#3 Long par 5 . . . not too much trouble on the drive, just stay in the fairway, but then we got confused by the meterage, and both hit 5irons into the water on the left . . . mine landed right of the water and just followed a hidden slope into the water . . . gad I was irritated.. . . from there another 5iron to the green and flounder to a 7.
#4 par 4-- so wide open I was guarding against the fan-slice, and hit it on a beeline at that hump on the right . . . our playing companions start to grouse about my expertise on the tee . . . 8^D . . . nobody ever notices how bad I putt, OTOH . . . not a real good approach, but up-and-down. . .
#5 par 3. . . hashed a 5iron. . . over the water but . . .we tried to play this ball, even with the scramble drops, just impossible. . . double bogey . . .
#6 par 5 . . . played left of those trees . . . many people cut the corner, but that's not fairway, it's rough, and deep in places . . .I didn't realize the hole played so short, and tried to hit a 5wood short of the water . . . 5iron woulda been better . . . looking for my ball in the deep creekside rough was no fun, especially with our companions complaining about the speed of play . . . duuuuuude, we bin waitin' on you most of the time! . . . double bogey . .. should be simple drive, 5iron layup, and wedge.
#7 par 4 . . . too upset and hurried to get a photo of the tee . . .hit a good drive to the back side of the hump before the sandtrap . . . hit a weak 4iron at the left side of the green, short, then up & up & down for bogey.
#8 very short downhill par 3 . . . hit a half9iron to 3 ft and made the birdie.
#9 par 4 from the back tees is a fearsome t-shot . . . like 200m water carry . . . we didn't have that, we had this trick shot around the trees . . . hit a little halfdriver to the middle, then my partner hit a sparkling 7iron right at the pin, I tho't it might go in, but it wound up 20-odd ft past . . .then we 3jacked from there. . . oops.
#10 par 4, kinda hairy looking tee shot -- mind games -- just a drive & pitch hole if you can get past that . . .
#11 par 3, very little bailout room here, ob all down the right side, and tree trouble on the left. . . I hit a high 5iron counting on a fade onto the green, but it hit a tall pine solid . . we weren't sure where it went . . . bounced back 40 m toward the tee . . .chopped it up and 2putt bogey.
#12 par 5 . . .very tight landing area. . . downhill pinched by a w-i-d-e creek that crosses the fairway, not reachable, but playing on your mind planning the hole . . . trees, of course, and then some bunkering on the right . . . Hit a rope down the right side with no draw on it. . . straight into the bunker . . . hadda pitch out short of the bunker and try to go from there . . . 5iron/8iron
from there . . . that elevated green is tough . . .
#13 par 4, shortish, but a huge mass of bunkering on the right as the hole doglegs left around those trees . . . in my total confidence, I just slapped my drive over all but the last bunker on the right, just short of it --- whew --- just a shortiron from there, 2 putt par . . .kept thinking we'd get another birdie, but just couldn't really get close enough.
#14 par 4, not so much happening, just rail it straight down the right side, short iron onto the green and 2putt.
#15 par 4, likewise, don't remember at all . . .
#16 par 5, hit another good drive -- not well placed -- in that bunker on the right side. . . all day long worried about overhooking and just kept hitting it straight . . . hit a towering 9iron out of the trap, laying up short of what we tho't was the creek crossing the fairway . . . turned out to be covered in the fairway . . . just played safe from there, 150m out with water on the right side of the green . . layed up with a 7iron in the middle pitched on, then made an 18ft par putt. Nice when the strategic golf works out. . . 8^D . . .
#17 is another hairy t-shot for the first timer. . . Not knowing anything, I just hit a half driver down the left side. Turned out alright, left a half-wedge to the green, 2putt par.
#18 par 3 -- I really don't like par 3s to finish a 9, and especially not an 18 . . .hit a solid 5iron, pin high, into a bunker right of the green, behind that evergreen . . . both days . . . we used my partners ball w-a-a-a-a-y on the left side, off the green. Bogey . . .it was funny the next day, our competitors were in the same place, and made that 40m shot for a birdie. . . .
#s 1,5,6,9 on the front, and 10,11,12,13,16,17,18 are all very good holes, if not great....
the par 3s are an excellent mix of challenges and distances.
the par 5s are a very good assortment of holes, with the challenges not on the t-shot so much, but more on the 2nd and approach shots, if you see how I mean . . .
the par 4s are well-mixed, too, but there's a kind of sameness to several of them that could be better with more variety...
For the most part a mature course (despite it's newness) and if the trees grow in some on those bland par 4s it might move up on the scottsdale scale . . . I'd say a high 3 right now. . .