SUPERSTITION SPRINGS GOLF CLUB (480-985-5622)
Arizona Golf Course Review
Located in Mesa on Baseline Drive just east of Power Road, Superstition Springs Golf Club has all the elements to provide a top notch golfing experience. This Greg Nash
traditionally designed course is arguably the jewel in the group of the Eagle Golf Group. This was one of "Sparky's" favorite golf facilities in the Valley of the Sun when he first visited
Arizona 12 years ago - and has retained its luster despite the tremendous development of first class golf properties in the area. In fact, it has been recently chosen as a PGA Tour
Qualifying site. The view of the ninth hole from tee to green, with the beautiful clubhouse and the Superstition Mountains in the background, is still one of the best around.
The amenities at Superstition Springs are ample. Great views accompany any dining experience in their spacious restaurant, which includes an outdoor patio. The pro shop is
also quite large and fully stocked with the latest equipment and accessories. Locker rooms for men and women include ample changing areas and two showers. On ground
practice facilities are highlighted by a large putting green, chipping green, and grass range with target areas. On course, you will find the oversized 150-yard stakes especially
helpful in your management of the layout, and the sprinkler heads are also marked to the center of the green. GPS located on all carts also provide accurate information from tee to
With slope ratings ranging from 128 to 109, and distances measuring between 7005 and 5286, most levels of golfers will find a fair and interesting challenge. Water hazards
come into play on 11 holes, though there is usually a way to avoid them - if you are willing to lay-up and manage the course cautiously. For those in an adventurous mood, there
are ample risk/reward opportunities. Golfers will encounter 65 soft sand bunkers located along the fairways or greenside. Willows and palm trees along with the numerous creeks
and lakes await errant shots. The conditioning at superstition from tee to green on our visit was exceptional.
The opening hole is the number thirteen handicap - a par four of reasonable length that bends slightly right. Avoid the fairway bunkers and you should get off to a good start. The
second packs some clout from the tips (432 yards) but a generous fairway and playable rough to the right is helpful off the tee. Undulating mounds and a narrow green that slopes
of sharply in front, on the right and deep, make the approach a challenge. The par three 3rd is formidable, with water short right and a grass depression in front of the putting
surface. Anything long is also wet. A short par 4 follows, featuring water about 35 yards out and greenside right. An accurate approach over the hazard is necessary here. Another
short par four requires your attention on number 5. A long iron or fairway wood placed near the center of the fairway is the best option here, leaving a demanding uphill approach to
a shallow green surrounded by bunkers. A strand of mature palms frame the tee shot on six, which at 610 yards, is the longest hole on the course. BEWARE - a pond on the left
side comes into play on the second shot, and is not visible until you are nearly upon it. The unique green complex here features some gorgeous palms lining a formidable bunker
on the left side. The seventh is pretty to look at, and demanding to play. Anything hit short or long right will find water on this 228 yard par three (190 from the mid tees). There is
some bail out room short left, but this hole is completely deserving of its #5 handicap. There is plenty of room off the tee on the 597 yards par five 8th, but fairway and greenside
bunkers provide obstacles to par. Like many of the holes here during winter months, the green grass of the fairway is narrow compared to the dormant rough on both sides.
Number nine is simply a gorgeous golf hole (see initial picture). Your route off the tee - aiming for the fairway right or cutting varying degrees of distance off by pounding one over
the bunkers just past the water hazards - will depend entirely upon your ability to strike the ball. Choose a course and let 'er rip! The approach is much less demanding.
The back side opens with a tight driving hole. Note the water hazard (creek) that runs along the right side as it is quite hidden off the tee. With water waiting for anything hit long, the
approach is quite challenging. Eleven looks like a grip it and rip it hole, but anything hit across the cart path or to the left will find uneven lies amongst the considerable mounding.
Bunkers and more mounding greenside make accuracy on the approach a priority on this - the shortest par five on the course (489 yards). Number 12 plays 1 to 2 clubs uphill,
with elaborate traps guarding the front, and a steep slope waiting for anything hit past the huge putting surface. The par four 13th doglegs sharply to the right, with a narrow grass
depression fronting the green. This precedes one of the most beautiful and challenging holes on the course. The 14th green sits perched on a ridge with an intimidating water
hazard guarding the front and left side. The lake can be easily reached off the tee, as it sits about 110 yards away from the putting complex. Anything bending left will almost surely
find the hazard. A long and tough par three (231 yards from the tips) begins a closing stretch of that will make or break your day. Number 16 is a 424 yard par four (391 from the
mid tees) that features a challenging green complex laced with mounding and bunkers. The 17th requires accuracy off the tee and on the second shot, with a narrow peninsula
fairway leading to a putting complex framed by water hazards on both sides. Some spectacular landscaping defines the par four 18th - one of the most memorable closing holes
in Mesa. A creek cuts across the fairway (and also runs along the right side) just past the 150-yard stake, and another dissects the hole about 25 yards out. A small waterfall and
sand bunkers, along with the mountain scenery, form a gorgeous backdrop on this number 6 handicap.
Superstition Springs is affordable, conveniently located, and is a very good golfing value for the Scottsdale/Phoenix area. Click here to visit the Two Guys Who Golf detailed listing
page with a link (if available) to this course's website.