In fact, our golf staff will set up multiple tee positions and yardages daily, making hole rounds on Adobe more fun and interesting. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we continue to invest in and improve the Arizona Biltmore Golf Club. Stately and grand, the Adobe Course was built in out of the vision and desire of chewing gum magnate William Wrigley, Jr. Little wonder that it became an Arizona Classic.
The par 71, 6, yard Adobe is a true parkland course that treats its patrons to generous, sprawling fairways, while challenging them with numerous, hungry bunkers. First of all, the Scott Miller-designed courses, though no pushover, are designed to keep the ball in play, and that makes golf fun. On nine holes in particular, the Arcadia Nine, the holes are crafted into a bowl shape, which funnels balls into the fairways, so you have to be pretty wild off the tee not to keep the ball in play. But even bigger than that is the fact that the resort offers a wide variety of ways to make the game fun.
From a fantastic learning center and practice facilities to the different ways you can get around the course — air-conditioned carts, Golf Bike, Segway or Golf Boards — the Westin-Kierland keeps golf fun. And thanks to a recent renovation by Tom Lehman originally designed by Ken Kavanaugh , the desert areas have been cleaned out, lesser players can run the balls up to the greens and course conditions are terrific.
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Playing as little as 5, yards, the "standard" and forward tees were moved to provide better angles and access to areas where fairways widen. Basically, you can tee it up wherever you want, so it can play as long or as short or as difficult or easy as you please. The last four-holes are lighted, by the way, so you can finish after dark. Just west of Phoenix in Litchfield Park, you'll find one of the most player-friendly resorts anywhere, hole Wigwam. Unlike most courses in the Valley, all three at Wigwam are wall-to-wall grass, even the championship-caliber Gold Course, a Robert Trent Jones design that was renovated by Tom Lehman.
The most recent to be renovated, though, is the Patriot Course the Heritage Course is also player friendly , and like the Gold Course, there are fewer bunkers now. Also the ones that remain have a more player-friendly flat-top design, and some have been moved to be a little more out of play to make the entire course more player-friendly.
Plus, it's only 6, yards from the back tees. The recently renovated Patriot Course has short par 5s, which make it easier for the beginner golfer. Both hole courses at Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale are fairly open off the tee, feature grass throughout, few forced carries and are designed by two of the best in the business — Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw who never do a bad course.
What I like about these two parkland-style golf courses is that they really, truly are playable by all levels. The Golf Channel Am Tour National Championships were conducted there a few years ago and it worked well for every flight. Play it them from the back, and they are both championship tests with the North being a par and over 7, yards, and the South a par 71 at 6, yards. But play it from the forward tees at around 5,, yards yes, I'd like to see that a little shorter , and they're both fairly manageable by the higher handicap player. Sip, swing, snack, repeat. That's how weekends are done at Topgolf.
It's also perfect for beginners and less experienced golfers who just want to have fun without looking for balls or holding up groups behind them. Because at Top Golf, players are hitting chip-embedded golf balls out to electronic targets it's scored more like bowling than golf from the comfort one of more than climate-controlled bays.
Plus, there's terrific food and drink, pool and other games and plenty of big screens to watch live sports. There are two courses at the Arizona Biltmore. The Links Course, built in , has better views and more doglegs, but the old William P.
Bell-designed parkland Adobe Course is definitely the more player friendly of the two and extremely walkable. Both, in part, are because it's flat, but it's also very generous off the tee, you can putt from off its small greens, and it isn't long, even from the back tees, as a 6,yard par Like Li'l Wick, the new Short Course at Mountain Shadows in Paradise Valley near Camelback Mountain is a par 3, which almost automatically makes it more friendly for the less skilled and short-knockers. Mountain Shadows, however, isn't easy.
The greens can be tricky and so can the pin placements, but it is very player-friendly.
For those short knockers and juniors, just play the forward to tees. There are some forced carries, but from the forward tees, they are very short. Best of all, there are 18 holes, ranging from 60 yards to yards from the back tees , so it's a complete golf experience; it just doesn't take that long. The Talon, which is designed by Gary Panks and David Graham Raptor is designed by Tom Fazio , is definitely the more player-friendly of the two, and from the forward tees at 5, yards, not difficult to get around.
Golf courses in the area range from the municipal digs of the Paradise Valley Golf Course to the posh fairways found onsite at various Phoenix resorts and hotels. Arizona Unlimited Golf. Then the Phoenix-Scottsdale area has some great vacation resorts for you. There's not another top layout in the Valley like it. And before anyone gets angry and starts whipping out e-mails to my editor, these are in alphabetical order:.
While the Talon Course has staged its share of professional events, too, the fairways there are larger than they appear, and the bunkering isn't as difficult. As one of the most beautiful courses in the area, it's a delight for players of all levels.
Opened in , this Phoenix muni laid out along impressive rock outcroppings has been modernized, making it longer for the better player at over 7, yards, but also more painless to get around from the forward tees at 5, yards. With grass from tee to green, this parkland layout is easier to navigate than typical desert courses, and while the greens aren't as accessible as they could be, there are some run-up options and they will hold shots.
The best thing about Papago for juniors and beginners is that it's hard to lose golf balls. The Talon Course as a "beginner-friendly" or high handicapper facility? That includes Talon Course.
New players and high handicapper would end up speaking in tongues before extricating themselves from Pank's Sand Traps. The, once on the greens, please enlighten me as to how a beginner or high handicapper will navigate the typical Panksian multiple three-tiered greens? It's all fine and good that the yardage is what it is from the forward tee Perhaps Dobson Ranch?
Camelback - Padre? Grand Canyon University Golf Course? You are right on Mike, I was out there a couple weeks ago and Topgolf was a nice break on a rain day although it was a crowded Saturday with a long wait. And Kirkland was a fun break from the other tests that Scottsdale had to offer during the visit.
Mike Bailey February 23,