TPC Scottsdale: Stadium Course

March 26, 2016

A few of my 4th Semester classmates got jobs working out at TPC Scottsdale partway through their enrollment at the Golf Academy. Seeing them come to school wearing their blue Nike golf shirts featuring the white TPC Scottsdale logo on the chest was like a status symbol. Even though it was a work uniform for them, we all knew where they were going after school, and we were a little jealous. Now that the…


Torrey Pines: South Course

March 21, 2016

Torrey Pines opened in 1957, the brainchild of legendary golf course architect William F. Bell (Dell Urich Golf Course in Tucson) on the site of Camp Callan, a naval training center during World War II. While Bell’s father, William P. Bell, sometimes get credit as an original architect on the project, in fact he’d been dead for four years at the time construction started. There are two 18-hole championship courses on the…


El Conquistador Golf Resort: Conquistador Course

February 28, 2016

The second of the two golf courses at El Conquistador Golf Resort is the Conquistador Course. It was designed by Greg Nash and Jeff Hardin and opened in 1982, three years before the Canada Course. Usually this is where I write a little bit about the history of the course, but because I covered the backstory in my review of the Canada Course the other day, I think I’m just going to…


El Conquistador Golf Resort: Canada Course

February 27, 2016

This weekend, the Golf Academy Club Golf Team is down in Oro Valley just outside Tucson for the National Collegiate Club Golf Association (NCCGA) Desert Regional Tournament at El Conquistador Golf Resort. The school has participated in three NCCGA events since March of last year, and because students have to qualify for the eight-man team each time, it’s a real privilege. The GAA usually pays for hotel rooms and a nice dinner….


Verde River Golf & Social Club

February 16, 2016

In Arizona, if you’re willing to get in your car and drive, you can play some great golf courses. The latest example happened to me just the other day. One of my classmates at the Golf Academy works at Verde River Golf & Social Club in Rio Verde. For the past several months, he’s tried to get me to come out there and play his course. It’s not that I…


Bear Creek Golf Club: Cub Course

January 31, 2016

My wife is a beginner golfer. She’s been playing for a little over a year now, and she’s getting better every day. We’ve gone out and played a few times in the past 12 months, and when we have, we’ve played longer courses that haven’t been as much fun for her because she doesn’t hit the ball very far. So when some friends of ours from Tucson wanted to come up and…


Forty Niner Country Club

January 4, 2016

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a course review, but then again, it’s been awhile since I’ve played any new golf courses. My swing change has me spending more time out on the driving range these days and less time out on the golf course than I would like, but sometimes, that’s the way it goes. Forty Niner Country Club has been a Tucson staple since its establishment in…


Arizona Golf Resort

November 5, 2015

Arizona Golf Resort is located in Mesa, right across Power Road from Leisure World. It was designed by Arthur Jack Snyder and opened in 1960. Snyder is credited by the American Society of Golf Course Architects with 47 original designs including Ken McDonald in Tempe and Legend Trail in Scottsdale. This is a resort golf course. There aren’t a lot of hazards on the course – water comes in play on just three holes…


Painted Mountain Golf Resort

October 18, 2015

Painted Mountain Golf Resort in Mesa was designed by Frank Boxberger and opened in 1969. If you’ve never heard of Boxberger, you’re not alone. I had to do a little digging, but apparently he also designed Eaton Country Club in Eaton, Colorado and the nine-hold Sunland Village Golf Course also in Mesa. Painted Mountain touts itself as a walker-friendly golf course, and it is, mainly because it’s so flat. Slope Ratings range anywhere…


Seville Golf & Country Club

September 28, 2015

Seville Golf and Country Club is a Gary Panks-designed course located in Gilbert. It opened in 2001, and it’s part of the ClubCorp network, the largest owner/operator of private golf and country clubs in the United States. Of all the courses we are playing through the Golf Academy this semester, Seville is the one that everyone has been talking about. Not only is it private, it’s one of the few…