Arizona Grand Golf Course
By Nichole • Jan 27th, 2009 • Category: Sports and Leisure
It’s quite endearing when a course as well-recognized as the Phantom Horse Golf Course at the newly renovated Arizona Grand Resort (formerly Pointe South Mountain), undergoes a course revamp and renaming in order to better serve its growing clientele.
Having never played Phantom Horse (now the Arizona Grand Golf Course) pre-renovation, I can’t necessarily compare apples to apples. All I know is that the golf experience I had at the club located in Phoenix is definitely worthy of mention.
The course offers up two drastically different nines – the front, a stadium-style layout with wall-to-wall grass and expansive views of upcoming holes and the back nine, a gorgeous journey of memorable shots through the South Mountain preserve. The Arizona Grand Golf Course is one of the only courses in Arizona with holes that meander through a preserved state park. That fact combined with the utter beauty of the back nine’s landscape (fairways and greenery punctuating the base of the preserve), make for a truly enjoyable experience in the foothills of South Mountain.
The best view in the house serves as a backdrop for an inspiring par-3 finishing hole. Director of Golf at Arizona Grand Golf Course, Colby Hutchinson, recommended that we trek up to the back tees on number 18 in order to fully realize the sweeping Valley views. He could not have been more correct. From the tee, we could see on the horizon practically every mountain range that encircles the Valley, Sun Devil Stadium and Downtown Phoenix. We were told that on a really clear day, westward glances could catch a glimpse of University of Phoenix Stadium miles away in Glendale.
Another aspect of the course that was significantly switched up during the renovation process was the transformation of an island green on 18 into the tee box for the starting hole. Though unconventional, the island tee box is a one-of-a-kind accouterment that few courses can claim. The island acts as a centerpiece for a bevy of resort buildings that horseshoe around it. Upon completion, the new pro shop and grill will overlook the first tee and a new residential offering just to the right of the first fairway will afford buyers unobstructed views of the golf course and golfers teeing up on the island green. While all those extra eyes staring at you on the first tee don’t necessarily leave room for jitters, the center stage ambiance adds to the appeal and excitement of this incredible course.
– Nichole Brophy, Golf Editor.