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Mountain Shadows Golf Club - Arizona Golf Course 08

The key to scoring low here... is to perform well on the par three's - all 16 of them! Located at the base of beautiful Camelback Mountain, the Mountain Shadows Golf Club - a part of the In Celebration of Golf - provides golfers with extremely spectacular views of Camelback as well as the equally stunning Mummy Mountains.

Mountain Shadows Golf Club - Arizona Golf Course 08

Mountain Shadows Golf Club - Arizona Golf Course 08

The golf course is an executive layout, with two sets of tee boxes playing to distances of 3081 and 2606 yards. The two par fours on the course measure 353 and 295 yards, and essentially are par threes after a safe lay-up off the tee. Your mid-irons will get quite a work out on the front nine, as the average length of the 8 par threes is around 167 yards. With some slightly uphill and into the wind holes, one half to one extra club is sometimes necessary to reach the pin, whose location on the greens is indicated by red (front), white (middle) and blue (back) flags

Mountain Shadows Golf Club - Arizona Golf Course

Mountain Shadows Golf Club - Arizona Golf Course

Hole number one plays into the Mummy Mountains, and the Camelback Mountain backdrop behind the tee is gorgeous. Holes three through 6 are designed to play right into the hump of the Camelback, presenting views that are as remarkable as those on any course in Arizona. The 126 yard par three eighth begins a stretch of stretch of 5 holes that play in the center of a residential community. Number 8 demands accuracy off the tee, as a pond in front and OB long are formidable hazards. This is a beauty!  Short par threes of 83, 100 and 104 yards are mixed in with a couple 175 yarders. The 12th is the # 5 handicap, and is particularly beautiful. A stream that runs all along the right side is not in view from the tee areas, so take that into consideration. Number fourteen begins a challenging stretch that features tight tee areas where accuracy is more important than distance. Slopes and well placed bunkers near the greens present challenges for those shots landing off the mark. The 295 yard par four 15th is especially tight, but also is quite tempting for long hitters who have visions of driving the green. What the heck...go for it! A reverse angle of 16 is postcard perfect, as it precedes what we found to be the most difficult hole of the layout. The 240 yard par three 17th plays straight away, and is tough due to OB on the right, and to sheer distance. This is another hole where you may as well hit driver or 3 wood off the tee. Number 18 is a great finishing hole - nearly all carry over a small water hazard, with some bail out room right.

Mountain Shadows Golf Club - Arizona Golf Course

Mountain Shadows Golf Club - Arizona Golf Course

The Mountain Shadows Course has been honored as one of the top ten Executive layouts in the country - an award that is certainly justified. We found the conditioning from tee to green, the landscaping and overall service at this resort course to be outstanding. With rounds that typically take less than three hours - this is an experience that we highly recommend. Mountain Shadows is located just 15 minutes from Sky Harbor Airport - making it an ideal place for an " arrival or departure" round...or for the second round of the day. Highly recommended ! 

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