CAVE CREEK GOLF COURSE 866-865-GOLF(4653)
Arizona Golf Course Review
The municipality of Phoenix is the owner/operator of a nice variety of quality and value oriented 18-hole golf properties, including Papago, Maryvale,
Encanto Park, Cave Creek and Aguila golf courses. There also are three 9-hole layouts. Besides the fact that these courses are easily accessible,
golfers will also appreciate the pricing structure that makes a round on these properties a good value on an Arizona golf vacation. Visitors can click
on the following link, to find pricing and to book a tee time online at any of the Phoenix municipal golf facilities http://phoenix.gov/recreation/rec/facilities/golf/l \
The photos in this review are of the Cave Creek Golf Course, which is perhaps the most popular of all the Phoenix area courses with over 100,000 rounds played annually! Started
in 1983 as a landfill reclamation project, this course is a pioneer of sorts in environmental golf course design. A creek winds through the layout, providing a variety of shot
selections off the tee and on approaches.
The terrain is quite rolling, and the fairways are bound by trees with dormant Bermuda rough creating a two-toned color affect. The green complexes are slightly raised with putting
surfaces that are large in size and undulating in design. Bunkering is understated, but the 17 sand traps that can be found on this layout - especially near the greens, are quite
large. Water is a factor, as hazards come into play on 6 holes.
There are three tee areas on each hole, that play to distances and slopes measuring 6732 yards/119 slope, 6207 yards/115 slope and 5623 yards with a slope of 118 for ladies
hitting from the front tees. On course yardage markers are posted at 100, 150 and 200 yards, and 150 yard stakes double as directional devices on all par fours and fives. Color
coded flags on the greens indicate front, middle and back hole locations.
On property is a grass range, short game area with sand bunker, plus putting green. The clubhouse features a pro shop and snack area/lounge serving hot & cold sandwiches,
beverages and other lunch items. As the slope ratings indicate, this is a player friendly design, suited to beginners, juniors, seniors and high/mid handicappers. Partial cart paths
allow golfers to drive on the fairways, and walking is allowed at any time.
If you are going to be in Phoenix for awhile, the Phoenix card is available ($50 fee and $30 annual renewal for Maricopa County Residents and $100 annual fee for non-residents)
and provides advance tee time reservations, discounted rates and promotional specials at all of the municipal courses. For more information on the golf course and programs,
visit our page for Papago and Phoenix municipal golf , with direct link to their website by clicking here.