire-faldo2CentGolf Rating: ★★★★☆

Course Information

Course Name: Wildfire Golf Club Faldo
Address: 5350 E. Marriott Dr.
City: Phoenix
State: Arizona
ZIP: 85054
Phone: 480-473-0205
Type of Course: Desert
Price Paid: $49.00
Month/Year Played: September, 2009
Public/Private: Public
Par: 71
Yardage
Ladies: 5245
Mens: 6615
Pros: 6846
Rating
Ladies: 69.6
Mens: 69.2
Pros: 71.6
Slope
Ladies: 120
Mens: 121
Pros: 127

Play Information:
Tees Played: Mens
Time: 4 Hours 10 Minutes
Walkable: Yes
Snake Holder: Malibu

Comments

Malibu: This North Scottsdale course has a nice layout and beautiful views. There are plenty of long par fours, and target par threes. Greens were in nice shape, fairways were also in nice shape. Sand traps were abundant. Will play again soon.

QuickBuck: They take care of every detail, they want you to have a first class experience. The course was in prime season condition. Some sadistic person on the driving range thought telling me there are 106 sand traps on the Faldo course was helpful. No way! Treat yourself to this course any time you can.

MyTi: Quality course. Variety of holes, elevation changes and bunkers. Fun to play. Trust your club selection off the tee. Worth the effort to play.

Stone: Many, many, many sand traps. Fortunately they were full of sand and there was plenty of room to avoid them if you had reasonably accurate tee shots and irons. More intimidating than actually intrusive. Excellent restaurant; my playing partners raved about the food. Only negative for me was that all the holes all were very similar, at least to me, and did not have much in the way of elevation changes or a particularly nice view. Can’t complain about the course conditions because they were outstanding, especially for this time of year. A good choice for winter visitors as it is very representative of a quality winter Arizona golf experience.

Course Ratings

Course Condition - Rating: ★★★★½

Fairway Condition - Rating: ★★★★½

Greens Condition - Rating: ★★★★☆

Sand Trap Condition - Rating: ★★★★½

Rough Condition - Rating: ★★★½☆

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


Falcon Golf Club

2CentGolf Rating: ★★½☆☆
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Course Information

Course Name: Falcon Golf Club
Address: 15152 W. Camelback Rd.
City: Litchfield
State: Arizona
ZIP: 85340
Phone: 623-935-7800
Type of Course: Desert
Price Paid: $13.00 (SW Pass)
Month/Year Played: July, 2009
Public/Private: Public
Par: 72
Yardage
Ladies: 5760
Mens: 6294
Pros: 6733
Rating
Ladies: 74.1
Mens: 68.2
Pros: 70.8
Slope
Ladies: 122
Mens: 119
Pros: 126

Play Information:
Tees Played: Mens
Time: 3 Hours 30 Minutes
Walkable: No
Snake Holder: QuickBuck

Comments

Malibu: This is a nice course for the money. If noise bothers you, don’t play here. Air Force jets very loud at times. Greens were in nice shape, fairways are good. Sand traps were in bad shape due to the heavy rains. Overall okay!

QuickBuck: Very surprised with the quality of this course considering the price. Greens were in great shape, looked fast but deceptively slow. The jets taking off is an added attraction if you can handle the noise. For the price I would play this course every chance I could. Just too far away for me.

Stone: Interesting layout. Very flat desert course, dirt sand traps and lots of casual water from the summer monsoons. I do love those jets though! Never get tired of watching them take off (and they did it a lot while we were there). But bring your earmuffs because it was quite loud. Greens looked fast, weren’t, and eighteen is a long par three with water conveniently located on the right. No worries.

Course Ratings

Course Condition - Rating: ★★★☆☆

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


Gold Canyon Golf Resort Dinosaur Mountain

2CentGolf Rating: ★★★★☆
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Course Information

Course Name: Gold Canyon Golf Resort Dinosaur Mountain
Address: 6100 S. Kings Ranch Rd.
City: Gold Canyon
State: Arizona
ZIP: 85219
Phone: 480-982-9449
Type of Course: Desert/Mountain
Price Paid: $25.00 (Golf Now)
Month/Year Played: August, 2009
Public/Private: Public
Par: 70
Yardage
Ladies: 5368
Mens: 6323
Pros: 6653
Rating
Ladies: 67.0
Mens: 66.7
Pros: 71.3
Slope
Ladies: 117
Mens: 122
Pros: 143

Play Information:
Tees Played: Mens
Time: 5 Hours 15 Minutes
Walkable: No
Snake Holder: QuickBuck

Comments

Malibu: This golf course is worth playing, just for the endless beautiful views all around. The fairways and greens were in nice shape. Sand traps were hard packed. Summer rates are very reasonable. Hope to play it again soon.

Subette: Amazing views, plays up on the canyon and also moves down into the valley. Course condition was really good, considering the summer play. Greens were rough due to aeration three weeks prior. Sand traps not fun, but can be easily avoided. Difficult, but plenty of wildlife to distract you from your score.

QuickBuck: Great fun even at winter prices. Hard to believe you can play it for $25.00. You have to be on your game. There is no escaping the desert. Many special features in the landscaping makes it interesting at every turn. Don’t miss this course.

