Silverleaf Golf Club

ADDRESS: 18701 N. Silverleaf Drive
Scottsdale, AZ 85255
TYPE: Private
HOLES: 18
PHONE: 480-502-6902
WEBSITE: www.silverleaf.com/golf.php

The Buzz: Several superlatives have been used to describe Silverleaf and all seem to be appropriate, including “elegant.” That one applies to the overall development and to the golf course as well, which fits perfectly within this neighborhood.

Tom Weiskopf, whose stature as a course architect is such that any project with his name attached is going to receive rave reviews, deserves them all for what he accomplished at this North Scottsdale community. Silverleaf is a gem in the heart of a development surrounded by the best and most dramatic of desert living. It comes with a price tag at this private, non-equity club and those who can afford it are in for a treat.

Weiskopf has a special knack for creating golf designs that blend seamlessly with the surroundings, and he took advantage of this splendid terrain tucked into the canyons of the McDowell Mountains and surrounded by the Sonoran Preserve. Set in the foothills, Silverleaf winds through Horseshoe Canyon and Upper Canyon, an area where coyotes, javelinas, jackrabbits and other wildlife roam at elevations reaching 2,100 feet.

The course takes its name from an historic mining claim filed on the property in the late 1800s and sets on land that once was a large cattle ranch. It is a layout defined by elevated tees, sweeping bunkers, contoured greens and wide fairways. From the traditional wooden rakes in the bunkers, to the Pro V-1 balls on the driving range, to the 200-year-old roof tiles on the buildings, Silverleaf is a unique golf experience.

“There’s nothing tricked up about it,” Weiskopf said of the course. “The spaciousness of the land allowed us to shape a course that follows very natural contour lines, while at the same time providing fun, challenges and views that are simply stunning.”

There are five sets of tees ranging from 5,059 to 7,322 yards and it is rated at 74.7 with a slope of 149. The 18th, a 498-yard, par 4, is the signature hole and, from the tips, shares a dramatically elevated tee with No. 16, a 234-yard par 3.

However, it is tough to beat the 13th, a 395-yard par 4 with a stunning backdrop that includes Camelback Mountain, the only water hazard on the course and a glimpse of the Phoenix skyline, framed by a gap in Mummy Mountain. The hole provided Weiskopf the opportunity to create an illusion he always wanted to design into a golf course, as the green appears to sit below the level of the lake behind it.

The course also features a Weiskopf trademark with a drivable par-4, the risk-reward ninth hole, which plays at 313 yards from the back tees. Silverleaf features just three par-3 and three par-5 holes, and the par 3s keep that “fresh” approach intact with “rotating” tees. Each has a long, short and middle distance and the position changes daily.

The 50,000 square-foot Rural Mediterranean-style Clubhouse is highlighted by world-class spa facilities, resort and lap pools, fully appointed men’s and women’s locker rooms as well as fine and casual dining. The overall development also features three distinct neighborhoods, spacious courtyards, award-winning cuisine and shopping venues. If you’re ever invited to play Silverleaf, drop whatever you may be doing and go, immediately – you’ll be richly rewarded.

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