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Last Updated: April 1, 2017
I've been playing golf since I was about 12, but am still not as good as I should be considering how much I play. Anything mid-80s and below I feel satisfied, but will break 80 from time to time. I love playing courses I haven't played before and am approaching the 800-course mark. I'd much rather play a new course every time than play the same course(s) over and over again. I
I am also an avid "road trip" golfer. I've driven up and down the west coast and played many courses in California, Oregon, Nevada and Arizona. I have a personal goal of someday playing golf in all 50 states and I am currently up to 43 (AL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, DC, FL, GA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MS, MO, MT, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NV, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WV and WY). I have also played every public golf course in Southern California. You can read all about my travel golf adventures and my local golf experiences on my blog at http://bogeysacrossamerica.com and follow me on Twitter @GolfNomadBAA, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/GolfNomadBAA or on Instagram @GolfNomad6pez
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Of course, I had plenty of daylight after 36 at Verrado, so I wasn't going to stop. I headed over to Sundance and it wasn't too busy. $19 (plus tax) f... » More
Of course, I had plenty of daylight after 36 at Verrado, so I wasn't going to stop. I headed over to Sundance and it wasn't too busy. $19 (plus tax) for 18 holes with a cart was a great deal. I had the whole front nine to myself and sprinted through in about 45 minutes. Then, as always seems to happen, things changed dramatically at the turn. Suddenly I ran into a bunch of groups and had nowhere to go. It seemed to take forever, but I still finished all 18 in well under 3 hours. I guess I can't really complain.
The course was in decent condition, playing better than it looked. The grass is browning out and ready for transition soon. However, the course played pretty well overall. Tee boxes were good. Generally had good fairway lies with some thin spots here and there. Rough a little spottier, but still pretty decent. I wasn't in any bunkers, so no comments there. Greens didn't look pretty (lots of brown spots), but they played nicest of any greens on the day. They were firm, yet plenty receptive on approaches and rolling fast and smooth on putts.
I didn't expect much from Sundance, but it has always teased me from the side of the freeway every time I drove by. Finally felt good to check it off the list. I like sparky14's review of it. In most ways, the course is exactly what you expect. Pretty basic course winding through the community. At the same time, it does have some subtle charm and character that may grow on you. There is some slight undulation and mounding throughout fairways and around greens. There are numerous times where you have to hit over a little strip of desert (small trees, bushes and sand) and that breaks up the monotony. Ultimately, Sundance is certainly not worth going out of your way for like Verrado, but it's an affordable and convenient local option that provides just enough to keep you entertained. Take it for what it is.» Close
While at Verrado for the first time, of course I was going to play all 36! I had a 10:42 tee time on the now-known-as Founders Course. Check in was a ... » More
While at Verrado for the first time, of course I was going to play all 36! I had a 10:42 tee time on the now-known-as Founders Course. Check in was a little confusing because they put me with a group of 7 and I was getting shuffled around from cart to cart on the driving range and first tee. Eventually, we figured it out and my group went off first at about 10:30. They started us on the back nine for some reason yesterday. Very busy out there, so total pace right at 4.5 hours. Price was $58 (plus tax, d%mn you AZ!).
Depending on how you look at things, Founders was either in better or worse shape than Victory. It certainly didn't look quite as pretty as some of the grass is getting lighter and more dappled in color as they start to get ready for the summer transition. However, the playability overall is much better here because it's not brand new turf. The tee boxes were great. The fairways were softer and fluffier, so they were really nice to hit from while still providing adequate roll-out. The rough on Founders was the cut-down semi-dormant bermuda like on the back nine at Victory. I was in one bunker and it was very nice. The greens here were also quite firm, but much, much more receptive on well-struck approaches and chips. The greens showed signs of a recent aeration (maybe 3 weeks ago), but putts were not affected at all. They were rolling well at medium speeds.
I really wanted to love the Founders Course. I ended up liking it. It has all the elements working for it. Great desert setting, plenty of good elevation changes, challenging enough design, good facilities, etc. I think it's just that it has such a familiar feel. I'd have a hard time picking it out of a line up with many other similar modern AZ "deserdential" (desert + residential) community courses. It's very enjoyable on all levels, but won't jump out too much from the crowd of great courses in the area. I'd easily give it my recommendation, though, especially at a $58 price tag. It's a good representative for the west side of the valley!» Close
I took advantage the early preview available at The Victory Course yesterday. You can see UNCLEDDBOY23's review for some details about the new course.... » More
I took advantage the early preview available at The Victory Course yesterday. You can see UNCLEDDBOY23's review for some details about the new course. The price was $89, but did include a bounce back voucher to come back and play either Verrado course in December for just $25. By then, The Victory Course, clubhouse, etc. should have a more "complete" feel, though I expect home construction around the course to be going on for awhile. I booked a 6:30 time through their site and was paired with three resident-members, who gave me a lot of insight and advice. One guy left after nine and we finished all 18 in about 3.5 hours. Temp pro shop, but nice grass driving range and circular practice green (reminiscent of Robinson Ranch's in its heyday). Plenty of drinking water stations on course and saw cart girl a couple times.
