When golfing legend Gary Player designed Steele Canyon Golf Club, he did so in a manner that both respected and showcased the region's natural beauty and terrain. Gary divvied the 27-hole championship course into a trio of nine-hole courses, each presenting golfers with different challenges and vistas.
Located on the Ranch Course, the signature hole, "Parachute," has players tee off from more than 175 feet above the fairway. The result: a stunning aerial view of winding greens and escaped caddies as they make a break toward new lives as bankers. Not to be outdone, the Canyon Course features some lofty shots of its own. Hole four, for instance, challenges players with a sloping two-tiered green, but earned the nickname "Goosebumps" for its panoramic view of the canyons.
The family-owned Sun Valley Golf Course cultivates a welcoming atmosphere that sets nerves at ease so that youngsters and beginners can make a stress-free foray into the lifelong game. The par 27 excursion politely omits any tee shot longer than 145 yards, eliminating the trepidation felt on long tee shots over water or asteroid craters at larger venues. Nevertheless, small greens and quick changes in elevation keep even more experienced players on their toes and help them to hone short-game technique. The course's short layout ensures that players average less than 90 minutes for a nine-hole round, leaving plenty of time in the day to polish lucky golf balls.
Its simple course layout makes Sun Valley Golf Course a natural place for young club cadets to take up the game. Junior golf programs led by instructor Mike Cortes help kids to develop proper form at an early age through camps, clinics, and classes.
Course at a Glance:
Colina Park Golf Course taunts ambitious short games with a beautifully manicured 18-hole par 3 layout. Playing just more than 1,500 yards, the course offers holes ranging from 67 to 125 yards, with accuracy a crucial component of making par and gaining first downs. Multiple bunkers, lakes, waterfalls, varied tee-box elevations, and undulating greens further challenge golfers, making the course an ideal training ground for beginners and duffers who want to perfect their short iron shots. A 10-round pass allows one individual to swing the serene course 10 separate times or to divide the rounds among family and friends to prove their dimpled-ball dominance. Colina Park Golf Course also treats links lovers to a full-service practice facility featuring a 3,000-square-foot practice putting green, a chipping and bunker area, a nine-hole putting course, and a warm-up and driving cage. Exhausted players can also stop by the pro shop to restock on equipment, pick up snacks and beverages, or report runaway pitching wedges.
2010 Pricing: Camps: $150each / For both Camp AM & PM $200 Private Adult(Ages 15 & up) 30 min= $40
60 min= $60 Jr. Private(Ages 4 to 14) 30 min= $30 60 min= $50 Pre-Paid *Package Discounts 3 Session Pkg $125 / Jr. $100 6 Session Pkg $300 / Jr. $250 10 Session Pkg $500 / Jr. $400
Ed Harris's knowledge of golf could fill a book—and it has, three times over. The PGA pro and author of instructional books that teach golfers about swing dynamics, short-game mastery, and course strategy also shares his expertise in lessons at his eponymous school, which has welcomed high-profile alumni including Clint Eastwood, Alice Cooper, and Samuel L. Jackson.
Private lessons provide personalized programs to improve skills, often using video evaluation to further pinpoint the exact moment the student lost their form and spun into a pirouette. Nine-hole [playing lessons present on-course challenges, and classes designed for juniors teach young players the fundamentals of the game, including how to react when golf carts start bucking.