Arizona Golf Authority AZGA Golf Course Review: The Willowbrook executive golf course is part of the Sun City, Arizona complex that also offers the regulation-length Willowcreek golf course. Both courses were designed by the highly regarded father-son duo of George and Tom Fazio and they are two of the more popular layouts in Sun City’s RCSC stable of eight golf courses, three of which are executives.
The facility spent $700,000 in 2011 updating the two courses, their shared driving range and clubhouse. Willowbrook has two sets of tees at 3,800 yards with a rating of 57.8 and slope of 84, and 3,414 yards with a rating of 58.1 and slope of 89.
Willowbrook offers six par-4 holes and three par-3s on each nine. The 10th and 12th holes are the longest at 340 and 339 yards, but the front is longer overall and definitely the more interesting of the two. That’s because of a lake that brings water into play on three holes in a four-hole stretch.
The watery challenge begins at No. 3 with a 184-yard par 3 that has large bunkers guarding both sides of the green. The respite is No. 4, but it stretches 225 yards and is the longest par-3 on the course.
The water reappears at the 5th, a 306-yard par-4 that doglegs right, around the lake. At the sixth hole, a 112-yard par-3, the tee shot must carry the lake hold a putting surface surrounded by three large bunkers.
Willowbrook shares its complete driving range and practice putting green, along with a full-service snack bar that serves breakfast and lunch with its little sister, the Willowcreek course.
It’s “All Things Arizona Golf” from the Arizona Golf Authority.