Arizona Golf Courses – Arizona Golf Authority Golf Course Guide
This 27-hole executive course, which opened in 1998, is the centerpiece of the last of many master-planned active adult communities created by Farnsworth Development in Mesa, Arizona over a period of 50 years.
Designed by Jeff Hardin, who specialized in executive and adult-community courses, it has three distinct nine-hole layouts – Four Peaks, Superstition and San Tan – played in pairs for an 18-hole loop.
San Tan is the longest and probably the most difficult of the three courses, but when played together the 18-hole combinations have similar ratings, and each has two sets of tees. The Four Peaks/Superstition combination plays at par 63 with yardages of 4,434 and 4,070 and is rated at 60.2 with a slope of 91 from the back tees.
Corresponding figures for Four Peaks/San Tan are par 64, 4,628 and 4,318 yards, 61.6 and 95 slope, and Superstition/San Tan figures are par 65, 4,732 and 4,410 yards, 61.5 and 95 slope.
As the course names imply, this layout in Mesa is situated near Four Peaks and the Superstition Mountains, which provide distant backdrops and picturesque views of many holes. This isn’t just a pitch-and-putt, evidenced by the fact that only 14 of the 27 holes are par 3s.
Of the 11 par-4 holes, only two are less than 300 yards (298 and 286). Superstition has the longest hole, a par 5 at 519 yards that has a left dogleg and bunkers along the right side of the fairway.
San Tan’s eighth hole is a 504-yard par 5, followed by its longest par 3, at 191 yards, to finish the round.
Probably the most memorable holes on the course are the back-to-back second and third on Four Peaks. No. 2 is a 317-yard par 4 with lakes guarding both sides of the green, leaving a narrow approach and the Superstition Mountains providing the backdrop. Right behind that is a 144-yard par 3, where the tee shot is over one of those lakes.
The course also has a driving range, chipping and putting greens and a snack bar. Sunland Springs Village is a 900-acre development of homes, townhouses and condominiums built for adults 55 and older, with more than 30,000 square feet of recreational amenities.
Don’t confuse Sunland Springs Village Golf Course with a few other golf courses in the area sporting similar names, specifically Sunland Village and Sunland Village East. Each is a separate and distinct Farnsworth community development also located in Mesa – they’ve been busy building in these parts for each of those 50 years.
It’s “All Things Arizona Golf” from the Arizona Golf Authority.