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Trilogy at Power Ranch Golf Club

The Buzz: Located in the far southeast portion of the Valley of the Sun, this par-71 course was created as the centerpiece of the Power Ranch master-planned adult community, but Trilogy Golf Club is a public facility. Created by local designer Dick Bailey, the course meanders through Queen Creek wash, with natural undulations, subtle elevation changes and strategic mounding. The desert …

Trilogy Golf Club at Power Ranch

The Buzz: Located in the far southeast portion of the Valley of the Sun, this par-71 course was created as the centerpiece of the Power Ranch master-planned adult community, but Trilogy Golf Club is a public facility. Created by local designer Dick Bailey, the course meanders through Queen Creek wash, with natural undulations, subtle elevation changes and strategic mounding. The desert-style layout, which opened in 1999, offers sweeping vistas of the San Tan and Superstition mountains, and a nice variety of holes that keep the round interesting and keep the player thinking.

Trilogy at Power Ranch was created as a retirement community that has been rated as one of Forbes Magazine’s best places to live. It covers 670 acres of the 2,000-acre Power Ranch master-planned community. The Trilogy section is age restricted for adults 55 and older but the rest of Power Ranch is a family-friendly community, where home sales were completed in 2007.

The course added some length in recent years, stretching it to 6,932 yards from the tips, with a rating of 71.5 and slope of 130. There are four sets of tees, with the shortest playing at 5,048 yards. Highlights of the front nine include the seventh hole, a 596-yard par 5 with a triple dogleg to a green guarded by steep slopes and mounds.

The ninth, a 398-yard par 4 with a dogleg left, is another solid hole. A large bunker guards the right side of the green and water runs along the left side all the way past a green with a large bunker on the left front. The course finishes with three excellent holes. No. 16 is the toughest on the course, a 450-yard par 4 with a dogleg left and natural desert preserve dividing the tees, fairway and green.

The 17th is the shortest of the par 5 holes at 558 yards but is a sweeping left dogleg with bunkers strategically placed along the fairway and in the left front of the green, narrowing the approach. No. 18 is a beautiful finishing hole with a double dogleg and water running along the right side, partially hidden from the tee, to a tricky, multi-tiered green.

The course has full practice facilities, including driving range, practice bunker, chipping area and putting green. Amenities at Power Ranch include an athletic club, tennis courts, two swimming pools, a spa, excellent dining at the Santa Fe Club and Slate Bistro and Bar. The San Tan Club, which is the social heart of the community, includes a large stone fireplace, culinary teaching kitchen and movie theater.