Ancala Country Club

September 15, 2015

Ancala Country Club (pronounced on-CALL-uh) is a private club tucked back into the foothills of the McDowell Mountains in Scottsdale. The course, which opened in 1991, is a Dye Design. Not Pete Dye, but his son Perry, who works with his famous father and is a pretty well-established golf course architect of his own. Unlike a lot of the golf courses that have been built in this country over the last decade…

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Dell Urich Golf Course

September 7, 2015

Dell Urich (formerly Randolph South) re-opened in the spring of 1996 following a dramatic makeover by Ken Kavanaugh. Kavanaugh is famous for designing Longbow Golf Club in Mesa and Gold Canyon Golf Resort, but he still had some big shoes to fill – Randolph South was designed in 1961 by William F. Bell, the man who designed and built Torrey Pines in San Diego. The overhaul was long overdue, and you can tell…

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Quarry Pines Golf Club

September 1, 2015

Surprisingly, not much has been written about Quarry Pines Golf Club in Marana. Its history is spotty at best, but we do know that in 2000, after being open for less than two years, The Links at Continental Ranch was closed and renovated in conjunction with the decision to abandon the sand and gravel quarry located next to the golf course. The Town of Marana and the course owner agreed to…

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Randolph North Golf Course

August 30, 2015

Of Tucson’s five municipal golf courses, Randolph North is the longest and the best. It opened in 1925 with sand fairways and cottonseed greens at Randolph Park, an oasis left to the city by American railroad tycoon Epes Randolph in the early 1900s on land he stipulated must be used for parks and recreation. The greens were sprayed with oil to keep them from blowing away, and they had to be raked after each group…

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The Gallery Golf Club: South Course

August 27, 2015

Set deep in the narrow canyons of the Tortolita Mountains in north Marana is The Gallery Golf Club, a 36-hole desert golf paradise. The North Course was designed by Tom Lehman and John Fought and opened in 1998. The more famous South Course was also designed by Fought but opened four years later. It’s more famous because it hosted the PGA Tour’s Accenture Match Play Championships in 2007 and again in 2008. If you remember,…

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San Marcos Golf Course

August 10, 2015

In 1913, Dr. A.J. Chandler opened the San Marcos Hotel, the first building with electricity in the city that would eventually bear his name, and the nine-hole San Marcos Golf Course on 100 acres of land on the east side of Arizona Avenue straddling what is now Chandler Boulevard. A year later, nine more holes were added, and the original course which consisted of oiled sand and cottonseed meal greens was planted with rye grass, giving…

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Arizona Biltmore Golf Club: Links Course

August 6, 2015

The second of Arizona Biltmore Golf Club’s two courses is the Links Course, designed by Bill Johnson. It opened in 1979, and while the Adobe Course is more of a parkland-style course, the Links Course is exactly what it says – a true links-style course in the heart of Phoenix. And it’s right in the middle of the city. On the front nine, the course weaves its way through office buildings…

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Grayhawk Golf Club

August 3, 2015

What a treat! For our final tournament of the summer semester at the Golf Academy, we got to play Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale. These are Phil Mickelson’s stomping grounds, and the club’s relationship with the Arizona State University Alum and World Golf Hall of Famer dates back well before the opening of the Talon Course in December of 1994. Mickelson is a close personal friend of Grayhawk’s developer. The grillroom…

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Superstition Springs Golf Club

July 30, 2015

Superstition Springs Golf Club was designed by Greg Nash and opened for business off Baseline Road in Mesa, the heart of the East Valley, in 1986. The mounding, the grass and sand bunkering, and the railroad ties running along the water features remind me of a Pete Dye design, but while it’s not a Dye, it might as well be. If you don’t hit the ball in the proper spot or if you don’t know…

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ASU Karsten Golf Course

July 20, 2015

The ASU Karsten Golf Course holds a special place in my heart. When I was in my sophomore year at Arizona State University, I really fell in love with the game. I played most, if not all of my rounds at one of two courses: Rolling Hills or Karsten. Rolling Hills is a little Par 62 Executive Course. Karsten is a 7,000-yard Pete Dye design that will eat your lunch…

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