Conditions are a little tricky being that it is a brand new course and the turf has a lot of maturing to do. Also, it plays a little differently on the back nine than the front because most of the back nine holes were built earlier as they were selling the first houses. Tee boxes had good grass throughout, but the ground was very hard underneath. Very difficult to get tees in the ground. The fairways were also firm underneath, which provided a lot of roll-out. However, the grass on top was lush, green and great to hit from. The rough on the front nine was overseeded, so it is lush and green. Cut low and easy to play from, though. Most of the back nine rough was not overseeded, so it is more of a semi-dormant look. Really shaved down and easy to play from. I wasn't in any bunkers, but they appeared to be decent.
The greens are tough because they are really, really firm (again a little more matured on the older back nine holes, but still very firm). Approach shots and chips were really tough to hold. However, they were slow-ish on putts and speeds were also inconsistent at times. Basically, it's a new course and the greens will take awhile to mature. All in all, they were well-kept and will only get nicer with time, so I will give the greens a pass for now.
Victory is a very different course than the Founders/Raven/original course at Verrado. I like that the two courses offer something different from one another. Overall, it's a flatter course with only some minor changes in elevation throughout. However, it has a lot of character with ample undulation in fairways and greens, unique boulder outcroppings brought into play and some links elements worked in. Very wide/forgiving fairways and huge greens that reward local knowledge and strategy (especially when playing so firm). A number of short risk/reward par-4s. Unfortunately, I thought the par-3s were all kind of bland and underwhelming given the landscape. 18th is a sweet par-5 finisher! I enjoyed Victory overall, but wasn't as blown away as I wanted to be. I think it will continue to get better with time (much of front nine is a construction war zone right now) and it is worth checking out. Something a little different in the middle range of AZ course, and a welcome addition to the rather small list of courses on the far west side of the valley. I look forward to seeing it evolve in the next few years. It was fun to play a new course/site that is still in a fairly raw state.
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There was four of us playing the second round today on Mountain View. kevbig, kg1791, dangerousbri and I teed off probably a few minutes before our 2:... » More
There was four of us playing the second round today on Mountain View. kevbig, kg1791, dangerousbri and I teed off probably a few minutes before our 2:45 tee time. All the morning crowds were gone by mid-afternoon. We played through one group on the front and then caught up to some other groups for the final few holes. Still, the total pace was excellent at around 3.5 hours.
Mountain View was also in very nice shape all around. Tee boxes, fairways and rough were really nice, maybe a tiny step down from Firecliff in some areas if I'm being super nit-picky. Still quite excellent by any standards. Bunkers good. The greens were actually nicer on this side as they get ready to punch them next week. They were rolling quicker and smoother than Firecliff today.
I think Mountain View is underrated as the "little brother" at this facility. It has its share of very memorable holes, along with similarly great scenery and conditioning throughout the layout. Highly recommended, though I am still not a fan of using this wonderful course as a foot golf venue.» Close
First half of a 36-hole GK Guru day at Desert Willow was on the Firecliff course. We had the 9:40 and 9:50 tee times (6 players, split into threesomes... » More
First half of a 36-hole GK Guru day at Desert Willow was on the Firecliff course. We had the 9:40 and 9:50 tee times (6 players, split into threesomes and a single was paired with our second group). I went off first with HmtGolfGuy and mpisarski01, teeing off closer to 9:50. We kept pace with the groups ahead on a busy day, but things moved really well and we were done in about 4 hours.
The course was in excellent shape all around. Great tee boxes and lush fairways throughout. Rough was also very nicely kept and not at all punitive. Bunkers were very nice. The new sand and renovations have officially "matured" since my last round here, so now they are ideal again. The greens were firm-ish and rolling pretty well at medium speeds. A few showed some very small-hole punches that didn't affect anything. Then most greens had a handful of bigger core holes (maybe 3/4 inch wide) scattered around. They didn't really affect anything either and I am sure they serve some sort of aeration or turf testing purpose, but we all couldn't help but notice them.
As always, it was another very enjoyable round on the Firecliff course. It was fairly windy this morning, so that added some challenge to an already demanding course. Great times and great company with the GK Review Guru crew!» Close
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