Recipient of a 4.5-star rating and distinction as having the best guest service in North America as judged by Golf Digest, Raven Golf Club immerses enthusiasts in an oasis of golf amid the rolling hills and desert just north of South Mountain State Park. Georgia pine trees line many of the fairways on the 18-hole course, forming an evergreen buffer between the emerald turf within bounds and the unforgiving desert sands beyond. Though the tree boughs may prevent mishits from getting swallowed by a rattlesnake that thinks the ball is an Easter egg, players must still negotiate with numerous fairway bunkers strewn about the Gary Panks and David Graham design. On the resort's signature hole, hole 5, players are often forced to lay up short of the six fairway bunkers, leaving a tricky iron shot into a slippery two-tiered green.
Course at a Glance:
- 18-hole, par 72 course
- Total length of 7,078 yards from the back tees
- Course rating of 72.8 from the back tees
- Course slope of 130 from the back tees
- Four sets of tees per hole
- Designed by Gary Panks and David Graham