PAR 72 - 7,345 YARDS
For over 50 years, the Gold Course has been recognized as one of Arizona's most challenging and respected golf courses. Nicknamed "Arizona's Monster," the Gold Course has hosted many signature tournaments over the years, including numerous U.S. Open Qualifiers, U.S. Amateur Qualifiers, several NCAA Regional Championships and the annual Patriot All-America Invitational - one of the top amateur competitions in the world. The 7,345 yard, par 72 course has also received various industry awards and accolades since opening in 1965, including being named one of the "Top 100 Golf Courses in America."
PAR 70 - 6,000 YARDS
The Blue Course is a combination of character and contradiction, sporty and subtle, aggravating and invigorating. The course has always been a favorite of skilled players while offering a fair but not overwhelming challenge for the beginning golfer.
A ROBERT TRENT JONES, SR. DESIGNLike its sister course the Gold, the Blue Course is also a Robert Trent Jones, Sr. design and it too opened for play in 1965. Both courses feature Trent Jones' signature small, elevated greens, however, that's where the similarities end. The Blue Course is a shorter course - more than 1,400 yards shorter from the tips - and therefore isn't quite as demanding off the tee. Shorter hitters and golfers who excel at short and mid-iron play, really enjoy the challenge Trent Jones, Sr. laid out.
Built in 1972, the Red Course is a traditional layout lined with pine and eucalyptus trees. The course's closing stretch of holes (15, 16, 17 and 18) just may be the toughest final four holes in the Phoenix area. The 15th hole is a 414-yard par-4 that requires a well-placed tee shot to bring birdie or par into play. The 454-yard, par-4 16th features a dogleg left and an approach shot to an elevated, well-protected green with water right and back. The 17th hole is a lengthy par-3 measuring a solid 250 yards from the tips. And finally, the 591-yard 18th hole is a monster par-5 with a dogleg left off the tee. Three well-played shots are required for a chance at birdie or par on the closing hole.
A ROBERT "RED" LAWRENCE DESIGN
The Red Course was designed by Arizona Golf Hall of Fame member and golf course architect Robert "Red" Lawrence. Nicknamed the "Desert Fox" for his brilliant design of Desert Forest Golf Club in Carefree, Arizona, Lawrence's other notable designs include the Championship Golf Course at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque and Tubac Golf Resort in Tucson where the movie Tin Cup was filmed.