Stone: The 9th tee box picture does not do this course justice. This course has incredible views of the Superstition Mountains and surrounding areas. Tough course, but very fair. If you are limited in your accuracy, stock up on clearance golf balls as you are not likely to return home with as many as you started with. Greens bumpy post aeration, sand traps a little hard, but I feel like I am being too picky as this course is definitely top five in Arizona in my opinion. Coyote we saw crossing the tee boxes on 18 probably agrees. Lots of rabbits but not sure where the dinosaur might be. Sister course Sidewinder is nothing special (see its review) so be sure you get the right course when you call for a tee time.

Course Ratings

Course Condition - Rating: ★★★★☆

Fairway Condition - Rating: ★★★★½

Greens Condition - Rating: ★★½☆☆

Sand Trap Condition - Rating: ★★½☆☆

Rough Condition - Rating: ★★★★☆

Driving Range - Rating: ★★★☆☆

Practice Green - Rating: ★★★½☆

Playability - Rating: ★★★★½

Scenery - Rating: ★★★★★

Fun Factor - Rating: ★★★★½

Restaurant - Rating: ★★★★☆

Beverage Cart - Rating: ★★★★½

Pro Shop - Rating: ★★★½☆

Friendly Staff - Rating: ★★★★☆

Difficult? - Yes

Play it again? - Yes


TPC of Scottsdale Stadium Course

2CentGolf Rating: ★★★★☆
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Course Information

Course Name: TPC of Scottsdale Stadium Course
Address: 17020 N. Hayden Rd.
City: Scottsdale
State: Arizona
ZIP: 85255
Phone: 480-585-3939
Type of Course: Desert
Price Paid: $60.00 (SW Pass)
Month/Year Played: September, 2009
Public/Private: Public
Par: 71
Yardage
Ladies: 5567
Mens: 6525
Pros: 7070
Rating
Ladies: 66.3
Mens: 71.1
Pros: 74.6
Slope
Ladies: 118
Mens: 129
Pros: 138

Play Information:
Tees Played: Mens
Time: 4 Hours 30 Minutes
Walkable: Yes
Snake Holder: QuickBuck

Comments

Malibu: This TPC course is kept in great shape year round in preparation for the Pro Tournament played here every year. This course has a great layout with nice views. Look forward to playing here again soon.

MyTi: Course is an upscale municipal. Good track, very playable. Somewhat exposed to the elements. If staying in the area, worth playing.

QuickBuck: It is nicer than what you see on television. Take away the tents and the crowds and you forget you are in a busy city. Quieter, clean, perfectly maintained. You can’t play from the pro tips and for most golfers you don’t want to. This can be a very difficult course. Play from the correct tees, you can’t go wrong.

Stone: Course is more difficult than it appears on television. I agree with QuickBuck it is also nicer than it appears on television. No sand in bunkers, but the rest of the course in good shape. Missed the green on #16, so probably a good thing no crowds were in the bleachers. Not a good value in the winter compared to other courses I like much better, like We-Ko-Pa or the Gold Canyon Dinosaur course, but you should play the TPC Stadium course at least once.

Course Ratings

Course Condition - Rating: ★★★★☆

Fairway Condition - Rating: ★★★★☆

Greens Condition - Rating: ★★★★½

Sand Trap Condition - Rating: ★★½☆☆

Rough Condition - Rating: ★★★½☆

Driving Range - Rating: ★★★★☆

Practice Green - Rating: ★★★★½

Playability - Rating: ★★★★☆

Scenery - Rating: ★★★★☆

Fun Factor - Rating: ★★★★☆

Restaurant - Rating: ★★★★½

Beverage Cart - Rating: ★★★★☆

Pro Shop - Rating: ★★★★☆

Friendly Staff - Rating: ★★★★☆

Difficult? - No

Play it again? - Yes


The Quarry Golf Club

2CentGolf Rating: ★★★★☆

Course Information

Course Name: The Quarry Golf Club
Address: 444 E. Basse Rd.
City: San Antonio
State: Texas
ZIP: 78209
Phone: 210-824-4500
Type of Course: Links
Price Paid: $49.00
Month/Year Played: August, 2009
Public/Private: Public
Par: 71
Yardage
Ladies: 5576
Mens: 6128
Pros: 6740
Rating
Ladies: 66.7
Mens: 69.2
Pros: 72.4
Slope
Ladies: 111
Mens: 120
Pros: 128

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

Comments

Bone: Located in the middle of San Antonio, this course was built in an old quarry. In the 30’s and 40’s this are was known as “Cementtown” because the tailings left over from the rock was made into concrete at the plant adjacent to the quarry. That plant is now a high-end shopping center and the shanties that the workers lived in that surrounded the quarry are now $400,000 to $1 million homes…no shacks here! The front nine is in the quarry and can get Africa hot in the summer due to no wind circulation. The holes are named as well as numbered. The #1 handicap hole is “Water Grave” due to rain runoff that fills the deepest parts of the quarry. There is “Devil’s Ditch”, “Escape from Alcatraz”, and “Fire in the Hole”. These are apt names due to the fact that accuracy is at a premium on this course. Don’t let the short professional yardage fool you. Championship length is long enough for 99% of us. Some trees are under sheer cliffs of Texas limestone. The back nine is somewhat cooler, but it has its challenges. This is an affordable course with many challenges for all types of golfers. You must play it once…but do it in the winter!!!

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