Augusta Ranch Golf Club’s first hole starts players off with a bit of misdirection. Measuring 379 yards from the back tees, the longest hole on the course calls for a zealous swing, while the rest of the course is designed to give irons a workout. The links feature a mix of par-3 and par-4 holes that invite newcomers to play around and test experienced players' short game play with shallow greens and treacherous bunkers. Instructors give lessons for all skill levels, and the staff organizes a variety of events throughout the year, from clinics and tournaments to Night Golf played with glowing golf balls. Players can convene beneath The Sunset Grille’s outdoor pavilion to snack on classic breakfast and lunch cuisine and keep an eye out for flocks of geese trained to abduct pitching wedges.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 61 course * Total length of 3,846 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 59 from the back tees * Course slope of 91 from the back tees * Three sets of tees per hole * Scorecard
Shalimar Country Club's 2,417 yards of manicured golfing terrain are peppered with towering trees, slinking sand traps, and rolling hills. The design of the nine-hole, par-33 course masterfully incorporates its scenic assets?the fifth hole sits across a yawning lake, and the ninth hole's island green is flanked on all sides by water hazards, bunkers, and punks who steal golf balls for their solar-system dioramas. To be prepared to dodge these obstacles, players practice on a driving range and chipping-and-putting green. After their rounds, golfers can wander into the restaurant and lounge for a meal or a drink or peruse the golf shop to try on new apparel and test the mettle of name-brand equipment.
Course at a Glance:
Nine-hole, par-33 course
Distance of 2,417 yards from the farthest tees
Course rating of 31.2 from the farthest tees
Three tee options
Link to scorecard
Challenging course play tucked in the shadows of the Superstition Mountains characterizes Western Skies Golf Club, earning it the yearly honor of hosting the Gilbert City Championship. Players shepherd their golf balls over the 6,744-yard layout aboard carts equipped with GPS systems, which help them determine exact distances to the greens or how far the flagsticks can be thrown like javelins. Water enters play on five holes, including the 18th, where players must hit over a lake off the tee and avoid a second lake to the right of the green on their approach shot.
A lighted practice facility lets golfers pummel Pinnacle range balls into the night sky at the driving range or shore up short-game finesse at the putting and chipping greens. After a round, practice session, or bout of putter swordplay, players can visit the bar and grill to restore calories lost on the fairways and bunkers while watching 12 HD televisions.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Total length of 6,744 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 70.3 from the back tees * Course slope of 125 from the back tees * Three sets of tees per hole * Scorecard
An 18-hole executive layout, Greenfield Lakes Golf Course invites linksfolk of all abilities with a fun, 4,107-yard design that runs alongside glassy waters. With 12 par 3s, four par 4s, and a pair of par 5s, the course requires golfers to unsheathe every wedge, iron, wood, and cricket bat in their bag at some point in the round. Pin-hunting odysseys end with dramatic flair at the par 5 18th hole, a 530-yard behemoth where a double dog-leg fairway and a green buttressed by a right-side pond make golfers finish their round with a perplexing high-risk, high-reward course management decision. Before taking to the tee or after a disappointing round, guests can mosey to the practice range?which includes a lighted driving range and a short game area with a practice bunker?to hone their skills without having to mow their basement?s shag carpet into an indoor course.
Course at a Glance:
Trilogy Golf Club maintains more than 6,900 yards of manicured greens in the Queen Creek Wash to sate the club-swinging cravings of visiting golfers. The 18-hole, par 71 course designed by architect Dick Bailey meanders across subtle elevation changes and strategically placed mounding to challenge both novices and experts, while treating their eyeballs to panoramic views of the San Tan Range and Superstition Mountains, home to the world's most credulous mountain goats.
Palm fronds rustle in the breeze at Continental Golf Course, where players traverse a lush landscape of Bermuda grass under the gaze of a picturesque mountain peak in the distance. Designed by Greg H. Nash and Jeff D. Hardin, the relatively short layout surrounds two lakes, with water coming into play on multiple holes. On the 360-yard ninth hole—the course’s second most difficult—a narrow fairway leads to a small green protected by a right-side bunker and feral golf carts picketing for caddy status. The course's most challenging hole, the par-4 18th, presents a 340-yard dogleg right replete with intersecting waterways at the bend. Although the course lacks par 5s, the diverse landscape presents challenges for golfers of all stripes, from greenhorns to green-jacket holders.
Before or after rounds, golfers can refuel at the restaurant or drop by the driving range to stretch out their swings or employ the sage wisdom of an on-site golf pro during lessons.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par-60 course * Length of 3,766 yards * Course rating of 58.4 * Slope rating of 85 * See the scorecard